Exposure X4

Discover a New World of Creativity

Exposure is the award-winning RAW photo editor and organizer that enables you to create beautiful images and master your workflow.

For over a decade, Exposure has helped photographers bring their images to life with unmatched creative tools. Exposure also offers powerful organizing tools, fast performance, an intuitive design, and a subscription-free approach. It’s the only software you need to handle all your photo editing work.

New features in Exposure X4 include:

Improved shadow and highlight recovery to get the most detail from your images

Fully adjustable light effects that can be freely rotated and moved

Transform tools to easily correct tilted or skewed perspectives

Smart collections
 that help you automatically organize your photo library

Monitored folders for tethered shooting so you can edit and cull during a shoot

X4.5 Update Look Up Table (LUT) support for adding new creative looks from industry standard LUT effects

X4.5 Update Redesigned Copy Photos from Card tool adds visual browsing and selection of files to be copied

X4.5 Update Configurable keyboard shortcuts ease access to frequently used tools

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Exposure’s legendary presets and powerful editing tools help you transform your photos and get the most from your RAW files.

Gorgeous Editing

Exposure has all the non-destructive editing tools you need to create beautiful images. You’ll find fast retouching tools, powerful and easy to use layering tools, and a variety of gorgeous special effects.

Exceptional Processing © Andrea Livieri

Exceptional Processing

Exposure’s RAW processing engine provides exceptional quality, making your photos look their best. You’ll find outstanding performance in all the key areas of image processing, including:

  • Highlight and shadow recovery
  • Noise reduction
  • Sharpening
  • Color toning and white balance
  • Adjustments to hue, saturation, and brightness of specific colors
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Beautiful Looks

Exposure is legendary for its selection of beautiful customizable presets, which span the entire history of film and beyond. Choose from hundreds of tasteful looks that include authentic color and B&W film presets, then customize them and create your own. You can apply them in a single click, or use Exposure’s fast layering and advanced brushing tools to seamlessly blend them together.

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Uninterrupted Creativity

Exposure speeds you into the creative editing zone so you can efficiently create stunning images. Complete all of your work in a single customizable interface, where every tool you need is visible. Use innovative viewing and audition features to quickly cull your images and apply your favorite presets.

Lightning-fast Organization

Cruise through your photo organizing and quickly find your images — no matter how how large your photo library

Instant Access © Scott Stulberg

Instant Access

Exposure’s speed enables you to start editing photos quickly. Navigate to your files and begin working immediately. There’s no waiting for slow imports to finish. Use Exposure’s flexible copy tool to copy images from a camera card, organizing with keywords or collections in one step.

Intuitive Management © Scott Stulberg

Intuitive Management

Exposure has all the organizing tools you need to easily manage your photo library. Because Exposure uses the same folder structure as your computer and doesn’t use complicated catalogs, you’ll immediately be familiar with using Exposure to organize your files. Your files are still available to you if you move or rename them outside of Exposure.

Efficient Categorizing

Efficient Categorizing

Keywords, collections and smart collections, tagging, and ratings help you quickly find your best images and keep your library organized. Exposure’s robust metadata capabilities help you stay on track by enabling you to categorize your photos at any level of detail you like. Build smart collections that then automatically group photos based on criteria you select.

Exposure is the only photo editor designed from the ground up for accurate film emulation and gorgeous creative photo effects. The unmatched quality of Exposure’s creative tools is why today’s best photographers use Exposure to achieve their own stunning looks.

Exposure X4 is the culmination of over 25 years of experience creating award-winning image editing software.

Exposure combines outstanding image processing quality, unmatched presets, stunning creative tools and special effects, and powerful organizing tools. It packs this power into a customizable interface that is responsive and easy to use, making it the only photo editor and organizer you need.

RAW Support
Complete non-destructive RAW photo editor

PS and LR plugin support
Photoshop and Lightroom plug-in support included

Black and white support
Black-and-white processing

Non-destructive Editing
Non-destructive layers

keywords and collections
Keywords, collections, and smart collections

virtual copies
Virtual copies

selective retouching
Selective adjustments

Portrait retouching
Portrait retouching

500+ presets
500+ customizable presets

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Legendary Service

When you purchase Exposure, you benefit from using a stable, reliable product. One that you can count on for any type of photography workflow.

We’ve been developing award-winning, advanced image processing software since 1993, and are known for our industry-leading software and fantastic customer support.

If you ever need assistance, we’re here for you. Our tutorials page offers many helpful videos and articles. Our support team is fast, friendly, and knowledgeable. If you ever have a question, you’ll always be communicating with a real person.

I shouldn’t be surprised that the customer service is first rate because the software you market is among the very best out there.

Eric Berendt

Press Mentions

To learn what industry photographers and journalists think of Exposure, check out these recent reviews.

“Exposure X4 from Alien Skin does everything you’d expect from a high-end editor, things like PSD support, Mac and 64-bit Win compatibility, integration as a PS plug-in, etc., and it does everything fast.”


“Exposure X4 is certainly very responsive, more so than Adobe’s other competitors. The new ability in Exposure X4 to populate smart collections with (keywords) is a real, time-saving bonus.”

Life After Photoshop

“Exposure X4 gets a five-star rating because it’s powerful, effective and engaging and used with care and subtlety it can produce hauntingly beautiful images. It can help recapture the emotion in photography that’s so easily lost in a world of histograms, megapixels and lab charts.”

Professional Photographer Magazine

“If you’re looking for a non-destructive editor with solid raw processing capabilities and a quick, easy workflow, take Exposure X3 for a spin.”


We thoroughly test and support Exposure X4 on the systems listed. While Exposure X4 may also work on other configurations, we do not guarantee it.

  • Apple Mac: OS X Yosemite (10.10) or newer
  • Microsoft Windows: Windows 7 64-bit or newer
  • An Intel Core 2 processor with SSE4 support or compatible
  • A monitor with 1280×768 resolution or greater

Exposure X4 is a complete photo editing and organizing solution. It can also be used as a creative editing plug-in. The plug-in requirements are as follows:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 or newer
  • Adobe Lightroom 6 or Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 or newer
  • TIFF, JPEG, DNG, PSD (that have Maximize Compatibility turned on)
  • Exposure supports a wide range of RAW camera formats.
  • Exposure automatically corrects lens distortion for many camera lenses.