Alien Skin's Exposure X4.5 is Now Available

Alien Skin's Exposure X4.5 is Now Available

On the 2nd of April Alien Skin Software announced the release of a major update to their already feature rich non-destructive raw photo editor, Exposure X4. The new update, Exposure X4.5, promises some meaty new enhancements.

The Three Most Significant Updates Include

Support for LUTs

While presets have been around for some time, LUTs, or Look Up Tables, are a rather new feature for raw photo editors, as they are normally used to help color grade video. The ability to apply LUTs as separate layers — which are freely available on the internet or to be purchased from third parties— to photos opens up new flexible and creative avenues to the user.

A Redesigned "Copy Photos From Card" Function

This allows photographers to quickly select which images they want to import by displaying visual previews at the source location. Not only that, but photographers can now select a variety of source and destination options. Both of these updates can significantly speed up workflow by allowing users to begin editing as soon a the image copy begins.

Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts

The ability to assign a shortcut keystroke to suit your workflow for editing, organizing, or navigating. A Lightroom keyboard shortcut preset is included for those who are migrating from Lightroom to Exposure.

Dramatic mountain scene, edited in exposure x4.5 featuring their new LUT support function for photographers

A preview of the new LUT support feature in the Alien Skin's Latest Update to Exposure, Exposure X4.5.

Alien Skin's CEO, Finley Lee, has this to say about their new update: 

Exposure X4.5 delivers features that are among the most requested by our customers and that make Exposure an even more powerful and complete editing and organizing solution.

Other Updates in Exposure X4.5 Include

New light leak overlays: Including two new categories; Lens Flare and Haze. 

Collection membership for images: These can now be found in the Metadata panel, allowing photographers to view the full list of collections that an image belongs to.

Support for additional cameras and lenses from:

  • Fujifilm
  • Canon
  • Sony
  • Leica
  • Olympus
  • Panasonic
  • Nikon
  • DJI

More: User-requested workflow refinements including additional photo sizing options when exporting, new keyboard shortcuts, and more.   

Pricing and Availability

Exposure X4.5 is now available for $119 from the Alien Skin store on alienskin.com. The update is free for those who already own Exposure X4. A reduced upgrade price is available to owners of previous versions of Exposure. 

A thirty-day free trail of Exposure, which includes all its features, is available here.

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9 Comments

user-206807's picture

LUTs are what I actually miss more in Lightroom (and also a simpler way to manage them in Photoshop)

LUTs are available in LR and called “profiles”.

user-206807's picture

It is not exactly the same thing: a LUT is a LUT, a profile is a profile.
From my point of view the main problem is a problem of standard.
LUTs use universal standard formats (.cube .3DL etc.) common to various image/video editing software.
The LR profiles don't use a universal standard format, it uses a non standard .dcp format (and this is just absurd in 2019).
Lightroom cannot read the standard LUT formats (.cube .3DL etc.).
You can make a LR profile from a LUT, but it is an enough long (complex) process to convert the LUT in profile (I did some).

• A tricky way to use LUTs in Lightroom: https://www.wimarys.com/using-lut-lightroom/
• Conversion From LUT to Profile using 3D LUT Creator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWQ_7qyyrm4

• Conversion using Photoshop and Camera Raw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFniYyiAV_w

Motti Bembaron's picture

True. I tried creating LUT's for LR and it's a long process.

Luke Adams's picture

LUTS work very well in Lightroom.

user-206807's picture

See my answer above

Przemek Lodej's picture

Exposure is awesome. Been using it for 2 years now. Who needs LR?

Greg Wilson's picture

Me. In LR I have catalog + RNI with custom camera profiles and quality film simulation on top. Exposure is also good but its output looks heavy-handed compared to LR+RNI. But Exposure is also cheaper... Horses for courses I guess.

I still unfortunately pay for LR for the mobile app. Seems to be the only one that let's me work with my ARW raw files without issue or processing to DNG first. :(