Alien Skin News: July 2009

Legendary film stocks are being discontinued at a rapid rate. Kodachrome and Polaroid are the latest casualties. I know we'll never replace the tactile fun of a Polaroid in the hand, but we're doing our best to keep these looks alive with Exposure. Cameron Davidson often uses the Kodachrome settings from Exposure in his work. Check out this case study of his great aerial photography.

Blow Up & Dfine
Blow Up and Dfine 20% off in July

Alien Skin and Nik are teaming up to offer 20% off of their most complementary products, Blow Up and Dfine. Dfine cleans up the beginning of your workflow with noise reduction while Blow Up cleans up the end with smooth and sharp enlargements. In case you already own Blow Up or Dfine, you can also purchase either product alone for 20% off. Act quickly though, because the sale only lasts through July!

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Great Plug-In Book

Scott Stulberg and Jim Zuckerman, genius photographers and close pals of Alien Skin, have come out with the Digital Photographer's New Guide to Photoshop Plug-Ins. The book covers a wide range of plug-ins and techniques for using them, including Exposure and Snap Art.

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Cornucopia of Reviews

James Dempsey praised Blow Up 2 in his Macworld review. He demonstrates an extreme enlargement that clearly shows how much better Blow Up is than Photoshop at resizing. James says, "So what were the results of my tests? I used several different images—some grayscale, some color—with a variety of subject matter. The results in all cases were quite good, with some being nothing short of stunning."

Larry Brownstein's puppy exampleLarry Brownstein's Snap Art 2 review in Rangefinder includes many attractive pictures, especially the puppy! Larry says, "I tried Snap Art 2 on a variety of my photographs—landscapes, portraits, pets and weddings—and I found that in each case I was able to achieve great results in very little time. By 'great results' I mean an image that I can easily imagine clients being interested in and that I could proudly present to them. By 'very little time' I mean a minute or two going through a few menus, moving sliders around to get the look that I wanted in the preview and then waiting for the image to render."

Betsy Finn wrote a long and well illustrated review of Snap Art 2 in Professional Photographer. Betsy wrote, "For a quick filter application that creates a 'work of art,' the Snap Art filters provide much more flexibility than those found in Photoshop."

Steve Caplin of MacUser gave 4 out of 5 cute little mouse heads to Snap Art 2. Steve concludes with, "Snap Art 2 produces gorgeous, lush and authentic paintings from just about any image."

For a quick read, John Barclay provides some good tips on using Bokeh in his blog.”

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above: Image from Cameron Davidson's new Exposure case study.

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