I have always loved the Nik Collection, from it's early days, through the dark Google years and now under the umbrella of DXO. Nik Collection 5 is really a big step forward for the suite and it's available now.
If you don't believe us, Nik Collection 5 is available to try out for 30 days.
The latest version of the renowned suite of eight plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop® and Lightroom Classic® also features a brand new tool to reduce haze and 29 faithfully reproduced color film grains.
Powerful and diverse, the eight plug-ins of Nik Collection 5 also function as standalone apps and offer unlimited creative potential. More than 300 presets give instant results, while intuitive sliders and DxO’s exclusive U-Point technology for local adjustments bring endless creative opportunities and the ability to refine every detail.
Revamped user interface for a more refined editing experience
The user interfaces of Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex have been rebuilt from the ground up, bringing them into line with the recently updated Nik Silver Efex and Nik Viveza. Nik Color Efex is a powerful means of enhancing and manipulating color and continues to be Nik Collection users’ most popular plug-in, while Nik Analog Efex is unique in its potential to recreate vintage photographic effects. Thanks to the newly refined and functional user experience in both of these plug-ins, presets are now more accessible with improved options for saving and editing favorite settings.
Local adjustments just got even smarter thanks to U Point™ technology
U Point™ technology, the pioneering local adjustment tools that make targeted changes feel intuitive and efficient without using masks, continues to evolve in Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex. Control Points can now be renamed, making them easier to manage, and users can also save them as part of a preset, speeding up workflows. The addition of two Color Selectivity sliders — Luminance and Chrominance — gives users greater control over the impact of local adjustments, and the interface has been updated so that creating and editing a Control Point is a clean and distraction-free experience.
Two more major boosts to Color Efex: ClearView technology to remove haze and 29 authentic color film grains
Haze in photographs is simple to remove when using Nik Color Efex thanks to the addition of ClearView, technology borrowed from DxO PhotoLab 5. Fog, mist, smoke, and pollution are intelligently reduced using a simple slider, returning contrast and color to photographs. Color Efex also benefits from 29 new, authentic color film grains created in DxO’s purpose-built laboratories, giving analog era enthusiasts a host of new creative options.
Nik Perspective Efex adds more than 4,300 new camera and lens combinations
Nik Perspective Efex benefits from the ongoing research conducted in DxO’s exclusive labs with more than 20 new cameras and 60 lenses added to its database of supported equipment. The plug-in can now automatically correct the geometric distortions of more than 70,000 camera and lens combinations.
DxO PhotoLab 5 ESSENTIAL joins the party
Those shooting RAW get to experience the power of DxO PhotoLab 5 ESSENTIAL, the feature-rich photo-editing software that contains DxO’s renowned Optics Modules and U Point™ technology for precise local adjustments.
Price and availability
Nik Collection 5 (Windows and macOS) is now available for download on the DxO website (https://shop.dxo.com/) for $ 149.
Photographers who already own Nik Collection 4 can upgrade their software by signing into their customer accounts for $ 79.
A fully functional, one-month trial version of Nik Collection 5 is available on the DxO website: https://nikcollection.dxo.com/download/.
You could processing wise, but definitely not cataloging wise.
It really hasn't improved since - the original was ahead of its time.
I supported version 2/3 to keep the software alive.
Version 4 I also upgraded to but it really irritated me.
It was not worth it at all. They only upgraded two of the applications. I didn't even find those changes much of a benefit.
Version 5 now seems to be doing the same update to the remaining applications.
I'm out I'm getting tired of these purchased applications with the yearly new versions that are not really improving the product.
It ends up being as expensive as photoshop.
Luminar and Topaz spring to mind here.
I do recommend Nik - just wish they would actually improve it or bring out something that's actually new.
Sorry, no.Actually, yes! But unfortunately, the Essential version that comes with Nik lacks the advanced noise reduction. For me, that’s one of the main reasons I use DxO.