I have installed the latest version of Photoshop CC 2021 and the new Nik Collection 3, running on IMAC IOS Catalina (10.15.5 ) on a late model Macbook Pro, and the Nik Collection does not work. I have never had this issue with the Nik 2 Collection. The problem is this: all of the Nik filters are available in the Photoshop drop-down filters window, but when I open Color Efex or Silver Effects and then apply the changes, nothing is changed on my on my original photo. I am a long time user of Photoshop and Nik plugin filters and nothing like this has ever happened before. I would very appreciate anyones suggestions, thoughts of insight. Thank you
I have the same problem with Windows.
You have to close Photoshop 2021 and open it again to see the effect of NIK Collection.
I sincerely hope you mean macOS, since iOS is only for iPads and iPhones
Thank you, I will look into it and it’s good to know that someone else has had a similar problem!
Joanna: is this really useful information?
Windows 10 Family here, all updates under the sky installed.
I started Ps, Opened a RAW file (RW2) into Camera Raw, changed nothing, opened in Ps itself, made a smart object of the image, opened Color Efex using Nik selective tool, chose the first B&W preset, saved to Ps and … everything works fine. So there’s hope, at least for Windows 10 users.
Thank you for your reply! I’m running MacOS Catalina and I tried to replicate your suggestion and everything worked, EXCEPT when I convert my background layer to a smart object, I sacrifice being able to do a brush application. For me, giving up the the localized brush application is unacceptable. This is the message that comes up in Silver effects before I apply the filter:
"Silver Effects Pro2 has identified that the active layer is a Smart Object and will now operate as a Smart Filter. “The Brush button will be will be DEACTIVATED, and the effect will be applied to the current layer”
Problem solved! After 3 months of DXO support, I have discovered the problem on my own and I would like to save anyone else the same problem. Here are my findings about why Nik 3.3 would not run in Photoshop 2021:
Accessing Nik 3.3 Collection, as opposed to earlier versions, through Photoshop “Filter/Nik Collection/ColorEffects” is no longer functional. I was using this older method in my work flow.
The new Selective tool (in Nik 3.0) must first be activated “File/Automate/Nik Selective Tool 2” must first be activated in Photoshop by “File/Automate/Nik Selective Tool 2”
- The filter effects can ONLY be applied using the new floating “Nik Collection Selective Tool 2” box not through the old alternative method.
Observing the above: the problem was completely solved!
Dale, thank you for that advice. I was pulling my hair out trying to figure it out. The tech support from DxO was non-existent. I was referred to your post here and it did the trick in minutes. Well done.
THANK YOU!!! This solved my problem too!! I know this is for DXO products only, but I’m also experiencing the same problem on other plugin filters too, like luminar 4. Does anyone else experience this too? Much appreciated.