Google has launched a $149 Nik Collection bundle consisting of plugins for Adobe Photoshop, Aperture, and Lightroom.
Nik Software is a company which developed a photo-editing application called Snapseed. The app gained traction on desktop computers, Android and iOS devices, therefore Google has decided to purchase it.
The company also offered special tools for photographers using some of Adobe’s best image processing programs. However, Google “killed” Snapseed a couple of weeks ago.
It remained unknown what would become of Nik Software’s portfolio, but the search giant demonstrated that it has big plans for the company’s assets.
Google launches Nik Collection bundle for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture
Google has launched a so-called Nik Collection for the price of $149. The “Collection” consists of the six plugins for Adobe Aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop programs. This is 70% cheaper than the amount paid by previous customers.
Moreover, the Android maker is offering a free 15-day trial for photographers who want to test the product before paying for it.
Nik Collection by Google includes six plugins
The plugins contained in the Nik Collection come packed with useful capabilities. The first plugin is called HDR Efex Pro 2 and it allows users to enhance the contrast and colors of a photo, in order to turn regular photos into HDR imagery.
Color Efex Pro 4 consists of filters which can be used for correcting colors, retouching, and applying effects. Silver Efex Pro 2 is aimed at enhancing black-and-white photography, while Viveza 2 allows photographers to adjust tonality and colors.
Sharpener Pro 3 does exactly what its name suggests, while Dfine 2 brings noise reduction technology to the pack.
Google said that it is very committed to providing advanced editing to Adobe Photoshop users.
However, it is worth noting that that these plugins have not been updated yet. They are still offering the same features as a few months ago. Their advantage is that they are cheaper, but it remains to be seen whether Google will keep its promise and update the Nik Collection in the future or not.