Google’s Nik Collection, a photo editing software package designed for professional photographers, once retailed for $149 is now completely free. Just a few days ago Google made this incredible announcement and if you haven’t already done so, head on over to their downloads page and get yourself this awesome software bundle. This software works on both Windows and Mac and is a plug-in for both Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop.

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop filter application plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities that can do almost everything including: improving color correction, retouching, creative effects, the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images, and image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details. The plug-ins that are included are called: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine.

From noise reduction and sharpening tools to optimizing color and stylizing options, this image editing suite is amazingly powerful. Imagine going from this photo . . .

Google’s Nik Collection

To this, with just a few mouse clicks . . .

Google’s Nik Collection

This is a deal you don’t want to miss. Who could resist free? The package works with both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and automates so many of the things that you need to do every day, as well as gives you the power to take your photos to the next level. The tools are so easy to use that you won’t be burdened with a big learning curve. In fact, you can just watch the comprehensive video tutorial below to get you started. It’s a little bit of a time commitment to watch the whole thing, but it will be one of the best hours you’ve spent this year.