Nik Collection

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Nik Collection is Google's answer to programs like Adobe Photoshop, a complete alternative to professional photo enhancement and editing tools for PC


Google's photo enhanhancement and editing suite

November 10, 2020
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Free alternative to Photoshop for Windows. That's one of the most popular queries on Google about the photo enhancement and editing suite belonging to Adobe. And that's because this magnificent program has become a standard in the world of image editing.

But that doesn't mean that there's nothing else out there, because there are plenty of options. Nik Collection, for instance, is a program developed by Google that's meant to be one of the best alternatives to Photoshop CC Lightroom.

Simple, advanced and immediate editing

This program is a complete tool to process images, full of images that offer almost professional results. Its proves that there is no need to pay a single cent to get our hands on an efficient program that can settle our most advanced needs when it comes to working with images.

Google also takes a plunge into the photo editing world.

Main features

It comes along with several features, functions and effects that turn this program into a great tool to process images:

  • Explore the aspect of classic lenses, cameras and films.
  • Set of filters to correct and enhance.
  • Black and white dedicated controls.
  • Selective color and hue adjustments on images without masks or complicated selections.
  • HDR image effects.
  • Tools to boost sharpness.
  • Function to reduce noise.

This software's full version offers a wide range of functions that will make you look like a professional photographer. Prove that you know how to use it (a decent guide can be a great help) and impress your friends with your skills.

How to install Nik Collection?

Installing this program is very similar to other software. In other words: download and run the installer. However, you should know that it can work as a standalone tool but it will require you to go to the installation folder to run its different components. The other option is to install it through Adobe Photoshop that will run it as a host.

Requirements and additional information:

  • Optionally requires the installation of Adobe Photoshop CS4 up to version CC 2015, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 up to version 13 (except HDR Efex Pro 2, that's not compatible with Photoshop Elements) and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 up to version 6/CC.
Elies Guzmán

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