Photo Brushing and Layers: An Exposure X Sneak Peak

Exposure X has a brand new photo brushing system that allows you to make changes to specific parts of your image. For example, you can whiten teeth, dodge and burn, or sharpen eyes. Any effect in Exposure can be brushed on a photo, eliminating the need for a round trip to another program.

It’s also possible to stack effects, a frequently requested feature. With photo brushing, you can precisely control where each effect is applied to your image.

Brushing is available when using Exposure as a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as when using Exposure as a standalone app. In standalone mode, changes made by brushing are nondestructive and can be edited later.

Here is a tutorial video which shows you how photo brushing works. Enjoy!

Exposure X will be available before the end of 2015. Anyone who purchased Exposure 7 will automatically receive Exposure X for free as soon as it is ready.

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About the Author:

Finley Lee is the CEO of Alien Skin Software. He's a hobbyist photographer, electric bass player, video gamer, bread baker, and experienced napper.


  1. Manny November 23, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Great job on the brushes. Closer to LR than C1, which I much prefer. Now only thing missing is a Kelvin Scale WB and an effective style clone/heal similar to LR and I am done with C1 and LR.

    A color editor like C1 would be an added bonus!


    • Finley Lee November 24, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Thanks for the comments, Manny! Those are great feature suggestions. We will definitely consider them for upcoming versions of Exposure.

      • Claus December 4, 2015 at 2:59 am

        That’s great, but I don’t want spent 99 bucks every year to get a new feature. Changing White Balance is one of the most important Features in every RAW-converter.

        • Claus December 4, 2015 at 9:01 am

          I will purchase X.0, so I hope X.1 is free.

  2. Janelle November 23, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Are you using the layers on the raw file? Since Exposure X is supposed to be a raw converter, I am wondering about this.

    • Finley Lee November 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Exposure X is definitely a raw converter. We store layer information in a sidecar file, which is stored near the raw file.

  3. Lauren November 23, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Yes, looks great! I highly agree with Manny though – would love to see a kelvin scale WB added to the basic adjustments

  4. Christine Becksted November 24, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Hurry, hurry, hurry! I’m very excited about the X! 🙂

    • Finley Lee November 24, 2015 at 10:03 am

      We are too, Christine! Thanks for the kind words.

  5. Au Yeong Wing Yau November 24, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Great news! I think many users have been looking forward to being able to stack effects for a long time. Team Alien Skin effectively guaranteed 9 out of 10 Exposure users are going to click that upgrade button when X is released!

    ( Now it will be cool if we can have a histogram with highlights and shadows alert. No it does not sound fancy, but is very practical. 🙂 )

    • Jimmy Beech November 25, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Glad to hear it! We’re excited about it, ourselves.

      Yes, a histogram with alerts would be quite a fancy new feature to add to the software. We have it on the list of things to consider integrating in a future version.

  6. Luca November 24, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Will you support X trans files from Fuji?

    • Jimmy Beech November 25, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Exposure x supports the X-Pro 1 which uses an X-trans CMOS sensor.

  7. Fred F November 25, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Exposure X sounds terrific andi’m looking forward to its release. Before you release, please consider adding a function to rotate fully from landscape to portrait orientation. This has been the sole annoying issue I’ve had with the stand alone version. Uploading portrait oriented raw files always open sideways in Exposure 7 with no way to fully rotate. Thanks again.

    • Jimmy Beech November 25, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Oh yes, that feature has definitely been included.

  8. Sam December 1, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Can you adjust HSL settings for that brush? For example you wanna change blue shirt to red shirt.. That would be a killer function.

    • Jimmy Beech December 1, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Hi Sam,

      That kind of effect is possible to do in Exposure X. All of the controls in Exposure can be adjusted locally with the brushing tool. Changes made on the Tone Curve and Color panels will easily change the color of said shirt.

  9. Pete December 2, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Just upgraded to ‘X’ and WOW!
    I have been using Photo Mechanic and DXO before sending to Exposure 7. Now it looks like I can skip Photo Mechanic and only use DXO occasionally. Great Job!

  10. Bruce Cotton December 5, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I’m assuming changes made in the plug in versions by brush are also non destructive, correct?

    • Jimmy Beech December 7, 2015 at 9:28 am

      They sure are, Bruce. Even though the workflows are slightly different between Photoshop and Lightroom.

  11. Janet Coulter December 9, 2015 at 2:01 am

    You said that “Exposure X will be available before the end of 2015. Anyone who purchased Exposure 7 will automatically receive Exposure X for free as soon as it is ready.” Yet, when I tried to get it, you asked for $99.00. What’s the deal here?

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