Google Nik Tools are now FREE Downloads
Google announced today that the Nik Collection of photo enhancement tools would henceforth be free downloads.
Nik Software tools, primarily designed as Photoshop plugins, have achieved a stellar reputation over the years. Most of my B&W photography friends use Nik Silver Efex Pro and consider this tool an essential part of their tool kit.
It has been part of my tool box for several years. Nik Software was acquired by Google in 2012.
The collection consists of seven individual plugins that work in Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, and other editing software. The tools can also be used as stand-alone applications.
A photo can be loaded into a Nik tool by simply dragging it from Photo Gallery to the desktop shortcut icon for the specific tool as illustrated here.
All these tools, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, Color Efex Pro, Analog Efex Pro, Dfine, Sharpener Pro, HDR Efex Pro, offer rich sets of option for fine tuning photographs. These are professional level tools, yet they are easy to learn and use.
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