Great news if you are into photography – Google is giving away its entire Nik Collection photo editing software for free.
The entire suite is available to download free of charge via the company’s website.
Google bought Nik Software, the company behind the excellent Snapseed photo editing app back 2012.
Not long after the takeover by Google, the price of the Nik Collection plugins was reduced from $500 to just $150.
However, Google has now decided to make the plugins completely free and also announced that anyone who bought the Nik Collection in 2016 will receive a full refund.
“Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it,” Google said in a statement.
“The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.”
There are a total of seven plugins which can be used as standalone programs in their own right, however, they tend to work best when used as a plugin within Photoshop.
The plugins available include Color Efex Pro, which enables you to add a wide range of different colour filters, HDR Efex Pro, which lets you fine tune your HDR option, Dfine, which helps you reduce noise in your photographs, and Viveza which offers advanced enhancements to all images.
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