Nik Collection now free (Win/Mac)


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Doug
Nik Collection now free (Win/Mac)

Google's been pretty clear that Nik isn't part of its future -- just some stuff it picked up while buying Snapseed. Today Google released the entire Nik Collection for free.

Keep an eye on the various requirements: Nik generally requires an Adobe host (Photoshop, Lightroom, or Photoshop Elements; Aperture is usable on Mac), and it doesn't work reliably with the latest version of Photoshop Elements (PSE 14). It's also not guaranteed to work on Windows 10. I suspect that the compatibility issues were one of the factors in Google deciding that now was the time to pull the plug on Nik.

Anyone who paid for a Nik license in 2016 is supposed to get an automatic refund.

Edited to add: numerous reports indicate that the various Nik Collection programs can be used, sort-of, in a stand-alone mode. You'll need to first make a copy of your image, in JPEG or TIFF format. Then drag/drop that copy onto the executable program. When you close the program, the edited image will be stored back into the file that you dropped (hence the importance of editing a copy). This apparently was to allow Nik to be used as an external editor from Lightroom.

jim2161
Nik Collection now free (Win/Mac)

Will the collection work with on1 10; Affinity ?

 

Jim

Jacal
As reported on other forums,

it can be, at least partially, used with Gimp and IrfanView on Windows. I suggest you to try, whether it works with your programs, and report here.

Have a nice day!

jim2161
NIK Collection now free (Win/Mac)

When I tried to install it, the only host applications that were shown were Adobe.

This was on a MacBook Pro with OSX 10.10.5 (Yosemite). So for now the answer is no.

Doug
Unhosted

Some applications use Nik unhosted, including Lightroom. Basically you use the programs as "external editors." If your program can create a temporary JPG (or TIFF) of the image you're working on, call another program to operate on that file, then read the changed file back in, you should be able to use Nik with that program.

LightZone doesn't have that feature. It doesn't really fit in with a non-destructive editing system. But then, Adobe did include it in Lightroom.

jim2161
NIK Collection now free (Win/Mac)

I was able to install the NIK collection by following the following tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfwp2lbCKzU

I hope this can be of use to others using Affinity Photo.

 

Jim

PS The tutorial is for Mac only.

tacua
on windows use as a standalone

Here's a site that explains how to use the Nik Collection as a standalone:  http://edknepleyphoto.com/2013/06/15/using-the-nik-collection-in-a-stand...

I am using Photoshop CS 2, which is to old to use the Collection as a plugin.  I have been using them as standalone programs, the one I like the most is Dfine, their anti-noise.  I really like how it works, and the price is sure right.  A word of warning, make sure you use a copy for any editing you do,  any actons saved can not be undone and you will lose your original.

Will
tacua, I also have Photoshop

tacua, I also have Photoshop CS 2 and have been using the Nik Collection with it.  Have not had any problems, just have to click on Filter and the Nik Collection in on the bottom.

tacua
Nik plugins

Will, after reading your post I reinstalled Nik 8BF files into my PS plugins.  They do kind of work.  The Nik action opens, I then apply the adjustments and select save.  It will say that it is saving the edit, but there is no immediate result.  I then have to click on the PS>Filter heading and then click the action at the very top.  The edits will then be applied to the photo that I had performed one step before.  If I click on the brush option in Nik the action disappears, I am not able to use the brush option in Nik.

As a side, when I heard about Affinity beta was going to be availlable for Windows in a few weeks, I registered for the release.  That was March, it has been more than a few weeks. The Nik collection should work in Affinity with all of its options.

Jacal
On Windows,

sharpening and noise reduction seem to work fine with Zoner 17. Unlike Irfan, Zoner can deal with 16-bit images. ("Pro" version, not free, but often given away.)

 

P.S.: Spell-checker currently looks to be missing.

tex
spell-checker...

hmmmm....

Jacal
See the date,

I guess you were actually after #9, the newest post here.

Have a nice day!

Photonoxx
Probably (but not sure it's

Probably (but not sure it's THE reason) the forum's text editor is based on javascript code and not based on "normal" html text area form with some js added. So, with my browser too, no spell checker seems to be functionnal.

dke
Zoner Photo Studio 17 pro for free
Terry Q
nik use

bit late, but someone might be searching as I am.  Its worth knowing that CS2 is a free download from adobe. Its still avaialable as of today. This makes it the best way to use Nik if you dont want to pony up for an adobe product.

Jacal
Gimp 2.9.x,

Partha's build for Windows and Mac, comes preconfigured to use Nik collection and some similar tools, including panorama stitchers, with powerful G'MIC plugin preinstalled, plus PhotoFlow for raw images, etc. "Colour corrected" versions are also available.

Installing CS2 is de iure only legal with a valid licence, as far as I know.