Google Nik Collection - now free
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Google Nik Collection - now free

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Found 24th Mar 2016
Brilliant news if you are very much into your photography, just like me!

From Google:

"Today we’re making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free.

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities -- from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

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.

We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now. "

I'm not sure how long this will be free for and Google could easily charge full whack again for this soon, so download it whilst you can! It might end up be free forever though.
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I wish they'd update it. It was July 2015 when the last update came out.
It was good when you had to pay for it but now it's free it couldn't be better. Silver Efex Pro is pretty much unbeatable B&W conversion software. HDR Efex is pretty handy as well.
Oh you've made my day - thanks for the heads up
Well spotted
Great find, OP. Really great. Thank you.
Free is always good.
Wow, fair play to Google. Silver Efex pro in particular is an absolute must for those who love their black and white photography. Fantastic offer oO
How much was it before?
EDIT: $150
Edited by: "pankomputerek" 25th Mar 2016
that's brilliant news I just read about this and was about to share..... good software and silver effex is excellent
Looks like an attempt on predatory anti-trust move to acquire or to wipe out Adobe company and other similar software companies, big corporate technique to make hostile attack by reducing price to below cost which in this case zero.
who can argue with free?
whats the cheapest base program you can use these plugins with? other than gimp which i dont like
dunno why they cant have a standalone function as well to try them out, or if they do where to find them!
Edited by: "brilly" 25th Mar 2016
splender

Looks like an attempt on predatory anti-trust move to acquire or to wipe … Looks like an attempt on predatory anti-trust move to acquire or to wipe out Adobe company and other similar software companies, big corporate technique to make hostile attack by reducing price to below cost which in this case zero.



Hardly.

The NIK collection fine tunes some of the functions in Photoshop and Lightroom but most photographers and other creatives aren't going to dump Adobe for the fact that this is free.

The NIK software is incredibly powerful but I won't change my whole workflow because it simply can't do that!
brilly

who can argue with free?whats the cheapest base program you can use these … who can argue with free?whats the cheapest base program you can use these plugins with? other than gimp which i dont like :pdunno why they cant have a standalone function as well to try them out, or if they do where to find them!



You can use them as a standalone function. I can't speak for freeware editors other than gimp, but if you drag an image file onto one of the NIK icons then it should open up and allow you to edit
I looked at this in the past and used a free trial with it. Love it but didnt think it was worth paying for. Now worth every penny
Brilliant, thanks!
splender

Looks like an attempt on predatory anti-trust move to acquire or to wipe … Looks like an attempt on predatory anti-trust move to acquire or to wipe out Adobe company and other similar software companies, big corporate technique to make hostile attack by reducing price to below cost which in this case zero.



**** Adobe.
dw94

You can use them as a standalone function. I can't speak for freeware … You can use them as a standalone function. I can't speak for freeware editors other than gimp, but if you drag an image file onto one of the NIK icons then it should open up and allow you to edit


ah right cheers, i installed them and it gave me the option of lightroom/PS plugins but i didn't see a startup entry so assumed were only via plugin
splender

Looks like an attempt on predatory anti-trust move to acquire or to wipe … Looks like an attempt on predatory anti-trust move to acquire or to wipe out Adobe company and other similar software companies, big corporate technique to make hostile attack by reducing price to below cost which in this case zero.


Not really a replacement for Photoshop, the majority of people will be using as a Photoshop plug in I suspect.
brilly

who can argue with free?whats the cheapest base program you can use these … who can argue with free?whats the cheapest base program you can use these plugins with? other than gimp which i dont like :pdunno why they cant have a standalone function as well to try them out, or if they do where to find them!


If you navigate to the installation folder and then browse each program, run the .exe in the folder and it opens stand alone. Tried it last night.
In fairness I have win 10, so I couldn't find the actual program icon if there were any created :(, hence why I dug about.
Oneday77

If you navigate to the installation folder and then browse each program, … If you navigate to the installation folder and then browse each program, run the .exe in the folder and it opens stand alone. Tried it last night.In fairness I have win 10, so I couldn't find the actual program icon if there were any created :(, hence why I dug about.


quite bizarre though, you make a powerful suite of programs able to work as standalone but dont actually provide a way to access them
i'll just use via lightroom as thats easier X)
DON'T download this... laptop crashed upon downloading
billybob111

DON'T download this... laptop crashed upon downloading


I've downloaded it on 2 separate PCs and it's worked fine.
Don't blame the download if your PC can't handle it.

Also at least be accurate. Do you mean the download or installing crashed your PC?
billybob111

DON'T download this... laptop crashed upon downloading



Works fine for me, as i'm sure it works fine for thousands of other people.
billybob111

DON'T download this... laptop crashed upon downloading



...and all out Drama Queen of the week is.....
Edited by: "superflyguy" 25th Mar 2016
Ive had probs getting them to work with latest version of photoshop CC for Mac. Haven't tried them in Lightroom or standalone yet though.
Looks good will try it out
Edited by: "katya1971" 26th Mar 2016
billybob111

DON'T download this... laptop crashed upon downloading


just threw my laptop out the window
had no problems but just dont want it bursting into flames due to this
Thanks OP, this software is great!
Looks cool, thanks.
allowed

https://www.youtube.com/user/NikSoftwareLessonsalso learn how to use


Nice 1 thanx for that, it's always helpful to have a run through first.
Nice 1 dw94, downloaded, I'll find out later if it works, got the package that's a start, thanx again
I use this software all the time as a photographer - VERY highly recommended!
This is a great freebie - make use of it whilst you can.
Great freebie
many thanks
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