Google’s Nik Collection added something while I wasn’t looking

Chicago Skyline, July 2013 | Fuji X-E1 and XF 18-55mm lens @ 39mm | Exposed 1/18 sec. @  f/6.4, ISO 800

Chicago Skyline, July 2013 | Fuji X-E1 and XF 18-55mm lens @ 39mm | Exposed 1/18 sec. @ f/6.4, ISO 800

Today. while working on an image I am getting ready to print on canvas for a client, I was working in Photoshop and noticed that my Google Nik Collection toolbar had an option I had not noticed before.  Through the magic (and guile) of automatic updates, Google added “Analog Efex” to the lineup.  Essentially, it is a much more powerful (and adjustable) implementation of the sorts of alterations that have become so popular on mobile phones, including effects like “Toy Camera” (pictured above.)  It is something I’ll use daily?  Doubtful.  But if you have the Google Nik Collection (and if you don’t, I recommend it highly as one of the best values in photographic software on the market) and don’t pay terribly much attention to the toolbar because you’re so accustomed to just reaching for Viveza or Dfine, take a closer look the next time you open it and explore the options.

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