Paris, France—DxO released the Nik Collection 2 by DxO, a major upgrade to its plug-in suite for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic and Elements. After bringing the Nik Collection back to market with the software’s first stable version with customer support in June 2018, DxO is now expanding the plug-in suite.
The Nik Collection includes seven plug-ins and a palette of nearly 200 creative effects and filters, as well as retouching tools. Thanks to exclusive U Point technology, these plug-ins can apply local adjustments to specific areas in an image.
The upgraded suite contains more than 40 new creative presets as well as high-resolution monitor support for Windows. In addition, the Nik Collection 2 comes with DxO PhotoLab 2.3 Essential edition, DxO’s advanced RAW photo-editing software. “By offering our advanced photo-editing solution along with the Nik Collection 2, we are giving users access to DxO’s powerful and high-quality RAW treatment technology. As well as its unparalleled optical corrections, which were developed over fifteen years of measurements and analyses conducted in its laboratory,” said Jean-Marc Alexia, vice president, Product Strategy and Marketing, DxO.
“DxO also offers high-quality de-noising capabilities, smart exposure optimization with DxO Smart Lighting, as well as U Point local adjustment technology, which is now available for use with RAW images.”
Nik Collection 2 Filters
The Nik Collection 2 adds 42 “En Vogue” presets to its original set of 156. The new additions include: 10 recipes for Color Efex Pro; 10 black-and-white presets to Silver Efex Pro; 12 HDR presets to HDR Efex Pro; and 10 tool combinations to Analog Efex Pro.
Moreover, the latest filters include Blue Monday, which is available in Color Efex Pro. It combines the look of subtle varitone coloring, the visual interest of cross processing and the softness of a desaturated effect. More Silver, available in Silver Efex Pro, pairs silver toning with a fine grain. As a result, black-and-white photographs feature a balanced contrast typically achieved through darkroom techniques.
Photographers can also add a bit of nostalgia to their images with Burned Edges in Analog Efex Pro. It reproduces the burned-edge, vignetting, toning and framing effects typical of old-fashioned analog cameras.
The En Vogue series was created in collaboration with Dan Hughes, a respected lecturer of photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also a former instructor with Nik Software.
High-Resolution Monitor Support
Furthermore, to better meet users’ needs, the Nik Collection 2 supports high-resolution monitors (HiDPI) with Windows. The graphic elements of the Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro and Analog Efex Pro plug-in interface were improved to ensure readability when viewed through high-res monitors.
RAW File Workflow
To help users harness the full power of the RAW file format, the Nik Collection 2 by DxO comes with DxO PhotoLab 2.3 Essential. The photo-editing software now provides users direct access to the plug-ins from their workspaces. They can do so via a dedicated button and drop-down menu. After the image is edited in DxO PhotoLab 2, it is quickly converted and sent to one of the plug-ins for further enhancement.
Moreover, DxO PhotoLab 2 continues to support new equipment. In addition to adding support for the Leica M 10-D and M 10-P; Nikon D3500; Panasonic Lumix DC-S1, DC-S1R and LX100 II; Sony a6400 and DSC-RX100 V, DxO PhotoLab 2.3 now processes files from Canon’s EOS RP and Olympus’s OM-D E-M1X.
DxO also added more than 500 optical modules to its library. That brings the software’s total number of camera/lens combinations to 47,500. For the full list of devices supported by DxO PhotoLab 2.3, visit dxo.com/en/dxo-photolab/supported-cameras.
The Nik Collection 2 by DxO currently sells for $99.99 instead of $149. The upgrade is available for $59.99 instead of $79. That pricing is good until June 30, 2019.
In addition, the Essential and Elite editions from DxO PhotoLab 2.3 are available for $129 and $199, respectively. DxO PhotoLab 2 users can download the upgrade for free.