Nik Collection 4.3 Offers 35 New Nature-Related Presets

Nik Collection 4.3 Offers 35 New Nature-Related Presets

I'm a long-time user of Nik Tools, and the suite of filters and presets has been advancing rapidly since DXO took the software over in 2017. There are tools to create a variety of monochrome looks, perspective corrections, sharpening, HDR renders, analog and film replication effects, color adjustments, noise reduction, and sharpening. Now, DXO is offering version 4.3 with 35 new presets, most useful to landscape photographers.

The update includes:

  • “The Seasons”: four presets that evoke the different stages of the year.
  • “Tonal Landscapes”: allows users to enhance the soft greens of spring foliage, uncover the glow of golden hour, or reveal the calm blueness of dawn.
  • “Landscapes of Yesteryear”: presets designed to infuse images with a refined, antique quality that will take viewers back in time.
  • Six “Dramatic Landscapes”: presets new to Nik Silver Efex that will reveal the true character of black and white landscape photographs.
  • Six meta-presets: actions that blend filters and settings from multiple Nik Collection plugins for quick application, available for Adobe Photoshop users. Images can be transformed in a single click, perhaps to create the ambiance of those fleeting moments just before dawn or the luxurious glimmer of a lazy summer evening.

Using the New Nik Collection

I gave the update a spin and found the new presets grouped with the appropriate tools. For example, the new "Seasons" presets are in the Color Efex group. The "Autumn" preset gave me increased warmth and changed some of the foliage to red, orange, and yellow hues.

The "Winter" preset gave my images a cooler render, as I would expect. 

In the Nik Analog Efex tool, new features include a vintage feel through the six “Landscapes of Yesteryear” presets, designed to infuse images with a refined, antique quality for a nice retro look. There's a good deal more, and I didn't try everything. 

What's Good

As I said, I'm been a long-time fan of this plugin set for Photoshop or Lightroom. It also can work within DXO's own PhotoLab 5 editor.

The Nik Collection has always been highly reliable, and I'm glad to see the increasing number of presets added to Nik's U Point technology, which can easily adjust specific parts of an image. 

Unlike some presets, the Nik Collection adds a new layer but also gives you a good deal of flexibility to adjust the preset to meet your specific creative needs, and you can save your own presets.

I don't have any negatives on these presets. They are powerful, fully modifiable, and work reliably. 

Getting the Nik Collection Version 4.3

Windows and macOS versions are now available for download on the DxO website for a special price of $99.99 instead of $149 and $59.99 instead of $79 for the upgrade until December 31st, 2021. 

Photographers who already own Nik Collection 3 by DxO or a previous version can upgrade their software by signing into their customer accounts. A fully functional, one-month trial version of Nik Collection 4.3 is available here.

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"I'm a long-time user of Nik Tools, and the suite of filters and presets has been advancing rapidly since DXO took the software over in 2017."

I could not disagree more with this statement. I've been using the Nik suite of tools since Nik owned them. I do not consider bug fixes, compatibility updates, and presets as rapid advancement. DxO made some interface changes in version 4 that are helpful. But zero changes that affect basic IQ, like using AI to reduce the halos that plague some of the tools. For me, the advancements CxO are making in PhotoLab are far more useful. It would be great if Nik Effects could be better integrated into PhotoLab and work on RAW images. *That* would be progress.

Have they finally fixed the problem with scaling in Viveza (I need a microscope to read the screen), and some of the other Nik aps, when using 4k monitors? I would upgrade but why pay for something that only works marginally with my hardware.

On an Intel based MacBook Pro of 2018 (16GB RAM) version 4 for me is impossible to use regarding SEP and Viveza. They changed the handling of all the applied parameters for developing in a way where starting with 10 or so changed parameters the performance drops dramatically until you have to wait 10-20 seconds to change the screen after altering one parameter.
In addition the histogram moves with the tools scrolling out of the screen. User presets are not sorted alphabetically and some other problems.
DXO's support says they may or maybe not address these problems and I forced them to give me my money back. I'm now back again on version 3.

I haven't tested this on my new M1 MacBook.

If the performance isn't fixed in some time the NIK Collection for me sadly is simply dead.