Last updated on August 28, 2023
Light | Dark

Nik 6 Viveza is a tool designed to rework colors and tones (luminosity and contrast) of your images. Both globally and locally, thanks to control points and control lines.

These let you enliven or attenuate the colors by altering the hue, saturation, and luminosity; you can also modify the contrast and micro-contrast of your images.

When image opens

When you open an image in Nik Viveza, it appears as it is in the host app, or as it is on the hard disk if you are using standalone mode. No corrections, filters, or presets are applied at this stage and all sliders in the right panel are set to 0, by default.

Nik Viveza Presets

In the left panel, Nik Viveza offers 14 different settings as follows:

Overall and Selective Correction Tools

Nik Viveza permanently displays all available tools in the right panel, with each setting depending on the effect you have selected in the left panel.

In this section you will find a description of all of these tools, both for overall correction of images as well as selective adjustments using control points and control lines:


The palette functions are as follows:

Global Adjustments

Nik Viveza’s Global Adjustments palette is divided into two sections:

  1. Global Adjustments: correction of brightness, color contrast and structure effect (detail enhancement).
  2. Selective tones: brightness correction by tonal ranges (light tones, medium tones, shadows, blacks).

The sliders are set to 0% by default, and to reset a slider, simply double-click it. To reset all the corrections, click on the curved arrow at the top right.

The global sliders described below affect the whole image, the same sliders appear in the selective adjustments palette as soon as a control point and/or a control line is created and affixed to the image.

Selective tones sliders

White Balance

The White Balance tool allows you to restore natural, balanced colors and compensate for the presence of colored dominants. Of course, you can also take advantage of it to create special effects and renderings,

The main purpose of the tool in Nik Viveza, given that the host application will have already performed a white balance correction on the original RAW file.

To perform white balance:

  1. In the White Balance, click the pipette to activate it.
  2. Move the mouse pointer over the image and it will turn into an eyedropper.
  3. You can adjust the diameter of the sampling area (shown by the circle at the end of the dropper) using the Radius slider. The default diameter is 5 pixels, on a scale from 1 to 50 pixels.
  4. To neutralize a dominant, click on a neutral area of the image, white or gray.
  5. To introduce a dominant, click on the desired neutral color (for example, click on a blue to warm up the image, click on a yellow, orange or red to cool it down).
  6. You can change the white balance as many times as you wish by clicking repeatedly in the image.

Change or fine-tune white balance

Whether you want to neutralize a color cast or alter the warmth of the image, you can fine-tune the white balance using the Temperature slider. Set to 0 by default, its scale ranges from -100 to +100.

Warmer image by increasing the value of the Temperature slider

Reset and compare

You can reset the white balance and compare it to the image opened in Nik Viveza :

Selective Adjustments

Selective Adjustments allow you to change only certain parts of the image. Add a control point, and slider settings for that point will only affect the subjects or areas within the zone covered by the control point.

Selective Adjustment sliders

When using control points or control lines, the Selective Adjustments palette displays, under the list of points and control lines, the cursors associated with the point or the active control line. These sliders are also available directly attached to the control point or to the control line dot. When using one of the sliders of a control point or a control line, the corresponding slider will also be changed in the right panel, and vice versa.

All sliders in the selective adjustments palette have their equivalents in the global settings, with the exception of Luminance, Chrominance, Diffusion and Selective Colorization.

The sliders are organized this way

  1. Color Selectivity :
    • Lm (Luminance).
    • Chr (Chrominance).
    • Df (Diffusion).
  2. Standard selective adjustments sliders:
    • Br (Brightness).
    • Ct (Contrast).
    • St (Saturation).
    • Str (Strucuture).
    • Sh (Shadows).
    • Wr (Warmth).
    • R (Red)
    • G (Green).
    • B (Blue).
    • H (Hue).
  3. Selective Tones :
    • ST HI (Highlights).
    • ST Md (Midtones).
    • ST Sh (Shadows).
    • ST Bl (Blacks).
Increasing the blueness of the sky using a control line.

Sampling pipette and color picker

Sampling eyedropper

Active only with the selective adjustments, the eyedropper allows you to pick a hue from the image and apply it to the active control point. For example, if the control point is set to blue sky and you pick a green from the vegetation, the control point will apply that hue to that location in the image. The picked color appears in the color picker box to the right of the dropper.

Once you have picked the color, the Selective Adjustments sliders will display settings that you can change as you wish.

Replacing a color using a pipette sample applied to a control point.

Color picker

You can also click on the tile to the right of the dropper, provided that a control point is active (by default, the tile is gray). This will open the color picker of the operating system, where you can choose a color that will be immediately applied to the active control point.

Again, you can use the Selective Adjustments sliders to  adjust the chosen color.

Levels & Curves

Global strengthening pf contrast and saturation using the RGB curve.

The Curve lets you fine tune or completely rework the contrast of your image, by altering the curve either globally or by using the RGB channels and the Level sliders:

The curve also lets you alter the colors by modifying them or compensating for a dominant.

It is composed of the following items:

Changing colors with the G curve (green).

Creating a custom Nik Viveza preset

You can create your own Nik Viveza preset by changing the settings of an existing preset:

  1. In the Presets palette in the left panel, click the presets you want to add to the right panel. You can also use an existing setting in one of the Custom, Import or Last edits sections.
  2. Proceed to the desired settings in the palettes in the right panel.
  3. Click Save Preset then name it and click save in the dialog box that appears (you can also save your control points and/or control lines using the checkbox in the dialog).
  4. Your custom settings are available in the Custom section.

Was this page helpful?