Photo By: Debbie Grossman
Alien Skin Exposure 5 is a great plug-in for adding film and film-like effects to your images. As serious software, it’s more than just filters. It starts with a huge array of presets, both black-and-white and color, to transform your photograph according to preset film types and processes. There are archaic ones like calotype, cinematic ones like Polapan, and more recent (discontinued) favorites like Kodachrome.
The software can be used as a standalone or as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Lightroom, and Apple Aperture, and works essentially the same way no matter what program you use to open it. This article demonstrates it using Lightroom 5. Note that if you start with a RAW file in Lightroom, your finished file will land back in Lightroom not as a RAW but as the file type you select under the External Editing tab in Lightroom’s Preferences. In this case, we’ll process it as a TIFF.