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'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'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.