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Nik hits 4

Posted on Jun 2, 2021

Nik’s popular editing plug-ins get a major update

The Nik Collection editing plug-ins include the popular Silver Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro, while Collection 3 just celebrated 25 years of this suite. Now, Collection 4 has been introduced, with two of the plug-ins enjoying serious upgrades. Nik Viveza – used to adjust tone and colour locally – has a new look, while Silver Efex Pro has been completely revamped. Both offer a better user experiences, with new features making them more powerful and offering an improved workflow with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Nik’s U Point technology, enabling localised adjustments without the need for masks, is now even more powerful, and includes the option to save control points into your own presets. A new Colour Tolerance setting means you can accurately select a colour to change, and even adjust, the tolerance of similar colour hues.

Collection 4 plug-ins offer better user experiences, and new features make them more powerful and give improved workflow with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

Used within Lightroom, there is a Smart Copy & Paste tool, allowing you to selectively reapply an effect on several images directly – without having to launch the Nik plug-in. And if you create a result you like, but forget to save it as a preset, there is a Last Edit tool, which allows you to apply the same changes easily.

Previously only available in DxO PhotoLab, ClearView technology also makes an appearance in Silver Efex. With it, local contrast can be enhanced and haze can be removed without the issue of halos.

Nik Collection 4 (Windows and Mac) is available now for download. Until 30 June 2021, the collection is available for £88.99 (usual price £133) and the upgrade for £54.99 (RRP £69). A fully functional, one-month trial version of the new collection is available from the DxO website.


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