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Exposure Editing - Customizing the Workspace

The arrangement of the workspace can drastically impact your experience editing photos. That’s precisely why Exposure provides customization tools which give you full control over the size and position of elements on the screen. This tutorial demonstrates how to create an interface layout that flows with your style of working.

Photo: Great Bear Media


Customizing Panels

The panels, such as Basic, Color, and Metadata live within the docks on the left and right side of Exposure’s window. These side docks are divided into upper and lower sections, providing four separate quadrants for locating panels. Right click on a quadrant to configure its contents.

The check marks indicate whether a panel is visible or not. Select a panel from this list to show or hide it.

The options, Show all, Hide all, Expand all, and Collapse all, apply to all the panels within that quadrant. Solo Mode only allows a single panel to be open at a time, which is a great solution for smaller monitors.

To change the arrangement of your panels, select ‘Customize Panels.’ The quadrants in this view represent Exposure’s left and right docks. Drag and drop to change the order of the panels, or move them between quadrants. Click a panel name to toggle it visible or hidden. Hidden panel names will have a strikethrough. 

At the bottom of the panel is the option to Reset to Defaults. This will revert the UI configuration to the default positions and values.

Managing Docks

Hiding the docks devotes more of the screen to your image, keeping you in the creative zone. When docks are hidden, you can still access them by moving your cursor near the edge of the window. When you move your mouse off of the docks, they will hide themselves again. The docks can be locked open with the arrow button at the edge of the screen.

Show and hide docks quickly with keyboard shortcuts. TAB toggles close and open all open docks. Toggle individual docks with or Ctrl, Shift, and an arrow key. For example, the left dock can be closed with ⌘+Shift left arrow, or Ctrl+Shift+left arrow on Windows.

Multiple Monitors

A second monitor provides more room to work. This enables viewing images at full size on one screen, with the grid and all the editing tools on the other. To activate the secondary display use ⌘+F11, Ctrl+F11 on Windows.

Independently toggle the displays to full screen with ⌘+F, and ⌘+Shift+F, and for Windows users with Ctrl+F, and Ctrl+Shift+F.

The docks can be moved to the screen you prefer to work. From the top menu, select Window, then Customize Windows to access the controls. Selecting options here will relocate the docks to the second screen.