Exposure’s Commitment to Film Simulation

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As Exposure continues to evolve as a standalone photo editor and organizer, it’s always good to restate our commitment to film simulations, which is what made Exposure such an industry-respected tool for photographers wanting to recapture the look of analog film in their digital photography.

In 2005, we launched Exposure as plug-in for Photoshop, with the goal of bringing the look and feel of analog film to digital photography. To achieve this ambitious goal, we studied every well-known film available. Among the qualities we investigated were grain patterns, sharpness, saturation, color response, and contrast
. With the help of photographers who were experienced film shooters, we succeeded in creating several hundred authentic film presets, as well as grain tools, color toning, and cross processing.

Today, Exposure features more than 500 gorgeous presets, with over 350 accurate film looks. This puts a complete library of film simulations at your fingertips. A full selection of iconic B&W and color films are available, as well as a variety of creative looks that offer different directions. To see a full list, visit our Presets page.

Exposure also enables you to mimic darkroom effects like push and cross processing. You have unmatched control of film grain effects. With Exposure’s grain tools, you can adjust shadows, midtones, and highlights to achieve a truly creative grain adjustment, not simply applying it universally to your entire image.

Exposure is now a standalone editor, which avoids the drawbacks of using it as an external editor in Lightroom. It’s faster, does not take up additional disk space through the creation of a TIFF file, and you are able to avoid unnecessary complexities like catalogs and slow image imports.

Exposure is the only RAW photo editor built on a sophisticated engine designed for film simulation. The work we did to achieve this makes Exposure able to handle your most sophisticated edits in addition to precisely simulating iconic film looks.

It’s not hard to see why digital photographers love analog film presets. They bring a warmth and human element to digital photography. Being able to select and customize your own film looks is a big part of bringing your photo to life. Exposure is unmatched in giving you this ability. We intend to continue evolving Exposure to make it even better for achieving gorgeous film looks.

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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. Robert Pope December 13, 2018 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Does Exposure handle the Fuji XT3 RAW files yet?
    If not, when is this expected?
    I should be grateful if you would let me know.

  2. Nicola Cammisa December 13, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I am already an Exposure X4 user and would like to see it integrated with a dedicated IR processing work flow.

    • Jimmy Beech December 14, 2018 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Thanks for the suggestion, Nicola. We have a channel swap processing feature for infrared images on our list. I’ll add a note for the design team about your interest.

  3. Thomas skou December 15, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Been using the plugin for 8 years and I really wish an upgrade and expanded package on dust, scratches, lightleaks.

    Thank you for helping an early days analog lover out.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Jimmy Beech December 17, 2018 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks for using Exposure, Thomas. We’re analog lovers, too. I’ll make a note about that for the design team.

  4. Ori December 15, 2018 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    keep up with your awesome work guys, Exposure film and grain presets is second to none – the accuracy of the colors, and grain patterns are truly something else.

    • Jimmy Beech December 17, 2018 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the love, Ori! We love hearing things like that.

  5. Tomas L December 28, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    does X4 handle canon EOS R format files (CR3)?
    if not yet, when is it expected to be implemented (since the camera has been out 3 month now; and the CR3 format almost a year with the M50).

    • Jimmy Beech January 2, 2019 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Thanks for commenting, Tomas. Support for CR3 format files is coming, but we don’t know the exact timeline. It’s pending an update to a third party library. When it is complete, we’ll have it tested and applied as soon as possible.

      In the meantime, you can convert the images to DNGs. Exposure can edit the DNG files.

  6. Jacek January 13, 2019 at 6:25 am - Reply

    I am considering to switch to the X4, also for the numerous films simulations and have been testing the software now.

    One thing which bothers me in the X4 is the lack of auto adjustments capability, especially exposure but also white balance.
    The former can be a real deal breaker for me unless somehow you change my mind.

    Please advise on the approach to handle several images in one session with a broad range of exposure used under different lighting conditions experienced.


    • Jimmy Beech January 15, 2019 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Thanks for commenting, Jacek.

      There are presets in Exposure for white balance settings like daylight, shade, flash, and cloudy. Learn how to use them in this video tutorial. You can also use the White Balance Color Adjustment tool, which enables you to click on an area of your image to set your white balance. From there, you can manually adjust the Temperature and Tint sliders to dial the color in.

      Our Batch Editing tutorial video demonstrates a few techniques for editing a bunch of images quickly. Check it out, here.

      We have heard requests to add auto buttons in the Basic panel for automatic exposure, or contrast, or curves. It’s already on our radar to add in a future version of Exposure. I’ll add a note to our request logs about your interest.

      • Jacek January 15, 2019 at 4:11 pm - Reply

        Jimmy, I appreciate your thorough feedback! I am really tempted by the X4 now…Not easy decision for an enthusiast like me..I have been on the Capture One for quite a while.

        • Jimmy Beech January 15, 2019 at 4:26 pm - Reply

          No problem, Jacek. I can understand your hesitation when considering a major change to your workflow. I’d want to know all the details, too.

          You might benefit from connecting with other Exposure users. If you’re interested, you could check out our Exposure Users group on Facebook.

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