Nik Collection is loved by many photographers, and despite some difficulties, it’s been around for 25 years. To celebrate its birthday, the famous photo plugin suite has released its latest 3.3 version, which includes a pack of 25 brand new presets.
The new presets are available for Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro. They are divided into five series, each containing five presets:
- Classic Portrait Color
- Classic Portrait Black & White
- Light & Bright
DxO, which owns Nik Collection since 2017, decided on these five groups of presets because these are the five most popular genres “among expert and amateur photographers alike.” Here’s DxO’s further description of the presets so you get a better idea:
With its ten “Classic Portrait Color” Presets for Color Efex Pro and “Classic Portrait Black & White” Presets for Silver Efex Pro, the Nik Collection 3 by DxO offers users a modern and holistic approach to the genre. “High Key Bright” brings out the whites and brightness in colour portraits, giving images a joyful and optimistic ambiance. With its lower exposure levels, “Hint of Color” creates a more dramatic look that nonetheless remains soft through the addition of a colour tint.
With respect to black-and-white photography, “Hollywood Glamour” produces images with high contrast yet controls the darker tones in the image to conceal any flaws. For those nostalgic for the analogue film era, “Rugged” offers a perfectly balanced, fine-grain look.
When it comes to landscape photography, the “Light & Bright” series designed for Color Efex Pro opts for a colourful take on the genre through a selection of monochromatic or chromatic-dominant Presets. “Cafe Mocha” adds a dark beige tint, while “Pink Lemonade” uses a pink tint. With their green and blue tones, “Fade Away” and “Heavenly Blue” give landscapes a timeless look. “Sunshine Morning” creates softer and more balanced tints.
The “Wildlife” series for Color Efex Pro includes Presets that showcase a variety of lighting effects and highlight detail. With its blue tint and slight blur, “Cool Evening” simulates a semi-nocturnal ambiance. “Sunny Day” mimics the effect of a bright, noon-day sun without flattening the image. Wish your photo was a bit sharper? “Fur Details” increases micro-contrast and enhances textures, resulting in an incredibly realistic effect.
The special anniversary update is fully compatible with the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements. It’s also optimized to be compatible with macOS Big Sur and the 2021 versions of Adobe’s host applications.
As for the price, you’ll pay €149/£125/~$176 if you’re a new user and €79/£69/~93 for the upgrade. You can find more info on DxO’s website, where you can also get the latest Nik update.