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Alien Skin Exposure 2 offers film emulation

updated 01:50 pm EST, Thu November 15, 2007

Alien Skin Exposure 2

Alien Skin recently updated Exposure 2 - its set of Photoshop plugins designed to emulate a number of different film effects such as grain and infrared. Exposure can simulate the looks of several popular types of film, such as Portra, Velvia, Kodachrome, Polaroid, and TRI-X, while also having presets of discontinued film stocks such as Agfa Scala, GGAR 500, and Kodak EES. Grain can be customized by controlling sharpness, color variation and intensity value throughout the entire tonal range, with the grain automatically adjusting to the image size so that consistent results are obtained across any camera model. Alien Skin is selling Exposure 2 through its website, available as a Universal Binary for $250.

Exposure has over 300 presets, including black and white conversion, and push/cross processing. Other effects consist of creating colorcasts, softening, and contrast tweaking.

Exposure's infrared filter

Exposure's soften filter

by MacNN Staff



  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    As a semi-pro photographer, this sounds like a great tool. Unfortunately, these are effects I can already create manually in Photoshop, so I'd say this would make more sense as a $99 product than a $250 one.

  1. ArtW

    Joined: Dec 1969


    may be worthwhile

    But not for that price. Alien Skin needs to price this more reasonably & they'd sell more SW.

  1. Mojo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    DxO Filmpack

    DxO Filmpack retails for $99 and it looks like it does the same thing. DxO often has sales; recently they offered 25% off DxO Filmpack. Register for e-mail notices at

  1. michaelmazzen

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Doesn't work w/ Leopard

    It's really good - especially the grain is very believable andfilm like - I use it professionally and can't live without it - unfortunately crashes horrible under Leopard - AS says they'll have an update ready sometime in december... It's a prolevel quality plug in and prized as such (they can run MUCH higher...)

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