Google is making its collection of image-editing plugins — the Nik Collection — available free of charge. Previously sold for $149, the Nik Collection came into Google’s hands when it acquired Nik Software three years ago. If you recently shelled out on the plugins, you needn’t feel like you’re getting a bad deal; Google says that anyone who purchased the collection this year is eligible for a full refund.
Comprising seven plugins — Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine — Google says that the Nik Collection brings “powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people”.
The plugins include a range of filters and customizable controls, but the ditching of the price tag has worried some users. It is some time since Google issued any updates to the collection, and some people have voiced fears that making it available for free is an indication that it is being cut loose and may not be updated again. Even if this is the case, there’s nothing to lose in taking the plugins for a test drive.
Announcing the free availability of the collection, Google says:
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, so that now anyone can use it.
The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.
You can download the Nik Collection free of charge right now.