Increase Nik Software’s Speed Easily

Nik Software is a collection of software programs that consists of various plugins developed for certain Adobe products like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom and Apple‘s Aperture to help edit the images with filters and third-party image enhancement functions.

At the moment Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Dfine, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza and  Snapseed comprise of the Nik software collection. Even though the plugins have been subjected to heavy development all along, they still randomly cause certain problems which result in lags and poor performance in its host application. This article demonstrates how to get rid of such a problem with ease and improve the overall Nik Software experience.



Solution 1: Install the Graphics Driver

Nik, just like its host application, requires the GPU accelerator to enhance the performance. This also means that the GPU must always be supported by the latest driver available. The following steps explain how to download the application which automatically identifies the installed graphics driver in the system, and then gets the relevant driver. The user can proceed to install the driver once the setup has been downloaded. The only piece of information which the user must know is the Graphics Driver’s manufacturer over here.


Nvidia Graphics Driver

To download Nvidia’s driver, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the following URL:
  2. Locate Option 2: Automatically find drivers for my NVIDIA products and click on GRAPHICS DRIVERS to initialize the download.

  3. Install the application, launch it and follow the wizard till the end.


AMD Graphics Driver

Here is how you can download AMD’s Graphics Driver.

  1. Navigate to the following website:
  2. Click on DOWNLOAD NOW to begin the download.
  3. Install the application and proceed the given instructions on its screen.


Intel Graphics Driver

The following lines describe how to download Intel’s Graphics Driver.

  1. Navigate to the following URL:
  2. Locate and click on Get started in the top left of the screen, right under the Automatically update your drivers heading.

    Click Get started
    Click Get started
  3. Click Download now on the next page.
  4. Install the application and then follow the wizard to update the Graphics Driver.


Solution 2: Enable the GPU Accelerator

GPU accelerator is a relatively new technique which reduces the workload of the Central Processing Unit (CPU) during times when the user has launched an extremely graphics intensive software program/game that is proving a little too hot for the CPU to adequately handle.

The GPU Accelerator has to be enabled in two places to make the most of its full potential, first on the host application (the Adobe product in this case), and then the Nik Software.

Turn It On In the Host Application

  1. Open the Adobe software and click the Edit menu.

    Open up the Edit menu
    Open up the Edit menu
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Now select General.

    Click General
    Click General
  4. In the General window, find and select the Performance section.
  5. Turn on the GPU Accelerator by selecting the Use Graphics Processor checkbox.

    Select the checkbox to enable Graphics Processor
    Select the checkbox to enable Graphics Processor
  6. Additionally, if the GPU has enough VRAM, click Advanced Settings.
  7. Now select either Normal or Advanced and then click OK to finalize the selection.

    Select the most suitable option
    Select the most suitable option


Turn It On In the Nik Software Collection

When the software (Photoshop or Lightroom) for the very first time right after installation, it opens the plugin window by default. This helps the user to access the GPU Accelerator for each plugin that has to be first used in the host application.

  1. Click the desired plugin for which you wish to enable the GPU Accelerator.
  2. Find and click SETTINGS.

    Open up Settings
    Open up Settings
  3. Now click GPU to collapse its window.
  4. Finally turn on the GPU Accelerator by selecting the Use GPU for image processing checkbox.

    Turning on the GPU Accelerator
    Turning on the GPU Accelerator

Raza Ali Kazmi

Raza Ali is content editor and publisher at Sorcim Technologies.