Nik Collection is a photo-editing plug-ins that was owned by Snapseed developer before Google bought it. Just like any other photo editing software’s like Photoshop, Aperture, Lightroom etc. This software allows user to download and use seven in-built plugins for free that works with Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture. The seven plug-ins are Analog Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, Sharpener Pro, Dfine, HDR Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro.
Windows Vista and higher, Adobe Photoshop CS4 through CC 2015, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through Element 13( apart from HDR Efex Pro 2 which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements), Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3-CC.
Mac® OS X 10.7.5-10.10, Adobe Photoshop CS4 (CS5 for HDR Efex Pro 2) through CC 2015, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 13 (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements), Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 6/CC, Apple® Aperture® 3.1 or later
NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series, GeForce 9 Series, GeForce 100 Series, GeForce 200 Series, GeForce 300 Series, GeForce 400 Series, GeForce 500 Series, ATI Radeon HD2000 Series, Radeon HD3000 Series, Radeon HD4000 Series, Radeon HD5000 Series, Radeon HD6000 Series.
If no compatible card is available, GPU acceleration will be disabled and the CPU will be used
Nik Collection Installation:
- Once the above system requirements are met by the computer, go ahead and download Google Nik Collection from the link below .
- Before installing Nik Collection, make sure to quit any image editing host applications like Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture, if they are running.
- Double click on the setup file to run, follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
- After the installation is complete, the Nik Collection filters will be available for use within image editing host applications.
“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,” said Google in its blog post.
The software used to cost $500 before Google bought it and recently Google made Nik Collection free for download. Go ahead and download the software from this link.
To learn how to use different filters available in Google Nik Collection, one can refer to their Youtube channel here.