Viveza just got better! Nik Software recently released Viveza 2, and it has improved features for an already terrific program.
With Viveza 2, you now have global adjustments along with selective u-point adjustments, and they’ve added a Structure slider to bring out fine details. They also added shadow recovery - all of this either globally or selectively controlled.
I used Viveza (1) to turn "on" the lighthouse in the picture below, when the ambient light became a bit brighter than the beacon. It helped bring some life to the lighthouse - although admittedly it’s hard to tell with a picture this size!
I’ve used Viveza regularly in other situations when I wanted to do fine adjustments to small areas without having to make a complicated mask.
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