Nik Collection Now a Free Download

Suite of 7 desktop post-processing programs

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Mar 24, 2016
Nik Collection Now a Free Download

Google has announced that its Nik Collection of desktop-post processing software is becoming freeware, effective immediately.  This means that anyone can now download and use the software for free, and customers who purchased Nik products in 2016 will receive a full refund. 

The Nik Collection consists of the following software:

  • Analog Efex Pro — Darkroom effects
  • Color Efex Pro — Color filters
  • Silver Efex Pro — Black-and-wite conversion
  • Viveza — Image enhancement
  • HDR Efex Pro — High dynamic range images
  • Sharpener Pro — Detail enhancement
  • Dfine — Noise reduction

These programs can help photographers expand their creativity by going above and beyond the tools found in core editors such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.  With a host of one-click actions and handy tools, Nik is also a viable alternative and/or supplement to the Topaz suite of editing plugins.

Shortly after Goolge acquired Nik in 2012, the price of the Nik Collection was halved to $149.  Now that Nik desktop collection is free, Google has announced that it will focus its long-term development efforts on a different market entirely, namely photo editing applications on mobile platforms.

Nik Collection free download links:

Take the software for a spin and share your results on the forum!

Photo credits: Laurie Rubin (article), Brian Matiash (banner)

Press Release

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. 

Via Google+

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