Alien Skin Exposure X2
$149 (around £123) www.alienskin.com
Exposure is aiming to be more than just an effects plug-in, as you can also use it to cull and organise your photos. New features in version X2, such as spot healing and lens distortion correction tools, further add to Exposure’s versatility.
But it’s Exposure X2’s range of over 500 effect presets that impresses most. The selection includes numerous emulations of colour and mono film stocks, as well as a decent selection of generic retro looks. All can be endlessly customised to adjust everything from colour and detail to grain and vignetting, while a Brush tool enables you to selectively adjust a specific area or stack multiple effects.
Despite this vast array of effects, we found navigation slick, with previews loading almost instantly. It’s a pity that Exposure X2 lacks the ability to combine images in layers, but it’s still highly accomplished.
Exposure X2 works on Macs and PCs, with Lightroom 6 or later. It requires an Intel Core 2 or equivalent processor and supports JPEG, TIFF, PSD and DNG files, plus RAW formats.
Pros Vast selection of attractive presets; intuitive interface; selective editing; fast Cons No layers support; not the cheapest option We say Top-notch performance and extensive features make Exposure X2 hard to beat Overall score
Despite its enormous catalogue of over 500 effect presets, Exposure X2 is very easy and intuitive to use