Monday, June 25, 2007

Alien Skin's 'Exposure' Plug-In

In the Sunday June 3rd post I promised you I would write more about Alien Skin Software's 'Exposure' Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. So here it is...

The folks at Alien Skin Software are local. So they actually came over and spent an afternoon with me in front of my computer listening to me gripe about Adobe Photoshop. In the middle of a book project, I was on month 6 of the editing, processing and manipulation of images to submit to my editor. Anything that would speed up or improve upon the process would be greatly appreciated. Their contribution to ending my misery was the new Adobe Photoshop Plug-in 'Exposure', designed to give your digital images a more traditional film-Like look complete with added grain and luminosity. After the initial testing, Jeff Butterworth; Owner, Founder and Head Braniac at Alien Skin, sent me newly updated versions of the software almost every day. Those nutty guys at AS implemented every change into the software that I asked for and usually within 24 to 48 hours. Software output on its own layer and endless independent point changes on the Curves adjustment were just a few. If I only had that much pull with the folks at Adobe!

The 'Exposure' Plug-in will give you the option of running a particular film look on a new layer above the current layer. You can then finesse the look of the final image by fading back the layer in increments. If you are familiar with Layer Masks you can pull some of the effects thru select areas of an image for endless variety. Velvia, Kodachrome, Old GAF film stocks are but a few of the choices you can run on your images. I find Alien Skin's Exposure plug-in to be indispensable.

2 comments:
mallinphoto said...

This sounds pretty cool. Where can you purchase this new Photoshop plug in? Is it compatible with Photoshop CS3 on a Mac?

EDWIN MORGAN said...

Exposure is now Mac compatible and works with Adobe Photoshop CS or later. You can buy it on their website and I believe several other computer/software related stores like Tiger Direct.It's somewhat pricey but worth the investment.

Thanks,
Ed