Today, Google announced that it is offering the complete set of Nik Software plug-ins for free. That’s right, the suite that used to cost over $400 is now freeware. That’s excellent news for anyone looking to get these professional image editing tools (and maybe not so excellent news for those of us who purchased them for full price). However, as stated in their announcement, Google will offer anyone who purchased the Nik Collection in 2016 a full refund:
Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.
Nevertheless, Google continues to support this software, and I still think that it’s the best out there for certain applications. I use Color Efex Pro 4 all the time, and Silver Efex Pro 2 is still one of the best monochrome editors around. Viveza is incredibly useful if you are into digital infrared photography. All the Nik plug-ins feature Control Points for making local adjustments.
Now that Google has purchased Nik Software, I have been able to confirm that all customers get the new low pricing on the Nik Collection. It’s very nice to hear that now everyone can enjoy comparable pricing and discounts on the Nik Collection of plug-ins, no matter where you live.
The Nik Collection of professional photo plug-ins includes:
Today, Google announced the release of the re-branded Nik Collection of photo enhancement and editing plug-ins. The complete collection of plug-ins, is now delivered by a single installer. Individual plug-ins are no longer available, but you can get the complete set of pro plug-ins for $149. That’s a steal.
Even better… if you own ANY single current Nik Plug-in, they’re going to upgrade you to the Nik Collection for free!
At this point, the only major change is the installer and the product branding to “Nik Collection by Google.” The software also has been updated to support Windows 8.
All the plug-ins remain the same as they were before. The Nik Collection includes:
The Nik Collection can be purchased for $149 at www.niksoftware.com Use coupon code JODELL and save 15%, for a purchase price of $126. That’s a great value for something that until recently cost over $400.
The other good news is that it is clear that Google intends to support these products for the foreseeable future. I use the Nik plug-ins every day and they are simply the best quality out there.
You can also download a free 15-day trial version of the collection.
Join me for a day of hands-on HDR photography at the Forney Transportation Museum in Denver, April 13th. I’ve teamed up with the good folks at Front Range Photography to arrange this class, limited to 20 photographers. We’ll have special tripod access before the museum opens to the public, so we can photograph the antique cars, motorcycles, and trains with the intent of capturing HDR images. After the shoot, we have a classroom set up where you’ll be able to download your images. I’ll then show you how to create stunning HDR tone-maps using Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2.0 plug-in. I’ll also demonstrate finishing effects for HDR images with other plug-ins, like Color Efex Pro 4 and Silver Efex Pro 2.
I originally captured this image of the Cadet Chapel in 2011, using a Nikon D3s and 24-70mm f/2.8 AFS G zoom Nikkor lens. I intended for it to be HDR, but I just recently got the result I wanted using Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2. The combination of local tone-mapping via Control Points and new adjustment algorithms really made this image work this time around.
I combined the “Soft” detail option with the “Dingy” Drama setting in HDR Efex Pro 2. I used Control Points inside HEP2 to keep the sky from looking too extreme, and to only add Structure where I wanted it. I then used Pro Contrast, Skylight Filter, and Glamour Glow in Color Efex Pro 4 to finish the image.