Photoshop CC 18: Crashes using NIK Filters

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I'm having trouble with my NIK filters, mainly the Silver Efx Pro2 black and white app. They had been working just fine for over a year. I recently installed the High Sierra OS on my Mac. I've reinstalled the NIK filters just to be sure I'm ok with installation there.

I open NIK through my Photoshop CC 2018 and everything works fine until I click on OK to return to Photoshop. The image shows that it is processing and attempting to save the file and size it back on my layers stack...and then the whole thing crashes and closes out Photoshop. I'm left with the file not saved and I have to restart Photoshop again - without the NIK layer saved.

***I have learned that I can actually get Photoshop to successfully use the NIK filters by File>Automate>Nik Collection Selective Tool.That works but its a pain in the butt.  Is there a fix planned to be able to use the dropdown Filter menu again?

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Viji Srikanthan

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I have the same issue too :(
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Michel DELFELD

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As far as I know, Google has stopped to maintain the Nick Software collection.
Today, when you load this collection, you only get the possibility to install these pug-in into LR app.
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Nik collection has been saved by DxO PhotoLab! They have acquired the Nik Collection assets from Google and plans to continue to develop the Collection for the benefit of the photographer community. https://nikcollection.dxo.com
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Michel DELFELD

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Correct Rosa, and upon this, I must say that today and since several years, DxO and it's solutions is offering the best RAW developper on the market. Since 2004 until 2017  it has been the name DxO DOP. The name has changed with the las version it is called DxO Photo Lab. This version is now including the Nick Soft solution. This is the reason why I only use LR as a smart catalog. I don't use Lr developing section
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Michael, I must admit I've been looking at purchasing DxO software. They have a special going at the moment.
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Michel DELFELD

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Personally I am using DxO DOP since version 4. In other words since 2004.
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They certainly have a good write up and reviews. I'm very impressed.
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Regarding the RAW interpretation, DxO is better specialist than Adobe and a lot of other soft producers, they were and are still working in the optical environment since a very long time.

One of the big difference compressed to the other RAW interpreters is that for optical corrections, they consider the group made by the lens an the camera. You have to consider that a see lens is not having the same optical results with any of the same camera producer. 

Look also there https://www.dxomark.com to get more info regarding their capacities. This website is used a lot by professionals.

To also take in consideration, is that they are installing their soft in different GSM cameras.
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This post is not about how wonderful NIK filters are. I love them. This is about Photoshop crashing during the processing back into the Layers stack when using the Drop Down Filters function.
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I do agree with you, but If I don't mistake, you were speaking about Nick plugin having you a crash after finishing the nick use. But I suppose you used Nick as example.

I said that following my experience, Google propose only the Lr Plugin.
I am running PS CC V19. You speak about PS CC V18. 
If we consider that it's effectively V19 Than I have some questions.

You said you've installed the nick soft. How did you install them in PS CC V.19? 

You'd said "I open Nick through my photoshop 2018" How do you do this? 
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From the menu across the top of the Photoshop title bar, I select Filter>Nik Collection>Silver Efx Pro2.  The NIK program opens properly, processes the file then returns to the Photoshop app where Photoshop crashes as it's trying to make the new layer on the stack.  I found that I can successfully use the NIK filters without Photoshop crashing if I select File>Automate>Nik Collection Selective Tool.  Then it opens NIK, processes the image, returns to Photoshop and makes a new layer without Photoshop crashing and closing down.  But that's not how it used to work for the last year.  Previously, I just used the Filter pull down menu as described above.
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The question must be around the versions you have from Adobe. I don't see elements giving me the way on how to help you
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Hi Wayne,

Concerning crashes and the Nik Collection, here is a trouble shooting guide:

https://support.google.com/nikcollection/answer/3003129?hl=en&ref_topic=3002207

Let me know if their suggestions help you.

Thanks,
Hannah
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I have the same problem with Photoshop CC 19 and Mac OS High Sierra. I came across a solution. Choose Nik filters from the Filter drop down menu and then the specific one you want e.g Color Efex Pro. Apply filter as you wish. Then go to the settings button on the bottom left. Choose "After Clicking OK" apply filtered effect to current layer. The default is to apply filtered effect to a separate layer. This latter option causes it to crash.
So you are best to create a new layer and you would have to rename it to NIK yourself to keep your process organised.
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Thanks for offering the workaround David. Glad to hear it worked for you - hope it helps other Nik users too!
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Yup, David. That works. Thank you so much!
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None of the online fixes/suggestions above work for me; i've tried them all. Photoshop gives up every time so far. Including those from dxomark.

I had a very old version of Photoshop with which NIK filters worked well . Now using Photoshop  cc 2018. Ectremely frustrating. Any suggestions please?
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Hi Mary,

Sorry you're having trouble with your NIK filters. The drivers for these filters haven't been updated in awhile and Adobe doesn't own them. Nonetheless I've been curating suggestions from all the forums and sharing them in hopes that a workaround is found. We also have engineers looking into solutions.

What OS are you on?

Thanks,
Hannah





 
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Thank you, Hannah!

macOS High Sierra Version 10.13.2
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David Hendry's suggestion above worked for me. I'll repost it here:

I have the same problem with Photoshop CC 19 and Mac OS High Sierra. I came across a solution. Choose Nik filters from the Filter drop down menu and then the specific one you want e.g Color Efex Pro. Apply filter as you wish. Then go to the settings button on the bottom left. Choose "After Clicking OK" apply filtered effect to current layer. The default is to apply filtered effect to a separate layer. This latter option causes it to crash.
So you are best to create a new layer and you would have to rename it to NIK yourself to keep your process organised.
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Thanks for sharing, Wayne :) 
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Worked for me as well!!!
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Yes! it works for me, many thx
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled High Sierra !.

High, After High Sierra Nik Collection don't work any more !!!!!!  It stops and go back into LR with NO edit picture !!!!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop Crashes when NIK Filters are applied as Smart Filters in a Smart Object....

I can successfully get NIK filters to run under a Smart Object (initially), but any return visits to these filters for further edits, or simply to disable them to see an effect, crashes Photoshop.  I also have crashes of Photoshop when attempting to use the crop tool if there are any NIK filters in a Smart Object.  Running CC2018 v19.0.1 on mac High Sierra.
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Here's a workaround for old Google Nik plug-ins: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/nik-plugin-crash.html

Please note: DXO has purchased Nik collection from Google. They have updated their plug-ins: https://nikcollection.dxo.com Contact them for more info.
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Yes, this a very good use within the DxO Lab application. This product is now the top of the demociazing softwares
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Hi friends,

DxO has updated the Nik collection, the suite of your seven favorite plug-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom and Photoshop Elements.

https://nikcollection.dxo.com/what-s-new/

Cheers
Rosa
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This is going to make a lot of PS users very happy!
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Sure is :)
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