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Film emulsion rendering software is not a new concept, but each offering has their own strengths & weaknesses. Alien Skin has been in this industry for years, & recently updated their flagship software, Exposure, khổng lồ the 7th edition. Exposure 7 can be used as a standalone software or in conjunction with Adobe Lightroom và Photoshop. Alien Skin, lượt thích VSCO, focuses more on an artistic way of doing things and also focuses on just delivering the best images that it can in a simplified way–which is on the other side of the spectrum of DxO. DxO uses loads và loads of science and lab tests.

For the enthusiast, Exposure 7 may be a great option to lớn get the best from your images quickly.

Pros và Cons


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– Absolutely delicious black & trắng film renderings

– Not too shabby negative film renderings

– Simple layout with a much better use of space than Adobe Lightroom 5

– More film renderings than you could possibly think of

– Really, really fun bokeh effects

– Lightroom’s Edit in option is very convenient


– màu sắc editing isn’t as good as Adobe’s engine

– Only works with TIFFS, PNGs và JPEGs; no RAW tư vấn makes us sad pandas Correction: they vì chưng support RAW files, we just didn’t use cameras that they support. We’d lượt thích more though!

– Lightroom is still better overall for much of the editing


Alien Skin Exposure 7 is the company’s flagship software that is designed lớn emulate the look of famous film emulsions. Now, you can totally be the person that says “If I want the film look, I’m going to lớn shoot film.”

But then you’d have sầu khổng lồ find a lab that will develop the images well, scan well, và you’d also have to wait. With software lượt thích this, you can get the proper development done but still simulate the looks. In addition to lớn emulating the looks of these famous films, you also get a couple of basic and advanced controls over the image that software that Lightroom doesn’t give sầu you. Granted, Alien Skin Exposure 7 has a clear emphasis on the enthusiast where as Adobe’s product is much more professional minded. This is evident in the fact that Exposure 7 doesn’t tư vấn RAW file editing. Instead, the company put an emphasis on working with TIFF files and JPEGs.

Correction: they do tư vấn RAW files, we just didn’t use cameras that they support. We’d like more though!

If you’re a JPEG shooter, then this is totally fine–but again this makes us believe further in our stance that this software is targeted at the photo lớn enthusiast. Alternatively, you can also work with Lightroom và Photoshop.

Ease of Use

For this Reviews, we worked with our images in Adobe Lightroom 5 first and then brought them into Exposure 7 then bachồng into lớn Lightroom. When you first open up an image (or a batch) in Exposure 7, you get the options presented above sầu. If you have a JPEG, PNG or TIFF image, you can choose khổng lồ edit the original. But if you’re working with certain RAW images, then you’re out of luck.

The interface opens up to lớn give you a selection of tons of presets on the left & tons of editing features on the right with a high emphasis on making the best use of the overall space on the screen. The presets are broken down inlớn sections và so are the editing options–so you can collapse or exp& them at will.

The editing process is fairly straight forward and if you so choose, you don’t have sầu to lớn apply a premix at all. Alternatively, you can apply a preset & move on with your merry life. The program offers loads of cool bokeh presets, instant film presets, negative sầu film presets, blaông chồng & white film presets, slide film presets, and much more. For what it’s worth though, the negative film và black và white film emulsions are the closest in comparison to actual film emulsions. The slide film emulsions made me want lớn cry. I still dearly miss Kodak Ektachrome, and seeing Exposure 7’s renderings on screen made me literally hold bachồng a scream và walk away from my máy vi tính for a while.

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However, the company’s renderings of the other films are pretty spot on for the 35milimet emulsions but can’t begin khổng lồ touch the 1đôi mươi emulsions. I indeed can be biased about this though: all of my personal work these days is done on 120 films and medium format instant film–which brings me khổng lồ my next point.

Exposure 7’s instant film emulsions are very, very nice–but in my opinion VSCO blows them out of the water. Exposure 7 makes up for it by embracing the inherent quirkiness of Instant film by letting you control aspects lượt thích bokeh and can even do things like adding special lighting & flare effects.

Speaking of bokeh though, the software lets you take bokeh rendering effects from some of the best Nikkor, Canon & Zeiss lenses và apply it to an image.

The effects are better the closer in smaller that you make the bokeh, but it can still vị a great job overall no matter how you exp& it. What’s even cooler is that this helps to also eliminate distortion in some areas.

Image Quality

Here are some of the sample image quality renderings


Time Zero Instant Film with Scratches and Light leak


Kodak Ektachrome 100VS


Fujifilm Astia 100F with Canon 85milimet f1.2 rendering



– Simple interface

– Most film renderings

– Bokeh effect renderings are really cool


– Not large enough RAW support

Alien Skin Exposure 7 is a very good piece of software with lots of great film emulsion renderings. It is also pretty simplistic for the enthusiast. We would also just be happy if Alien Skin just ported their presets to Lightroom and made us pay for them. That way, there would be no back and forth work between programs.


We award Alien Skin Exposure 7 four out of five stars. It’s available on their site for $149.

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