DxO Introduces Nik Collection 7

DxO has released the latest version of its photo editing software, Nik Collection 7. The update includes substantial advancements for Nik Color Efex, including improved U Point local adjustment technology, workflow improvements, and several other enhancements.

According to the company, Version 7 of the Nik Collection suite adds options for elliptical and polygonal shapes, as well as luminosity masks to the U Point technology, giving users more control, as well as a significant speed boost to the suite overall, including a 30% faster opening, 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,” explains Boris Oliviero, Product Director. “As an upgrade, users get creativity, speed, and flexibility like never before.”

Version 7 is touted to boost performance by up to 30% in almost every case, including opening files directly in the app as a standalone or from a hotspot program as a plugin. Furthermore, the upgrade enables users to swiftly and easily switch between plugins without returning to the host program, resulting in a more efficient editing workflow.

To further increase performance, the company has added access to Nik Viveza from within the Nik Color Efex app, making the process more fluid and easier, and providing users with extra access to Nik Viveza as a filter within Nik Color Efex. Version 7 of the Nik Collection includes a Quick Search function. It enables users to arrange their custom presets and filters for easier access, as well as a handy Quick Export feature for quickly exporting photographs from within a plugin.

The well-known U Point local adjustment tool has been updated with three additional features that allow users to make even more precise decisions. The upgrade includes a Polygonal Tool for swiftly masking strange or irregular forms, and conventional Control Points can now be stretched or compressed into any elliptical shape.

The updated color picker tool allows users to select a hue and tone for the modification to target that is independent of its placement, and Luminosity Masks can be used throughout the suite to target brightness levels.

While the entire suite of apps has seen a UI redesign, Nik Color Efex appears to have received the most of the modifications. These include a new Extended Hue Saturation and Luminosity (HSL) filter for adjusting color ranges and a new Vibrancy slider. These enhancements include a new stacking tool, which allows users to combine and reorder all filters in their collection for creative purposes.

The company also claims that Nik Perspective has been removed from Nik Collection 7 for consistency, and thanks to parallel installation, owners of previous versions will be able to continue to use this plugin.

The Nik Collection 7 is now available on the DxO website for $159, or $89 for those upgrading from the previous edition. A free 30-day trial is also available.

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