DxO just launched the Nik Collection 5 with key upgrades to its popular suite of plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic. Nik Collection 5, which includes eight software plug-ins total, also features “improved adjustment technology and a smoother user experience,” DxO said.
As an added bonus, DxO will also throw in its PhotoLab 5 Essential editing software (a Photoshop/Lightroom rival) when you buy the Nik Collection 5, which is available now in Windows and Mac versions for $149. Photographers who already own Nik Collection 4 can upgrade to 5 for $79.
Plug-ins in Nik Collection 5, which also function as standalone apps, include Nik Color Efex, Nik Silver Efex, Nik Analog Efex, Nik Viveza, Nik Dfine, Nik Perspective Efex, Nik HDR Efex, and Nik Sharpener.
“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,” DxO said.
“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.”
Here’s a rundown of some of the changes and new features in the Nik Collection 5.
- New user interfaces for Nik Color Efex and Analog Efex that make presets more accessible and improved ways to save and edit favorite settings
- Local adjustments get U Point technology to make targeted changes without using masks
- Control Points can now be renamed, making them easier to manage. Users can also save them as part of a preset
- New color selectivity sliders – Luminance and Chrominance – give users more control over local adjustments
- Interface has been updated to make it easier to create and edit a Control Point
- Added ClearView technology lets you remove haze, fog, mist, smoke, and pollution in images
- Color Efex has 29 new simulated color film grains
- Nik Perspective Efex adds over 4300 new camera and lens combinations, allowing it to automatically correct geometric distortions of more than 70,000 camera and lens combinations
- DxO Photo Lab 5 Essential is now included with the Nik Collection 5. This RAW photo-editing software features DxO’s Optics Modules and U Point technology for making precise, local adjustments on images
Pricing and Availability
You can purchase Nik Collection 5 (Windows and macOS) as a download on the DxO website (https://shop.dxo.com/) for $ 149. Photographers who already own Nik Collection 4 can upgrade to 5 by signing into their accounts and paying a $ 79 fee. If you want to test out Nik Collection 5, there’s a free, one-month trial version on the DxO website: https://nikcollection.dxo.com/download/.