For those of us that have been using Photoshop and Lightroom for at least several years, we know that plug-ins have been an intricate part of processing a lot of our images so we can achieve a look that goes beyond what our camera’s have given us.
Nik products came out quite a few years ago and first appeared as part of Nikon Capture, using U-point technology. Don’t worry about the history lesson. Then Nik jumped into the market with a series of products outlined in this article from Peta Pixel.
When I first bought the individual products, before it was a collection, they all ran me about $500 or $600 dollars. Then Nik decided to take a Google deal (take the money and run) and soon after that Google dropped the price down to $150.00. Unfortunately Google did not do much to make the products better or upgraded and there is a chance as time goes buy that as programs like Lightroom get major upgrades, or Macintosh and Windows systems change specifications that the plug-ins may stop working. I mention this because now that it is free I am willing to assume that there will be no further development of the products.
Fortunately there are other plug ins and stand alone programs that sell for reasonable prices as well as presets that will continue to grow in capabilities. Software like that provided by MacPhun for Macintosh users and Alien Skin Exposure X for both Mac and Windows users, VSCO presets, Seim Presets as well as many others.
BUT FOR NOW NIK COLLECTINO IS FREE AND THEY DO A GREAT JOB
“Whoa. Google just announced that it’s making its Nik Collection of desktop photo editing software 100% free. You may remember that Google acquired Nik Soft……”