Turn your BLAH photos into WOW Photos

... with Viveza 2 Photo Editing Tutorial. You will be amazed how easy it is to make dramatic photographic enhancements
  • Lectures 19
  • Video 3 Hours
  • Skill level all level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion

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Course Description

Viveza 2 from Nik Software, a plugin for Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom & Aperture, is one of the most powerful plugins available and is a must-have for all photographers and anyone interested in improving their photos from beginners to experts.

With it one can easily & quickly make local or global adjustments to their photographs by controlling such things as exposure, contrast, saturation, structure, shadow adjustments, warmth, and more.

Viveza 2 is not just for photographers. It's great for illustrators, web designers, graphic designers, bloggers, teachers, and any other individual who takes their photography somewhat seriously.

In this Photo Editing Tutorial -Viveza 2: How to Edit Photo course, Christine and I will go through all of the important functions and controls of the software. Watch us use and explain the software and follow along on your computer using the same photos that are included in this course.

You will be amazed at how quick & easy it is to do such normally complicated tasks such as darken or lighten a specific color, increase or decrease shadows, or replace specific colors. And best of all, you will learn how easy and fun it is to enhance "snapshot" photos into works of art.

We have been teaching Viveza in our regular photo workshops for years and it has become one of the favorite and most used tools for our students. Most of our students who are intimidated by Photoshop find it incredibly easy and fun to make photo enhancements using Viveza.

Materials included:

All of the photos seen in Section 4 "Editing Photos" are available for download so you can follow along on your own computer.

The Viveza 2 plugin is part of the Nik Collection for $149. A free 15 day free trial is available at niksoftware.com

All lectures are downloadable!

This will allow you to learn while you travel or are away from internet access.

Take this ultimate photo editing tutorial course right now and learn how to edit photo using Viveza 2.

What are the requirements?

  • Viveza 2 plugin from Nik Software as well as one of the following: Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, or Aperture. The plugin is one of Nik Software by Google's collection. The full collection cost just $149. . A free trial is available at niksoftware.com.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 19 lectures and 2 hours of content!
  • Introduction: Understand why Viveza 2 is such a powerful tool for photographers and anyone else interested in improving the look of their photos.
  • Installing & Launching Viveza: Viveza 2 can be installed as a plugin to Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom and Aperture. Learn how to use it in the different programs.
  • Viveza interface: Learn about image previews, the tool bar, the adjustment panel, enhancement sliders, control points, and more.
  • Enhancing Photos: Now the real fun begins. Download large 10 megapixel images as supplemental course material to follow along with the lectures. the photos used in this section to follow along. Photos have been specifically chosen to illustrate key points and to provide a wide range of photographic possibilities.
  • Bonus Material - New lectures coming soon. Each new lecture will feature a screencast recording covering different photographic images, subjects & lighting situations. Students are encouraged to submit their own photos for possible inclusion in one of these lectures.

What is the target audience?

  • No prior knowledge is needed as this course starts with the basics. It is for any skill level from very beginner to advanced and is perfect for anyone who takes photographs and wants them to look incredible (photographer, real estate agent, soccer mom, hobbyist, graphics designer, blogger, etc). If you don’t own Viveza 2, download the free trial and follow along.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee

Forever yours.
Lifetime access

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion


Section 1: Introduction
Be sure to start this course with this welcome lecture. We will discuss the framework of this course and what to expect.
Christine and I love using this photo plugin and feel it is a great asset to any photographer.
Section 2: Installing and Launching Viveza
A quick look at system requirements, how to download a free trial, and the coupon code to save you 15% off the purchase of Viveza 2 (USA and Canada only). 
Learn how to access the Viveza 2 plugin inside of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
Learn how to access the Viveza 2 plugin inside of Lightroom and Aperture.
Learn the minor differences when running Viveza 2 inside Photoshop, Lightroom, & Aperture.
Section 3: Viveza Interface
Start to get comfortable with Viveza's interface in this lecture. 
Learn about each of the 10 Enhancement Sliders used to enhance your photographs.
The use of Control Points is the heart of Nik Software and are what makes selective adjustments a breeze. This lecture will get you up to speed on using Control Points.
Learn how to group and ungroup control points. Grouped control points can be controlled all together instead of individually.
Test your knowledge on installing & launching Viveza and it's interface
6 questions
Section 4: Enhancing Photos
Learn how to brighten this dark, underexposed photo. Bring life and texture back into the flower with a couple control points.
Learn how to darken overexposed photos on two different photographs. Download the supplementary material to follow along.
Sometimes all it takes to bring to life a photo is a few global adjustments and a couple control points. Quick, easy, and beautiful.
Think VIveza 2 can only enhance color photos? Watch as Christine takes a "Blah" photo of Maroon Bells and turns it into a striking and "Wow" black & white image.
Lets work on 3 images - a chapel, an old barn, and an old truck - and make these images POP.
Check out this technique to mimic the look of an HDR photograph for extra creativity.
Section 5: Conclusion
A wrap-up of all we discussed so far as well as information on the Bonus Material and how to submit photos for possible inclusion in future lectures.
4 pages
Links and discount information for photo software, photo hosting, and special discounts on photo workshops and photo prints from Matt Suess  and Christine Hauber . 
Don't forget to download our Thank You card!
The Final Exam
7 questions
Section 6: Bonus Material - New lecture added each month for 6 months!

Use the brush tool with Viveza 2 for selective coloring.

Instructor Biography

Matt Suess , Full-time Fine Art Photographer and Teacher

Matt began his professional photography career while in college in 1990 and for the next 17 years worked as an award-winning photojournalist and winner of the 2003 New England Press Associations' Photographer of the Year Award. His editorial and advertising photography has been published worldwide in newspapers, magazines, books, and more.

Matt is a digital photography pioneer who began working with digital imaging in the early 1990's and helped implement and teach digital image processing to fellow newspaper staff photographers in the late 90's and early 2000's.

In 2006 Matt left behind his photojournalism career and ever since he has been a full-time artist selling his artwork at some of the best juried fine art festivals throughout the Southwest, with collectors worldwide.

With his vast experience in photography it is no surprise that Matt loves teaching. Outside of the courses offered here at Udemy Matt also teaches field and classroom photo workshops and 2013 will find him leading workshops in Zion National Park, Texas, Santa Fe, and Cape Cod, Mass.

You can view his fine art photography, read his blog, and more at his website MattSuess


Instructor Biography

Christine Hauber , Fine Art Photographer

Christine began her professional photography career in 1993. A graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado and the University of Colorado, her photographs have been shown in galleries nationally and showcased in B&W and Photo Technique Magazine. 

The author of the book Working in the USA, Christine has been the subject of several television programs, including the Fine Living Channel's Radical Sabbatical and CNN's NewsNight with Aaron Brown and interviewed for such internet and podcast programs as the Candid Frame and Photo Talk Radio. 

She has conducted national lectures, seminars and workshops in addition to teaching photography at a community college. Since she now travels extensively selling her artwork, she is able to conduct a small number of workshops each year.

Christine began selling her artwork as a full-time artist in 2004. She has taken her photography into the realm of mixed media, creating one-of-a-kind pieces combining patinaed or oil painted metals with her photographs. Her work is now collected internationally.  Her website is ChristineHauber.com


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    • James Borders

    Promised Bonus Material Never Appeared

    What a waste of money. We've been promised bonus material for well over a year, and only one topic ever materialized. There should be refunds given to everyone who signed up for this course. Will never sign up for another Udemy course again, and I certainly can't recommend Udemy to anyone else. Fool me once...

    • Jphenney@yahoo.com

    Good course, bad followup

    Finished this course quite a while ago. Been eight months and only one bonus lecture has been released. This is unacceptable

    • Caroline Kwas

    Viveza by Matt and Christine

    A very thorough lecture on Viveza. They are pleasant, engaging, and make the course content easily understandable-from downloading the Viveza program (and I am not a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination) to introduction of it and actually using it. No more bad pics for me!

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