Exposure 5 Texture Overlays

The release of Exposure 5 is just around the corner in June. Last month I wrote about the big redesign of the user interface. Now I’ll focus on the the texture overlay system.

Texture Overlays in Exposure 4

In Exposure 4, on the Age Tab there is a group of controls labeled Texture. This system overlays analog features on your photo. Early versions of Exposure simulated scratches mathematically, but we found that it looked too artificial. Now these features come from scans of real photos.

What’s New in Exposure 5

In early versions of Exposure, we provided dust, scratches, and rough borders, so “texture” seemed like a good name. In Exposure 4 we included light leaks. Exposure 5 provides more versions of those effects, and expands into old print borders and sun flares. I usually refer to this wide range of features as “overlays” since texture is just part of it.

You’ll find the overlay effects in the new Borders & Textures area on the right side of the Exposure 5 user interface, as seen below. Click for a larger version.

Exposure 5 texture user interface Photoshop plug-in

In Exposure 5, you can now separately control overlays from the Border, Light Effects, and Dust & Scratches categories. For more variety and control, they can be randomized, flipped, zoomed, and inverted.

One of my photos is shown below after two treatments with overlay effects. I used a distressed old border, a paper print border, subtle scratches, and one of the new light effects from the Sun Flares category for morning sunlight in fog. I used the improved Protect feature to keep the bird clear. In Exposure 5 you can move the center of the protected region and control its strength. For a scene with a person, I would use it to keep scratches off their face.

bird on thorn bush - texture treatment with Exposure 5 Photoshop plug-in

bird on thorn bush - black and white treatment with Exposure 5 Photoshop plug-in

When can I get it?

Exposure 5 will be out in June. When it is ready we will announce it here, in social media, and e-mail. You can get on our e-mail list by scrolling to the bottom of any page on our web site. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. If you don’t own Exposure yet then you don’t need to wait for Exposure 5 to come out. If you purchase Exposure 4 in March, 2013 or later then we will e-mail you Exposure 5 for free as soon as it is ready.

About the Author:

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.


  1. Jeff Spivak May 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Folks, thank you for the great job you’re doing! Exposure is a key tool for me. Looking forward to the fifth incarnation.

  2. Rick Bergeron May 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I recently accuired your new Eye Candy 7 for CS5 (64 bit) and am outragiously happy with the product. My past experience has been with Eye Candy 3.0 and Xenofiex 1.0. Thank you for staying in business.

    Is there any chance you could produce a product that recalled some of the old Kai’s Power Tool filters such as: Fractels and Fractel Flames. Since Corel dosen’t support them any more there isn’t any new versions. I use them a lot but the old versions are very cumbersom.

    Again, I am super happy with my new Eye Candy 7.

    Rick Bergeron

  3. SK May 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Exposure is the best, period. Without Exposure my professional wedding photography business would not be at the same level as it not. I manage to create much more stylish photos to my customers than I would edit those manually without Exposure. Thank you that you exist!

  4. FD May 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you for your excellent work, I hope one day it will be in French, because I think a lot of French love your work.

  5. Jozef Povazan May 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Thank you so much guys for excellent tool. I used to shoot with film a lot and your Exposure 4 brought me back to those days. Cannot wait to try the 5th element of it 🙂 Keep up good work – my brides love you…

  6. Rob May 31, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Wow, I can hardly wait to upgrade to exposure 5. I love 4 and your tweaks to improve your product make me excited over new possibilities. Thanks for your great products.

  7. Rosa Perry May 31, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Awww – I just missed out – I purchased mine 2/6/2013 🙁

  8. Martin Bassetto July 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Love it! Period.

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