DxO have just announced the launch of Nik Collection 2.5, an upgrade to Nik Collection 2, the powerful suite of plugins offering an impressive range of creative effects and innovative tools released in 2019.
Nik 2.5 highlights include the addition of 5 new film types, simulating color films that have left their mark on the history of analog photography, plus complete compatibility with Affinity Photo 1.8.
DxO Press Release
Nik Collection 2.5 by DxO is bringing back the golden age of analog color photography
DxO, one of the most innovative companies in the photography and image editing industry, is continuing to improve upon Nik Collection 2, the famous plugin suite for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, and Elements. After adding ten new iconic black-and-white films to Silver Efex Pro 2, DxO has added five new types of classic color films to Color Efex Pro 4 and re-designed Nik Collection to be compatible with the latest version of Affinity Photo.
Color Efex Pro 4: unlimited creativity with color
Color Efex Pro 4 is the creative color plugin in Nik Collection 2 by DxO. With its 55 exclusive filters, users can stylize their images while also giving them a unique feel and appearance. All Color Efex Pro 4 filters, which cover everything from chromatic contrast, ambiances, toning, polarization, and even vignetting, feature not only a number of different presets but also multiple variations, providing users with an unlimited number of creative possibilities. Advanced users will also enjoy using Color Efex Pro 4's customization options to adjust color, contrast, brightness, shadows, reflections, and more. Plus, thanks to the plugin's built-in U POINT™ technology, applying a filter to a specific area has never been more simple!
Agfa, Fuji, and Lomography: three iconic brands
Nik Collection 2.5 by DxO has added five new film types simulating color films that have left their mark on the history of analog photography: AGFA PRECISA CT 100; FUJIFILM FP-100C, INSTAX, and FUJICHROME PROVIA 400X; and LOMOGRAPHY REDSCALE 100.
Each film has been carefully selected for its chromatic intensity and fine grain. The reversal film AGFA PRECISA CT 100 was picked for its iconic neutral effect and deep blues, which makes it the perfect choice for landscape photography. The instant film FUJIFILM FP-100C was selected for its ability to accurately reproduce colors and its rich tonal gradations, which is ideal for any situation involving bright light. The playful instant film FUJIFILM INSTAX offers a color balance and tonal range that is superior to Polaroid films, resulting in detailed and precise photos. Similarly, the reversal film FUJICHROME PROVIA 400X was chosen for its excellent granularity and contrast, radiant colors, and even gray balance, making it an ideal choice for landscape, nature, and portrait photography. Finally, the more exotic LOMOGRAPHY REDSCALE 100 was tapped for its warm colors, which are popular among lomography fans.
DxO also wanted to bring back certain films that are no longer in production, including FUJIFILM FP-100C, FUJICHROME PROVIA 400X, and AGFA PRECISA CT 100, which stopped being manufactured between 2005 and 2016. Now, all photographers can experience the emotional impact conveyed by these iconic films once again.
Dan Hughes was entrusted with designing all of the software's films. Hughes is a lecturer in photography science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, a former Nik Software trainer, and the creator of the 42 “En Vogue” styles included in the Nik Collection 2 by DxO.
Compatibility with Affinity Photo 1.8
In order to guarantee the best possible user experience, Nik Collection 2.5 by DxO was optimized to be fully compatible with Affinity Photo 1.8, the latest update of the graphics editor for Mac and PC developed by Serif. Affinity Photo pairs perfectly with Adobe Photoshop and offers a powerful RAW processing workflow as well as layer and creative tool management, including panoramic photo assembly, HDR photo creation, and deep-etching and correction tools.
“Full compatibility between Affinity Photo and Nik Collection by DxO is one of features our customers ask for the most,” says Ashley Hewson, Managing Director at Serif. “By combining the versatility of Affinity Photo with the in-depth features available in Nik Collection 2, we are proud to offer photographers new creative possibilities to help them produce exceptional results.”
Price & availability
The Nik Collection 2.5 by DxO (PC and Mac) is now available for download on the DxO website (http://shop.dxo.com/en) for $149 ($79 for existing Nik Collection 2018 by DxO users). Users who purchased Nik Collection 2 by DxO may upgrade their software for free.
About Nik Collection by DxO
Nik Collection 2 by DxO includes seven plugins for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, and Elements, offering expert photographers a palette of nearly 200 high-quality creative effects and filters as well as a number of retouching tools. Thanks to exclusive U POINT™ technology, these plugins can be used to apply local adjustments to specific areas in the image with seamless precision.
DxO is now one of the most innovative companies in the photography and image editing industry. It designs and sells the most high-performing photo editing software on the market for amateurs and expert photographers alike. One of its programs, DxO PhotoLab, is an advanced photo-editing software that was presented with the TIPA award for Best Image Editing Software in 2018. In 2017, DxO purchased the Nik Collection from Google. This famous creative plugin suite for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, and Elements is used by millions of photographers throughout the world.