The Nik Collection has had a pretty turbulent and uncertain journey over the last few years. Google acquired it in 2012 when they bought out Nik Software to get their hands on Snapseed, but they didn’t do much with it. In 2017, Google abandoned it and had no plans to continue it beyond Adobe CC15. Just a few months later it was acquired by DxO, cleaned up, and last year they released Nik 2.
Now, DxO has announced the Nik Collection 2.5, which comes with five new film type simulations, some of which are no longer available as actual film, and added support for Affinity Photo.
The new film simulations feature some old (and new) favourites, including some that are no longer in production as actual real film. DxO says that each one has been “carefully selected for its chromatic intensity and fine grain”.
- AGFA Precista CT100
- Fujifilm FP-100C
- Fujifilm INSTAX
- Fujichrome Provia 400X
- Lomography Redscale 100
Fuji’s FP-100C & Provia 400X along with Agfa’s Precista CT 100 stopped being manufactured between 2005 and 2016. These days, you can usually only find old expired film on the used market, if you’re lucky. The new simulations allow you to get those kinds of looks with you digital shots.
The big news with Nik Collection 2.5, though is support for Affinity Photo. DxO says it’s fully compatible with Affinity Photo 1.8, the newest version of the editing software. Ashley Hewson, Managing Director at Serif says that compatibility with the Nik Collection has been one of their most requested features by customers. As always, the Nik Collection still works with Adobe Photoshop, too.
The Nik Collection 2.5 for PC and Mac is available to download on the DxO website for $149/£125 ($80/£69 upgrade for Nik Collection 2018 by DxO users). Nik Collection 2 by DxO users can upgrade to 2.5 for free.