Alien Skin Software, one of my favorite Photoshop plug-in vendors, has released Exposure 3, the newest version of their photography effects plug-in. With this latest version, Exposure grows beyond just film simulation, and dives into being a creativity tool with the addition of Lo-Fi and vintage effects for your images.

Exposure brings all of the creative tools of film photography to the world of digital, such as discontinued films, dark room tricks, and lo-fi camera quirks. New in version 3 are vintage looks like Technicolor movie film and old Kodachrome that are distressed with dust, scratches, and vignettes to complete the illusion of age. Lo-Fi cameras like Holga and Lomo are simulated with lens blur, warped vignettes, and funky colors from cross processing.

Exposure 3

Exposure 3's infrared simulation provides an ethereal glow

The most significant new features in Exposure 3 are:

  • 64-bit support for Photoshop CS5 on both Macintosh and Windows
  • Tight Lightroom® integration that does not require Photoshop
  • Aging effects and vintage films such as Technicolor and old Kodachrome
  • Simulation of Lo-Fi toy camera photography
  • Hundreds of new settings in all categories, including more films, color toning, and aging
  • User interface improvements such as a much faster preview and hover help
Exposure 3

Exposure 3's Lo-Fi toy camera effects have been greatly expanded

Exposure 3 sells for $249. Owners of any version of Exposure may upgrade for $99. Online or physical delivery is available through the Alien Skin website. Free upgrades will be automatically sent to purchasers of Exposure 2 who purchased in April 2010 or later. Exposure 3 works with Photoshop CS3 or later, Lightroom 2 or later, and Photoshop Elements 7 or later.