Enhanced Light Effects in Exposure X4

Exposure X4 will be here soon, and it will bring loads of new functionality. One enhancement to get excited about is the expanded control over Exposure’s high-quality light effects. Light effects are a great way to elevate your photos with a new level of creative options. With Exposure X4, you can precisely position and rotate light effects, enabling impressive new creative looks.

Watch the video to see the creative freedom Exposure X4’s enhanced light effects provide. We’ll show you how to customize the look with adjustments to overlay opacity, blend mode options, position, rotation, and more. We also show you how to protect areas in your images from light effect overlays.

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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. THOMAS LANGSTON PURYEAR August 30, 2018 at 6:22 pm - Reply


    I have switched computers and have not be able to locate the sw that I had purchased.
    Please let me know how I can reload the previous software purchased.

    • Finley Lee August 31, 2018 at 9:16 am - Reply

      I just sent your license code and download links to you. We’re happy to help if you need anything else – just reply to that support ticket and let us know.

  2. Sandra Chung August 30, 2018 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    I really like the new option of being able to drag the lighting effect to a specific location. It will give it just that much more precision. 🙂

    • Finley Lee August 31, 2018 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Thanks for the comment, Sandra! We think this will really improve the usefulness of light effect overlays.

  3. GLoria August 31, 2018 at 9:34 am - Reply

    looking forward to this release!! this is exactly why I was creating my own light effects because X3 was not flexible enough for me – thank you guys!!

    • Finley Lee August 31, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

      We can’t wait to get the moveable light effects to you, Gloria! We’re working hard to finish up Exposure X4. Hopefully we’ll have a release date soon.

  4. DAVID J CREWE August 31, 2018 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Very cool about the rotate feature is there now! Absolutely excited for that

  5. Dave September 1, 2018 at 6:33 am - Reply

    I’m thinking that it is about time that I upgrade my exposure 7…

    Quick question: can you rotate a light effect on the z axis? Specifically for the light rays to make them look more natural by distorting the angle rather than rotating it.

    • Finley Lee September 3, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Exposure’s light effects work by compositing a light effect graphic onto the image. In X4, you’ll be able to rotate and position the graphic however you’d like. But there’s no z-axis control.

      It’s something we’d consider adding. Are you interested in 3D rendered lighting? Or just in skewing the graphic to distort the light rays?

  6. Nick Chiarizia September 2, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Hi Jimmy, looking forward to the updates. Will X4 be made available to loyal X3 purchased uses?
    cheers, Nick

    • Finley Lee September 3, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

      People who purchased Exposure X3 on or after July 1 2018 will receive free upgrades. Other X3 purchasers are eligible to purchase at the discounted upgrade rate of $99.

  7. Bianca September 8, 2018 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    I’m so excited about the light relocation feature, that’s EXACTLY what I was missing! I’m looking forward to the new release. Keeping my fingers crossed that the developers add some new light effects too ❤️.
    When we can expect it? So so so excited!

    • Jimmy Beech September 10, 2018 at 9:09 am - Reply

      That’s great to hear, Bianca! We are excited for the new version, too. We haven’t announced date a for the Exposure X4 release, but keep an eye on our mailing list and/or social media channels for an announcement about it.

      • Bianca September 12, 2018 at 5:54 am - Reply

        Thanks Jimmy! Can’t wait 😊

  8. Ali Ries September 15, 2018 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    WOW I have been hoping and waiting for a movable light effects. I am a scifi/outer space artist and this is one function I have wanted to use more but haven’t because you can’t position it where you want. I use Exposure 3 on almost a daily basis. I look forward to Exposure 4. Thanks

    • Jimmy Beech September 17, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Glad to hear it, Ali. We think you’ll like what’s coming in Exposure X4.

  9. Matthew Hall September 18, 2018 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Hi I just downloaded the trial for Exposure 4, and the alignment button to move the light effects around isn’t showing up?

    • Jimmy Beech September 19, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

      Hi Matthew – Make sure that you have one of Exposure’s movable overlays selected. Those are the light effect options that have a hand icon on them. After you have one selected, set the Alignment option to Move Freely. That should make the Move/Rotate control appear.

  10. Kim hardy September 28, 2018 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Hey Exposure team,

    I’ve been trying out X4 since yesterday and I’m impressed with the changes. I do however have a question related to what I’m looking forward to. I see you are stepping towards tether capture and thats great however what I still see in missing is the ability to copy from last like you can do in say capture one. This is an integral part of tethering. Being able to adjust for example an images exposure setting and for that to be added to each subsequent image that is placed in the hot folder. I do welcome being able to add a preset but this wouldn’t be enough for me to use this as my go to studio capture software. If this could be improved/implemented then I’d be on board because I love the other many great aspects of X4. Thanks for your help guys, let me know what you think.

    • Jimmy Beech September 28, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Thanks for commenting, Kim. You can do that using Exposure’s monitored folders. Check out this video to see how it works. When you’re shooting tethered with Exposure, you can make various editing adjustments to an image and save them as a preset. Then you can update the folder monitor options and have Exposure automatically apply the preset to the following photos as you shoot.

      • Jimmy Beech September 28, 2018 at 11:19 am - Reply

        I thought of another feature that could help in this scenario. The Paste Settings from Previous option. You can simply paste the settings from your previous image with the / key.

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