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 Nik Collection has had a tumultuous history, but it remains one of the most popular and much-loved plugin suites out there for Photoshop and Lightroom. After it was acquired by Google, its future was uncertain, especially after Google announced they’d pretty much abandoned it. Fortunately, they were willing to turn it over to DxO, who released a version 2.5 update a few months later to add some new features and fix a number of issues.
Today, DxO has announced the release of the Nik Collection 3, a major upgrade to the suite, with newly designed Nik Selective Tool (the plugin launcher for Photoshop), new quick edit and non-destructive workflow tools with direct one-click access from within Photoshop to your favourite presets in Silver Efex Pro and HDR Efex Pro. The new upgrade also sees lens and perspective distortion correction and tilt-shift style miniature effects with a new Perspective Efex.
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.
DxO has just released the Nik Collection 2, the new and improved suite of plugins for Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, and Photoshop Elements. This time last year the first Nik Collection under DxO was released, and the upgraded version brings new presets, but also a few other improvements.
After Google abandoned Nik Collection, DxO jumped in and announced that they would develop it further. And at last, the Nik Collection 2018 is alive, updated and ready for download. As everyone assumed, it’s not free any longer. Until 1 July 2018, you’ll need to pay $50 for the latest version.
When Google abandoned Nik Collection, DxO Labs acquired it and announced plans to develop it further. Despite going into receivership recently, DxO Labs hasn’t given up on updating the Nik Collection after all. According to the most recent announcement, the long-awaited update is coming in June 2018.
The news that Google abandons Nik Collection affected users all over the world. Over the years, many photographers embraced it as a part of their workflow, and one of such users started a petition to bring the collection back. Sascha Rheker from Germany started the petition on Change.org, in an attempt to make Google go on with developing Nik collection.
Google haven’t so much announced as “slipped in” that they’ve ceased development of the Nik Collection via a banner. Google acquired Nik Software, the company behind the Collection, in 2012. It was only just over a year ago that Google announced it was making the Nik Collection a completely free download for all users. Now, it seems, that the new price tag doesn’t justify continued development.
The Nik Collection contains seven applications. Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. For now it’s still available, compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.10, Windows Vista, 7 & 8, Adobe Photoshop CS4 through CC2015 and Lightroom 3 through 6/CC. Unofficially, the Nik Collection also seems to run fine on Windows 10, too, for now.