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Google Makes Nik Collection Free

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.

The Nik Collection Includes:
  • Analog Efex Pro (Film effects)
  • Color Efex Pro (Color and monochrome effects)
  • Silver Efex Pro (monochrome conversion)
  • HDR Efex Pro (HDR tone-mapping)
  • Viveza (color & contrast adjustments)
  • Sharpener Pro
  • Dfine (Noise reduction)

Visit this page to download the Nik Collection by Google

Master the Nik Collection Plug-ins: 25% off through March 31st
Download my complete guides to Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, and HDR Efex Pro here.
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Update: Google honoring low pricing and discounts on international sales of Nik Collection

Colorado State Capitol, Denver, CO. Enhanced with Color Efex Pro 4.
Colorado State Capitol, Denver, CO. Enhanced with Color Efex Pro 4.

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:

  • Color Efex Pro 4
  • Dfine 2
  • HDR Efex Pro 2
  • Sharpener Pro 3
  • Silver Efex Pro 2
  • Viveza 2

Get my three popular guides to Color Efex Pro 4, Silver Efex Pro 2 and HDR Efex Pro 2 for a bundle discount when you purchase them together!

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Google Releases Nik Collection: $149 for the complete software suite

Google has rebranded the complete collection from Nik Software and is offering the entire bundle for $149 USD
Google has rebranded the complete collection from Nik Software and is offering the entire bundle for $149 USD. Save an additional 15% with code JODELL

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:

  • Color Efex Pro 4 (photo filters and special effects)
  • Dfine 2 (noise reduction)
  • Sharpener Pro 3 (sharpening tools)
  • Viveza 2 (image adjustments with Control Points)
  • Silver Efex Pro 2 (monochrome conversion)
  • HDR Efex Pro 2 (HDR tone-mapping tool)

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.

Don’t forget to check out my comprehensive set of guides to the “Efex” plug-ins, including printable eBooks and video tutorials.

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Nik Software HDR Workshop in Denver April 13

Join me April 13th for a hands-on HDR workshop in Denver, CO.
Join me April 13th for a hands-on HDR workshop in Denver, CO.

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.

To register for this class, please visit the Front Range Photography Meetup Page.

Save 15% off all Nik Software Products with code: JODELL

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Photo of the Day: Cadet Chapel Revisited

USAF Academy Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs, CO
USAF Academy Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs, CO (Click to enlarge).

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.

Master Nik Software plug-ins with complete guides by Jason P. Odell

 

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