Google Nik Collection Free

Google has recently announced that the Nik Collection is now available FREE.

If you are interested in obtaining the Nik Collection of software free you can use this link.

Nikon 1 V2 + Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD, 10mm, f/5.6, -0.7 step, 1/80, ISO-800
Nikon 1 V2 + Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD, 10mm, f/5.6, -0.7 step, 1/80, ISO-800

I have been using the Nik Collection of software as part of my standard workflow for quite a while. I particularly like some of the functions in Viveza and Color Efex Pro for landscape and other images.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-360
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-360

Over the past couple of years every image used in my various articles has included some kind of adjustment done using the Nik Collection.

Nikon 1 V2 + Nikon 1 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6, 7mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + Nikon 1 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6, 7mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-160

Color Efex Pro has a couple of functions (polarization, pro contrast) that I find very useful for landscape images specifically.

Nikon 1 V2 + Nikon 1 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 7mm, efov 18mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + Nikon 1 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 7mm, efov 18mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-160

You may also find functions like Detail Extractor helpful for nature and bird images.

Nikon 1 V2 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 250mm, efov 675mm, f/5.6, 1/1250, ISO-220
Nikon 1 V2 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 250mm, efov 675mm, f/5.6, 1/1250, ISO-220

The Nik Collection acts as a plug-in with a number of programs including Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. If you use any of these programs you’ll need to check to see if the version you have is compatible with the Nik Collection. If it is I’d certainly recommend this FREE download.

From my perspective, whether Google decides to continue with updates to the Nik Collection in the future isn’t much of an issue. This is a great suite of software that can enhance your images in a host of different ways. The fact that is now available FREE is simply a great opportunity.

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4 thoughts on “Google Nik Collection Free”

  1. Just as a thought, this might make purchasing Lightroom worthwhile, just so could use the Nik software. What do others think about that?

    Tom, when you use Nik, do you use in Lightroom or Photoshop?

    1. Hi William,

      I use CS6 which is the last ‘boxed’ version of Photoshop. I do my basic RAW processing in OpticsPro 10 then export a DNG file into CS6. Once the file is in CS6 (or Lightroom) I have access to the Nik plug-ins. There are quite a few adjustments that I quite like in Nik and every image that I have published in my articles for the past couple of years has had some kind of adjustment done in Nik. Whether it is worth the money is a tough call.

      I suppose it all comes down to the look you are trying to achieve and if you are willing to use more than one program. Typically I let Opticspro 10 make its standard adjustments and I usually only add a bit of micro-contrast, Global and Detail sharpness…and occasionally I may adjust highlights. Every image is different of course, but typically that’s all I do in OpticsPro. Once the file is in CS6 I may adjust basic sliders and perhaps Curves and Levels…and make final tweaks in Nik. There are a lot of different adjustments in Nik so it is hard to explain when and what I use. I most often use Color Efex and Viveza.

      Tom

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