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What is the DxO Nik Collection?
The Nik Collection is one of the best-known and best-loved plug-in suites in photography. It was orginally created by Nik Software, bought out by Google, left to languish for a while without any further development and then bought, resurrected and updated for the latest software and operating systems by DxO. The Nik Collection consists of eight plug-ins:
- Analog Efex Pro (added by Google): retro camera, film and darkroom simulations
- Color Efex Pro: a large library of photo effects that can be used individually or combined
- Silver Efex Pro: Legendary black and white conversion, editing and enhancement tool
- HDR Efex Pro: HDR software that can merge a bracketed set of exposures or work on single files
- Perspective Efex (added by DxO in Nik Collection 3): Powerful perspective correction tools
- Dfine: Noise reduction plug-in
- Sharpener Pro: Capture sharpening and export sharpening
- Viveza: Dodging and burning for color images using control points
The Nik Collection plug-ins can be used from within Photoshop and Lightroom. However, (little known fact) they also work as standalone programs, so they can be used on their own or as external editors with programs like Capture One.
DxO Nik Collection 3.3 is a free update for existing Nik Collection 3 users who bought that versions after its launch in June 2020. Owners of Nik Collection 2 or earlier DxO versions can upgrade for $79/£69 by logging in to their user accounts. The full price for new users is $149/£125.
The DxO Nik Collection is one of the candidates in the Life after Photoshop list of Best image-editing software. It’s available in both Mac and PC versions.
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