NIK Collection 4 is hitting the virtual streets today with some updated tools and some welcome changes to its GUI.
The popular NIK Collection came back from the dead when DxO rescued it from Google, which was letting it languish. Since then, DxO has actively improved the software suite, and it's being used by a lot of pros and serious amateurs.
The NIK Collection contains more than 250 presets and has some improvements in its unique U Point local adjustment feature, which lets you select parts of an image without masking.
The latest version also offers what are called Meta Presets. These presets are Adobe Photoshop actions that combine the filters and settings of several Nik Collection plugins into one. They make it possible to edit photos by applying a series of presets from several plugins in just one click. Nik Collection 4 comes with a series of 10 Meta Presets. It's a big leap over the earlier versions, and I think is going to be useful to many power users.
NIK Collection 4 also offers some improvements in workflow. The Last Edit function, which lets users re-apply the last preset they used in one of the Nik Collection plugins while using Adobe Photoshop, has been extended to include Adobe Lightroom Classic. In addition, the new Smart Copy and Paste feature lets users selectively re-apply the effect of a plugin to one or several images directly in Adobe Lightroom without having to launch the software suite’s interface.
One of the most useful tools from NIK has been Silver Efex, which is arguably the very best plugin for creating black and white images. Nik Silver Efex now includes ClearView technology, which was first offered in DxO PhotoLab. This technology removes haze and enhances local contrast. The results are impressive: in just one click, users can eliminate haze, all while revealing more natural objects, edges, details, and transitions. I gave the NIK Collection a spin on my iMac, and liked what I saw. DxO has reduced the amount of sliders, and there are some powerful tools like the ability to change a color, of say a garment, without changing anything else.
The interface has been cleaned up, and you can get to the tools you want to use more directly.
Nik Collection 4 (Windows and macOS) is now available for download on the DxO website here for a special price of $99.99 instead of $149, and $59.99 instead of $79 for the upgrade until June 30, 2021.
Photographers who already own Nik Collection 3 by DxO or a previous version can upgrade their software by signing into their customer accounts. A fully functional, one-month trial version of Nik Collection 4 is available on the DxO website.