HOW TO USE NIK COLLECTION ON PHOTOSHOP CC 2018 ON A MAC
If, like me, you are loving what Nik Collection plugins can do to improve your photographs, rejoice: not all hopes are lost yet, we still can use the plugins with the newly released Adobe Photoshop CC 2018!
UPDATE: DxO just released their Nik Collection 2018 by DxO, which solved all problems: read my post THE “NEW” DxO NIK COLLECTION FOR PHOTOSHOP CC 2018 for further details!
As a user of Nik Collections you are likely well aware that Google, after buying the Nik suite, first made it available for free and then basically killed it by stopping further developments with no apparent reasons. Since they have no competing offer in their portfolio, there is nothing that seems to justify such a move: whatever the reason, they did it anyway. Too bad, since Nik Collection was a great plugin suite, offering powerful tools such as SilverEfex Pro and ColorEfex Pro. The fact that Google stopped developing the Collection, though, just means that Google is not updating it anymore, not that it suddenly stopped working.
What does this mean, in practice, for us Nik Collection’s users? Basically, it means that when you update to the next version of Photoshop CC, Photoshop will create a new folder, in this case called “Adobe Photoshop CC 2018”. Your Nik plugins, however, will be left in the old “Adobe Photoshop CC 2017” folder, in a subfolder called “Plug-ins/Google” and they will not be automatically ported to the folder of your new version of Photoshop CC 2018.
After updating Photoshop CC to the last 2018 version and launching the program, therefore, you are very likely to notice the disappearance of your Nik plugins from your newly updated software. The plugins, however, are still working fine: with a little trick you’ll be able to make them work for you in Photoshop CC 2018 as well, provided that you still have an installer for them. Let’s see how to do that.
To keep using Nik Collection in Photoshop CC 2018, start by deleting the Plug-ins/Google folder in your old “Adobe Photoshop CC 2017” directory, and delete the “Nik Collection” folder you’ll find in the Applications folder as well. Once you have done that, start the Nik Collection installer (the last version should be called nikcollection-full-1.2.11.dmg) and follow the instructions. After agreeing to the license, you will be asked which compatible host application to add your plugins to; you should see “Adobe Photoshop CC 2018” listed. If you don’t see it, just click the “+” sign on the bottom and browse your Application folder until you find Adobe Photoshop CC 2018. Select the software and complete the installation as per the instructions.
That’s it! Launch Photoshop CC 2018, and you’ll see your Nik Collection there, where it should be. More, if you had any old presets made, they should also be available automatically in the newly installed Nik Collection as they were before updating Photoshop.
Important note: to avoid Photoshop CC to crash when applying your filter, please open the “Settings” of your preferred Nik filters, open the “AFTER CLICKING OK” tab and select “apply the filtered effect to the current layer”. This setting must be selected for each of the filters you intend to use (for me, ColorEfex and SilverEfex).
In conclusion, I am happy to confirm that Nik Collection lovers will be able to use the Nik Collection with Photoshop CC 2018 as well, and I certainly hope that this will be the case for future versions too. Since there is no guarantee that this will happen, however, in the meantime I will keep my seamless move towards a Nik-independent workflow, either by replacing them with other solutions or by replacing them with Photoshop routines!
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