I have been a big fan of NIK Software for years, so much so in fact that I paid several hundred pounds on Color Efex before google bought it and made it free. However until recently I never knew it was possible to Batch Edit with Nik Software in Lightroom. I had searched around Google of course, the collective wisdom of the internet is that it is not possible, it doesn’t help that even YouTube Vidoes by NIK Software say it’s not possible and the only way to batch is using an Action in Photoshop.
Well let me tell you, NIK Software DOES have a batch edit feature. It is very easy to use, but fiendishly well hidden in plain sight!
So here is the thing. NIK Software batch edit feature can only be accessed by Lightroom. It can’t be accessed directly from say Colour Efex on its own. From Lightroom, choose any 3 images in the filmstrip at the bottom of Lightroom. Note it has to be in Filmstrip at the bottom otherwise it will not work. Now right click on the Film Strip and choose ‘Edit in’ then choose say Color Efex. Again, you HAVE to right click on the filmstrip, not choose the edit feature from the photo menu in Lightroom or it simply wont work.
You get the normal options to edit a copy or the original. I tend to output Jpeg’s from the RAW files and then work on those jpeg ‘originals’. Wait a little and then when the Color Efex window opens up you will notice you have the option to look at the next image. This allows you to change the settings per image. However if you want to apply the same settings (including exact same placement of control points if you are using them) all you need do is click ‘Save All’ and Color Efex will merrily go through those images and apply the settings.
What may throw you and make you think its not possible, as it has to even NIK Software itself are the following:
That’s it. It IS Possible to batch edit with NikSoftware in Lightroom, how to do that is just hiding out in plain sight!
Big thanks to Google for making the NIK Software filters freely available. It is a fantastic set of tools. It’s just a shame I bought them before they became free!