Comments When Google purchased Nik Software to gain access to Snapseed, Nik fans, myself included, groaned in dismay in fear that Google would let the Nik Collection of software wither and die. While the fears were not totally realized, Google did little to update or improve the software suite. But the purchase of the Nik Collection by DxO Labs in June has breathed new life into the programs, and the latest release of Nik Collection 2 brings an expanded list of presets and effects to the suite, along with HiDPI monitor support for Windows. Photoshop gives several paths to accessing the Nik Collection 2 plug-ins. They break down as follows: Nik Collection 2 did not overwrite my Elite Edition with the Essential on installation.
While one can conceivably recreate these presets manually using the many filters included within Nik Collection if you so choose, having a one-click option to streamline up your workflow is always lovely. DxO has also improved their U Point technology for photographers that want precise and localized control over how the plugins manipulate the look of their images. These localized adjustments include basics adjustments like Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation, as well as specific adjustments like Texture Strength and Opacity, which are dependent on the plugin and filter selected. The original image is located on the upper left for reference.