Alien Skin has released Exposure, a plug-in for Photoshop and other creative applications that adds the look and feel of film to digital photography.

It allows digital photographers to simulate current and discontinued film stocks - such as Velvia, Kodachrome, or Ektachrome - and also recreate their "signature look" as a one-click effect.

Exposure controls emulate the warmth, softness, and realistic grain of dozens of real world film stocks. They also simulate darkroom and studio effects such as push and cross processing. Saturation, light temperature, dynamic range, softness, sharpness, and the addition of realistic grain can also be managed in one place.

Exposure encourages non-destructive editing by allowing users to render an adjusted image as a new layer in Photoshop. The software's advanced preview system includes an optional, split screen preview in addition to a before/after button. It also combines unlimited undo/redo with fast rendering and lets photographers zoom and pan using Photoshop style keyboard shortcuts.

The software will cost $199 and is available online. UK pricing hasn't yet been announced.

Exposure works with Photoshop 7 or later (including CS 2), Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 or later, Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 or later, and Corel Paint Shop Pro 8 or later.

Mac users need at least a 1GHz G4 processor, 256 MB RAM and Mac and Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later.