Not since NIK’s Color Efex Pro have we seen such an impressive array of tools designed to unlock your artistic vision.
Back when I was first thinking about photography, I stumbled across Alien Skin, but, in a world crowded with all kinds of plug-ins, I forgot all about them. I mean, they aren’t a household word in the photography industry and there is no shortage of options when it comes to Lightroom or Photoshop. So, I was intrigued when I was given the task of reviewing Exposure X. I grew up on NIK’s Color Efex Pro, and we still use it extensively here, in The House of NyghtFalcon. However, since Google acquired NIK, we have no idea how long, or if, that suite of products will be around. In fact, I don’t think there has been an update in at least three years.
So, I took the link Falcon sent me, downloaded Exposure X, and installed it. I immediately liked the fact that – unlike NIK – this application works inside of Photoshop as a conventional plug-in, and as a standalone application. While this might not be important for most DSLR users, unless you have a camera with a very large sensor, it is for us. Visit Alien Skin’s product page here.

Published in NyghtVision Magazine Volume 6 #1

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