Nik Software

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Nik Software
Industry Digital image processing, digital photography
Founded 1995
Founder Nils Kokemohr[1]
Headquarters San Diego, California, United States
Key people
  • Michael J Slater (CEO)
  • Nils Kokemohr (CTO)
  • Adam Christianson (Chief Web Developer)
  • Analog Efex Pro
  • Color Efex Pro
  • Dfine
  • HDR Efex Pro
  • Sharpener Pro
  • Silver Efex Pro
  • Viveza
Number of employees
Parent DxO Labs

Nik Software is a software development company established in 1995 and based in San Diego, California.[5] Nik Software develops multiple image editing plug-ins and tools (for digital image processing applications, such as Adobe Photoshop) and Snapseed, a popular image enhancement application for iOS and Android.

In September 2012, Nik Software was acquired by Google for an undisclosed amount.[4][6] DxO announced on October 25, 2017 the acquisition of Nik Collection and has since continued to develop it.


In 1995 Nik Software (originally Nik Multimedia) was founded by Nils Kokemohr in Hamburg. Nik Software focused on digital photography and graphic design. The Nik Software team developed Nils Efex! and Nils Type Efex!, these were a combination of Photoshop actions and textures.[7] In 1999 Michael J Slater joined Nik Software, Inc as CEO of the company. He led the company from a small software developer company to a software research and development company.

Nik Collection[edit]

The Nik Collection is a set of image enhancement tools and photographic filter plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom and Apple's Aperture.[8]


The collection was originally priced at $500, but after Google acquired Nik, the price was dropped to $150.[8] On March 24, 2016, Google announced that they would make the Nik Collection free.[9][10] Around May 30, 2017, Google announced that they have no plans to update the Nik Collection or add new features over time.[11] On October 25, 2017, DxO announced the acquisition of the Nik Collection assets from Google.[12]


Product name Functionality[13]
Analog Efex Pro Applies film-era camera, lens, and film simulation to digital images.
Color Efex Pro Package of filters that comes with many effects e.g. HDR effect
Dfine Noise reduction
HDR Efex Pro Specialized program for processing HDR pictures
Sharpener Pro Image sharpening
Silver Efex Pro Black & White conversion
Viveza Color control with advanced functions to change contrast and saturation


  1. ^ "Nik Software gobbled up by Google". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Nik Software gets into photo-editing tools for 'Debbie Digital'". USA Today. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nik Software, Inc. - Current & past teams". ChrunchBase Aol Inc. 
  4. ^ a b Miller, Claire (September 17, 2012). "Google Buys Nik to Lure Photographers to Google Plus". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Lardinois, Frederic (September 17, 2012). "Google Acquires Nik Software, The Company Behind The Popular Snapseed Photo Editing App For iOS". TechCrunch. 
  6. ^ "Google takes on Instagram with Snapseed". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Nik Software Tools Bundle by Joshua A. Haftel. John Wiley & Sons. 
  8. ^ a b Wauters, Robin (March 25, 2013). "Google bundles acquired Nik Software plug-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture, drops entire set price to $149". The Next Web. 
  9. ^ Allan, Patrick (March 24, 2016). "Google's Nik Collection of Photo Editing Software Is Now Completely Free". Lifehacker. 
  10. ^ "Today we're making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free". Google. March 24, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Nik Collection Help". Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  12. ^ "DxO acquires Nik Collection assets from Google". DxO Labs. 25 October 2017. 
  13. ^ "About the Google Nik Collection". Google.