For those who are editing their photos using a PC or Mac, the Google Nik Collection is now available for download and it is absolutely free of charge. While those that were able to purchase the application when it was purchased by the tech giant before, those that did shell out money to buy the program will get a full refund. The photo editing application has its own set of image processing tools and it formerly cost $150 to purchase.
Google Nik Collection Can Now be Downloaded Free of Charge
The Google Nik Collection is a suite of seven professional-grade plugins that are compatible for both Mac and Windows computers. Those who have purchased the software will be able to receive an automatic refund from the firm within the next few days.
It is comprised of Colour Efex Pro, Viveza, Sharpener Pro, Dfine, Analogue Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, and HDR Efex Pro. These provide several features for those who need more flexibility and versatility in their image editing prowess. For example, these have the ability to emulate a classic film stock image. These can also create nuanced color corrections, or black and white to color (or vice-versa) conversions. There are also features that can sharpen details and assist in reducing image noise.
Of course, there are already some applications other than Nik Collection that can already do the aforementioned features, and possibly even more. Software such as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop can do those things. However, Google’s dedicated plugins provide a better degree of control as what can be seen and used from other standalone applications. For instance, Silver Efex Pro will be able to deliver black and white conversions that are better-looking than what you can achieve from using Adobe Lightroom alone.
Google bought Nik Software back in 2012 and the firm known for its search engine have also acquired the popular iOS editing app, Snapseed. However, Snapseed is now also available for Android devices and it was an unsurprising release as it only followed soon after the iOS launch. The Snapseed Windows-based desktop version, however, was simultaneously discontinued.
When Google acquired Nik Software, they have also obtained the now every individual app that formed the now Google Nik Collection. The suite has enough features for serious and professional image editors. At the time of acquisition, the total package would have cost $499.95, but the firm immediately bundled all of them together to be placed at a more cheaper price point. Now, the entire suite is completely free.