Exposure X2’s New Update Brings More Presets and Overlays

The upcoming Advanced Layers Update to Exposure X2 adds several new presets.

New vintage platinum presets provide delicate, rich platinum tones that imbue your images with warm blacks and expanded mid-tone grays. New border overlays simulate the matte brushed region that surrounds the image. New Bright presets provide light, low-contrast looks that are great for outdoor portraits and weddings.

Check out the short video below to see examples of these great new looks.


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  1. Michael Richards March 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    What is the number of the new update. I downloaded an update from the site and it says X2- which appears to be what I already have. What is the number of the newest version?

    Why doesn’t Alien Skin post versions with their updates? It would certainly help.

    • Jimmy Beech March 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Hi Michael,

      The Exposure X2 Advanced Layers Update isn’t ready just yet. When it is, the first place we will talk about it is right here on the blog. You’re in the right place!

      After the update is available, the new version number will be 2.5.

  2. Greg gulbransen March 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Any idea of the release date?

    • Finley Lee March 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      There’s no firm date yet, but we’re guessing it will be the end of March or early April.

  3. Benoit Gros-Louis March 8, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Hi, I bought Alien Skin Exposure X2 bundle yesterday after trying it for about 3 weeks. I did not know your products and your company before, it is a great surprise to me. I am very very impressed with the software. I haven’t got as nice results as easily for long time. Performance, stability, quality of Raw conversion, simplicity, quality of presets, etc. I am really looking forward to this update. It also looks to me that you guys seem to take the time to deliver a great quality and stable product instead of rushing things out which is great. One question for you though: is it possible to make suggestions for future updates/upgrades ? Also, what is the best way to report bugs? Best regards !!

    • Jimmy Beech March 9, 2017 at 7:38 am - Reply

      Hi Benoit,

      It’s great to hear about your positive experiences with Exposure. Regarding bugs, the best way to inform us is by filling out a support ticket. We are always happy to listen to feature suggestions as well, so please include that when you contact support. Here is a link to open a new ticket.

  4. Freddy Macharis March 9, 2017 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Eager to download 🙂 Thanks !

  5. Benoit Gros-Louis March 9, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Thanks very much Jimmy. I’ll be happy to do so.

  6. Claus March 10, 2017 at 3:53 am - Reply

    I mainly work with PS. Is it possible to work with selections… I mean, I make a selection in PS and then I open the plug-in. This doesn’t work with the latest version. Works with other Plug-Ins like nik collection or all MacPhun Plug-Ins.

    • Finley Lee March 13, 2017 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Hi Claus,

      This behavior is by design. It works this way because Exposure uses the selection to indicate depth-of-field for the Bokeh panel. There are several ways to get the same results as Exposure’s original selection interpretation:

      * You can apply Exposure’s color or B&W rendering to the entire image and then apply their selection to a layer mask. This method is also useful because you can change the layer mask after Exposure has been applied to get a different blended effect.
      * You can also use the above method when Exposure is run as a smart object
      * Apply the PS selection to the image content to create a new layer with opacity. Pixels with low opacity will be shown with the checkerboard grid pattern. Run Exposure on this new layer.

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