DxO has announced the immediate availability of the Nik Collection 2018 by DxO plus DxO PhotoLab 1.2, an updated RAW and JPEG processing application.

The Nik Collection 2018 by DxO is the first update to the plugin suite that DxO acquired  from Google in late 2017. This update marks the return to the market of the Nik Collection with the first stable version and with customer support. The Nik Collection 2018 by DxO is now fully functional and compatible with all 64-bit Windows and Mac platforms, as well as with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC 2018, and Photoshop Elements 2017/2018. In addition, DxO now provides support in four languages on its website (http://nikcollection.dxo.com/), which will soon include exclusive tutorials.

Designed for expert photographers and graphic designers, the Nik Collection includes seven powerful plugins for Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements that offer a full range of creative effects and filters:
. Analog Efex Pro applies analog film, camera and lens simulations to digital photos.
. Color Efex Pro includes a set of filters for colour correction, touch-up, and creative effects.
. Dfine reduces the noise of digital images by analysing the specificities of each device.
. HDR Efex Pro processes images in HDR.
. Sharpener Pro increases the accuracy and enhances the detail of digital images.
. Silver Efex Pro is a black and white image conversion solution inspired by darkroom techniques.
. Viveza locally adjusts the colour and tone of specific areas of the image.  

The update is now available in 13 languages and includes a free 30-day trial period. The Nik Collection 2018 by DxO is available for download on the DxO website (http://shop.dxo.com/us/photo-software/dxo-nikcollection) for US$49.99 instead of US$69 until July 1st, 2018.

The new DxO PhotoLab 1.2 update provides  a complete RAW and JPEG processing solution based on optical corrections from mathematically established laboratory models, as well as such exclusive features as PRIME noise reduction technology and DxO Smart Lighting intelligent exposure optimisation. It includes Nik Software’s U Point technology,  which  allows photographers to apply local settings in a non-destructive RAW stream to specific areas in an image.

With version 1.2 of DxO PhotoLab, DxO continues to enhance its software by adding the Hue (HSL) andSelective Tone settings, to unblock locally dark areas or recover overexposed areas. The tool’s equaliser system has been redesigned to group local settings by categories: Light, Colour, and Detail. Each category can be shown or hidden with a single click, for an efficient workflow. In response to user requests, we have added a new keyboard shortcut that displays the U Point mask in grayscale and shows the area that will be affected by the correction. The update also includes support for images from the Sony A7 III; the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G9, TZ90, and GF9; the Canon EOS 2000D; and the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

The ESSENTIAL and ELITE editions of DxO PhotoLab (PC and Mac) are available for download on the DxO website (http://shop.dxo.com/), and from retailers at US$129 and US$199, respectively (recommended retail prices). Photographers who own a version of DxO OpticsPro can acquire an upgrade to DxO PhotoLab by logging into their customer account at www.dxo.com. A fully-functional trial version of DxO PhotoLab, valid for one month, is available on the DxO website at https://www.dxo.com/us/photography/download.