Towards the end of February, DXO released version 2.5 of the Nik Collection. The Nik Collection is still my favourite editing plug-in, but I had resisted the upgrade to version 2. It just didn’t offer me enough to be worth it.
Then, since version 2 was released, we’ve had version 2.3 of the collection which included new film simulations for Nik Silver Efex Pro. And now in version 2.5 we have an update to Color Efex Pro introducing five new iconic film simulations.
But the big news and the reason why I’ll decided to now upgrade is that Nik Collection 2.5 gives full compatibility with Affinity Photo. Although I’ve been able to use Nik with Affinity Photo in the past, I had problems with the plug-ins vanishing from the menu or stopping working. This was frustrating enough but the strange colours when trying to edit a 16-bit image in Viveza was a showstopper. Viveza is such an essential tool in my editing that it often prevented me from using Affinity Photo. Now DXO has fixed these problems and Viveza is working great with Affinity Photo 1.8.
If you’re an existing Nik Collection 2 user, the update is free. If you have the Nik Collection 2018 the upgrade is £69. You can learn more on the DXO website as well as download a trial version (which I always recommend doing before purchasing).
To celebrate the release, I published a review article explaining how to use the new film simulations. It also explains how to tweak the simulations further if you want to.