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Alien Skin Software's Exposure 4 is a Photoshop plug-in that gives digital photographs the look and feel of film. There are discontinued films, dark room tricks, lo-fi camera quirks and classic films such as Kodachrome, Polaroid and Panatomic-X. The latest version has a completely redesigned user interface, aiming to be faster and easier to use.
This product requires one of the following host applications:
- Adobe Photoshop CS4 or later
- Adobe Lightroom 2 or later
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 or later
- 1024 x 768 or greater monitor resolution
- Mac - Intel Core 2 processor & Mac OS X 10.6 or later
- Windows - Intel Core 2 processor or compatible & Windows Vista or later
- Improved user interface
- Unified filters
- Group presets
- Thumbnail preview
- Fast text search
- New controls and effects
- Texture effects
- More colour channels
- More saturation channels
- Colour infrared film
- New presets
- New textures
- Lo-fi toy camera presets
- Realistic grain
- Non-destructive editing
- Huge range of effects
- Black & white films
- Colour print films
- Colour slide films
- Many other effects
When using the software the changes appear instantly, with a few seconds delay when going back to Photoshop. If you have a preferred custom style you can save this as a user filter to apply to future images. With the vast amount of options available it's difficult to give examples of each of the filters so there are a few of our favourites below. There are loads more examples which can be seen in the Equipment Database.
B&W Films - Polapan Dust And Scratches
B&W Films - Vintage Cyanotype Brushed High Contrast
Cinema Bleach Bypass
Color Fading Color Photo Warm Skin
|The Alien Skin Exposure 4 is superb if you can cope with the high price tag.
Alien Skin Software Exposure 4 ProsHuge range of films with further editing options
Very easy to use and experiment with
Alien Skin Software Exposure 4 ConsQuite expensive
Crashed very occasionally
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
Alien Skin Software Exposure 4 is available for $249 (approx £156.99 as of March 20 2012) with a discounted upgrade for previous Exposure owners.