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:
- All: if you click this button, the Presets palette will display thumbnails of all available settings, for you to scroll through.
- En vogue.
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:
- Global settings*: global tone and color correction sliders, and selective tone sliders
- Selective tones: sliders affecting brightness ranges.
- Levels & Curves: advanced correction and adjustment tools for brightness and contrast
- Selective adjustments: creation and management of control points. Activating them displays sliders equivalent to global settings, selective tonality, as well as a color picker and color selectivity sliders.
- Levels and curves: Advanced brightness and contrast adjustment tools.
- Save preset* button: allows saving the settings as presets
The palette functions are as follows:
- All sliders have a default setting of 0%.
- Sliders affecting brightness and tonality go from dark on the left to brighter on the right.
- Sliders affecting colour and effects are less intense to the left and more intense to the right.
- To reset a slider to its default value, double-click on it.
Nik Viveza’s Global Adjustments palette is divided into two sections:
- Global Adjustments: correction of brightness, color contrast and structure effect (detail enhancement).
- 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.
- Brightness*: adjusts the brightness, darker on the left, lighter on the right.
- Contrast: adjusts the contrast — that is, the difference in luminosity between the dark and light parts of the image. Towards the left, the image will be flatter and less saturated, towards the right, the image will be more punchy and more saturated.
- Saturation: acts on the brilliance of the colors, more vivid towards the right, and less and less saturated towards the left, until obtaining a completely gray image.
- Structure: reinforces the details and gives more spiciness to the image. Set to the left, the slider softens the details.
- Shadows: adjusts the brightness of dark areas in the image.
- Warmth: set to the left, cools the colors (towards blue), set to the right, warms the colors (towards yellow/orange).
- Red: lets you mitigate a dominant color (more cyan on the left, more red on the right).
- Green: lets you mitigate a dominant color (more magenta on the left, more green on the right).
- Blue: lets you mitigate a dominant color (more yellow on the left, more blue on the right).
- Hue: shifts the set of colors towards their opposing hues (for example, the blue of the sky turns magenta to the right, or green to the left).
Selective tones sliders
- Highlights: moved to the left, this slider recovers information and details in the brightest parts of the image, especially those close to the clipping (right end of the histogram). Moved to the right, it allows you to give more brightness to the lightest tones.
- Midtones: this slider affects the midtones (shown in the central section of the histogram).
- Shadows: this slider allows you to lighten the shadows and dark parts of an image.
- Blacks: moving the slider to the right lets you set the “black point” (left end of the histogram) and thus avoid clipping the darkest parts of the image. Conversely, moving the slider to the left, you will make the darkest areas of the image even more dense.
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:
- In the White Balance, click the pipette to activate it.
- Move the mouse pointer over the image and it will turn into an eyedropper.
- 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.
- To neutralize a dominant, click on a neutral area of the image, white or gray.
- 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).
- 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.
Reset and compare
You can reset the white balance and compare it to the image opened in Nik Viveza :
- Reset the temperature: double-click the Temperature slider.
- To reset the white balance: Click the curved arrow in the White Balance palette in the right panel.
- Quickly compare after/before: click in the box to the left of the White Balance heading.
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
- Color Selectivity :
- Lm (Luminance).
- Chr (Chrominance).
- Df (Diffusion).
- Standard selective adjustments sliders:
- Br (Brightness).
- Ct (Contrast).
- St (Saturation).
- Str (Strucuture).
- Sh (Shadows).
- Wr (Warmth).
- R (Red)
- G (Green).
- B (Blue).
- H (Hue).
- Selective Tones :
- ST HI (Highlights).
- ST Md (Midtones).
- ST Sh (Shadows).
- ST Bl (Blacks).
Sampling pipette and color picker
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.
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
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:
- RGB button: this is selected by default and is used to adjust the brightness and contrast of your image without altering the colors. The histogram represents the 3 RGB channels combined, and the curve is white.
- The R, G, and B buttons: let you adjust the brightness of the Red, Green or Blue channels, to attenuate or reinforce their respective dominance. The histogram represents the selected channel and the curve takes the color of the chosen channel (red, green, or blue curve).
- Curve: click on the curve and hold down the left mouse button to adjust it. You can add anchor points to the curve, which lets you lock the contrast settings to specific points on the curve, and therefore on the image. To remove an anchor point, double-click it.
- Levels sliders: Move the Shadows (left), Midtones (center), or Highlight (right) sliders to adjust their respective ranges.
- Reset: The double arrow at the top of the Levels and Curves palette opens a pop-up menu where you can reset the settings of the active channel, or all applied settings.
Creating a custom Nik Viveza preset
You can create your own Nik Viveza preset by changing the settings of an existing preset:
- 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.
- Proceed to the desired settings in the palettes in the right panel.
- 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).
- Your custom settings are available in the Custom section.