DxO Unveils Latest Nik Collection 5 Plug-Ins With New Color Efex Pro
It’s been 25 years since the first collection of Nik Photoshop plug-ins was launched and, since then, the software was bought by Google before being sold to French software developer DxO. Now Nik Collection 5 has been launched with some major upgrades to Colour Efex and Analog Efex plug-ins, with improved local adjustment technology and a smoother user experience.
This latest version of the suite of eight plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic and any other software that supports Photoshop plug-ins. It also features a brand-new tool to reduce haze and faithfully reproduced a myriad of different color-film grains.
The eight Nik Collection 5 plug-ins can work as standalone apps and bags of creative potential for photographers and image creators. There are more than 300 pre-sets to give instant results, while intuitive sliders and DxO’s U-Point technology make it easy to apply local adjustments and refine every detail of a photo.
The user interfaces of Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex have been rebuilt from the ground up, bringing them into line with the recently updated Nik Silver Efex and Nik Viveza plug-ins. Nik Color Efex is a powerful way to enhance and manipulate color and continues to be the collection’s most popular plug-in. Nik Analog Efex provides the potential to recreate vintage photographic effects. Also new is a refined and functional interface with improved pre-sets that are now more accessible.
U-Point technology is a unique and intuitive local adjustment tool that can apply targeted changes to a specific area of an image without the need to make complicated masks. On Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex, the Control Points can now be renamed, making them easier to manage, plus they can be saved with settings to speed up workflows. The addition of two-Colour Selectivity sliders — Luminance and Chrominance — offers greater control over the impact of local adjustments. The interface has been updated so that creating and editing a Control Point is clean and distraction-free.
Haze in photographs is now easy to remove with Nik Color Efex thanks to ClearView, a technology borrowed from DxO PhotoLab 5. Fog, mist, smoke and pollution are intelligently reduced using a simple slider, returning contrast and color to photographs. Color Efex also benefits has 29 authentic color film grain effects that were created in DxO’s laboratories, giving analog enthusiasts a range of new creative options.
Nik Perspective Efex is also part of the collection and it benefits from the ongoing research conducted in DxO’s labs. Some 20 new cameras and 60 lenses have been added to DxO’s database of supported equipment. The plug-in can now automatically correct the geometric distortions produced by more than 70,000 camera and lens combinations.
Photographers who choose to shoot in RAW can get the power of DxO’s PhotoLab 5 ESSENTIAL, a feature-rich photo-editing software that contains DxO’s Optics Modules and U-Point technology for precise local adjustments.
Pricing & Availability: Nik Collection 5 (Windows and macOS) is now available for download on the DxO website and costs £135. Photographers who already own Nik Collection 4 can upgrade by signing into their customer accounts for £69.
More info: A fully functional, one-month trial version of Nik Collection 5 is available on the DxO website,