Easy Photo Management with Collections in Exposure X3

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The release of Exposure X3 is right around the corner. We added tons of great new tools, some for photo organizing, and others for editing. One exciting new feature is the addition of photo collections. Watch the video in this article to learn how you can benefit from using Exposure’s new collections feature when managing photo projects.

Collections enable you to group photos together, no matter where they appear on your hard drive. Photos can belong to as many collections as you’d like. Exposure is very flexible, so there is no one best way to use Collections–just the way that works best for you. Collections are useful for projects with widely diverse size and scope. You can use them for ongoing long-term photo management tasks such as curating portfolio files or keeping family candids current. Quick Collections, on the other hand, are designed to handle short-term projects such as curating images for a blog article or photo contest.

There are so many great features to look forward to in Exposure X3. We hope you enjoy this one!

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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. Terry B October 2, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Hi Finley

    Sounds great – but will there be the ability to use depth map compatibilty to get more accurate bokeh?

    Im a long time user and fan, but have had to default to Photoshop’s lens blur as it supports Alpha depth maps (even though I much prefer the bokeh from Exposure) Without depth maps, Im finding Bokeh a bit like a car without a steering wheel…


    • Finley Lee October 2, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      If you’re using Photoshop, you can import your depth map as a selection and then launch Exposure to process the image with the Bokeh tab. Exposure keeps the selected areas in focus and blurs the unselected parts. This might not give you as accurate a result as you might want, but it’s worth a try.

      I’ll suggest the idea of adding depth map import to the development team. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Stefan October 4, 2017 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Hallo Finley!
    First, sorry for my english. Will the Exposure X3 also be available in German Language, or is a Translation planned? And is a Printingmodul planned, in the scope of the module in Lightroom? This is a Point, that I missing in Exposure! There are more Lensprofiles in X3 (Fujifilm 16-55, 50-140, 56 are important for me 🙂 ).
    Best regards, Stefan

    • Finley Lee October 4, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      Hi Stefan. We don’t have plans for a German translation at the moment. Printing is on our roadmap, and I hope we can deliver that soon.

      I’d like to investigate support for the lenses you mentioned. Would you be willing to share a few photos taken with each lens?

  3. Martin October 10, 2017 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Hi, i would like to know if Exposure X3 will be in french ?

    M. Jolicoeur

    • Finley Lee October 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      I’m sorry, but we don’t have any plans for a French translation for Exposure X3.

  4. Rick Ogrodzinski January 31, 2018 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I just viewed the video on Collections and Quick Collections. I don’t see where quick collections differs from collections. I am kind of comparing to the Collections feature in Lightroom.

    Please elaborate where you might want to use Quick Collections versus Collections. I hope the difference is not just short-term versus long-term.

    • Finley Lee January 31, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Any collection in Exposure can be designated as the quick collection. The quick collection has a few keystroke options. Press ‘L’ to add the currently selected photo (or photos) to the quick collection. And, press Cmd+L (Ctrl+L on Windows) to view the quick collection photos in grid view.

      You can change which collection is the quick collection anytime. Just right-click the collection you want to use and select ‘Quick Collection’ from the menu.

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