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Learn how to launch other programs as external editors in Exposure. Integrating all your tools into one central post-processing tool is one of the great benefits to using Exposure as the centerpiece of your workflow.

Photo: Jimmy Beech, Jenn Aan


Exposure provides a complete set of tools for your photography workflow. But if you have other tools that you would like to use, it’s possible to launch them as external editors from Exposure. This video will show you how to add applications as external editors to Exposure.

To launch an image in another program, right click on it in the grid view, then choose Edit in… or Edit Copy in…, and select the program you want to launch from the menu. Edit Copy in… is our recommended choice because it first copies the image, which ensures that you keep any adjustments or effects you applied with Exposure. Choosing Edit in… sends the image to the other program without Exposure’s adjustments.

If you own the Exposure Bundle, Snap Art and Blow Up are automatically set up as external editors when you install it. Also, Exposure’s installer automatically sets up Photoshop as an external editor if it’s found on your system.

You can also set up other tools that work as external editors for Lightroom, like the Google Nik Collection. Here’s how.

Controls for managing external editors are found in Exposure’s preferences panel. On a Mac, go to the Exposure X2 menu, then choose Preferences to open the panel. Windows users choose the Edit menu. You can also use the keyboard with +, / Ctrl+, .

When the Preferences panel appears, select the External Editors pane. The external app needs to be installed on your computer before you can set it up as an external editor.

To set up a new External Editor, press the Add (+) button on the top of the panel. Then navigate to the application and press Open to set the path. After the path is set, you can change the name of the entry if needed. Remove older or unused external editors with the Remove (--) button.

You can designate a favorite external application. This enables access to the app you choose with the keyboard shortcuts +F10 for Edit in… or Shift++F10 for Edit Copy in…

In the bottom section of the panel, you can designate the file type, quality, and color space for copied images. These settings control how a copy of the photo is produced  when you use the Edit Copy in… option. For the best quality, we recommend using a 16-bit TIFF in the ProPhoto RGB color space. You can choose JPEG or PSD as the output file format if your external editor doesn’t support TIFF, and other color space options are available if the external editor doesn’t support the ProPhoto color space.