Nik Collection doesn’t play well with Photoshop CC 2017

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.

If you use my coupon code THEHDRIMAGE  that will save you 10% at check out

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





  1. H.W. April 29, 2017 at 5:22 am #

    I’ve recently re-installed My Nik collection on Windows 7/ photo shop 2017cc and have no such problems ! UPDATE……. Another con job at least at this point to sell another product !

  2. Marty April 29, 2017 at 10:45 am #

    Hey, Peter

    To paraphrase a Mark Twain misquote, the rumors of the Nik Collection’s demise are greatly exaggerated. No question that Google’s abandonment of the Nik suite was not good news for photographers and post-processors, but it does not appear to me that the Nik Collection is anywhere near death.

    I have been a Nik user since 2010, on every version of LR since 2 , PS since CS3, and CC since 2014. More recently I have been using the collection on Win10 with LR 2015.10 and PS CC 2017.1.0 (ie latest versions) since I set up my new workstation last fall. In all that time, I have never experienced any of the difficulties that you describe.

    Not only have I been a user, but I’ve taught Nik classes at local camera clubs (no charge) as recently as last October, and even demonstrated it last week. Personally, I use CEP, SEP, and Viveza the most, with a little DFine and Sharpener as needed if the LR and PS tools can’t get it done to my liking. I’ve mostly abandoned HDRPro, not because it is broken or slow, but because I use HDR less (I have a high DR camera) and when I do use HDR, I prefer to work with the 32-bit DNG file produced by LR. But, again – not because of any difficulties with HDRPro. (And Analog Pro isn’t really my cup of tea yet – but I have still had occasion to dip into it.)

    So, when I read your post, I panicked … maybe the unthinkable has finally happened since the last CC update? After some testing, I am happy to report that I still a not experiencing any difficulties as described – it seems as fast/slow as it has always been when invoked from PS as a Smart Filter, and the functionality is still as workable and usable as ever, including U-Points.

    So, a couple of suggestions to anyone having difficulties as you describe:
    – Uninstall and reinstall the Nik Collection latest copy on whatever versions of LR and PS you have installed. Download it fresh from Google before reinstalling, to ensure you have the latest version.That is probably the easiest and cheapest thing to do, and should re-unite Nik with the installed PS and LR bases.
    – Boost the RAM on the machine. Whether you use Nik or not, that is probably the biggest bang for the buck in terms of improving PS performance overall. And, memory is cheap and getting cheaper. I moved from 8GB on my old laptop and desktop to 24GB with my new mobile workstation, and that in itself significantly increased PS’s speed – my estimate is by 40%-50%.

    There are other things that can help such as SSD’s and balancing loads of PS temp files, Win paging files, etc across drives – fairly technical stuff that space does not allow for here, but it all helps PS performance in general, and may keep the power of Nik alive a while longer.

    There is no doubt that the newer plugins offer functions that Nik did not live long enough to develop themselves, and the new guys are committed (at least so far) to maintain compatibility with PS and LR current and future versions. And if that is a concern, then by all means switch over to them. I have as well – ON1 10 and Topaz now play key roles in my workflow. But I’d just like to make sure that folks don’t panic and abandon Nik before it is really time to do so – it is just too powerful a set of tools to leave sitting unused on the workbench.

    That’s my 2 cents, FWIW. 😉

    • Peter May 11, 2017 at 10:37 am #

      Thanks for your insight Marty, as always appreciated.
      I saw some of the Glitches for sure on my machine. Were they still workable? yes. Annoying well yes, But if you love it as you do, you certainly can get by.
      Unfortunately for me, I’m just Jaded. I worked with the people at the original Nik. I knew a lot of them and a lot became my personal friends. And I saw them ALL lose their jobs with the Google take-over. Some have never recovered from that, some have gone on to greater success because that’s just how wonderful and talented those people were. It was a company destroyed for nothing.
      So yeah, If I really loved it, I could make it work. But I’m just too pissed off…it’s on me

      Thanks again as always my friend

      • Marty May 23, 2017 at 7:39 am #

        I hear ya. I, too, got to know a couple of the Nik folks, though only over the phone or via email. They were, indeed, a dedicated team of developers – I wish I had the opportunity and pleasure to get to know them in person.
        When Google bought out Nik, no one was more disappointed than I. I spent too many years in the software development business to not see the writing on the wall, even as the dust settled on the transaction.
        But, I just could not bring myself to abandon the power and functionality of the software. And I continue to hold out hope that it will continue to live on my systems.
        So, I share your disdain for Google’s over its destruction of Nik, but I have a job to do, and the Nik Collection helps me do it, so I will stick with it as long as I can. 😉

        • Peter June 7, 2017 at 10:07 am #

          Oh, I totally get that Marty. Thanks for your thoughts. Always appreciated

  3. Zach April 30, 2017 at 10:06 pm #

    Thanks for the post Peter, it confirmed my suspicious. The last CC update killed some Nik plugins (Sharpener Pro 3 / Define 2).

    Tested on two machines running Photoshop CC 20170309.r.207 x64

    Sharpener Pro 3 – The preview now takes a crazy amount of time to load. The loupe preview is busted as well.

    Define 2 – Just sits at “Working” and never finishes the task.

    Disappointing >.<


  4. Ken June 10, 2017 at 7:26 am #

    I am looking for silver efex to be compatible with CC2017. Where can I find updated:

    “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”

    • Peter June 21, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

      Ken, If you update Your Photoshop CC2017 in Creative Cloud app. It fixes the Nik problems

  5. DWalla September 30, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    It appears that Nik Collection is broken with latest Photoshop CC 2017 under Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra)

    • Peter October 9, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

      Yes, Google is no longer supporting the Nik Collection

  6. Murray October 13, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    Hey Peter, thanks for the great tutorial and the comments.
    I have reinstalled PS2017 and I have a ‘floating’ index with the complete Nik collection showing up. But, it doesn’t appear in the drop-down ‘filter’ menu. Any suggestions on how to get them transferred there as well?

    • Peter October 25, 2017 at 10:12 am #

      Hi Murray

      You may need to check that the Google Nik Collection is in your Plug-in Folder in the latest version of Photoshop you have installed (it may be CC2018 as of this writing with the new update) Sometimes when you update to a new version, Plug-ins do not Migrate from the Plug-in folder of the pervious version. So you may have to do that manually.
      Hope that helps

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