Continuing this series of ‘preset picks’ from different programs, here is one of my all-time favourites. It’s the Border – Negative (Kodalith) preset from Alien Skin Exposure X4.5 and it can be found in the B&W Misc Effects category. When you break it down into its component parts it’s deceptively simple, but as ever with the best presets, it’s how these tools and … [Read more...] about Preset picks: Alien Skin Border – Negative (Kodalith)
Alien Skin Exposure X
Alien Skin Exposure X is an all-in-one photo browsing, organising and editing tool that concentrates on replicating classic film and darkroom effects but is also a very effective everyday image-editor, with fully non-destructive editing tools and support for virtual copies.
The new LUTs feature introduced in Exposure X4.5 supports one of the newest trends in photography. LUTs (lookup tables) started out in cinematography as a way to apply a specific ‘look’ to a movie or scene, but they’re now catching on in stills photography too. They are like a basic conversion profile, or film simulation which you can use alongside the software’s own editing … [Read more...] about How to use LUTs in Alien Skin Exposure X4.5
So what's wrong with Lightroom? Lightroom is probably the automatic go-to program for enthusiasts and experts looking for an all-in-one photo organising and editing program, but it's not necessarily the best and it's not popular with everyone, so many will be looking for Lightroom alternatives. One problem is Adobe's subscription system for its software. The Adobe … [Read more...] about Lightroom alternatives: which is best?
Verdict: 9/10 The Alien Skin Exposure X4.5 update has brought support for LUTs and new Haze and Lens Flare updates, adding to its already impressive list of features. Exposure X4.5 is a powerful, effective and engaging all-in-one photo browsing, organising and editing tool that can product hauntingly beautiful analog-inspired images. It can help recapture the emotion in … [Read more...] about Alien Skin Exposure X4.5 review
Adjustment layers started out in Photoshop as a way of altering the look of an image without actually changing its pixels. It was the start of non-destructive editing. Now, adjustment layers are everywhere, not just in Photoshop, and for me they are the key to successful image enhancements. There’s a second factor, though – layer masks. Without layer masks, adjustment layers … [Read more...] about The power of adjustment layers and masks
One of the reasons I rate image effects programs so highly compared to traditional image editors is the way they open your eyes to effects you wouldn’t have thought of. Like applying the Lith Border effect in Alien Skin Exposure X3 to this early morning shot of a country church. There’s already a lot of contrast in this shot, with the sun shining through the leaves towards the … [Read more...] about Try a black and white high contrast Lith effect
If you organise your photos by folders and find this perfectly satisfactory, then you can use any number of different programs to keep your images organised. Adobe Bridge is a good starting point as an image browser if you already have Photoshop, and ON1 Photo RAW and Alien Skin Exposure are two examples of all-in-one programs that have image browser tools built in. But … [Read more...] about Best image browser and cataloguing software
Alien Skin software is running a four-day summer sale from July 20 to July 24, with an impressive 40% savings on products bought from the Alien Skin online store. This includes Exposure X2, one of my favourite Photoshop alternatives, recently updated to include Advanced Layers. Alien Skin Exposure X2 review This isn't the only software that Alien Skin publishes. It also … [Read more...] about Alien Skin to offer 40% off for a limited time only
Google has decided it will no longer develop the Google Nik Collection, so what do we all do when it’s gone? Here are five Nik Collection alternatives that could fill the void. Alien Skin Exposure X2 Once a film simulation plug-in, now a full-blown standalone image-editor with file browsing and non-destructive adjustment layers and masks, Alien Skin is a very interesting … [Read more...] about Top 5 Google Nik Collection alternatives