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As you probably know, the reason for Nik Collection being free is because Google has decided not to continue to develop or support this software. It doesn't mean that you cannot use it. You can use it for as long as it continues to work on your PC or Mac. You just cannot rely on it being a stable solution in the future. A Mac or PC update might force you to look elsewhere if the software stops working. The same goes for a Lightroom or Photoshop update, which can also cause Nik Collection plugins to stop working. I still enjoy using Nik Collection and will continue to do so for as long

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Posted on August 30, 2017 by Peter Dam in Luminar

A powerful photo editor like Luminar allows you to quickly change a photo from a flat looking raw file to a beautiful photo. Luminar has some filters and sliders, that you won't even find in other popular photo editing software programs like Lightroom. In a way, Luminar takes over the heritage from Nik Collection Plugins, because of the flexibility in the filters. Nik Collection, which I still love using, is no longer being actively developed by Google, so these plugins not advance with new stuff and release. Nik Collection is now free and will still work, but there might come a day

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Posted on August 21, 2017 by Peter Dam in Luminar

There is a lot of hype over the new photo editor Luminar, by Macphun. In many ways, Luminar is a lot like Nik Collection Plugins, which I really enjoy using. One of the advantages in Luminar though is that you can work with layers, which would normally require that you took your images through Photoshop or Affinity Photo. Each preset contains multiple filters, which can be modified individually. You can also add a mask to each filter limit the area affected by a filter, so i.e. the sky or a specific element in your photo is targeted by the filter. In this way working with presets in

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Posted on August 18, 2017 by Peter Dam in Luminar

  Presets in Luminar is a very powerful way to work with your images and speed up your workflow. It is much more flexible than you are be used to if you are familiar with Lightroom. With Luminar presets you can also include how layer blends with those below it, and you can set a specific opacity for a layer that you applied the presets to. You can apply masks to each individual filter within a preset. If you are used to working with Nik Collection Plugins you will soon recognize that using presets in Luminar is quite similar to applying recipes in Nik's Color Efex Pro 4.

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Posted on August 11, 2017 by Peter Dam in Luminar