Alien skin / alternatives

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Benguiver, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. Benguiver macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2017
    hi MAcrumours DIgital photography people,

    I have cs2 with an old version of alien skin, but have been challenged using this hard drive in my new G5 platform. I really like alien skin, but cannot buy the current software since i am using a PPC system. I might try cloning the HD, etc etc, but it's a real pain in the arse

    Has anyone got any good ideas about using curves etc in photoshop to emulate B+W film please? Although i love the ease of use of the alien skin plugin, i was thinking to try some alternative ways to get similar effects.

    Any advicew gratefully received.

    All best

    Ben / london UK /
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    I think it is past time for a plan to move you to a modern Mac that can run High Sierra and reasonably current photo process apps.

    In Ps, drop the saturation to zero as a starting point. The look at changing channel levels, contrast...etc.
  3. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I agree with the above poster. Get a modern system if possible. Alienskin plugins were useful back in the day but not so much anymore.

    You'll get far more out of processing in Lightroom and finishing in Photoshop.
  4. dwig macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2015
    Key West FL
    I totally agree.

    I totally disagree. I've found Channel Mixer superior to a merely zeroing out staturation. Ps/CS2's Channel Mixer, which can be used as a non-distructive Adjustment Layer, has only 3 channels and isn't as good as it is in later releases of Ps, but it is still superior to a saturation change.
  5. Benguiver thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2017
    Thanks Mcasan, Chrono, Dwig,

    Yep i checked out the curves after using channel mixer to take an image to B+W. Nice. Will have to do more of this [it's been a while since i've done much photography, too much studying...]. But i do like the presets. Maybe this is lazy, but anyway. Will have to check out your suggestions. Thanks again.

    All best, ben :

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