Get $149 Of Photoshop/Lightroom Add-ins Free

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When Google bought the company behind the Nik collection of image plugins, it cut the price from $500 to $149.  Now, it's gone one step further and cut the price to zero.  You can download the full set from https://www.google.com/nikcollection/ and the download weighs in at around 430 MB.
 
Note that these products are add-ins for Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture.  If you don't have any of those products, the Nik add-ins won't do anything for you.  But if you do have any of those products, the Nik tools will add a whole load of extra facilities, tools and effects to your photo editing.
 

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The Nik kit also works with Paint Shop Pro. It has a nice sharpener plugin that can tidy up a mobile-phone picture for printing on a photo inkjet., and lots of other stuff

It's delivered in the form of plugins. The various paint programs have user interfaces to allow updating the plugin location list. So, install Nik, open your paint program, go to the settings / plugins on plugins UI, and add the path to the Nik installation.

The following link leads to a page that shows (if you scroll down to the bottom) the Adobe products and versions that are compatible with the Nik Collection (https://www.google.com/nikcollection/learn/ ). The same area indicates that the CPU will be used for all processing unless graphics cards with certain specific GPUs are available.

> 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.

I downloaded the program and installed it to my Photoshop CS3 directory but am not sure how to access the NIK stuff.

what is the extension of these plugins? if it's .8bf they should be able to be added to psp and irfanview?

Yes, most of them are .8bf. I'm not sure about the HDR one though.

I think the total library is about a 439MB download.

Every directory also holds executable files for each program. Just create shortcuts to them to use the programs.

Despite the caution, is there any chance the Nik Collection will work on Photoshop v. CS2? Even partially?

I am currently using PS C2 and PSE 8
Will these plugins work in these two programs?

Photoshop and Nik are way overkill for us weekend shutterbugs. Plus, Adobe refuses to port Photoshop to Linux.
Digikam is the free alternative. You can also do a lot of stuff in Gimp.

There are executable versions of the plugins as well, but you need to navigate to them and add them to a menu or your Start bar to be able to use them. They do work, though.