DxO Nik Collection 7 released

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DxO has announced the latest edition of its photo editing suite, Nik Collection 7.

The seventh update to the popular Photoshop/Lightroom plugin tool introduces advancements for Nik Color Efex, better U Point local adjustment technology, workflow improvements, and several other improvements.

According to DxO, Nik Collection 7 adds options for ellipses, polygons, and luminosity masks to the U Point technology, as well as a significant speed boost to the suite “across the board” that includes 30% faster performance, instant switching between plugins, and more.

“Nik Collection exists to accelerate visual creativity in any photography workflow. With version 7, not only have we maximized performance, but we’ve introduced new selection tools that deliver a remarkable level of control,” says Boris Oliviero, Product Director. “As an upgrade, users get creativity, speed, and flexibility like never before.”

Image: DxO
Image: DxO

One of the standout features is the familiar U Point local adjustment tool has been expanded by three new tools. The upgrade adds a Polygonal Tool that allows users to quickly mask odd or irregular shapes, while standard Control Points can now be stretched or compressed into any elliptical form.

In addition, a new colour picker tool allows users to choose a hue and tone for the adjustment to target, independent from the placement of the adjustment itself, and Luminosity Masks can be used across the suite to target levels of brightness. 

Image: DxO
Image: DxO

Additionally, the update allows users to quickly and effortlessly switch between plugins without returning to the host program (Photoshop), allowing for a smoother editing workflow.

Another new feature is the new Quick Search tool that allows custom presets and filters for faster access and a convenient Quick Export option for fast output of images from within a plugin.

Image: DxO
The Nik Search tool. Image: DxO

The Nik Collection 7 is available now from the DxO website for $159 USD ($240 AUD) and $89 USD ($134 AUD) for those upgrading from the previous version. A free 30-day trial is also available.

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