Exposure Bundle: Getting Started

Project Description

Join us for a quick-and-easy lesson in getting started with the Exposure Bundle. Exposure is the bundle’s core app, providing you with an arsenal of tools to unleash your creative side and keep your photos organized. The video demonstrates how to give your images a human touch using Exposure, make tack-sharp enlargements with Blow Up, and explore the endless possibilities of turning your photos into handcrafted paintings with Snap Art. By the end, you’ll see how all of the new integration features work between all our award-winning photo apps.

Photos: April MilaniJohn Barclay, Tony Sweet

In this lesson, I’ll be using Exposure as a photo manager to take advantage of its RAW support and nondestructive editing. You may also use each of the bundle apps as plug-ins to Lightroom or Photoshop. Visit our website for tutorials that cover working with the product in those situations, as well as in-depth tutorials for each app in the bundle.


Launch the bundle by opening Exposure, the centerpiece of the product. This is where you organize, edit, and launch the other apps in the bundle.

Exposure is a full-featured photo editor that handles your entire photography workflow from beginning to end. Start using Exposure when copying images from cards, then categorize your images with flags, ratings, and labels. Exposure enables you to organize your photos by sorting and filtering, and you can quickly find the exact image you’re looking for by using Exposure’s image metadata search tools.

To begin, select a photo by navigating with the folder panel on the left dock. Click the disclosure arrow next to the folder to reveal any subfolders inside. To view a folder’s contents, simply click on its name. Double click on the thumbnail of the image you want to edit to view the image at full size. One nice thing about Exposure’s design is that all your editing and organizing occurs in the same UI. You don’t need to navigate to different user interface modules.

I’ll scroll through the presets panel, located just below the folders panel. Exposure’s library of carefully curated presets makes quick work of editing your photos. Use them to apply a look that’s an accurate reproduction of a classic, modern, or vintage film, or an entirely new creative look, to your photo. Hover over preset thumbnails to see how it will look when applied to your image. When you find a look that you like, click to apply it.

Exposure’s presets are great on their own, but they are also useful as starting points for your own looks. If you want to adjust your image further, you can use the powerful editing tools in each of the panels on the right-hand dock. The Basic panel, for example, provides controls to adjust exposure, contrast, and saturation.

We cover all of Exposure’s editing panels in our library of tutorial videos. You can also learn about Exposure’s photo management tools in our organizing videos.

Artistic Natural Media Effects Using Snap Art

To apply natural media looks like oil paint and watercolor, right-click on your image in Exposure and select Edit in / Edit copy in Alien Skin Snap Art. You can also select multiple images, and batch edit them.

A list of natural media types appears in the Presets panel.

If you’re not sure where to start, click the Effects Tour for a quick preview of each of the 11 categories.

When you see an effect you like, click on the preview thumbnail to apply it to your image.

To enlarge the preview thumbnails, collapse the Editing panel and expand the Presets panel. This makes it easy to scroll through large-size previews of all the different natural media looks.

After selecting a preview, you can refine it by using the editing panels in the right dock. We suggest starting at the top and working your way down.

When you save your edits, they’re saved into the same folder as the original image, and are visible in Exposure.

Sharp Image Resizing Using Blow Up

To access the Blow Up image enlargement tools, right-click on your image in Exposure and choose Edit Copy in… Alien Skin Blow Up. You can also batch select multiple images. When enlarging, you’re likely preparing images for print, so it’s best to make a copy that is used for that purpose.

To the left is the thumbnail navigator image and the User Settings panel. In the center are zooming and panning controls. On the right side are the adjustment tools. These include a button for each resizing mode: Crop & Resize, Resize, and Stretch.

Crop & Resize is especially useful because it crops your image to proportionally fill the output. It places the crop area over the most interesting part of your image. You can fine tune this location easily.

Resize mode resizes your image while retaining its original proportions, without cropping or stretching.

Stretch mode forces your image to fit the output size. This is best used when your output size and photo size are nearly identical.

After you’ve picked your mode, choose your document size.

You can make refinements like adding grain and sharpening your image for output, which compensates for ink diffusion on paper.

If you’re planning to edit an image using each app in the Exposure Bundle, it’s best to apply the Snap Art natural media effects after you’ve enlarged your image using Blow Up. This will give the sharpest looking output.