Nik Collection

Nik Collection is a popular set of 8 photo processing plugins for Photoshop, Lightroom, DxO Photolab, Affinity Photo and some other packages.

  • Color Efex Pro — Package of filters that comes with many effects for adjusting tonality and colour.
  • Viveza — Color control with advanced functions to change contrast and saturation
  • Dfine — Noise reduction
  • Sharpener Pro — Image sharpening
  • HDR Efex Pro — Specialized program for processing HDR pictures
  • Silver Efex Pro — Black & White conversion
  • Analog Efex Pro — Applies film-era camera, lens, and film simulation to digital images.
  • Perspective Efex — Corrects perspective and optical geometric distortions

The collection was developed originally by Nik software which was later bought by Google. Google eventually ceased development and made the program suite free (see below). DxO later acquired the software and resumed development (currently version 3).

Free version 1.2.11 circa 2016

These links may change. The software has undergone some development and improvement since this era, but for the price, this edition is good value if you don’t want to fork out for the current offering.

Current version

Currently DxO offer a free 30 day trial, and sells a lifetime license. Among its features, the Lightroom plugin offers a non-destructive workflow (via multi-layer TIFF files). The filters offer a diversity of controls for colour and tonality and a huge range of presets. The denoise and sharpener plugins are reputed to work well.

Links and Reviews

  • https://nikcollection.dxo.com/
  • https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/dxo-nik-collection-3-review#section-color-efex-pro
  • http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/review-of-dxo-nik-collection-3/
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