Download of the day: Google Nik Collection

Our daily pick of the best free Windows software – seven premium photo filters that work as Photoshop plugins or standalone apps

Google Nik Collection is a set of seven stunning, fully customizable filters to make your photos look amazing. The toolkit – which originally retailed for US$500 (about £390, AU$650) – is available to download completely free, and can be used as Photoshop plugins or individual apps.

Note that Google Nik Collection won't appear in your Programs list once it's installed. Instead you'll need to open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\\Program Files\Google\Nik Collection. Once you're there, all the filters are easy to use, and you can create your own desktop shortcuts for quick access in the future.

Why you need it

Google Nik Collection's filters give incredible results, and are far superior to the options you'll find in other free photo editing software.

Key features

Seven premium photo filters

Can be used as standalone apps

Fully customizable effects

Support for custom profiles

The apps support batch processing, and as well as dozens of great-looking presets, each one includes a set of sliders that let you fine-tune colours, contrast, noise, vignette effects and much more.

The collection includes:

  • Analog Efex Pro, which recreates vintage film effects
  • Color Efex Pro, for enhancing the colours in your pictures
  • Dfine, for reducing image noise
  • HDR Efex, which combines multiple exposures to create high dynamic range images
  • Sharpener Pro, which sharpens photos for realistic or artistic effects
  • Silver Efex Pro, for creating sublime black-and-white conversions
  • Viveza, which lets you adjust individual colors in an image using a system of 'control points'

Download Google Nik Collection free

With such a powerful array of professional-quality tools at your disposal it's easy to make ordinary photos look great, and good photos look stunning. Download Google Nik Collection now and see for yourself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cat is TechRadar's downloads editor. She's been a tech journalist for six years on magazines including PC Plus, Official Windows, PC Format and Windows: Help & Advice (with a brief stint in PR for the nuclear industry in between). If you have a question about software, drop her a line!