Exposure X.1 Update!

I’m happy to announce the release of a new version of Exposure X. The update is free for anyone who owns a copy of version X, so head over and grab your copy right now. Included in this release are some new, handy creative features for power users and hobbyists alike. At the top of the list is support for dual full-screen monitors. Take advantage of tons of extra pixels by using your second screen.

Take a look at the dual-screen support in the video below.

There’s more! Here’s what else you’ll find in the update:

  • Quickly change the orientation of the crop rectangle with the new button on the crop panel.
  • Display the mask while brushing for more precise editing.
  • Rename multiple images at once with batch file renaming.
  • Reduced memory usage for improved performance.
  • A ton of miscellaneous usability improvements, and even some bug fixes.

If you haven’t tried Exposure X, now is a great time to check it out! It will help you streamline the practical and the creative side of your photography. Browse, organize, and batch edit massive photo sets with ease. Be rid of difficult concepts like catalogs and user interface modules completely. Whether you use Exposure X as a complete standalone application or just as a plug-in, you can use brushing to apply local changes and stack effects. Work faster than ever with tons of useful shortcut keys and an entirely configurable user interface.

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About the Author:

Jimmy is on the marketing team at Alien Skin. He builds our training videos, writes for the blog, governs our social channels, and he is the self-proclaimed king of swag. He's also a professional photographer and a complete fitness nut.


  1. Karin Gottschalk February 10, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    So much to love about Exposure and especially ExposureX! You have my eternal gratitude for giving me back access to some of my favorite colour and monochrome films, monochrome printing processes, split toning and movie films all without the severe photochemical allergies that blighted and cut short my career before digital.

    Thank you especially for Polaroid Type 55, Lith printing, Kodak Panatomic-X, GAF 500, platinum and palladium, and more… the list goes on.

    Just one really big request (big for me at least): please add the option for a third colour in Tone Curve’s split toning so I can emulate the combination of benzotriazole in Dektol, warm or neutral silver-rich baryta papers and gold/selenium split toning that I used for some of my finest prints. In essence, three colours: subtly cool in the high values, warmish in the midtones and blue to purplish in the low values.

    I really love how you have included three Rodinal Developer presets for Grain. Rodinal was my number one developer and I loved it as a stand developer for some images and as an inversion developer for others. Really fine, sharp grain with subtle Mackie line edge effects to reinforce a three dimensional feeling in the print.

    Acufine was my number two film developer and I would love to see you provide presets emulating that too!

    • Jimmy Beech February 15, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Hey Karin!

      We love to hear awesome stories from real film photographers. Much of Exposure’s feature-set grew from processes in the darkroom, so we have a bit of a soft spot for appreciating it. Chemistry alone is tough on hands, but I couldn’t imagine having an allergy!

      I’ll make sure the programming team hear your feature requests. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Camron Crouse February 17, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Glad to hear about these cool updates! I spent some time with the Exposure X 1.0 free trial back in December and began analyzing its features and workflow. I like what’s been done so far, but having used Lightroom for so many years, I have a huge wishlist for additional features 😉

    I began writing about the relationship between DaVinci color correction, Adobe Lightroom, and Alien Skin Exposure X on my blog. When I set out to write it, I just didn’t intend to be so, uh, long-winded! But with the Exposure X 1.1 update, I guess the time to share my review is now (Part 6 should be finished this week). I hope your team can find some useful suggestions from my analysis. Part 1 begins here: http://pdxhax.blogspot.com/2015/12/alien-skin-softwares-new-exposure-x-is.html

    Kind Regards

    • Jimmy Beech February 19, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks for the review, Cameron! I’ll make sure the development team takes a look over your analysis. Feel free to share suggestions for additional features. Our ears are always open.

  3. Karin Gottschalk February 17, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Jimmy,

    Severe photochemical allergies and dermatitis… yeah, pretty nasty. Turns out a few of my coworkers at magazine and newspaper publishing companies have the same severe photochemical dermatitis and had to give up their careers too. Bad company darkrooms and the requirement that we had to process and print our own film in between actual photographic assignments each day.

    Too many years lost due to it until digital finally bestowed the ability to make images like I used to if not better. My photographic eye and style were intimately formed by the wide variety of analog cameras and films once available, from 35mm up to 8″x10″: 35mm and 120 format rangefinders, hand and stand view cameras, panorama cameras and magazines. Each type of camera, film and printing method permitted a range of ways of approaching one’s subjects.

    Was never really a fan of SLRs and DSLRs don’t do it for me either. I keep one here just in case I need to try out and review lenses for it but otherwise it sits in storage. Exposure X and similar software allow me to apply some of the variety that used to come from all those different ways of doing things.

    Thanks for passing on my requests!

    • Jimmy Beech February 18, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Anytime, Karin!

  4. Alex February 19, 2016 at 10:43 am

    My favorite plugin by a mile! I hardly have a published photo not touched by Exposure.

    This time around, it is romanticism at the click of a button (my own preset used).

    Photo credits: Israeli singer Grace Chana Woolf


    • Jimmy Beech February 19, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      We always love to hear Exposure is your fave, Alex! Thanks for sharing. There’s nothing quite like a once-click solution to nail the look your after.

  5. jVh February 24, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    So where is that update …. why you do NOT built update feature in to app it self … this is reticules … I can’t find it … this is a very frustrating.

    • Jimmy Beech February 26, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Hi Jan,

      The new version of Exposure (X.1) is available on the website at this address: http://www.alienskin.com/downloads

      The developers have talked about adding an auto update feature into the product itself before. It’s something that’s on the list of new features for the next version of Exposure. I’ll make sure that they hear your request to integrate it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Mika Kallio February 29, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I bought Exposure X yesterday and I’m so glad that I did. Works with my NAS drives like a charm. Faster than anything I’ve tried so far. The speed of this program is just crazy compared to, well, anything I’ve tried. UI is nice and clear. Adopting to using Exposure X took just minutes after watching some tutorials before downloading it. Thank you for making this software so user friendly and clear. Exposure X also seems to co-operate nicely with Affinity Photo, which is my choice of software for more demanding retouching. Film emulation presets, bokeh tool etc. were like a nice bonus, but nothing critical in my case. Though I admit I had fun testing several film emulation presets for different types of photos. I miss so far only two things 1) histogram and 2) Kelvins for color temperature. I can live without them since Exposure X otherwise hits the spot for me, but both would be nice. One last wish: 3) Please don’t let this software ever bloat! Keep it light and fast as it is now.

    • Jimmy Beech March 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Mika!

      Thanks for the comment. We love to hear back from users of our software regardless if it’s good or bad. The programming team put a lot of work into making version X the best it can be and there are already some solid plans in place to improve it. The features you mentioned are already on the development list for future versions of the software. We will certainly keep our eyes open about application bloat, too.

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