There are no new plug-ins in the Nik Collection 6 this time around, but significant feature additions to some and improved local adjustment tools across the board.
The Nik Collection has been one of the best, and best-known plug-in suites for years, and works perfectly alongside Photoshop and Lightroom Classic (Lightroom, the web version, does not support plug-ins directly) and indeed as an external editing tool for programs like Capture One, Affinity Photo and even DxO’s own PhotoLab application.
DxO’s Control Lines have been added to the Nik Collection for the first time, having previously been introduced in DxO PhotoLab. They are like a cross between a gradient mask and an eyedropper tool that selects and masks the tones that you want the gradient to target. You could use them to darken bright skies, for example, while excluding foreground objects that might otherwise be darkened by the gradient.
DxO Nik Collection 6 adds Control Lines to the Nik Collection for the first time
The regular U-point adjustments have been improved too. With Control Point diffusion, you have more control over the strength and style of adjustments, and it will now be possible to invert Control Point and Control Line masks. There are Color Selectivity sliders for more precise masking and, perhaps best of all, local adjustments can now be saved within presets.