Heads up to all shutterbugs out there, Google recently made Nik Collection available for FREE.
What is it? Nik Collection is a suite of seven plug-ins for photo enthusiasts out there. It was acquired by Google when it bought the German developer Nik for its mobile photo editing app Snapseed. It includes Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. These plug-ins are also compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements.
If you have bought it in 2016, you will be automatically refunded. Awesome!
As Google aims to strengthen their game and in the hopes of developing more awesome features for Google Photos and Snapseed, this collection which was once available for professionals only is now available for even more people. Thank you Google! You’re the bomb dot com! lol You can download them here.
Here’s a quick rundown of the plug-ins included in the suite, and some resulting photos as I tried to used them:
Analog Efex Pro
Explore the look and feel of classic cameras, films, and lenses.
Color Efex Pro
A comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects.
Silver Efex Pro
Master the art of black-and-white photography with darkroom-inspired controls.
HDR Efex Pro
From natural to artistic, explore the full potential of HDR photography.
Bring out hidden details consistently with the professional’s choice for image sharpening.
Selectively adjust the color and tonality of your images without complicated masks or selections.
Improve your images with noise reduction tailored to your camera.
GOOGLE Nik Collection
THE VERGE: Google makes its $149 Nik Collection of photography tools completely free