Local Adjustment Tools in Exposure X3

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Exposure X3 is coming out this fall. There are lots of new features coming in the next version. We expanded the local adjustment functionality in Exposure with several new gradient masking tools. They enable you to make seamless, natural fades between effects. Adding linear and gradient tools has been a highly-requested feature, so we’re happy to bring it to you.

In the video at the top of this article, we show how the gradient tools work, in addition to demonstrating how to make local adjustments with Exposure’s brushing tool. We recently released a video about making local adjustments, which we updated for the new tools coming in Exposure X3. If you want to apply editing tweaks to selective areas of your images, use local adjustments for an extra level of creative control. Exposure makes the process simple, enabling you to easily transition into more advanced editing.

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  1. Mike Irving September 14, 2017 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    okay i just read that if you have X2 you will receive and email to upgrade. cool!!

    • Jimmy Beech September 15, 2017 at 8:01 am - Reply

      Hi Mike — thanks for commenting. Just to clarify, if you purchase a copy of Exposure X2 on or after September 1st, 2017, then you will receive an upgrade to Exposure X3 for free.

  2. Sal Ahmed September 15, 2017 at 4:22 am - Reply

    This going be better than a Lightroom and Nik software combined together. Great job Ellen👍👽

  3. Ryan September 15, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

    I hope the new version will have a ‘Check for Updates’ feature built-in. I don’t see why all software shouldn’t already have this feature!???

    • Finley Lee September 15, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

      Exposure X3 will have a check updates feature. It will let you know when there’s a new version and offer to launch the installation process.

  4. Anne September 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I’ve been using this over the last couple of weeks and got an extension after having to be away for a week. This software is a definite winner and worth the money. I’ll be getting the latest version for sure.

  5. Getald September 28, 2017 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Is there a way to print directly out of exposure like i can with lr?

    • Finley Lee September 28, 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Not at this time, Gerald. It’s on our roadmap for a future release.

      • Gerald September 28, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

        Thanks for your answer.This is sad,cause this is a really good feature in lr and very easy to use with different icc profiles.

      • Paul November 20, 2017 at 2:13 am - Reply

        Where the dehaze slider?

        • Jimmy Beech November 20, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

          Hi Paul – Thanks for commenting. There isn’t a Dehze control in Exposure X3, but it’s on our roadmap to add in a future version.

  6. Noam G. October 8, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Frustrated with LR as well as ON1 Photo RAW, I’m intrigued by X3, which seems to tick all the right boxes.

    One question though: Does the masking tool offer edge-aware “auto”/”magic” (or whatever it’s called) masking that automatically keeps the mask within the object?

    I’d think it’s trivial by today’s standards (and indeed featured in most or all competing products), but I was surprised to see that it’s missing from X3, at least from what’s shown in the video here.

    If not in X3 already, do you plan on adding it in a point update?


    • Jimmy Beech October 9, 2017 at 10:40 am - Reply

      Thanks for commenting! No, Exposure X3 does not offer an edge-aware masking feature. It is something we would like to include in a future version, though. I’ll make sure the design team hears your request for it.

  7. Eric Horner October 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    I assumed the masking WAS edge-aware! That’s definitely worth having. I’ve been evaluating and comparing LR, X2, onOne, Luminar, Topaz Studio, and a couple of others. So far X2 is the only one that might tempt me to change (at least part of) my workflow from LR. It’s fast, it’s easy to use, it’s clean, and I love all the film effects. Printing and applying watermarks is missing, but I’m hoping that will come soon. All in all I think it’s a great product.

    • Jimmy Beech October 9, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed using Exposure during your evaluation. Thanks for the feedback, Eric. We are always interested in making our software even better, so I’ll make sure the design team hears your request for edge-aware masking.

      Exposure X3 does have a watermarking feature, which enables you to automatically apply watermarks during the image export process. Take a look at our Export Watermarks tutorial to see how it works.

  8. Jack October 9, 2017 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Guys – X3 is awesome. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Love the new capabilities with filters. Seems faster to me. I’ve been using exposure for a while but LR had some features that kept me from leaving it behind. X3 does all the essentials now and will be my full time editor. Thanks a ton. X3 rocks.

  9. Jarek October 13, 2017 at 2:44 am - Reply


    I bought version x3. If I can, I would like to add a few requests / questions 🙂

    I would like to move all my work completely from LR to EX3, but I am missing some functionality from LR. As some of my predecessors have already written – edge-aware brushes. I miss also the option “auto” in Basic tab. It’s really do job. Second is Color tab. Is the way to control in EX3 also hue and luminance for colors?

    Thank you for lens profile. Nice will be have Camera profile or profile from x-rite color passport for really profesional use. EX3 is a very good piece of software. Thank you for this!

    • Jimmy Beech October 13, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the suggestions, Jarek. I’m happy to bring them forward to the design team. Some of the things you mentioned are already on our radar to consider implementing in future versions of Exposure.

  10. Geoff December 7, 2017 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Just downloaded the trial version of X3 and started using. I really love it. Want to switch from Lightroom since it’s subscription only now. I’m wondering what the average cost is for updates each year, after purchasing. I want to compare to Lightroom, which is $120 a year.

    • Jimmy Beech December 7, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Hi Geoff. I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying Exposure. If you already own a copy of an older version of Exposure, the upgrade price is $99.

  11. Terence Weston February 22, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Are you likely to be having an auto-mask feature for the brush tools (as in LR) at some point?

    • Jimmy Beech February 22, 2018 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Terence,

      Thanks for the comment. Yes, an auto-mask, or edge-aware brush tool is on our list of features to add in a future version of Exposure.

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