Alien Skin Updates Exposure X2 RAW Photo Editor

Alien Skin Updates Exposure X2 RAW Photo Editor

Advanced Layers Update Offers Advanced Layering Tools, More Presets, Expanded Workflow and Destination Options

Photo: © Richard Cawood

Raleigh, NC—Alien Skin Software announced the Advanced Layers update for Exposure X2, their nondestructive RAW photo editor. From a creative effects plug in to its photo editor, Exposure is designed to handle the full digital photography workflow.

This newest version of Exposure takes a step forward by adding advanced layering tools to enable stacking of effects for added creativity. Layers can be copied and pasted, turned on and off individually and also applied to multiple images.

“Exposure now offers an advanced layering system that provides photographers with limitless stacking capabilities, so they can precisely blend multiple looks in their images,” said Alien Skin’s CEO, Finley Lee. “Photographers can quickly organize, edit, enhance and export their photos, while enjoying the speed and ease of a catalog-free workflow. From capture to creativity, Exposure is the fastest way for photographers to bring their vision to life.”

Exposure’s vintage platinum presets provide rich platinum tones and matte brushed overlays for a timeless, otherworldly quality. Photo: © Scott Stulberg

The update also provides additional features, which include vintage presets to create rich platinum tones characterized by warm blacks and expanded mid-tone grays. In addition, border overlays simulate the matte brushed region that surrounds the image. Also, bright presets provide light, low-contrast looks for outdoor portraits and wedding photography.

Other software enhancements include high-res dpi support for compatibility with 4K monitors; quick exports that enable simultaneous saving of variants for web and publishing, each with different settings and to different folders; and selective presets for more control over mixing presets and edits.

Also new are file-naming options to allow use of capture time for more flexibility, and destination options that automate the placement of photos in subfolders. As a result, users do not have to manually navigate to subfolders each time they upload or export. The update also provides expanded camera support and manual lens correction.

Exposure’s tools exist in a single user interface, so photographers can transition seamlessly between tagging, editing and exporting. Photographers can begin working immediately after connecting their camera card to their computer. Photos become available for editing as soon as they are copied or moved. The software uses the same folder structure as a computer. In addition, tagging and rating tools help photographers categorize images and cull shoots. Plus, sorting and search tools make finding images easier.

Exposure X2 Creative Tools

Exposure’s rendering engine is built to handle the demanding task of accurate film emulation. It reproduces film, right down to the size, shape and color of analog film grain, added Lee. Furthermore, a library of presets spans the history of photography and offers new creative styles. Each preset is also customizable.

For more creative options, all aspects of an image can be adjusted, from fundamental adjustments like color toning, sharpening and exposure, to advanced creative effects like vignette, film grain and bokeh. Photographers can further refine their work using spot healing tools and brushing.
Alien_Skin_Software_LogoExposure X2 also works as a creative editing plug-in with other photo editors, such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Alien Skin Software’s Advanced Layers update for Exposure X2 will be sent as a free update to owners of Exposure X2. For new users, it is available for $149. Upgrade pricing is offered to owners of previous versions of Exposure for $99.

The update is also available in an Exposure X2 bundle. This integrated collection bundles Exposure with Alien Skin’s Blow Up and Snap Art tools to add upsizing and natural media special effects. The bundle retails for $199.

In addition, a 30-day, fully featured, free trial of Exposure X2 can be downloaded at