Calling all photo enthusiasts all around the world, Google has just made its Nik Collection of photo editing software completely free. Google previously dropped the price from US$499 to US$150 when it first acquired Nik, which is also the previous owner of Snapseed.
Nik Collection consists of seven tools that can either work as a standalone software, or as plugins for popular photo editors like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The tools are:
- Analog Efex Pro – Explore the look and feel of classic camera, films and lenses
- Color Efex Pro – A comprehensive set of filters for colour collection, retouching, and creative effects
- Silver Efex Pro – Master the art of black-and-white photography with darkroom-inspired controls
- Viveza – Selectively adjust the colour and tonality of your images without complicated masks or selections
- HDR Efex Pro – From natural to artistic, explore the full potential of HDR photography
- Sharpener Pro – Bring out hidden details consistently with the professional’s choice for image sharpening
- Dfine – Improve your images with noise reduction tailored to your camera
This entire collection is free right now. For those who bought the collection within this year, Google will give you a full refund, which will be automatically issued back to you “in the coming days”.
Back in 2012, Google acquired Nik Software, the maker of the popular Snapseed mobile photo editing app. Soon after that, the company dropped the price of Nik Collection from US$499 to US$150, and is now available for free. According to a Google+ post by Nik Collection by Google, this is part of the company’s “long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed”.
Check out Nik Collection at its website right now. Nik Collection is compatible with Mac and Windows.