Using Google Nik Collection with Photos
Did you know that you can use your beloved Google Nik Collection in Photos? It's true… you only need one 99¢ add-on to do it!
Most of us love the Nik Collection. Since it was Nik Software, before it was acquired by Google, many of us gladly paid hundreds of dollars for the tools. Skip forward several years, and the entire Nik collection is now free. Sadly most of us assume the this means it will no longer be developed, but in the meantime, it still works perfectly well and is, without question, a world-class set of tools.
But did you know you can use it with Photos for OS X?
Not directly… but through the amazing Photos.app extension External Editors for Photos, you can!
Once you've installed both, open Photos, select an image to edit and go into the Edit mode (hit return, or click the Edit button). Under the “more” menu (the three dots), select External Editors.
That will open and immediately show you all the apps you have installed that it can edit with, including the Nik Collection! They won't be grouped together, but they are all there:
I picked Analog Efex Pro 2, and the image opened up in the app as expected…
And of course once saved, it's back in Photos, where it's been edited non-destructively. Well that's not technically true… Photos made a copy and sent that to the Extension, which then edited that copy destructively, meaning you can alway hit the Revert to Original button, which will take you back to the original file.
There you have it! Some of the most impressive editing tools on the market running in Photos, and it'll only cost you 99¢.