If you are a photographer, regardless of skill range, you’ll want to check out Google’s Nik Collection photo editing software, which is now being offered free of charge.

We know what you’re thinking regarding the Nik Collection:

Too good to be true — what’s the catch?

Really, $149 worth of software available for download!

For now, the Nik Collection of desktop editing plugins can be yours without cost, including Nik’s Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveca, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine apps, available from Google’s Nik Collection site.

The seven desktop services comprising the Nik Collection were previously part of a buyout of the popular photo app Snapseed, combined in a bundle, focusing on ease of use and accessibility, compatible with Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture.

Google touts the software as somewhat robust, stating:

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plugins providing a powerful range of photo editing capabilities, from filter applications improving color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening, bringing out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Google has said that they are now offering the Nik Collection photo editing software free as one of its “Long term investments in building incredible photo editing tools,” but it remains to be seen whether this software and its attached services will remain a supported product. For now, it is enough to gain the keys to the Nik kingdom with a minimum investment.

You can download the Nik Collection here.

For all of you wondering about specs, here they are:

Nik Collection System requirements:

Mac:

• Mac® OS X 10.7.5 through 10.10
• Adobe Photoshop CS4 (CS5 for HDR Efex Pro 2) through CC 2015
• Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 13 (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements)
• Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 6/CC
• Apple® Aperture® 3.1 or later

Windows:

• Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8
• Adobe Photoshop CS4 through CC 2015
• Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 13 (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements)
• Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 6/CC

GPU Compatibility:

NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series, GeForce 9 Series, GeForce 100 Series, GeForce 200 Series, GeForce 300 Series, GeForce 400 Series, GeForce 500 Series, ATI Radeon HD2000 Series, Radeon HD3000 Series, Radeon HD4000 Series, Radeon HD5000 Series, Radeon HD6000 Series.

If no compatible card is available, GPU acceleration will be disabled and the CPU will be used.

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