Alien Skin Software has shipped Exposure 5, the new version of its flagship photography effects software. Exposure 5 enables digital photographers to achieve accurate film simulation, using a wide range of creative effects in a simple interface, according to Terence Tay, designer of the software.

It can be used as a plug-in with host software or as a stand-alone program. The new version brings creative tools of traditional film photography to the world of digital, such as the look of discontinued films, darkroom tricks, and lo-fi camera quirks. Classic films like Kodachrome, Polaroid and even Panatomic-X are also simulated. Hundreds of preset effects can be applied. Exposure 5 includes both Color and black-and-white processing so there’s no need to switch between tools.

The entire user interface has been redesigned. Exposure 5 includes many new textures for a greater variety of vintage and “lo-fi” looks. There are now separate controls for adding borders, dust & scratches, and light leaks. A new randomize option allows a user to explore multiple variations on a particular look.

Exposure 5 integrates with tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture. Or, as mentioned, it can also be launched as a standalone application.

Exposure 5 is now available through for US$199. Owners of any version of Exposure may upgrade for $99 USD. Free upgrades will be automatically sent to everyone who purchased Exposure 4 directly from Alien Skin Software in March 2013 or later.