Are you a professional photographer? Then you probably have had time to perfect a decent workflow that helps you transform so-so images into exceptional digital captures.
But should you need a helping hand – or you just want to add some new tools to your resume – Google has a surprise for you.
In a recent announcement, the company’s Nik Collection of apps and plugins was given a $150 discount from the regular price. The tools are now completely free – and just for a limited amount of time.
Not only is the collection free for anyone to download at any time from now on, but Google also promised refunds for every user who has already acquired the collection from the beginning of 2017.
This is what Google said in its announcement: “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.”
There are seven desktop plugins in the Nik Collection that can help you with a powerful range of photo editing capabilities, including retouching and creative effects, filter applications, image sharpening, and the ability to make adjustments to the color of images.
While the different plugins in the collection can be run as standalone products, Google recommends you use them as an integrated part of an existing image editing program, such as the popular Adobe’s PhotoShop.
Here’s what you’ll be downloading; HDR Efex Pro, which helps you fine-tune your high-dynamic-range editing; Analog Efex Pro, for adding a more vintage look to your images; Color Efex Pro, for retouching and color correction.
There’s also Silver Efex Pro, for enhancing black-and-white pictures; Viveza, for toying with parameters like saturation, brightness, contrast, and hue; Dfine, for noise reduction while preserving the details; and Sharpener Pro, which does exactly what you think it does.
So is Google altruistic, or is this a sign that the Nik Collection was not bringing in as much revenue as the company hoped it would? Some users are now concerned Google won’t be issuing any more updates to the collection, as it becomes a lower priority.
Maybe you’re a PhotoShop user and never much cared about other image editing software, but if you’re curious of Google’s Nik suite, you can now download it from here.
Image Source: Digital Camera World