Google Nik Collection  1.2.11
Google's Nik Collection of desktop image editing plug-ins is now being offered free! Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine apps are all available as a free download from Google. This is a massive saving on the previous $150 price tag.
All the plugins focus on accessibility and ease of use; the collection is fully compatible with image editing suites such as Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture.
The Nik Collection comprises of seven desktop plug-ins, which provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities, ranging from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, through to image sharpening tools that bring out the hidden details in your images. You can also make adjustments to the color and tonality of your images as well.
HDR Efex Pro enables you to create HDR images from a sequence of images or a single shot; Sharpener Pro allows selective sharpening; Dfine allows selective noise reduction; and Color Efex Pro allows colour adjustments, including monochrome conversions and film effects to be applied. Silver Efex Pro is for making black-and-white conversions and Viveza allows you to make selective brightness, contrast and white balance adjustments.
This collection is a must for any photographers that need to get their hands on some high quality tools to improve the look and feel of their images, and since Google are offering The Nik Collection free, what’s not to like?