Alien Skin Exposure 4 Review
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As we mentioned previously, previews in Exposure 4 are in real time. If you want to preview anything on the main window, there's a few split screen options on the bottom of the window. The newspaper icon is for blog updates and takes you online. All of this is very fast.
Alien Skin Exposure 4 Infra-red Screen
We had a few start up issues with Exposure 4 taking longer on some occasions. We thought maybe it was due to massive file sizes of the pictures so loaded in a small one and the same problem occurred.
Without actually having the film stock to compare, it's difficult to say whether the filters are accurate representations. The more fun ones are very good though, such as the dust and scratches filters. They look realistic which is very important although we felt that the Colour – Dust and Scratches filter looked like we were viewing the picture through a dirty window.
Alien Skin Exposure 4 Age Screen
We like the cinema filters such as bleach bypass but they're not new. Bleach bypass has been available on VirtualPhotographer by OptikVerve for years, and it's free. The blur filter is easily recreated by duplicating a layer, adding a gaussian blur and decreasing the opacity to around 40%. That's a big chunk of the filters that can be recreated for free. The film filters have been done before in other film simulators but there's something about Exposure 4 that is easier to use. The filters are arranged in a much friendlier way and they seem to be faster to apply.
Alien Skin Exposure 4 Aged Filter
Alien Skin Exposure 4 Cross Processed Filter
Alien Skin Exposure 4 Dust and Scratches Filter
Alien Skin Exposure 4 Hard Contrast Filter
Alien Skin Exposure 4 Infra-red Filter
There are many filter programs available at various prices but Exposure 4 is by far the easiest we've worked with. It's also very fast except when it froze and we had to go and do something else for a few minutes while it sorted itself out.
We like the preview screen for the presets on the left and the fact that it doubles as a navigation window when you zoom into to the main preview image in the centre. The filtering system is very smart and the custom option is a good idea. We also like that you can make preset adjustments and then adjust those manually to your own tastes in such small and concise values.
Arguably the biggest hurdle that Alien Skin have to overcome is the price. Exposure 4 is between $50-100 more than it's rivals. That's a lot of cash and a big decision about whether to take the plunge. The bright side is that it's on free trial at the moment so if you're looking for a filter program you can consider this and initially it won't cost you anything. Overall we think that Exposure 4 is a very nice program that makes a great addition to your digital toolbox.
|Ratings (out of 5)|
|Value for money||3|