I have just learned, in a post on another website, that Google+, which bought the Nik software suite, is now (since April) offering it to everyone at no cost–in fact, if it’s to be believed, they say that anyone who bought the suite in 2016 will get a refund! It sounds too good to be true (I ran it by Snopes with no flags), but this set of plug-ins is one that I turn to when I begin to process almost any new (or old) image. Have a look at what it can do (there are lots of overviews, guides, and tutorials out there) and see if you’d like to add it to your photo toolbox. I’d be sorely handicapped without it. Here’s the link:
And here are a few examples of some of the results I’ve had.
So what’s not to love? These programs plug in seamlessly with Photoshop (also, I understand, with the lower-end Photoshop Elements) and Lightroom. I’ve read that they can even be used as stand-alone programs, but I’ve not tried that. By the way, the Silver Efex Pro software is the best I’ve ever seen for converting color images to monochrome. I hope you will learn to love these incredible tools as much as I do!