Google Just Made $150 of Great Photography Software Totally Free

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Nik is the German company behind popular mobile app Snapseed, and a bunch of fantastic plugins for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. The company was bought in 2012 by Google, and all of its plugins have just been made free.

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There’s seven plugins up for grabs, including fantastic HDR and color filters that I’ve been using for years. The full set was originally priced at $500; Google dropped that price to $150, before making it free today. Anyone who bought the plugins earlier in 2016 can also go get a refund, which is a classy move.

Making the plugins free does imply that Google isn’t planning on developing Nik’s desktop photography any further, but hey: if you have to grieve, a bunch of free software does help ease the pain.

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Echo-niner
Echo-niner

So, for those of us that are completely naive about this stuff, what are plug-ins? Does that mean you need a copy of photoshop to plug these into?

Yeah, i basically know nothing.