Google First Acquires Nik Collection Then Makes it FREE

Remember those days when NIK Collection would cost you around $500? Google acquired the company after killing SnapSeed and later trimmed down the cost to $150. A super good news for photographers follows as Google just announced that Nik Collection will not cost you a dime.

The post that appeared on official Google+ profile of Nik Collection opens the announcement in bold “Today we’re making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free.”

They add:

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.

The 7 famous filters that come for desktops will now be available as plugins on both iOS and Windows platforms.

Nik Collection filters

… and fortunately, Chris will get his $150 back that he spent on Nik Collection just a week back. In fact anyone who has made a Nik Collection purchase in 2016 will get a refund.

Chris Smith Nik Collection