Ex­po­sure x4

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An all-in-one so­lu­tion for im­age man­age­ment and ed­its

A ren­der is al­most never the fi­nal step in an im­age’s life. Of­ten there will be grading to do, or com­posit­ing, or both. Some­times you may sim­ply need to ex­port a few ver­sions for dif­fer­ent end uses, such as adding to a port­fo­lio, send­ing to a client or shar­ing on so­cial me­dia. It’s tempt­ing to think that the best course of ac­tion is to use mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ca­tions to do all this, when in ac­tual fact there is one piece of soft­ware that could han­dle the heavy lift­ing.

Ex­po­sure X4 is an im­age man­age­ment and edit­ing so­lu­tion that takes many of these tasks and rolls them into a cre­ative work­flow that is truly ele­gant and log­i­cal. Within one in­tu­itive in­ter­face you can com­plete ev­ery­thing from im­port to colour cor­rec­tion and ex­port. Yes it may look fa­mil­iar to those who use Light­room but it dif­fers in a few key ar­eas. Firstly it never touches or du­pli­cates your images. It adds meta­data to store ed­its, leav­ing your im­age un­touched on your drive, sav­ing space and mean­ing you can pass on ed­its to an­other per­son more eas­ily.

There are no ‘rooms’ here, as ev­ery­thing takes place in one space. You can im­port a lo­ca­tion (the file lo­ca­tion not the ac­tual im­age) and save var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, like ex­ter­nal drives, as a book­mark for ease of nav­i­ga­tion. There are end­less view op­tions, as well as rat­ing and flag­ging tools, to help you de­fine searches and cat­e­gorise your li­brary, view­ing ei­ther singly or in mul­ti­ples, along with be­fore and af­ter op­tions, side by sides, preview ed­its and pre­sets.

Which brings us to one of the main el­e­ments of Ex­po­sure: its pre­set li­brary. Whether you are work­ing with pho­tos or ren­ders, these pre­sets of­fer a host of dif­fer­ent looks and feels, from sub­tle to ex­treme, in­clud­ing many film sim­u­la­tion modes that can re­ally help to

make a clean and crisp ren­der feel more or­ganic, with lovely tone falloffs and film re­sponses. There are a bunch of more over-the-top choices but ev­ery one is made from the edit­ing op­tions Ex­po­sure of­fers, mak­ing them easy to dial in ex­actly as needed. Bet­ter yet is that Ex­po­sure of­fers a full layer sys­tem, en­abling you to add stacked ed­its, bal­anc­ing them eas­ily with layer opac­ity.

On the right side is the man­ual edit­ing panel, which houses fa­mil­iar slider sets such as hue and sat­u­ra­tion and chan­nel mix­ers, but also some more ex­pres­sive op­tions like over­lays, bor­ders and bokeh ef­fects, mak­ing Ex­po­sure a re­ally cre­ative tool and one that can take a sim­ple im­age and get the best from it.

Stay­ing or­gan­ised with an ever-in­creas­ing port­fo­lio can be tricky for even the most dili­gent of artists, so any help is wel­come. Pleas­ingly Ex­po­sure as­sists in this area too with smart col­lec­tions, which can be set up us­ing var­i­ous qual­i­fiers, from sim­ple rat­ings to meta­data or key­words. This makes hunt­ing for any im­age quick and easy.

Ex­po­sure X4 is all about do­ing things ef­fi­ciently and that re­ally shines through in use. The learn­ing curve is al­most non-ex­is­tent, with ev­ery­thing laid out neatly and the UI helps rather than hin­ders. The edit­ing process is fa­mil­iar but slicker and more fluid than other op­tions, even on older ma­chines with less pro­cess­ing power be­hind them, and even when work­ing with large RAW files from the lat­est cam­eras or ren­ders of a larger res­o­lu­tion and colour depth.

Ex­po­sure X4 is sim­ply the best all-in-one so­lu­tion for man­ag­ing and edit­ing images in a non-de­struc­tive way, with an ele­gant in­ter­face and log­i­cal pro­cesses.

ver­dict

Bot­tom: Find­ing and view­ing images is sim­ple, with many qual­i­fiers to aid searches, from colour codes, to rat­ings and flags

Be­low (mid­dle): ex­port­ing from ex­po­sure X4 is easy, with op­tions bro­ken down into log­i­cal at­tributes, as well as a pre­set sys­tem

Be­low (top): the in­ter­face of ex­po­sure X4 is clean and in­tu­itive, for a gen­tle learn­ing curve and ease of on­go­ing use

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