Alien Skin just released the new version of their flagship Exposure software, adding features like a Histogram, History panel, and Spot Heal tool that make it a much more powerful stand-alone RAW photo editor than ever before.
The update was launched this week during Photokina, and it’s one of the bigger single updates the Exposure software has gotten. Exposure X2 can be used as a plugin for Lightroom or Photoshop, but this update is clearly hoping to eliminate as much back-and-forth as possible, making Exposure a more complete solution in and of itself.
Case in point: the headline feature Alien Skin added to Exposure X2 is the Spot Heal tool. No more need to go into Photoshop or Lightroom. Here’s a before and after, showing how the Spot Heal tool was used to remove some baby acne in this newborn portrait by photographer Tara Ruby:
Other new features added in the X2 update include a Histogram, a History panel, improved metadata search that lets you find photos by ISO, shutter speed, or camera model, and a new set of presets that capture that very du jour “Faded” look.
German wedding photographer Lukas Piatek edited this beautiful portrait using one of those new Faded presets:
“Exposure X2 continues to evolve, offering significant new features that enable photographers of all skill levels to work efficiently, and stay in their creative zone,” says Alien Skin CEO Finley Lee. “It handles even the most demanding workflow, from start to finish. Including portrait retouching with spot healing tools.”
Exposure X2 is available now at the Alien Skin website for $150. If you already own a copy of Exposure, however, you’ll be able to grab the update for just $100. Click here to find out more or get a copy of your own.
Image credits: All photos courtesy of Alien Skin.