I’ve at all times been a fan of the Nik filters suite. I purchased it to start with when it was fairly darn costly. Then I watched as Google gave it away free of charge, however didn’t assist updates. And eventually, I cheered when DxO took over and added ongoing assist.
Now I’m much more excited, as DxO has launched Nik Assortment 5 with numerous enhancements.
Whereas most of us know Nik as a plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom, Nik Assortment 5 is ready to work as a standalone program. It will also be used as a plug-in for the DxO PhotoLab 5. As a bonus, while you get the Nik plugin assortment you additionally get DxO PhotoLab 5 Necessities at no extra cost.
- The gathering has been upgraded to work with present pc working methods
- Interfaces in a number of plugins have been modernized and improved
- DxO ClearView know-how has been added inside particular person plugins for dealing with haze, fog and smoke within the picture
- U Level Know-how has been added to particular person plugins and simplified
- Contains DxO PhotoLab 5 Necessities at no extra cost
- The gathering is just not totally upgraded for Mac M1 machines as standalone software program (though it’s within the pipeline to be accomplished quickly)
- U Level masking is just not fairly the place I would really like it, though it has been improved
Along with supporting new variations of software program and working methods numerous the person plugins have had a reasonably severe makeover.
Tops on my checklist was making the U-Level know-how a lot simpler to make use of. I at all times had a tough time bending the choices to my will. A lot in order that I didn’t use the U Level tech in any respect. As a substitute, I put the layer with Nik modifications into my Photoshop file and used the masking there.
I should use the Photoshop masking however the simpler to make use of U Level choices will make that vital much less typically.
Similar filter set, higher interface
My favourite plugins are nonetheless Coloration Efex Professional and Silver Efex Professional. Each have had enhancements within the new model that make me like them much more than earlier than. Coloration Efex Professional 5 and Analog Efex obtained the identical interface makeover as with a latest improve to Silver Efex Professional 3. If Nik Assortment 5 solely had these three plugins I might purchase it. However, there’s loads extra so that you can discover and use as nicely.
Included in Nik Assortment 5
- Coloration Efex Professional 5 with over 55 filters for creatively enhancing your picture colour, tone, distinction and extra.
- Nik Silver Efex Professional 3 is without doubt one of the most versatile black and white conversion instruments on the market. From place to begin presets by many choices for dialing in tone, distinction and localized construction. Ansel would have been proud!
- Analog Coloration Efex for including Traditional Digicam and movie shares.
- Dfine 2 for Noise discount.
- HDR Efex 2 for mixing Excessive Dynamic Vary photos.
- Sharpener Professional 3 for earlier than work in your photos and after for output in printing.
- Perspective Efex. Simply because it sounds for cleansing up the leaning digicam photos.
- Viveza 3 for adjusting colour and tone
Pricing and availability
Right here’s the actually excellent news so far as I’m involved. After I noticed the enhancements, I pictured the worth being a lot greater. Seems DxO is retaining the brand new person value at $149. Those that are upgrading from Nik Assortment 4, it’s solely $79.
I’ve at all times stated when requested should you ought to put money into software program plug-ins, “Do you may have time and experience to do the modifications by hand? Or, do you have to make investments cash to save lots of time?” The reply here’s a no-brainer for me. This assortment will get two thumbs-up from me … trigger I don’t have any extra thumbs.
In case you aren’t aware of the Nik Assortment 5 lineup of filters and wish to make certain it’s for you earlier than shopping for the set you’ll be able to obtain and put them although your paces for 30 days earlier than making the dedication.
Creatives and techies will like this assortment
This assortment is a will need to have in case you are like me. I wish to be artistic however I additionally need a lot of my photos to be technically right. The plugins provide help to do all of that sooner and with extra accuracy than making an attempt to determine it out by your self. Who doesn’t like WYSIWYG kind know-how?
Yours in Artistic Images, Bob