Alien Skin Exposure: Getting Started

Alien Skin Exposure software can simulate the look of many film stocks for your digital photos and has more than 500 presets. This software can be used as a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom, Paint Shop Pro Photo and Fireworks. Here are the basic steps which will get you started when you are using this software with Photoshop.

Step 1: Enter Exposure

Open your image in Photoshop and click on Filter from the top menu bar and select Alien Skin Exposure. This will give you two more filter options of Black and White Film and Color Film. Choose the one which will work best with your photo.

Step 2: The Interface

When you enter Exposure, your screen will be divided into three panels. Your photo will be in the preview window on the right and on the left there are the panels for Factory Settings and User Settings.

Step 3: Preview Controls

You can zoom in and out of your photo in the preview window with your mouse wheel or use the magnifying glass button on the top. The space bar will toggle between the original photo and the current settings which you may have chosen. In the top left corner of the preview window, you have a smaller photo with a red box within it. This red box can be moved to pan inside the photo or you can use the Hand tool to drag around inside the photo.

Step 4: Presets and Settings

In the Factory Settings panel, you have many presets of film stock which you can choose from. The tabs above the Factory Settings panel help you to further customize your photo and you can name and save this settings in the User Settings panel. After you have got what you wanted, press the OK button and you will be taken back to Photoshop with a new Layer of the applied settings you just created in Exposure.