Google has announced that the Nik Collection plugins are now free to download for all users, allowing image-editing enthusiasts to save about $150 in the process.
Nik Software was the maker of some amazing image-editing plugins before being purchased by Google in September 2012. These professional tools were available for Apple’s Aperture and Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom software.
After buying it, the search giant announced Nik Collection by Google, a bundle that consisted of all plugins for a price of $149. Before the announcement in March 2013, the plugins were priced at about $100 each, while the entire collection was sold for $500.
Well, it is time for Google to slash the price of the software once again. As stated above, the bundle used to cost $149, but it is now $149 cheaper, meaning that you can download Nik Collection for free.
You can now download Nik Collection plugins for free
The Nik Collection plugins deliver accessibility along with user-friendliness and professional image-editing capabilities. Up until now, people had to pay almost $150 to grab all seven tools, but Google confirmed that, effective immediately, the entire suite is free of charge.
People who edit their photos using either one of Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture can download Nik Collection for free. The bundle includes the following plugins:
- Analog Efex Pro – gives your photos that classic / film look;
- Color Efex Pro – provides superior color correction and retouching tools;
- Silver Efex Pro – make your black-and-white photos stand out from the crowd;
- Viveza – can be used for adjusting colors and tones with ease;
- HDR Efex Pro – takes your HDR photos to the next level;
- Sharpener Pro – used for image sharpening and for uncovering details that you did not think were in your shots;
- Dfine – effective noise reduction that enhances your photos.
The plugins are compatible with Windows Vista, 7, and 8, as well as with Mac OS X 10.7.5 all the way up to Mac OS X 10.10. They will work without hindrances in Photoshop CS4 up to CC 2015, Photoshop Elements 9 all the way to Photoshop Elements 13, Lightroom 3 up to Lightroom 6 or CC, and Aperture 3.1 or above versions.
It is worth noting that HDR Efex Pro 2 will not work in Photoshop CS4, as it is compatible with CS5 and CS6 versions. Additionally, HDR Efex Pro 2 will not work in Photoshop Elements because it is not supported by this tool.
The plugins support GPU acceleration and are compatible with the Nvidia GeForce 8 series or newer as well as with Radeon HD2000 or newer graphics cards.
The company’s announcement also says that people who bought the plugins in 2016 will be reimbursed. They should receive their money automatically within a few days. Head over to Google’s website in order to download Nik Collection for free.