There are many reports that I’ve confirmed on my copy of the Google/ Nik Collection. That it is no longer fully compatible with Photoshop Version CC 2017
On Google/Nik’s website it states “The Nik Collection is free and compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.10; Windows Vista, 7, 8; and Adobe Photoshop through CC 2015. We have no plans to update the Collection or add new features over time.”
Also note they say nothing about being compatible with Windows 10
If you can’t find your Nik collection iPlug ins ( Or any Plug-ins Photoshop CC2017 you need to make sure you move the Plug-ins to the new default folder location for Adobe.
In my tests, the software would start but take a long time to load and at times no previews would show up and it might take a click on the screen for them to appear. It was really just slow and buggy. I suspect that the software is not compatible with how Photoshop now sends a lot of the load of Photoshop to the Video card and away from the main processor which results in a very slow refresh ( just my thoughts, unconfirmed) Launching the software as a standalone or from Lightroom does not seem to have the same problems as the Plug-ins.
So what should you do? Well now may be the best time to update to new current efex software that is current and supported. Remember that Nik is I think 5 years old at this point and so much has happen since then
A few of my suggestions to update to (Full disclosure, I am an affilate for the software I am about to suggest, I benefit but you will also since I offer coupon codes which reduce your costs – Win Win)
If you are on Mac, I suggest you look at Macphun’s Creative Kit which features: Noiseless CK, Intensify CK ( My FAVORITE) , Snapheal CK, Tonality CK ( B & W), Focus CK and FX Photo Studio CK. “Family license”: use Creative Kit on up to 5 Macs in the full bundle version. I use these a lot especially Intensify and Noiseless. They run fast and efficient and produce beautiful results.
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If you are a Windows user (or a mac user also) I would suggest looking at ON1 Software’s On1 Photo RAW 2017
It’s a standalone RAW processor but also works as a Plug-ion for both Photoshop and Lightroom, You can enter the Develop module to take your image further in processing or go to the Effects module and get all of the great Effects filters On1 os famous for including my oft used favorite “Dynamic Contrasts” and “HDR Look” . It also has great B & W effects qwhich are all fully adjustable to suit your look.
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So, check and see, If you are having problems with the Google/ Nik Collection. Now would be the perfect time for an Upgrade to new supported editing software