The Nik Collection can be downloaded free at:
These instructions relate to Photoshop Elements but are also relevant to other compatible Editors. Quit Photoshop Elements before starting.
Click on Save file – the download will start automatically and will be saved into your downloads folder.
When the download completes go to your downloads folder and look for the Nik Collection file.
Double-click on the Nik icon to start the setup and click yes to authorize the installation in the User Account dialog.
After language choice click OK and the installation wizard will appear. Click Next.
Click I agree to accept Google terms.
Click Next to install in your Program Files – the default location.
A list of host applications will appear and the Nik plug-ins will be installed in each one, not just the one highlighted. If any of these applications are open you must close them. Then click the Install button. A progress bar will indicate that setup and installation has started. When complete click Finish.
Launch Photoshop Elements or your chosen application e.g. Photoshop CC or Bridge CC.
Open a photo for Editing. You can drag the Nik Selective Tool to the side.
Click on one of the Nik Plug-ins e.g. Color Efex Pro 4 and the plug-in will launch together with your open image.
Click the Add Filter button and choose from the templates on the left.
Click OK when finished and save as usual or click brush if you want to add a mask to make the Nik filter only apply to selected parts of your image. Set color chip to white and use the brush to reveal the parts you wish to apply the adjustments to. Then click apply and save as usual.
If you wish to hide the Nik Selective Tool, click the settings icon (bottom left – Selective Tool) and choose to not automatically show it, then click OK.
You can choose to show the Nik selective Tool at any time by going to
File >> Automate Tools >> Nik Collection Selective Tool
Please note, HDR Efex Pro 2 is not compatible with Photoshop Elements. Photoshop Elements cannot support 32-bit images, which is a requirement for HDR imaging. All other Nik Plug-ins should work.