Presets and Recipes

Oups yes it was “not”


When I think of Presets and Recipes, I look at on1’s and photoshop’s massive collection of tools available to enhance their product’s, written by third parties with samples usually free and the complete package reasonably priced. With documentation explaining how best to use any tool.

For Nik, I haven’t seen anything like this.

Have I misunderstood what you meant?

Hi Mark,

For Color Efex, HDR Efex & Silver Efex (at least) there is a “Preset Library” provided with the software … and one can add to this via the Import[ed] tab.

I lost about a year’s worth of my custom presets and recipes when I upgraded, since I expected this upgrade to behave like previous Nik upgrades and preserve them. Please suggest to people that they export their custom presets and recipes before upgrading.


Couldn’t agree more, I lost over 300 recipes!

Over many years I have collected freely available Nik Collection presets (recipes) from around the web. They are mostly for Colour Efex Pro 4, then Silver Efex Pro 2, and a smattering for HDR FX and Analog FX.

Persevere when you install. I should spend some time sorting them properly. If they do not install in one package - then clearly they aren’t for that package - so try the next one, and so on. Here is the Google Drive link.


many thanks

@Torcello Thank you!

For a series of images of the same subject, is it not possible to create in VIVEZA the recording of the settings applied to the first photo to transmit them to the following photos?
Have a nice day

It took a while but.I’m ready to install your recipes.
How can I tell which .np file goes with which program?

Better - where does Nik store them on import?


wonderful, thank you

JulesDxO staff

Use presets and recipes to enhance multiple images the same way. Presets can be found within Analog Efex Pro 2, HDR Efex Pro 2, and Silver Efex Pro 2. Recipes, which enable you to quickly apply multiple filters at once, are a feature of Color Efex Pro 4.

How to export custom presets and/or recipes
When reinstalling the software or installing the software to a new computer, it may be necessary to export custom presets and recipes that you have created or imported in order to save them and import them again later. This is also how you would share your presets or recipes with friends and colleagues.

To export presets and recipes, please do the following:

Open an image into the desired plug-in.
Access the recipe you would like to export. (Note: This will only work for the presets and recipes that you have created or imported. The rest of the plug-ins are already built-in to the software.)
Hover the cursor over the thumbnail image of the preset or recipe so that the icons appear, then click the arrow icon in the corner.
Select a destination folder to export the files to and save. The files will end in “.np.”
These exported preset and recipe files are now ready to be imported to the plug-ins.
How to import presets and/or recipes
To import presets or recipes that you have exported or traded from other computers, please do the following:

Analog Efex Pro 2, HDR Efex Pro 2, and Silver Efex Pro 2

Open Analog Efex Pro 2, HDR Efex Pro 2, or Silver Efex Pro 2 from the host application that you use (Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture).
Click “Imported” in the left panel.
Click the “+” icon to the right of the word “Imported.”
Select the “.np” preset files you have saved and import them.
These presets will then be located in the “Imported” section.
Color Efex Pro 4

Open Color Efex Pro 4 from the host application that you use (Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture).
Click “Recipes” in the left panel.
At the bottom of the Recipes menu, click “Import.” If “Import” is not visible, click the “Back” button first.
Select the “.np” recipe files you have saved and import them.
These recipes will then be located in the “Import” section.


Why is NIK not directly accessible from Photolab?

It’s a plugin from other company 's programmers(first NIK then Google), not dxo origin, so not integratable like FilmPack or ViewPoint.

But DxO is working on it as we speak to connect both , DxOPL and NIKcollections, more.
Full integration needs a reprogramming of interface.

It is now.

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I’ve been trying to get it to work since I bought DXO Photolab Elite 3. Have tried 2 different ways to get into NIK Silver Efex 2 especially from DXO. Although I have contacted Customer Service, even after many emails back and forth, it hasn’t been solved.
I’m on a 2015 MacBook Pro. I’ve tried getting to the NIK both from a standalone (PL), and as plug-ins through Photoshop. Again, I did pay for them, not just DXO PL.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thank you very much,

Hi Barbara,

If you have both PL 3 and the Nik Collection installed then you should be able to see a “Nik Collection” button at the top of your Image Browser
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Click on that button and you should see a menu of Nik Collection tools
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Alternatively, you can use the drop-down on the RHS of the (default) “Export to Disk” button to access the “Export to Application” option
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– which you can use to select one of the Nik tools with which you wish to work.

Regards, John M

I’m just playing with the Nik Google collection I still had. Trying to figure out if I could make it work with PL. Of course the Nik Collection button didn’t show anything. I opened one of them with Export to application and selected Silver Efex from the disk. That was yesterday.
Surprise. Now I can use the Nik Collection tab with 8 plugins.


Hi @Beachscriber - Your recent “Like” of this post here drew my attention to my misunderstanding, back then, about ability to save U-point details to the Nik sidecar/.np files … In fact, U-point details can be saved.

See here for updated info

John M

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One can always move them or delete them but recreating them can be tedious.