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Google recently announced it has dropped the price of its premium photography suite known as the Nik Collection, from $149 to nothing. Yes, you read that right. The Nik Collection is now completely free for users. Google first got a hold of the photography suite when the company bought German developer Nik for its mobile editing app Snapseed. Google later dropped the steep price from $499 to $149 before making the suite free.

The Nik Collection has seven plug-ins, which includes Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine, all of which work in Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. If you're one of the people who purchased the Nik Collection for $149 in 2016, you will automatically be refunded.

As The Verge points out, this move in making the collection free indicates Google is no longer interested in supporting further development of Nik's software beyond the Snapseed app. For more information or to download the Nik Collection click here.

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