The Exposure X2 Advanced Layers Update Is Coming Soon

By | February 21st, 2017|Announcements, Exposure|23 Comments

Preview the latest update to our advanced RAW photo editor!

The Advanced Layers Update for Exposure is almost here! It’s bold step forward for Exposure
, our award-winning non-destructive RAW editor.

Exposures handles your full photography workflow. Use it to transition seamlessly between organizing, editing, retouching, exporting, and each step in between — all within a single user interface
. From capture to creativity, Exposure is the fastest way to bring your vision to life

What’s new?

Here are some of the notable features in this update:

Non-destructive layering system

Stack effects intuitively and with total control. Layers can be copied and pasted, turned on and off individually, applied to multiple images, and more. There’s no limit to the number of layers you can stack and blend, and Exposure makes it easy to manage them.

Two new flavors of preset

  • Vintage presets provide delicate, rich platinum tones characterized by warm blacks and expanded mid-tone grays, while new border overlays simulate the matte brushed region that surrounds the image

  • Bright presets provide light, low-contrast looks that are great for outdoor portraits and weddings 

Quick Exports

This feature is a real time saver. You can now export different image recipes simultaneously. Save variants for web, publishing, and more, each with different settings and to different folders. Our quick export profiles give you recipes for common social media and portfolio exports.

New File Naming and Destination Options

New file naming options allow use of capture time for more flexibility. Destination templates automate the placement of photos in subfolders, saving you from having to manually navigate to subfolders each time you upload or export.

Selective presets

Mix presets and edits, deciding on what adjustments to include or exclude when copying settings or creating user presets. 

Expanded camera support and manual lens correction

Adjust lens distortion, toggle lens correction, and select lens profiles.

High DPI support

Windows compatibility with 4K monitors
 now joins existing Retina display support on macOS.


Take a look at our playlist of What’s New videos for a quick visual tour of these new features.

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If you own Exposure X2 or purchase it today, we’ll send you this update for free! If you own prior versions of Exposure, upgrade pricing is available at our store. If you haven’t used Exposure before, try it free for 30 days.

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. KARIN GOTTSCHALK February 21, 2017 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Excellent! I would like to cover Exposure X2 development in articles at this project:

    How is your Fujifilm X-Trans and non-X-Trans support BTW? Specifically the latest and coming cameras like the X100F, X-T20 and especially the GFX 50S. Then there is the Panasonic Lumix GH5.

    • Finley Lee February 22, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Hi Karin! Glad to hear you are interested in writing an article about Exposure X2. Let us know how we can help!

      We don’t yet have support for these new cameras. Do you have access to RAW files from them that we could use for testing? This would help us add support more quickly.

      • KARIN GOTTSCHALK February 22, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

        Hi Finley, I have raw files for the X100F, but so far other cameras like the X-T20, GFX 50S and Lumix GH5 have yet to appear in this part of the world. I know someone who is shooting with a GFX 50S right now in another country but do not know if the current firmware permits production-quality raw files – the firmware may still be in pre-production mode. However a search on the web may turn up results as photographers in the early access programs sometimes share files online for others to test and try editing. I will make some enquiries… meanwhile please send me an email and I will send a reply with an X100F file. Support for any of these cameras would be a good reason for an article, but your new Layers update looks great too.

        • Finley Lee February 22, 2017 at 10:29 pm - Reply

          Email sent. Thank you, Karin!

          • KARIN GOTTSCHALK February 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm

            Hi Finley, your email seems to have vanished on the way or got caught up in the avalanche of spam that appears every day here. Would you mind sending an email again and I will stay on alert for its arrival, please?

          • Finley Lee February 26, 2017 at 9:33 pm

            No problem, Karin. I just sent it again.

          • KARIN GOTTSCHALK February 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm

            A quick search also found these Fujifilm X100F raw files:


  2. Michael February 22, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Oh yes! i am sooo looking forward for this update! my portrait work always ends in exposure. i love it.

  3. HL Arledge February 22, 2017 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    This is great news, Finley, but when you say “soon” do you mean days, weeks, or months. I can’t wait!

    • Finley Lee February 22, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      We don’t have a firm release date yet, but we are working on getting it out soon. I’m hoping for early spring, but our priority is getting the update to be fast and reliable before we release it.

  4. Luca Rajna February 23, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    This sounds great!

  5. Sergio Ferraiolo February 24, 2017 at 4:29 am - Reply

    I have Exposure x2. I’m waiting for the free update

  6. Thomas Harvey February 24, 2017 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Finley, where can I find Bokeh? I have Bokeh on my older computer but I would like to put it on my new one. Also, is Exposure X2 a substitute for Photoshop?

    • Jimmy Beech February 24, 2017 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Hi Thomas,

      Bokeh is still alive and well. It was integrated into Exposure a few releases back, which makes applying creative focus effects on your photos easier than ever.

      Exposure X2 offers a lot of similar features to Photoshop. It can replace Photoshop in your workflow for most of your editing tasks. If you regularly perform extensive retouching, or if you want to blend multiple images together for an HDR look, you may still need it.

  7. Sandra C. February 25, 2017 at 6:15 am - Reply

    Excellent news! Will it be compatible with Canon 5DmkIV?

    • Finley Lee February 26, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      Yes! Support for the Canon 5D Mark IV will be included in the update.

  8. Michael March 9, 2017 at 4:32 am - Reply

    When does the update with the bright presets get released. I received an email which led me to believe they were here so I purchased X2 but cant find them. Thanks

    • Jimmy Beech March 9, 2017 at 7:31 am - Reply

      Hi Michael,

      The new Bright presets will be in the Exposure X2 Advanced Layers update. There’s no firm release date yet. We’re guessing it will be the end of March or early April.

  9. Daniel De La Cruz March 27, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Hi Finley
    I bought Exposure X2 Bundle and I would like to update the Advanced Layers. Is it possible ?


    • Finley Lee March 27, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Yes, the layers update is a free update for all owners of Exposure X2. You can download it from

      It installer over your existing copy of Exposure X2, retaining your program settings and presets.

  10. Daniel De La Cruz March 28, 2017 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Hi Finley
    Thanks !!
    I am very happy to work with exposure x2.


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