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Setup Requirements and System Information

Microsoft Windows

Apple macOS

Compatible Host Applications

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Installation

Left: Mac, right: PC
Default install location (Mac)
Default installation location (PC)
  1. Make sure to quit out of any host image editing application such as Photoshop or Lightroom.
  2. Locate the downloaded installation file and double-click on it to begin.
  3. In the installation window, click on Nik Collection.
  4. Select the installation language (the system language is proposed by default).
  5. A dialog box informs you that any version installed on your computer, including the original Nik Collection, the Nik Collection from Google and a previous version of the Nik Collection, will be replaced. Click the checkbox then hit Install.
  6. A new dialog box offers you to accept the license agreement. Check the box and click on Accept (if you do not accept, the installation process will be cancelled).
  7. The installer will suggest a default location (Program Files folder on PC, Applications folder on Mac) and indicate the space required and the space available. If you wish to install the Nik Collection in another location, click on Browse; a system dialog box will prompt you to create and/or select another volume. Click on Next to confirm.
  8. The next window will show a list of compatible host programs detected on your computer. You can use the “-” button to remove a program from the list. Use the “+” button to add a program that is not automatically detected or that requires a special installation of plugins (see the paragraph on installing in Affinity Photo below). Click on Install to confirm (your system will display a security dialog box asking you to authorize installation).
  9. The installation process will continue, displaying a progress bar.
  10. The final window indicates that installation is complete. Click on Finish to exit the installation program. If you want to download and install DxO PhotoLab, click on Download before exiting installation of the Nik Collection.

Activation

The first time you launch the program after installation, you will be prompted to enter your registration key. This window will appear on every launch until you

enter the key. During the trial period (30 days), you will be able to continue using the Nik Collection; after that, you will be blocked at the registration window.

Installing in host applications

The Nik Collection is automatically installed in the following host applications (make sure you have closed them before installation; if you don’t, a dialog box will appear to notify you):

Installation in Serif Affinity Photo*

Important: compatibility between Serif Affinity Photo and the Nik Collection exists from version 1.8 and higher of the Serif program, and from version 2.5 and higher of the Nik Collection.

Plug-ins for the Nik Collection are not automatically installed in Affinity Photo during the installation process. You need to install them manually, as follows:

For Mac users:

  1. Plugin installation and creation:
    • Launch the Nik Collection Installer.
    • When you reach the “Compatible Host Applications” step (step 8 in the Installation paragraph), click + to create a new folder in the directory of your choice to store the Nik Collection plugins, then click on Open.
    • In the installer window, you will then see a new host in the list called Adobe Photoshop Custom1.
    • This “DxO” folder will contain all the Nik Collection plugins. Continue installation until finished and click on Close.
  2. Launch the Affinity Photo program.
  3. Import the Nik Collection plugins into Affinity Photo:
    • In the top menu, go to Affinity Photo > Preferences. In the window that opens, click on the Photoshop Modules icon.
    • In the Modules Search Folder section on the right, click on Add.
    • In the dialog window, select the “DxO” folder created in the folder you created during installation and press the OK button.
    • In the Plugin Support folder on the right, select Authorize Global, then Authorize, without selecting anything.
    • Underneath the Detected Plugins section on the left, check the box to Allow Unknown Plugins to be used.
    • Click on Close.
    • Then in the next dialog window, select Restart. If opened after restart, close the “Preferences” popup.
  4. Import your image into Affinity Photo.
  5. Launch the Nik Collection plugins via Affinity Photo :
    • Go to Filters > Plugins> Nik Collection > Plugin Name.

For Windows users:

  1. Plugin installation and creation:
    • Launch the Nik Collection Installer.
    • During the Compatible Host Applications step, click + to create a new folder in the directory of your choice to store the Nik Collection plugins, then click on Open.
    • In the installer window, you will then see a new host in the list called Adobe Photoshop Custom1.
    • Click on Continue, then on Install and a “DxO” folder will be created in the background in the directory of your choice
    • This “DxO” folder will contain all the Nik Collection plugins. Continue installation until finished and click on Close.
  2. Launch the Affinity Photo program.
  3. Import the Nik Collection plugins into Affinity Photo.
    • In the top menu bar, go to Edit; Preferences. In the window that then opens, click on the Photoshop Plugins icon.
    • In the Plugin Search Folder section, click on Add.
    • In the dialog window, select the “DxO” folder created in the folder you created during installation and press the OK button.
    • Underneath the Detected Plugins section, check the box to Allow Unknown Plugins to be used.
    • Click on Close.
    • Then in the next dialog window, select Restart. If it opens after restarting, close the Preferences popup.

Uninstalling

Uninstalling:

  1. Before uninstalling, close the host applications.
  2. Go to the Applications (Mac) folder, then to the Nik Collection folder, where you will find an Uninstall icon. Click on it to start uninstalling. On PC, go to Settings > Apps > Nik Collection > Uninstall.
  3. A dialog box will confirm removal. Click on Next.
  4. The Host Applications window shows a summary list and gives you the option of saving your presets by checking the box, even if you uninstall. Then click on Uninstall. Another dialog box displays a progress bar.
  5. A dialog box confirms that the Nik Collection has been uninstalled. Click on Finish to exit.

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