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This desktop graphics suite was a paid service but has recently been offered as freeware. You can use it, without breaking the bank, to bring out every aspect of your photos easily creating moods, fixing imperfections, enhancing colors and so much more.
In no way shape or form would I be considered a photographer but as the testing progressed I found that this is very easy-to-use and understand - some of the pictures I was playing around with actually started to look pretty good so just imagine what a real photographer could accomplish. Any option you choose to use comes with a thumbnail example of the effect rendering for reference taking all the guess work out letting you focus on creating.
Nik Collection is adequately packed with 7 desktop plug-ins that provide an unmatched range of photo editing capabilities that include multiple filter applications for improving color correction, image sharpening for bringing out details that may be too subtle, many retouching and creative effects as well as the ability to make on-the-spot color and tonality adjustments to any image. Being that this is now free it is worth giving a try.
Create stunning images faster with seven powerful plug-ins:
Analog Efex Pro
Get the photo you’re looking for, even if you don’t own the equipment. Let effects inspired by traditional cameras bring you back to the vintage age of photo development. Choose from 10 different Tool Combinations to easily apply their effects, or use the Camera Kit to mix and match your favorite analog features.
Color Efex Pro
Access 55 high quality photographic filters to achieve incredible photographic results. Color Efex Pro is known for its power and versatility. Years of imaging research and development and feedback from customers worldwide have resulted in a powerful feature set with unmatched control. Perfectly suited for all styles of photography, each filter provides control to satisfy discerning photographers.
Silver Efex Pro
Dozens of visual presets as starting points. If you like what you see, you’re done. If you want to go further, use an extensive set of global controls such as brightness, contrast, saturation, structure, film types, toning, and much more to craft your image.
Creating great photography involves mastery of color and light. Powered by patented U Point® technology, Viveza allows photographers of any skill level to quickly enhance their images using innovative tools designed for speed and efficiency.
HDR Efex Pro
By incorporating multiple proprietary tone mapping algorithms HDR Efex Pro can support whatever unique look you choose for a particular image. You can add a realistic, subtile touch to your landscape or interior scene, or you can also pick an artistic preset and increase the structure to create a truly unique look. With HDR Efex Pro there are no limits.
U Point powered controls allow you to precisely control sharpness and detail selectively within an image without the need for complicated selections or layer masks. Enhancements are automatically and naturally blended throughout your image for spectacular results.
Dfine reduction engine provides best-in-class noise reduction while retaining an incredible amount of detail. Automatic camera profiling replaces the need to purchase camera profiles and fine-tunes Dfine’s revamped noise reduction engine to produce the best results for your camera.
Note: Requires you to have Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop Elements installed on your PC.
Also Available: Download Nik Collection for Mac