Project Description

Learn how to export finished images from Exposure. Detailed descriptions of all file handling options such as metadata, image size, and more are included in this video. Exporting is the last major step in your editing workflow in Exposure.

Photo: Halftone Studios

Exposure is a nondestructive editor. It never touches your original photos. Exporting creates a copy of your photo with Exposure’s edits applied, which you can then print, upload to social media, or use in an album design program.

To begin, select the files you want to export. I’m going to select a few of the photos from this folder by holding down the  key and clicking each image I want to export. Windows users hold down the Control key instead.

You have two different methods of exporting them: either by exporting or by quick exporting. First, I’ll demonstrate the Export method.

After selecting the images, open the export window by right-clicking one of the selected photos. Choose ‘Export…’ from the menu. Or by pressing ⌘+E on Mac, or Control+E on Windows.

There are a number of different export options to choose from. Let’s go through them.

The destination is the folder the photos will be exported to.

The file naming section controls how your exported images are named.

Here, you can either go with the original name, or create custom text, a sequence, or a combination of these. You can also specify that the extension will be upper- or lower-case, and if it will be 3 or 4 letters. Click on the settings gear to choose existing naming presets.

The file settings section allows you to configure the file type and output color space. The file type options are JPEG, TIFF, PSD, and Original.

When you choose JPEG you’ll see a quality slider appear. Low values result in smaller, lower quality files. We recommend setting it at the high end of the range.


The TIFF options are compression and bit depth. In the compression list ZIP adds lossless compression but may not be compatible with all applications. ‘None’ is no compression, and original uses the compression method of the original image.

The bit depth options are 8 or 16 bits per component. 16 bits gives you higher quality and larger file sizes. Use 8 bits for compatibility with older applications.

The original file type exports using the same format as your original image. When you use original to export a RAW file, Exposure writes a copy of the RAW file to the destination folder, along with the sidecar file. This is useful for importing into another application such as Lightroom. Most of Exposure’s visual edits aren’t accessible to other applications, but some metadata and crop settings are useable.

At the bottom of the File Settings section you see color space. This controls the color space for TIFF and JPEG files when they are exported. Use sRGB for files that will be used on the web. Adobe RGB and ProPhoto RGB are for high-quality situations like print work.

When you’ve got the settings set the way you like them, click the settings gear to save your file type settings as a new preset for future use. You can also reset them to default if you want.

The metadata section controls whether information, such as camera settings and copyright info, will be included with the images you export.

Image sizing is the last section. Check the Resize to Fit box if you want to resize your image or images. Enter either the new horizontal or vertical dimension and Exposure will calculate the other one. You can choose between pixels, inches, and centimeters. Note that Exposure will not enlarge your image . For that, you can use Alien Skin Blow Up, which is available in the Exposure Bundle. You can match the orientation, which means the height will be automatically swapped as necessary to match the portrait/landscape orientation of the image being exported. When you’ve set it how you like it, you can save your settings as a new Image Sizing preset.

In addition to specifying image dimensions, you have other resizing options. Long Edge constrains whichever is the longer edge of the image, be it portrait or landscape. Short Edge operates similarly, but with the short edge. Megapixels limits the total number of pixels by shrinking the image until its width-times-height is less than the specified value. Percentage reduces the image’s width and height to the specified percentage.

When you’ve selected your options, press the Export button to start your export. Now we’re back in the grid view. Here’s a small window showing the export progress. While the export is happening you can continue to use Exposure. Just drag the progress bar out of the way and continue working.

Now we’ll look at the Quick Export method.

Quick exports enable you to export different image recipes. This greatly speeds up the export process. You can save variants for web, publishing, and more, each with different settings and to different folders, with a few quick mouse clicks.

After selecting the images you wish to export, press either ⌘+shift+E on Mac or Control+Shift+E on Windows, or choose File>Quick Export… to open the dialog.

You’ll see a number of profiles already set up for you. Each with different settings in five different categories. Click the profile you want to use, or press 19 on the keyboard to run the corresponding profile.

To run multiple exports in one operation, press 0 or click Select Multiple. Then, select the profiles to use and click the Export button.

You can also select a profile directly from the Quick Export menu dropdown.

You can also create your own quick export profiles or modify the existing ones. In the Preferences dialog, you can create, reorder, edit, and delete your quick export profiles.