Software-maker DxO has released the Nik Collection 2.5, an updated version of its popular Photoshop and Lightroom plugin suite of editing effects.
Among the new features of Nik Collection 2.5 include the addition of 10 iconic black and white film effects to Silver Efex Pro 2.
DxO has also added five new classic colour films to its Colour Efex Pro 4 plugin.
What’s more, DxO has made Nik Collection 2.5 compatible with the Affinity Photo 1.8 editing software from Serif. DxO says:
Color Efex Pro 4: Unlimited Creativity With Colour
Color Efex Pro 4 is the creative colour plugin in Nik Collection 2 by DxO. With its 55 exclusive filters, users can stylize their images whilst also giving them a unique feel and appearance. All Color Efex Pro 4 filters, which cover everything from chromatic contrast, ambiances, toning, polarization, and even vignetting, feature not only a number of different presets but also multiple variations. Users have an unlimited number of creative possibilities. Advanced users will also enjoy using Color Efex Pro 4’s customization options to adjust colour, contrast, brightness, shadows, reflections, and more. Plus, thanks to the plugin’s built-in U POINT™ technology, applying a filter to a specific area has never been simpler!
Agfa, Fuji, And Lomography: Three Iconic Brands
Nik Collection 2.5 by DxO has added five new film types simulating colour films that have left their mark on the history of analog photography: AGFA PRECISA CT 100; FUJIFILM FP-100C, INSTAX, and FUJICHROME PROVIA 400X; and LOMOGRAPHY REDSCALE 100.
Each film has been carefully selected for its chromatic intensity and fine grain. The reversal film AGFA PRECISA CT 100 was picked for its iconic neutral effect and deep blues, which makes it the perfect choice for landscape photography. The instant film FUJIFILM FP-100C was chosen for its ability to accurately reproduce colours and its rich tonal gradations, which is ideal for any situation involving bright light. The playful instant film FUJIFILM INSTAX offers a colour balance and tonal range that is superior to Polaroid films, resulting in detailed and precise photos. Similarly, the reversal film FUJICHROME PROVIA 400X was selected for its excellent granularity and contrast, radiant colours, and even grey balance, making it an ideal choice for landscape, nature, and portrait photography. Finally, the more exotic LOMOGRAPHY REDSCALE 100 was tapped for its warm colours, which are popular among Lomography fans.
DxO also wanted to bring back certain films that are no longer in production, including FUJIFILM FP-100C, FUJICHROME PROVIA 400X, and AGFA PRECISA CT 100, which stopped being manufactured between 2005 and 2016. Now, all photographers can experience the emotional impact conveyed by these iconic films once again.
Dan Hughes was entrusted with designing all of the software’s films. Hughes is a lecturer in photography science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, a former Nik Software trainer, and the creator of the 42 “En Vogue” styles included in the Nik Collection 2 by DxO.
The Nik Collection 2.5 software is priced at £125, or £69 for existing Nik Collection 2018 users. You can download it now from the DxO website.