This post is about two separate things. The first is shooting Tears for Fears, the second is using a pre release version of Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 to add a natural border look to each image. I want to start with the Nik software Color Efex Pro 4. If you read this blog you know that i am a huge fan of the Nik Software Silver Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro 2. One of the big advances in Silver Efex Pro 2 was the inclusion of a natural borders effect. This created a brier on the image that could be adjusted and randomized making an endless variety of borders that could look the same by not exactly the same. This allowed for sets of images to have the same look and feel but not look like they were all created with the exact same border.

The good news, really good news, is that this is now part of the new Color Efex Pro 2. If you want a list of all the new features that Color Efex Pro 4 has, just go HERE. I will be showing off some of these over the next few weeks, but today it is the natural borders. Each of the images in this post has the same style of border, but each of the borders is different. The process took five steps to create:

  • 1. Open the first image in Color Efex Pro 4 and find the border you want to use.
  • 2. Save the border as a preset, now called recipes
  • 3. Save the image
  • 4. Open the next image and apply the recipe, then click the Vary Border button
  • 5. Save image

Repeat steps 4 and 5 for all the images. That’s it.

Check out the full gallery below.

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