DxO has purchased the Nik Collection photo editing assets from Google and plans to launch a new version of the software in 2018, the company has announced.

The Nik Collection will remain free to download on DxO’s new dedicated website.

The announcement from DxO should come as a pleasant surprise to many photographers, as the Nik Collection tools have proved very popular over the years.

Earlier this year Google announced it would no longer be supporting the Nik Collection, which sparked some outcry from the photographic community. There was even a prominent campaign to save it.

The Nik Collection comprises seven desktop plugins for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The current lineup includes:

  • Analog Efex Pro: Applies film-era camera, lens, and film simulations to digital images
  • Color Efex Pro: A comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects
  • Dfine: Noise reduction software for camera-specific digital images
  • HDR Efex Pro: Specialized program for processing HDR pictures
  • Sharpener Pro: Image sharpening for digital images
  • Silver Efex Pro: Black & White conversion of images with darkroom-inspired controls
  • Viveza: Selectively adjusts image color and tonality without complicated masks or selections

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