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Title: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Canon Rumors on March 29, 2013, 06:45:06 PM

The entire bundle

You can get the entire Nik Collection from Google for $126.65 for a very limited time (until April 2, 2013).¬†Use the code “northlight” at checkout. I use the Silver Efex Pro 2 and Viveza 2 products all the time and paid considerably more for the entire collection!


Buy the Nik Collection


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Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: infared on March 29, 2013, 07:17:42 PM
I think I read on this sight the other day..that if you have purchased one or more Nik software previous to this offer (which I have), that there will be an opportunity from Nik/Google to acquire the rest of the bundle for free. Does anyone have info on this offer??????
Thanks.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Mt Spokane Photography on March 29, 2013, 07:26:49 PM
I think I read on this sight the other day..that if you have purchased one or more Nik software previous to this offer (which I have), that there will be an opportunity from Nik/Google to acquire the rest of the bundle for free. Does anyone have info on this offer? ??? ??
Thanks.
Several reported getting the offer, and a couple fount the offer in their gmail spam folder ;)
You should try to download the package now before the free deal goes away
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: EdB on March 29, 2013, 07:28:57 PM
I think I read on this sight the other day..that if you have purchased one or more Nik software previous to this offer (which I have), that there will be an opportunity from Nik/Google to acquire the rest of the bundle for free. Does anyone have info on this offer??????
Thanks.

http://education.niksoftware.com/2013/03/25/the-nik-collection-by-google-photography-first-for-professionals-and-more/ (http://education.niksoftware.com/2013/03/25/the-nik-collection-by-google-photography-first-for-professionals-and-more/)

If you didn't get an email contact NIK.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: aklewis007 on March 29, 2013, 07:44:32 PM
Yes.  I received an email from "The Nik Collection by Google <nikcollection-noreply@mailus.niksoftware.com>" on March 25 with a link to download the collection.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: aklewis007 on March 29, 2013, 07:47:01 PM
I think I read on this sight the other day..that if you have purchased one or more Nik software previous to this offer (which I have), that there will be an opportunity from Nik/Google to acquire the rest of the bundle for free. Does anyone have info on this offer??????
Thanks.

Yes.  I received an email from "The Nik Collection by Google <nikcollection-noreply@mailus.niksoftware.com>" on March 25 with a link to download the collection.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: wsmith96 on March 29, 2013, 08:07:57 PM
I got mine!  "Stuckincustoms" works too for the coupon code
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Hardwire on March 29, 2013, 08:08:57 PM
I am impressed.

5D MIII with Nik's Define and a shot in the house in near pitch black at ISO 25600 has almost no noise!

Talk about the dream team!
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Rockets95 on March 29, 2013, 08:12:22 PM
I received the offer on Monday 3/25 as well. I purchased the bundle around Christmas 2011 and it had V1 of HDR Efex Pro. The download contained V2 of HDR Efex Pro.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: bran8 on March 29, 2013, 09:10:54 PM
I am wondering if someone can walk me through how they use the Nik suite in their workflow of editing landscape images. I really like the results I get in Lightroom 4 and feel comfortable using it. Would I use the Nik software after all of my adjustments in Lightroom 4? Can I do things with the software that I can't in Lightroom (specifically with the color efex and silver efex programs)?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: jaell on March 29, 2013, 10:05:20 PM
If you've bought a Nik product before, check your spam filter/box.  I got mine.  Free.  Holy frickin' sheet.  I was gonna pay the $130 for the package--and it still would've been cheaper than what I paid for upgrading from Viveza to Viveza 2.

This is powerful, versatile software folks.  The entire package used to run $500+ (and they didn't give academic discounts on the package, because the separate components totaled over $800).

I like Imagenomic better for noise reduction and even for their Portraiture tweaking, and Topaz makes some good plug-ins, too, but the entire Nik plug-in package for less than $150???  Do it.  Do it now.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: tbob32 on March 29, 2013, 11:01:55 PM
I'll join the low count recommenders.  Saw this on MacRumors a few days ago and jumped on it.  This compliments the Topaz bundle I already have. Never bought the Nik bundle before due to price.  So far I am impressed, especially with the area/spot application of modifying pics.

Bob T.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: infared on March 29, 2013, 11:06:17 PM
Thanks for the help...I did not get the email...so I sent Nik a. Note...hopefully I can get it too.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: David Hull on March 29, 2013, 11:31:25 PM
I think I read on this sight the other day..that if you have purchased one or more Nik software previous to this offer (which I have), that there will be an opportunity from Nik/Google to acquire the rest of the bundle for free. Does anyone have info on this offer??????
Thanks.

Yes, that is the case.  I got an e-mail from them with a link to download teh SW.  Hopefully they have fixed the link by now since it was missing the .exe extension.  Once you stick that on there it works just fine.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: JPAZ on March 30, 2013, 12:32:31 AM
Lots of stellar recommendations in this thread. So, here's my question to any and everyone.  I have PS and LR and DPP came with my cameras.  I don't consider myself expert with PS (and often spend time with forums on the Internet trying to figure out exactly how to do something) but LR is a lot more intuitive and seems to work for my needs.  My biggest complaint with my post processing is the time commitment I need to get through a bunch of RAW pics.  So, what is different about Nik /what can it do for me / will it decrease my time per shot?  I would like to hear about your experience.

As always, thanks.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Niterider on March 30, 2013, 12:48:00 AM
Lots of stellar recommendations in this thread. So, here's my question to any and everyone.  I have PS and LR and DPP came with my cameras.  I don't consider myself expert with PS (and often spend time with forums on the Internet trying to figure out exactly how to do something) but LR is a lot more intuitive and seems to work for my needs.  My biggest complaint with my post processing is the time commitment I need to get through a bunch of RAW pics.  So, what is different about Nik /what can it do for me / will it decrease my time per shot?  I would like to hear about your experience.

As always, thanks.

I have found that if you are just adjusting the photo globally (not using brush or masking), lightroom is faster. If you do a lot of masking, Nik will definitely speed up the time to edit each photo. What I like about the software suite is that the noise reduction is absolute amazing and it gives you much greater control over the colors in localized areas rather than the image as a whole. For example, in lightroom you can adjust the hue/saturation/luminance of each color, but with Nik you can adjust the blue for the sky then adjust the blue of say a car and so on. That way, you can dial in each part of the photo.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: agierke on March 30, 2013, 02:09:18 AM
For those who are inquiring about the differences between Nik and PS/LR...

LR and PS are stand alone photo editors while Nik offers plugins. the plugins from Nik work in conjunction with your PS/LR workflow. i typically do my standard edits in LR and then drag certain select photos into PS where i access my Nik filters to do additional retouching. you can access the Nik filters in LR as well.

Nik is not a stand alone product...it works withing PS/LR/Aperture. Nik does offer (throughout their full suite) an infinite number of creative possibilities within a fairly easy to use and intuitive UI.

i can't recommend it enough especially at its current price point.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: gferdinandsen on March 30, 2013, 03:22:01 AM
I think I read on this sight the other day..that if you have purchased one or more Nik software previous to this offer (which I have), that there will be an opportunity from Nik/Google to acquire the rest of the bundle for free. Does anyone have info on this offer??????
Thanks.


Download the trial version, then they will send you the link for the free version.  Also, if you purchased any component after 22 Feb, they will refund your money (too bad I got Color Efex 4 on the 21st of Feb!)
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Rienzphotoz on March 30, 2013, 03:35:46 AM
I am wondering if someone can walk me through how they use the Nik suite in their workflow of editing landscape images. I really like the results I get in Lightroom 4 and feel comfortable using it. Would I use the Nik software after all of my adjustments in Lightroom 4? Can I do things with the software that I can't in Lightroom (specifically with the color efex and silver efex programs)?

Thanks!
Check this youtube tutorial (also check out videos on workflows of Nik Software's Viveza for landscapes) there are tonnes of other tutorials on how to use all the other Nik Software plugins on the same page:
PW172 - Tutorial 23 Chapter 1 - Nik Color Efex Pro 4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNZbv2TQLtI#ws)
Title: Using the different plugins...
Post by: keithcooper on March 30, 2013, 04:45:03 AM
Over the last few years I've written reviews of all the Nik plugins along with with aspects of how I use them.

I use different aspects of them in a lot of my print work, and my commercial work too.

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews.html#ps_plug_ins (http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews.html#ps_plug_ins)

Hope they're of use for people just exploring what you can do with them - the current price is an absolute bargain, even if I am still wary of Google's motives ;-)
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: camlars on March 30, 2013, 05:22:33 AM
Cool... A while back I followed some online tip for getting one of the Nik plugins for free (think it was an older version of the B/W plugin), and sure enough, in my spam folder was a link to the complete collection!

The whole collection free!  :o  :D
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: grimson on March 30, 2013, 05:35:59 AM
Cool... A while back I followed some online tip for getting one of the Nik plugins for free (think it was an older version of the B/W plugin), and sure enough, in my spam folder was a link to the complete collection!

The whole collection free!  :o  :D
Same here! I found some free registration website / coupons to older versions of NIK Software, registered them with NIK online ... and ...  got emailed the whole bundle in the mailbox!
For me the only paid software for NIK was the IOS version of Snapseed  ::) (now free!)

Title: Re: Using the different plugins...
Post by: Rienzphotoz on March 30, 2013, 05:59:01 AM
Over the last few years I've written reviews of all the Nik plugins along with with aspects of how I use them.

I use different aspects of them in a lot of my print work, and my commercial work too.

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews.html#ps_plug_ins (http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews.html#ps_plug_ins)

Hope they're of use for people just exploring what you can do with them - the current price is an absolute bargain, even if I am still wary of Google's motives ;-)
Keith, AWESOME website ... there's lots in there I would like to read and learn.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: gferdinandsen on March 30, 2013, 07:05:08 AM
Cool... A while back I followed some online tip for getting one of the Nik plugins for free (think it was an older version of the B/W plugin), and sure enough, in my spam folder was a link to the complete collection!

The whole collection free!  :o  :D

It got caught in my spam folder, and I use gMail.  There is something ironic about gMail calling email from Google spam!
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: LetTheRightLensIn on March 30, 2013, 01:01:13 PM
I think I read on this sight the other day..that if you have purchased one or more Nik software previous to this offer (which I have), that there will be an opportunity from Nik/Google to acquire the rest of the bundle for free. Does anyone have info on this offer??????
Thanks.

Yes, if you registered, you should have received an email. They send you a link to update to the latest version of the entire line.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: cayenne on March 30, 2013, 01:05:29 PM
If you've bought a Nik product before, check your spam filter/box.  I got mine.  Free.  Holy frickin' sheet.  I was gonna pay the $130 for the package--and it still would've been cheaper than what I paid for upgrading from Viveza to Viveza 2.

This is powerful, versatile software folks.  The entire package used to run $500+ (and they didn't give academic discounts on the package, because the separate components totaled over $800).

I like Imagenomic better for noise reduction and even for their Portraiture tweaking, and Topaz makes some good plug-ins, too, but the entire Nik plug-in package for less than $150???  Do it.  Do it now.

What all does this software do? I've not heard of it before...

C
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: LetTheRightLensIn on March 30, 2013, 01:07:25 PM
I am wondering if someone can walk me through how they use the Nik suite in their workflow of editing landscape images. I really like the results I get in Lightroom 4 and feel comfortable using it. Would I use the Nik software after all of my adjustments in Lightroom 4? Can I do things with the software that I can't in Lightroom (specifically with the color efex and silver efex programs)?

Thanks!

SilverFX gives lots of nice presets (with plenty of modification sliders and switches) that make it a breeze to convert to nice B&W images. It would take a long time and be a real pain to do it using LR alone. They give so many different conversion types and it also can provide silver halide-like grain to varying degrees.

ColorFX pre-CS6 was really important. Since CS6 and the much more powerful sliders in ACR, I don't need to use it nearly as much, but there are still times I need to use it for sure so it is still pretty important since you still sometimes need to quickly isolate some fancy manipulations on certain regions and color tones/levels. It would be really a time consuming PITA, MAJORLY, to replicate what you can do with it in a jiffy.

Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: LetTheRightLensIn on March 30, 2013, 01:09:33 PM
If you've bought a Nik product before, check your spam filter/box.  I got mine.  Free.  Holy frickin' sheet.  I was gonna pay the $130 for the package--and it still would've been cheaper than what I paid for upgrading from Viveza to Viveza 2.

This is powerful, versatile software folks.  The entire package used to run $500+ (and they didn't give academic discounts on the package, because the separate components totaled over $800).

I like Imagenomic better for noise reduction and even for their Portraiture tweaking, and Topaz makes some good plug-ins, too, but the entire Nik plug-in package for less than $150???  Do it.  Do it now.

Yeah I can't believe the deal I got. My local camera store had a crazy deal on Nik software 1.5-2 years ago and I got Silver and COlor for a total steal, I think like $50 combined (the full pro versions) and now that just got converted into the entire collection!

I have to say that out of all the plug-ins and such that I've looked at I really love the Nik ones the best for sure.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: LetTheRightLensIn on March 30, 2013, 01:11:05 PM
I am wondering if someone can walk me through how they use the Nik suite in their workflow of editing landscape images. I really like the results I get in Lightroom 4 and feel comfortable using it. Would I use the Nik software after all of my adjustments in Lightroom 4? Can I do things with the software that I can't in Lightroom (specifically with the color efex and silver efex programs)?

Thanks!

An odd thread, isn't it? No response to us except "do it now".  And all the others (except Spokane) have really low numbers

Because it takes a long time to write out a tutorial and Nik themselves (and various other sites) already have comprehensive, including video based, tutorials online. Google them up. Go to the Nik site. Try the demo software.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: LetTheRightLensIn on March 30, 2013, 01:15:50 PM
Cool... A while back I followed some online tip for getting one of the Nik plugins for free (think it was an older version of the B/W plugin), and sure enough, in my spam folder was a link to the complete collection!

The whole collection free!  :o  :D

It got caught in my spam folder, and I use gMail.  There is something ironic about gMail calling email from Google spam!

hah :D I guess they know themselves only too well  ;D
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: lopicma on March 30, 2013, 01:33:56 PM
Thanks for this post.  I took advantage of it last night, and bought the set.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: cayenne on March 30, 2013, 01:38:51 PM
So, how much is this stuff normally?

I just found the site and it says the bundle (without the code) is like $149. 

A savings of about $23US.....nice, but nothing spectacular...?

Not sure what I'm missing here?

$149 here:
http://www.niksoftware.com/nikcollection/usa/index.php?view=intro%2Fmain.shtml (http://www.niksoftware.com/nikcollection/usa/index.php?view=intro%2Fmain.shtml)
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: lopicma on March 30, 2013, 02:18:44 PM
I think it used to be $299...  or $99 per application separately.  Put the coupon code in for 126.65 pricing.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: cayenne on March 30, 2013, 02:44:20 PM
I think it used to be $299...  or $99 per application separately.  Put the coupon code in for 126.65 pricing.

Well, I just bought photomatix bundle a week or so ago....can anyone give comment between Photomatix Pro (bundle), and the HDR EFX Pro 2 plug in?

I just watched a nice (long) talk and demo of it on YT.
I'm looking at videos now, for the other plug ins.

Can anyone here that used the other plug ins comment on them? How well they work? How they compare to other companies' counterpart products?

I use Apeture 3 on the mac for my stills and video.....

Thanks in advance,

cayenne
Title: Re: Using the different plugins...
Post by: Area256 on March 30, 2013, 03:01:10 PM
Hope they're of use for people just exploring what you can do with them - the current price is an absolute bargain, even if I am still wary of Google's motives ;-)

I'm also wary of what Google plans to do with the software.  I got the full version (having owned one of the plug-ins), and it seems to have very few, if any, DRMs attached to the binary.  Which suggests they either want to work on the honour system, something I totally agree with, or they don't care much about making money off the software - which is the worrying side of it.  Hopefully they do keep up development of the product, some of the filters are really nice.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Brand B on March 30, 2013, 04:26:00 PM
So, how much is this stuff normally?

I just found the site and it says the bundle (without the code) is like $149. 

A savings of about $23US.....nice, but nothing spectacular...?

Not sure what I'm missing here?

$149 here:
http://www.niksoftware.com/nikcollection/usa/index.php?view=intro%2Fmain.shtml (http://www.niksoftware.com/nikcollection/usa/index.php?view=intro%2Fmain.shtml)

It was $299 for the LR/Aperture version and $499 for the PS version when I bought it On Feb 9.  :(   The version you can now get for $125/$149 is the full PS version at that price.

So I am attempting to look at it as having gotten an upgrade to the PS version for free instead of having blown an extra $150 to have it 2 weeks earlier.

Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Rienzphotoz on March 31, 2013, 06:21:30 AM

It was $299 for the LR/Aperture version and $499 for the PS version when I bought it On Feb 9.  :(   The version you can now get for $125/$149 is the full PS version at that price.

So I am attempting to look at it as having gotten an upgrade to the PS version for free instead of having blown an extra $150 to have it 2 weeks earlier.
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Ouch, for your $499
Just bought the full version yesterday at the reduced price, couldn't be happier.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: cayenne on March 31, 2013, 11:33:14 AM
I'm hunting down and looking into the individual plugins...their functionality, etc.
Can some of the many of you, who have bought this now or in the past comment how each of these plug-ins have fit into your workflow....

How do you use these over and above the tools already at your disposal with what you have (Apeture, PS, Lightroom).

For example the Black and White plugin (Silver EFX?).....you can do B&W's all day in Aperture, Lightroom, etc.

How does this plug in excel over the built in tools you already have and how does it fit into your work flow?

What about the other color ones? Noise one? Etc?

Thanks in advance,

cayenne
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: VirtualRain on March 31, 2013, 02:21:53 PM
For those wondering where the power in NIK lies, in my opinion, its in Vivezas u-point tonal mask adjustments. If you've ever heard about luminosity masks in Photoshop, they are a powerful tool for applying adjustments naturally to select tones or regions of an image. They are much more natural than painting with brushes as they feather naturally with the change in selected tone. NIK has made this complicated and time consuming task a point and click exercise. Once you've used it, you will realize the folly of applying global adjustments to your entire image. That's barbaric in comparison to what you could be doing :)
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Random Orbits on March 31, 2013, 02:34:09 PM
I'm hunting down and looking into the individual plugins...their functionality, etc.
Can some of the many of you, who have bought this now or in the past comment how each of these plug-ins have fit into your workflow....

How do you use these over and above the tools already at your disposal with what you have (Apeture, PS, Lightroom).

For example the Black and White plugin (Silver EFX?).....you can do B&W's all day in Aperture, Lightroom, etc.

How does this plug in excel over the built in tools you already have and how does it fit into your work flow?

What about the other color ones? Noise one? Etc?

Thanks in advance,

cayenne

Did you download the free trial and play with it?  That's what I'm doing.  I don't do B&W conversions, but I tried it last night using LR4 and Silver EFX just to try the software.  The nice thing about the Nik is that it has a number of filter effects applied to the same image.  Pick the one that is closest to the effect you want and adjust away.  I tried to get the same look in LR4, and it would have taken a lot longer with a lot of adjustments.  Color EFX seems like Instagram on steriods (although I've never used Instagram either).  Would I use it much... probably not.  Would I use it enough to make it worth 130?  Maybe...
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: cayenne on March 31, 2013, 03:00:44 PM
Hmm.
Well, watching the videos, looks interesting for sure.

ONe thing Im not sure of, is if all the plugins work non-destructively, with the RAW image (with the exception of the HDR one which can't really work that way with 32bit), or if after you apply each one of these, is it resulting in a TIFF file back to your main application?

Most of the examples I see are using PS...with smart objects I'm guessing, and I can't tell....

I use Aperture and I've not found how these plugins work within a larger workflow.....

Can anyone comment if these are non-destructive RAW processes?  (Am I using the correct terminology?)

Thanks,

C
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Hector1970 on March 31, 2013, 03:22:00 PM
I use Nik quite a lot in my workflow. It's great for adding a little punch to a photo. It integrates very well into CS6 and Lightroom. Silver Efex Pro and Viveza are the ones I use the most. Usually for messing with the Sky. The u-point makes it very easy to make local adjustments without complicated work with Layers. I'd say its a bargain . The downside is lots more people will use it which makes the effects less special and more common. What was a hidden secret (especially Silver Efex Pro) will now be commonly used
www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan (http://www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan)
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: cayenne on March 31, 2013, 03:33:58 PM
I use Nik quite a lot in my workflow. It's great for adding a little punch to a photo. It integrates very well into CS6 and Lightroom. Silver Efex Pro and Viveza are the ones I use the most. Usually for messing with the Sky. The u-point makes it very easy to make local adjustments without complicated work with Layers. I'd say its a bargain . The downside is lots more people will use it which makes the effects less special and more common. What was a hidden secret (especially Silver Efex Pro) will now be commonly used
www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan (http://www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan)

Hi, since you use it, maybe you can answer my question I had just before your post.
Working with these NIK plugins....are you doing this to RAW files non-destructively...or does using each one of these plug ins (not the HDR one)...output like a TIFF file....

Just wondering if these fit into workwith with RAW all the way through, and then outputting TIFF or Jpeg at the end...or if these plugins put out TIFF/jpeg, and you should only use them at the end of the workflow?

Thanks,

C
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Random Orbits on March 31, 2013, 03:47:18 PM
I use Nik quite a lot in my workflow. It's great for adding a little punch to a photo. It integrates very well into CS6 and Lightroom. Silver Efex Pro and Viveza are the ones I use the most. Usually for messing with the Sky. The u-point makes it very easy to make local adjustments without complicated work with Layers. I'd say its a bargain . The downside is lots more people will use it which makes the effects less special and more common. What was a hidden secret (especially Silver Efex Pro) will now be commonly used
www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan (http://www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan)

Hi, since you use it, maybe you can answer my question I had just before your post.
Working with these NIK plugins....are you doing this to RAW files non-destructively...or does using each one of these plug ins (not the HDR one)...output like a TIFF file....

Just wondering if these fit into workwith with RAW all the way through, and then outputting TIFF or Jpeg at the end...or if these plugins put out TIFF/jpeg, and you should only use them at the end of the workflow?

Thanks,

C

Works OK with LR work flow.  When you open a file to edit with Nik products, it produces a virtual copy (tiff) that you can edit to your heart's content.  The original RAW is preserved as its own file.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: cayenne on March 31, 2013, 04:35:36 PM
I use Nik quite a lot in my workflow. It's great for adding a little punch to a photo. It integrates very well into CS6 and Lightroom. Silver Efex Pro and Viveza are the ones I use the most. Usually for messing with the Sky. The u-point makes it very easy to make local adjustments without complicated work with Layers. I'd say its a bargain . The downside is lots more people will use it which makes the effects less special and more common. What was a hidden secret (especially Silver Efex Pro) will now be commonly used
www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan (http://www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan)

Hi, since you use it, maybe you can answer my question I had just before your post.
Working with these NIK plugins....are you doing this to RAW files non-destructively...or does using each one of these plug ins (not the HDR one)...output like a TIFF file....

Just wondering if these fit into workwith with RAW all the way through, and then outputting TIFF or Jpeg at the end...or if these plugins put out TIFF/jpeg, and you should only use them at the end of the workflow?

Thanks,

C

Works OK with LR work flow.  When you open a file to edit with Nik products, it produces a virtual copy (tiff) that you can edit to your heart's content.  The original RAW is preserved as its own file.
Hmm..ok, that's what I was afraid of....I'm using Aperture. I like that it, much like Lightroom, allows you to make all the adjustments to the RAW file (well, technically just keeping track of what all to apply to it)...but you don't actually move to jpeg or tiff till you're finished.

These plugins, would be best used at the very END of your workflow, after you've done everything you want with LR or Aperture....and do these as final steps before outputting the images.

That kinda blows, but seems the nature of the beast with plugins to our 'development' software....was hoping these weren't that way.

Thoughts?

C
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: VirtualRain on March 31, 2013, 04:55:07 PM
I use Nik quite a lot in my workflow. It's great for adding a little punch to a photo. It integrates very well into CS6 and Lightroom. Silver Efex Pro and Viveza are the ones I use the most. Usually for messing with the Sky. The u-point makes it very easy to make local adjustments without complicated work with Layers. I'd say its a bargain . The downside is lots more people will use it which makes the effects less special and more common. What was a hidden secret (especially Silver Efex Pro) will now be commonly used
www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan (http://www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan)

Hi, since you use it, maybe you can answer my question I had just before your post.
Working with these NIK plugins....are you doing this to RAW files non-destructively...or does using each one of these plug ins (not the HDR one)...output like a TIFF file....

Just wondering if these fit into workwith with RAW all the way through, and then outputting TIFF or Jpeg at the end...or if these plugins put out TIFF/jpeg, and you should only use them at the end of the workflow?

Thanks,

C

Works OK with LR work flow.  When you open a file to edit with Nik products, it produces a virtual copy (tiff) that you can edit to your heart's content.  The original RAW is preserved as its own file.
Hmm..ok, that's what I was afraid of....I'm using Aperture. I like that it, much like Lightroom, allows you to make all the adjustments to the RAW file (well, technically just keeping track of what all to apply to it)...but you don't actually move to jpeg or tiff till you're finished.

These plugins, would be best used at the very END of your workflow, after you've done everything you want with LR or Aperture....and do these as final steps before outputting the images.

That kinda blows, but seems the nature of the beast with plugins to our 'development' software....was hoping these weren't that way.

Thoughts?

C

In Aperture, I usually only adjust the overall exposure in Aperture before going to NIK (usually Viveza for couloir photos). As I said before, once you use their u-point tonal mask adjustments, you'll realize how foolish it is trying to do global adjustments in Aperture. Seldom do two tones in any given photo need the same adjustment.  After NIK, I use Aperture to sharpen the final TIFF (I still prefer Apertures sharpening in most cases).
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: cayenne on March 31, 2013, 05:08:45 PM
I use Nik quite a lot in my workflow. It's great for adding a little punch to a photo. It integrates very well into CS6 and Lightroom. Silver Efex Pro and Viveza are the ones I use the most. Usually for messing with the Sky. The u-point makes it very easy to make local adjustments without complicated work with Layers. I'd say its a bargain . The downside is lots more people will use it which makes the effects less special and more common. What was a hidden secret (especially Silver Efex Pro) will now be commonly used
www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan (http://www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan)

Hi, since you use it, maybe you can answer my question I had just before your post.
Working with these NIK plugins....are you doing this to RAW files non-destructively...or does using each one of these plug ins (not the HDR one)...output like a TIFF file....

Just wondering if these fit into workwith with RAW all the way through, and then outputting TIFF or Jpeg at the end...or if these plugins put out TIFF/jpeg, and you should only use them at the end of the workflow?

Thanks,

C

Works OK with LR work flow.  When you open a file to edit with Nik products, it produces a virtual copy (tiff) that you can edit to your heart's content.  The original RAW is preserved as its own file.
Hmm..ok, that's what I was afraid of....I'm using Aperture. I like that it, much like Lightroom, allows you to make all the adjustments to the RAW file (well, technically just keeping track of what all to apply to it)...but you don't actually move to jpeg or tiff till you're finished.

These plugins, would be best used at the very END of your workflow, after you've done everything you want with LR or Aperture....and do these as final steps before outputting the images.

That kinda blows, but seems the nature of the beast with plugins to our 'development' software....was hoping these weren't that way.

Thoughts?

C

In Aperture, I usually only adjust the overall exposure in Aperture before going to NIK (usually Viveza for couloir photos). As I said before, once you use their u-point tonal mask adjustments, you'll realize how foolish it is trying to do global adjustments in Aperture. Seldom do two tones in any given photo need the same adjustment.  After NIK, I use Aperture to sharpen the final TIFF (I still prefer Apertures sharpening in most cases).

Hey, thank you SO much for the advice.

I just pulled the trigger and got the suite....

I'll try to install it later this week, and play around with it.

I'm still a bit of a noob, but with a serious hardware/software jones.....I'm still going through some good tutorials on how to use Aperture 3....so, gonna finish that up (from a book)..and then install and try things out.

Goodness....the software I've bought and haven't even installed/used yet, but was "too good a deal to pass up".

Photomatix (installed but barely tried)
Nik Suite
Pluraleyes 3 (free with Rode stereovideo mike pro...which isn't even out of the box yet)
and God knows what else...I need to check my downloads folder out...

Ugh...I need to seriously take a week off from the day job...stay at home...and just have time to play with the software and go through all the stills and video I've shot the past year....learn, and catch up with NO distractions...

At some point here, I think I need to stop shooting...and process and learn!!!

Oh well, there are worse problems in the world....

C
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: jthomson on March 31, 2013, 05:51:23 PM
Yes, that is the case.  I got an e-mail from them with a link to download teh SW.  Hopefully they have fixed the link by now since it was missing the .exe extension.  Once you stick that on there it works just fine.

Thanks, I was wondering how to get it to install after digging the link out of my spam folder.

Guess Google wanted us to work a little for the free upgrade.  ;D
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: TexasBadger on March 31, 2013, 07:25:00 PM
I downloaded the file earlier this week and it was not an executable file.  I just downloaded it again and the issue has been fixed.  I now have the entire suite!
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Biggles on March 31, 2013, 10:12:55 PM
Will the price set by Google stay at $149 indefinitely or is this a temporary offer by Google?
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: DianeK on March 31, 2013, 10:47:45 PM
So I pulled the trigger and bought the suite earlier today.  I have both LR4.3 and Photoshop CS5.  I can only see all the Nik plugins in PS, they are not showing up in LR.  Is this normal?
Thanks
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Rienzphotoz on April 01, 2013, 12:30:56 AM
So I pulled the trigger and bought the suite earlier today.  I have both LR4.3 and Photoshop CS5.  I can only see all the Nik plugins in PS, they are not showing up in LR.  Is this normal?
Thanks
If you bought the full version, they should show up in LR. CS ... mine shows up in LR4.3, CS6 & Aperture.
When you install NIK bundle, it automatically identifies the image editing software on your computer (LR, CS & Aperture), with a pop-up window ... do you recollect seeing that? if yes did it show your LR4 & CS5 software?
Also, do you have any other plug-ins already installed on LR4? 
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: nWmR12 on April 01, 2013, 12:34:03 AM
So I pulled the trigger and bought the suite earlier today.  I have both LR4.3 and Photoshop CS5.  I can only see all the Nik plugins in PS, they are not showing up in LR.  Is this normal?
Thanks


It should be there. If you right click on the image you are on and go to edit-in. It will be in that list that is below PS..ect...at least in mine it does since there is no pop-up window like in PS. (using mac, don't know if that matters.)
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: nlrela on April 01, 2013, 10:11:48 AM
Did a Paypal payment, but didn't got any confirmation or whatsoever (apart from Paypal message that payment was done) .... even not after 30 hours  >:( >:(

What am I supposed to get (email with download link, account) ?

Thanks for your feedback.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: DianeK on April 01, 2013, 10:17:30 AM
Thanks RienzphotoZ and nWmR12.  You are right, when I go to "Edit photo in" the entire suite is listed.  I didn't think they were there because I was looking for them in the plug-in manager and they didn't show up there.  :-[
Thanks!
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: DonS on April 01, 2013, 10:32:05 AM
So I pulled the trigger and bought the suite earlier today.  I have both LR4.3 and Photoshop CS5.  I can only see all the Nik plugins in PS, they are not showing up in LR.  Is this normal?
Thanks
I get them all EXCEPT HDR Efex Pro.  The plugin does not get installed for LR.  I have uninstalled and re-installed.  I know it shows in the "Export to" rather than "Edit In".  I have an open support incident with Nik. 
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: cayenne on April 01, 2013, 05:18:18 PM
So I pulled the trigger and bought the suite earlier today.  I have both LR4.3 and Photoshop CS5.  I can only see all the Nik plugins in PS, they are not showing up in LR.  Is this normal?
Thanks
I get them all EXCEPT HDR Efex Pro.  The plugin does not get installed for LR.  I have uninstalled and re-installed.  I know it shows in the "Export to" rather than "Edit In".  I have an open support incident with Nik.

I think that is normal for HDR, right? In that you have to export multiple images (your bracketed shots) into HDR Plugin...it isn't really a matter of editing, but exporting to that plug in, right?

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Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: pwp on April 01, 2013, 08:05:25 PM
It's still April 2 where I live. The $149 offer is still up but the coupon codes "stuckincustoms" and "northlight" are being rejected. Is there another coupon code?

-PW
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: pwp on April 01, 2013, 08:17:00 PM
It's still April 2 where I live. The $149 offer is still up but the coupon codes "stuckincustoms" and "northlight" are being rejected. Is there another coupon code?

-PW
Just answered my own question..."hdrsoftware15" is still active.

-PW
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Rienzphotoz on April 02, 2013, 04:02:48 AM
Thanks RienzphotoZ and nWmR12.  You are right, when I go to "Edit photo in" the entire suite is listed.  I didn't think they were there because I was looking for them in the plug-in manager and they didn't show up there.  :-[
Thanks!
It happens :) ... I remember searching high and low for another plug-in, while it was being displayed right in front of me ... congratulations on your purchase and all the best.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: Leejo on April 02, 2013, 05:40:12 AM
I was waiting to gather together enough cash - having older versions of Color Efex and Silver Efex (neither bought from NIK so no free upgrade) to buy the suite.
At $299 (minus any rebate) it was unfortunately no instant buy. Plus that would have been only the LR Version for me.
I can't afford the full Photoshop - so only have Elements 10. Nevertheless this version supports also PS as a bonus.
Despite second thoughts about Google's continuing support, I jumped at the offer on Saturday. The code MBP15 worked for me.
Installation was not the easiest - as one has to run the exe in windows as Admin (not simply as a user with admin rights) Was also concerned that HDR Efex hadn't properly installed - until I found a website saying that this only appears as export - and not under edit in...   Unfortunately HDR Efex doesn't work with PS Elements as that doesn't support 32 bit imaging.
It will take some time to work out all the features but I am glad to have purchased it.
Silver Efex is great, add on my first purchased (not trial) HDR program and it has paid for itself alone.
Although Ligthroom 4 negates many advantages of Define,Viveza and ColorEfex - they will also be intersting to try out.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: eltebe on April 06, 2013, 04:12:41 PM
color/silver efex seem to have issues with my HD7970.
Does anyone have hd7000 family card here to confirm that it is not only my card?
Using latest beta drivers but those plugins crash.
Did second support ticket and I wait. First one was order related this one is more technical.
First answer was a quote from FAQ/help page and clearly my email wasn't read thoroughly. I stated there that i did try what they quoted in response.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: ddl on April 06, 2013, 06:19:23 PM
color/silver efex seem to have issues with my HD7970.
Does anyone have hd7000 family card here to confirm that it is not only my card?

No issues with running Google NIK CEP/SEP on my HD7700 running the WHQL driver package (9.012-121219a-152192C-ATI) under Windows 8 64 bit.
Title: Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
Post by: eltebe on April 08, 2013, 04:31:07 AM
Issue sorted - newest beta install solved all issues.