Silver Effects

Master the Art of Black & White Photography

Reveal the depth and emotion of your images.

Lower Manhattan | Rick Battle Photography

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Powerful Algorithms

From Dynamic Brightness and Soft Contrast to Color Filters and Film Sensitivity, Silver Effects has everything you've come to expect from a black and white processing studio and more!


On March 30th, 2017, Google formally announced that they'd abandoned the Nik suite of image editing applications. The suite is free to use indefinitely, but will no longer receive any updates. Windows 10 isn’t even formally supported. Eventually an update will break the suite and everyone who depends on them for their post-processing work flow will be up the proverbial creek without the equally proverbial paddle.

That’s where we come in. Silver Effects is a (semi) faithful recreation of Silver Efex Pro 2. Basically, we’ve spent a lot of time moving every slider in Silver Efex Pro 2, trying to figure out what it was doing, and then trying to recreate the effect. Every algorithm in Silver Effects was written from scratch. Most get pretty close to the original effect. Others, we took a slightly different direction on. Hopefully you’ll find our changes useful.

Our Promise

We will not abandon you. If the day ever comes where we are no longer able to maintain Silver Effects, we will either sell it to a another company who’s as excited about it as we are (with the stipulation that this promise holds to them and through all future sales) or we’ll open source it. Under no circumstances will you be left out in to cold.

And, unlike most other image editing programs out there, we're extremely proud to support Windows, Mac, and Linux!

Development Status

Silver Efects is currently under heavy development. As such, there are still a few main features that are forthcoming.

Status: Pre-Alpha

System Requirements

Operating System

Windows 7, 8.1, 10
Mac 10.10+
Ubuntu 17.10+


The fastest processor you can afford
As much RAM as you can afford
Enough Hard Drive space
Any old graphics card

More Details


We build and test on Windows 10. All of our dependencies work on 7+, so it should work on 7 and 8.1, but are unable to test that at this time.


We build and test on OS X 10.11. All of our dependencies work on 10.10+, so it should work on 10.10 and 10.12, but we are unable to test that at this time.


Program is packaged as a *.deb. It depends on Qt 5 and OpenCV 3. We build and test on Ubuntu 17.10 because it's the first version to meet the minimum package requirements. Any Debian based system should be compatible so long as you can find a repository with up-to-date packages of Qt and OpenCV (or if you're really adventurous, you can build them yourself).


The faster your CPU, the more responsive all of the sliders will be. There is no technical minimum requirement, but you will find the program to be less responsive on older systems.


Image editing is a RAM intensive task. We recommend at least 4GB, but it will run with less.


There is no GPU acceleration at this time, so there are no special GPU requirements.

Get Silver Effects Now!

Silver Effects is offered to you for free if you're a starving artist. If you can afford to pay a little more, we deeply appreciate it. When deciding how much to give, please remember, there's a one-to-one correlation between coffee consumption and code production. The more you give, the more coffee we'll drink, the more amazing features we'll add just for you!

Happy image editing!

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