FREE GIFTS! The Nik Collection from Google and Nik Tutorials from GreyLearning

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Once upon a time this cost a small fortune. Now you can download it free. It works with Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and Photoshop Elements

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you know just how coveted Nik imaging software programs are. Google bought Nik in 2012 and has announced that as they focus on long-term investments in building photo editing tools for mobile use, including Google Photos and Snapseed, they’re going to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available free.

Actually, insiders say Snapseed was the prime target but Google had to take the whole Nik enchilada in order to acquire it. Since the Collection doesn’t appear to fit into their future plans, Goggle has decided to give it to the masses.

The Nik Collection (for Mac and Windows) 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 hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Included are Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. Together, their price tag when Nik first marketed them was more than $1,000. Then, as a collection it dropped to about $500 and Goggle ended up selling it for $150.

Now you can download them all for nothing! To add icing to the cake, Tim Grey, who’s produced more than four hours of GreyLearning tutorials on the software is hopping on the bandwagon and offering free access to all of them.

But wait– there’s more. If you paid hard cash for the Google Nik Collection anytime in 2016, Google will refund your money; you don’t even have to ask for it– it’s already on its way to you. It’s almost too much to contemplate– all these gestures of generosity that will allow you to do a myriad of imaging magic.

Says Google: “We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.” What they don’t say is if they’re going to continue to support the software. Probably not. But as the saying goes: “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”

Get Google’s Nik Collection software here.

And access the GreyLearning tutorials here.

 

 

13 Comments

  1. Thank you for letting me know this. I am thrilled, and it’s a definite bonus to get Tim Grey’s tutorials.

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  2. Does anyone know whether it works with Capture One?

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  3. I put it on Photoshop CC and no problems. I spent four hours playing with it. Love it!!

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  4. And if you purchased the collection in 2015?

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    • Looks like you’re out of luck, though it wouldn’t hurt to give Google a query. They might make an exception but I’m not too hopeful about that.

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  5. I have tried every password that I know, but none work. Is it for Red River. Google, Apple, or what?

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    • There is no password required to download the NIK Collection. Just click the link at the end of the blog post and you’ll arrive at a web page with a blue “Download” button in the upper right hand corner. Click on it, choose Mac or PC and your download will begin.

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  6. That’s great, but it apparently is not compatible with Windows 10.

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    • I installed it on Windows 10 and Lightroom CC/Photoshop CC with no problems.

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    • Works for me on Win 10…need PS 5.1 file, automate, choose NIK…get the whole thing…maybe you refer to “stand alone”….I don’t know about that.

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