Download Google’s Nik Collection for free!

By |2018-06-12T13:40:45+00:0025 Mar 2016|

Update 2018-06-12

DXO has acquired the Nik Collection from Google and will be developing it from here on. Read more about it here



This is the best news we’ve had for some time… Google has just announced that their popular photo software, Nik Collection, can be downloaded for free!

It is not everyday that we get free photography software! Previously, photographers had to pay up to $150 for it! As Google continue to focus their long-term investments in building innovative photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, they’ve decided to make their Nik desktop suite available to both Mac and Windows users as well. Moreover, if you’ve bought Nik Collection in 2016, Google will even refund you. Good for you! 


The Nik Collection consist of seven desktop plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom. The Nik programs are easy to use and photographers can create stunning effects through intuitive filter applications. With Nik Collection you can create almost anything; from mimicking classic cameras and creating vintage style images in Analog Efex Pro, to colour correction, retouching and creative effects in Color Efex Pro. With Viveza, you can selectively adjust the colour and tonality of an image without using complicated masks, or selections. Then there is also HDR Efex to create HDR images, as well as Dfine and Sharpener Pro to handle noise and sharpen your images intelligently. Then there is also my personal favourite, Nik Silver Efex , which is probably the finest black and white software available today…

Download Google's Nik Collection for Free

Screenshot: Nik Analog Efex Pro 2 | You can now download the complete Nik Collection Photo Software for free!

Nik Collection has been touted a Swiss army knife for both professional and amateur photographers alike. In fact, for some time now, we’ve incorporated the Nik software in a few of our photography courses, including the Landscape Photography Retouching Course, Wedding Photography Course etc. We therefore applaud Google for this very generous offering since our photography students will most certainly relish using these great tools for their creative endeavors!


Don’t waste any more time. Visit the Nik Collection website now!

The complete collection is yours to download. Head straight to the Nik Collection website where you can download the mother-ship of all photography plugins! 

Download Google Nik Collection for free

About the Author:

Danie Bester
Fine Art, Landscape, Architecture: The more abstract forms of photography like impressionism and minimalism intrigue me. I prefer creating images that depict energy, mood and silence. To illustrate my themes, I use mainly long exposures, selective focus and focus blur. My philosophy is that the camera is just a paintbrush and that thought-provoking images stem from a trained mind.


  1. Danie Bester
    Danie Bester 2018/11/27 at 08:15

    I feel you! Same thing happened with me. I bought it and then a few months later it was offered for free. I also predicted that Google is going to let Nik Collection go as soon as they tapped the technology for Snapseed and decided to not buy Nik until DXO proven that they are committed and bring out a fresh version. Fortunately, the free version still runs without problems on my computer.

  2. Alexander 2018/11/26 at 15:50

    I paid for the NIK collection just a fe months before it was available for free. When I had to update Photoshop for 2019 the NIK collection was not there so I just went to download it again and did so thinking it would be free which it might have been if I had an activation code for it which I had been informed was sent to me via email but which hadn’t been the case. At any rate it appears that I now have to pay again for the collection. I’m NOT a happy camper.

  3. maxine clough 2018/10/28 at 16:59

    I had the nik collection, but after up dating Photoshop I have to re install the nik collection but I would not be without it

  4. Rombout Versluijs 2018/10/28 at 04:17

    Man its kind of sucks, i loved this app. Its a shame google sold it again

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