Google has a reputation for offering some of its most useful software resources and services free of charge. While most of them are not famous to the regular users, you might find the latest free offering, the Nik Collections quite useful if you love photos.
When Google acquired Nik’s advanced photo editing software back in 2012, they lowered the price tag and continued upgrading and bettering the software for the sake of interested photo enthusiasts.
Google has now taken it all free making the Nik collection available to most, if not all photographers that want to give their photos a professional touch.
What Does the Nik Collection Entail?
The Nik collections suite consists of seven plugins that will augment desktop versions of Adobe Photoshop, Apple’s Aperture, Lightroom and Photoshop elements.
The most notable features of the suite include Color Efex Pro, Silver Efec Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, Dfine and Analog Efex Pro.
The idea behind Nix Collection is to make photo editing and enhancement simpler. For instance, you can use Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro to tune and adjust the colors on colored or black and white photos.
Viveza will help you add more vibrancy to your images by adjusting color and tone while the Sharpener Pro will sharpen any hazy photos.
Things will get better now that they’re free
Photo enthusiasts and professional photographers can now take their photo editing game a notch higher without spending anything.
Couple this with the fact that Google will give you free online tutorials and you get what it takes to convert your amateur smartphone photos into something to behold.
While this could be good news to armature photographers, it is an alarming move to professional photographers who have been using it for professional work. Google has a reputation of killing off software. They killed Picasa, I don’t think they will have a hard time killing Nik should it be a threat to their current priority, Google Photos.