Google Nik Collection.

Nik Collection is a set of plug-ins developed for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture. The Collection consists of vintage camera filters, black and white controls, HDR effects, noise reduction, colour correction, colour enhancement and sharpening.

Back in 2012, search giant, Google acquired this software bringing it and its popular photo editor Snapseed into its list of assets. Snapseed was at that time the most preferred photo editor on the iTunes App Store. Later in 2013, Google announced Snapseed would no longer be available as a Desktop application; thereby making it a mobile-only app. At that same time, the price of the Nik Collection crashed from $500 to $150. In 2016, Google again announced that the Nik Collection would now be going for free. There was so much joy in the photography community because the Nik Collection was very useful especially in speeding up our post-production workflow.

Google just made an announcement via a banner it posted on the Nik Collection Website and it reads;

The Nik Collection is free and compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.10; Windows Vista, 7, 8; and Adobe Photoshop through CC 2015.
We have no plans to update the Collection or add new features over time.

Nik Collection

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS.

Well, for those who still make good use of this collection, there’s no guarantee that it’ll be compatible with future versions of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, Mac OS and Windows OS. You could just download a free copy and keep just in case; probably Google may just be magnanimous enough to make it some sort of open-source project where developers can redefine and keep it alive.. otherwise we’ll miss you dearly NIK…….

Forte

Digital Content Creator at ForteSpy Productions
Nigerian Wedding, Beauty, Portraits And Fashion Photographer | Cinematographer | 3D Animator | Motion Graphic Artist | Graphic And Web Designer

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