I’ve been a longtime user and fan of the Nik Collection. So that’s why I’m happy to see that DxO has continued developing the software after they acquired the rights to develop the software from Google. Prior to Google offering it for no fee for a while (when it was sold by Nik Software), the Collection cost hundreds of dollars, and in my opinion is still worth hundreds of dollars…as long as you use it of course :). The cost of the 2018 v1.1 bundle today is $69.
Featured in the latest version of the Nik Collection by DxO are the following seven plugins (Descriptions courtesy DxO):
• Analog Efex Pro, a classic lens, camera, and analog film simulator.
• Color Efex Pro, for color corrections, retouching, and creative effects.
• Dfine, which reduces noise in digital images.
• HDR Efex Pro, for editing HDR images.
• Sharpener Pro, for increasing the precision and detail of digital images.
• Silver Efex Pro, a black-and-white converter inspired by dark room techniques.
• Viveza, for locally adjusting color and the tonality of specific areas within the image.
Nik Collection by DxO can be opened with a number of other programs, including DxO PhotoLab 2, Serif Affinity Photo, Skylum Luminar, and other image processing software that features an export menu to a third-party program (or that’s compatible with Photoshop plugins).”
As I mentioned earlier, the cost of the Collection for Mac or Windows users is US $69 (£59 / €69). Users who purchased Nik Collection by DxO after June 2018 may update their software for free, and you can find a free 30 day trial HERE, as well as link to purchase the collection.
I found this page very interesting on DxO’s website regarding a suggested workflow when using the plugins in the Collection. I generally use only one or two of their plugins for any one image, but it can be helpful to see what they recommend. For many more specific tutorials, I recommend entering the specific plugin name and tutorial into the search bar on YouTube.com. Below is one specific video tutorial by Serge Ramelli that covers both Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro that I found particularly good.
Official technical support from DxO for the Collection is available in the following languages:
And the software is available in the following languages:
As I noted above, the current cost of the Collection for Mac or Windows users is US $69 (£59 / €69), and users who purchased Nik Collection by DxO after June 2018 may update their software for free. You can find a free 30 day trial HERE, as well as link to purchase the Collection.
I recently sent out a â€œTop 5â€ Newsletter to my subscribers (itâ€™s free to sign up via the link at the bottom of this post, or on this page). I send it out about once a month, and it usually includes Lightroom, Photoshop and/or printing tips, information about upcoming workshops, books, etc., and links to special offers or other items of interest. With today, 12/2/2013 being Cyber Monday, I thought Iâ€™d share some special offers that have come across my e-mail in-box, and that I personally am offering. I receive no commission on any of these offers, except of course for my own offers (#5 and #6).
1. Adobeâ€™s very special offer of Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99/month (even if you donâ€™t own any version of any Adobe product).
This is a great offer from Adobe that expires Mon. 12/2/2013. For the last few months, anyone who owned Photoshop CS3 or later could sign up for a new “Photoshop Photography Program” for $9.99/month that includes access to current versions and updates of Photoshop and Lightroom, plus 20GB of online storage and an online portfolio on Behance.com. Now, Adobe is extending that offer to anyone. For more information or to sign up (an annual commitment is required), visit this page. This is for Mac and Windows users.
2. Peak DesignÂ Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special
Peak Design makes some innovative products that I use and highly recommend. Iâ€™ve purchased their PROpad, Leash, CapturePRO with DUALplate (that one plate works with Arca-Swiss style and Manfrotto RC-2 quick release plates (Manfrotto calls it the â€œRapid Connect Systemâ€), and an extra DUALplate so that I use multiple cameras with their CapturePRO.
The company is having a very good Black Friday/Cyber Monday special that you can find here:
Below is a photo and caption from Peak Design’s recent Kickstarter update that shows the products they are offering for the bundle:
3. Kolo.com’s 12 Days of Special Offers
For the next 12 days, Kolo.com is having a number of different special offers. If you don’t know their products, you should definitely take a look at their site. Their books, albums, boxes and other products are very high-end and elegant, but affordable.
The main site, which contains information about the 12 days of special offers is https://www.kolo.com
4. Athentech Imagingâ€™s 50% off Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special Offer
If you like the idea of a â€œone-clickâ€ improvement solution, Athentech Imagingâ€™s Perfectly Clear Plug-Ins are definitely worth a look. They even have a 30 day Money Back Guarantee, and you can download a 30 day trial as well.
My recommendation is to just purchase the Photoshop Plug-in if you own Lightroom and Photoshop. Then, for images you want to correct using the Plug-in, export your files from Lightroom, and then process them inside of Photoshop with the Plug-in. Then import the edited images you want to import into a Lightroom catalog. That will allow you to close Lightroom while you are working in Photoshop on your images. Itâ€™s a bit more time consuming, but you can more easily track your images, and it’s easier to give them unique names that way. Hereâ€™s the link to take advantage of the offer:
5. UPCOMING LIGHTROOM & FINE ART PAPER WORKSHOP
I’m very excited to be offering a three hour inkjet printing with Lightroom workshop in New York City on December 7, 2013. Anyone who mentioned this post and who signs up for the workshop by Wed. 12/4 will receive a free follow-up private 30 minute phone consultation with me ($100 value). I can also view your screen as we chat so that I can see exactly what you are seeing. It’s almost as good as working together in person.
I think the best part of the workshop will be seeing prints on a wide variety of fine-art papers from a number of manufacturers, including:
o Canson Infinity
o HARMAN by HahnemÃ¼hle
o Moab Paper
o Museo Fine Art
o Premier Imaging Products, and
o Red River Paper
For more information or to register, please visit:
6. SPECIAL BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY CONSULTING OFFER
I have a special offer for those who would like to reserve a 3 hour session (or two 90 minute sessions) with me via phone. Instead of my normal rate of $199/hr, your investment is just $99/hr. This special offer is only available if you send me an e-mail through this page and mention this offer. We will then determine a day or two for the sessions, and payment will be due after each session (as long as you are very happy with the services I provide). Some common items that I’ve helped others with recently include: system and file setup, retouching and workflow using Lightroom, and screen to print matching with little effort. I look forward to working with you!
This special offer expires on 12/2/2013 at 11:59pm EST.
Here is the page to send me an e-mail to take advantage of this special offer:
And below is a form to sign up for the newsletter, which includes a link to a free one hour Lightroom and photo tips video.
In February, 2013, I made a one-hour Lightroom tips and street photography webinar replay video available to my newsletter subscribers.
To receive a link and password for the video, just sign up to receive my newsletter (also includes 12 tips from my book,Â 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques,Â a free PDF Resolution Chart for determining sizes for printing), by entering your first name and e-mail below (if you already receive it, the system will let you know right away). Please be sure to confirm your subscription (a confirmation e-mail will arrive in your in-box) after you subscribe. You will then receive an e-mail with the password, as well as a link to the page where you can view the Lightroom video.