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Imerge Pro Features and Specifications

All features

Imerge Pro interface with Skyfall-inspired photoshoot of man and woman in formal outfits

Platform & workflow

Imerge Pro is layer-based, GPU-accelerated image compositing software, making performance astonishingly fast, even on high-resolution images. Some of the unique features of Imerge Pro include:

Non-destructive

Nothing is baked in. Imerge Pro keeps your changes live and your color data RAW. Retain the full range of colors and gradients in that 16-bit California sunset throughout the editing process.

RAW processing

Imerge Pro has a powerful bespoke RAW engine that gets the best out of your images. Custom-built and GPU accelerated, it gives you lightning-fast speed when importing any RAW images.

RAW image correction

Use automatic pixel defect correction to locate and correct dead or blown-out pixels, and use RAW data to correct noise-reduction on loading.

Your files at your fingertips

Imerge Pro’s unique home screen automatically finds all the projects on your system, so you can open them and get started easily.

Project templates or custom setup

Quickly choose from presets, or set your own canvas resolution and shape.

Color depth

All image processing is done in 16-bit float color depth.

Grouping

Group layers together to organize your project, alter how your final composites are rendered, and even put a mask over a whole group of images at once.

Intuitive tools

The straighten tool gives you the ability to draw your ideal horizontal horizon and then rotate the image accordingly. Pair this with the Layout tools, which allow you to align different elements in your scene without any fuss.

Second monitor preview

Impress clients and passing customers at shows with a clean, full quality preview on a second screen, with all interface elements hidden.

Import formats

  • Standard formats including: JPEG, PNG.
  • High-quality formats including: TIFF, RAW.
  • Specialist formats including: EXR (single-layer RGBA), HDR & PSD (flattened).

Image presets

Use presets to replicate the effect you want quickly. Export your presets to share with the community and import your favorites for your next project.

Export formats

You can adjust the following file formats to control the exported image’s compression: JPEG, TIFF, PNG.

Export formats also include: PSD/PSB and HitFilm Composite Shot, allowing you to export your Imerge project as layers to be opened in Photoshop or HitFilm, respectively.

Users are also able to manually specify the dimensions to resize an image (or images) to upon export out of the following options: Width & Height, Megapixels, Percentage, Long edge, Short edge, and Match layer.

We support metadata

Stored metadata including: EXIF, XMP & IPTC.

Batch processing

Layer content

Layers can be made up of multiple images and will provide the ability to export every image combination.

Multiple outputs

Export a number of delivery formats so your content is client-ready or Instagram-ready from the get-go.

Content variations

Give yourself ultimate freedom – export multiple backgrounds, foregrounds, and text layers to create hundreds of different iterations.

Hot folders

Set any folder on your system as a ‘Hot folder’. Adding images to the hot folder will automatically add them to the content variations within the specified project. This will be very useful for batch-processing and so most relevant to portrait, family, and product photographers.

Built-in keying effects

Chroma Key

Look, no hands! Throw out the rotobrush and let Imerge Pro do all the hard work for you. Never slave over erasing fine hairs or lace detail again.

Color Difference Key

Use this great effect with images that contain transparent or semi-transparent areas, such as smoke, shadows, or glass, for a detailed and realistic key.

Color Match Background

Adjust the tones of your image to match your background for an easier and more realistic composite.

Light Wrap

Keep your green screen composites looking super realistic. Light wrap adds realism to your subject by simulating light sources in the background, wrapping around the edges.

Luminance Key

Remove fire and explosions from black or white backgrounds with the intelligently designed Luminance Key. Let it select the pixels that need to be semi-transparent and see results instantly.

Matte Cleaner

Refine and adjust the results of your keying effects in a variety of ways, to improve the edges of the key.

Spill Removal

No use crying over spilled green screen. Don’t be afraid of the dreaded green shadow again with automatic Spill Suppression that neutralizes the shade and removes any unwanted spill.

Remove Color Matting

Eliminates halos from the edges of composited elements where the background has been removed. When a composited element has unwanted color around the edges, you can use Remove Color Matting to eliminate it while still retaining transparency in those edge areas.

Remove Stock Background

Allowing you to remove both black and white backgrounds from stock images easily. An advanced Luminance Key and Demult/Unmult effect built into one easy-to-use tool.

Intelligent masks

Masking is used to manually create a matte used to determine which parts of a layer are visible. Practically, this means that masks can be used to cut holes in your layers, but that’s not all – they can also be used to define where a filter is applied! Mask around just the eyes, or alter the sky’s exposure in a landscape quickly and easily.

There are 5 types of masks available in Imerge Pro:

Gradient

Easily fade images together, fade to black and white, fade text or even create a photo reflection with a gradient mask.

Area

Use an area mask to hide portions of a layer and reveal the layers below. Perfect for combining multiple photos into a single image or getting rid of unwanted details.

Vector

Imerge Pro’s vector masks are not pixel-based, and as a result, are much more accurate.

Image Luminance (intelligent)

This incredible feature breaks an image down into channels of luminosity so that users can mask based on how bright or dark an area is.

Image Color Selection (intelligent)

Much like luminosity, image color selection breaks an image down into color ranges so that users can easily mask specific selections based on color.

Brush Mask

Manually paint in a mask with your mouse or stylus, adjust the brush size, and hardness to fine-tune areas with ease.

Creative filters & effects

Black & White

Convert your image to black and white, or reduce the saturation of your image. Imerge Pro’s black and white tool gives you full control over the luminosity of specific colors in your image, so you can dial in the exact results you desire.

Bleach Bypass

Based on a technique originating in film processing where the bleaching step was completely or partially skipped during development. Bleaching typically serves the purpose of removing silver emulsion from the film. The result is a dramatic image with high contrast and low saturation.

Channel Viewer

Quickly exchange individual channels in your image into other results. They are typically used as a diagnostic tool inspecting a particular color space channel from an image.

Chromatic Aberration

Sometimes known as ‘color fringing,’ it creates an offset between the image’s color channels. Perfect for adding a rainbow edge to your areas of contrast, helping your image pop.

Clarity

This effect allows you to manipulate the local contrast in an image.

Clip and Knockout Blend Modes

Both blend modes are perfect for integrating text into a shot, providing professional titling and stylized text options for publications, web development, and portfolios.

Clone Stamp

Use a brush to clone certain portions of your image and scale, rotate, or flip the resulting image to better fit the target area.

Clouds

Generate a randomized fractal pattern simulating the appearance of clouds. This is most commonly combined with other effects to produce computer-generated patterns and textures.

Color Adjustment

Your image can be altered with this tool to correct colors when required, or to alter colors for artistic effect.

Color Overlay

Adds a specified color to all the pixels in an image without affecting the alpha channel, so your image’s shape is retained, and only the color will change. This can be useful for making silhouettes or for more creative graphical images that have an alpha channel.

Colorize Black and White

Bring old black and white images into the modern era with the powerful and customizable Colorize Black and White effect that allows you to define the level of detail and color; bringing history to life has never been easier.

Curves

Curves are a powerful tool for adjusting colors and tones within your image. The graph displays a histogram of all the values present in the currently selected channel. The diagonal line is the curve you will edit, and it represents the relationship between the input values and output values of your image.

Dehaze

Add or remove mist or haze from your shots. Create spooky-looking scenes, or turn a gray sky clear with a single slider. Dehaze estimates each item’s distance in your image from the camera and adds or removes white based on this distance along with the amount you specify.

Directional Blur

This effect blurs the image in a specific, user-defined direction.

Displacement

Distort your selected background based on the color, or the tonal data. Fully customizable and perfect for quick changes.

Dynamic Contrast

Selectively adjust fine, medium, and large-scale contrast in an image independently of each other. Useful for retouching surfaces (particularly skin) without losing fine details.

Exposure

Benefit from all the flexibility and power of working with RAW when editing that cloudy landscape image. The Exposure effect recovers blown-out highlights in the sky with a simple slider.

Focus Stacking

Merge several images at different focal lengths to show the subject in full clarity.

Gaussian Blur

A simple blur that blends each pixel with the surrounding pixels to a radius defined by the user.

Glow

A totally customizable effect, allowing you to easily alter your Glow’s radius, exposure, threshold, and Style.

Gradient Map

Applies a color gradient across the tones in your image. This effect can create stylized color effects or, with different blend modes, create custom color grades.

Grain

Adding grain to your images can be useful for various purposes, including matching existing grain in other elements of a composite, artificially aging an image for artistic purposes. Grain is similar to noise but more organic in nature.

Halftone

Stylize any image into a comic-book-style dot-print. Adjust resolution, threshold, or use multiple layers for the authentic feel of a slightly misaligned CMYK print.

HDR Merge

Combine multiple images taken at different exposures for the perfect, dynamic lighting result.

Healing Brush

Intelligently ‘heal’ areas of your image using a reference point to clean up litter, imperfections, or unwanted objects.

Highpass

This traditional highpass filter is built into Imerge Pro to give you the power to keep details while evening out gradients. As the building block of many retouching techniques, you can mix it with the Highpass Sharpen effect to sharpen up isolated areas of the image.

Hue Colorize

Adds a single hue to the image while retaining all luminance data. Use it to colorize black and white images or on colored images where you need to replace the color with a single hue.

Inner Glow

Applies a glow effect to the inside of the layer’s edges. The glow is applied as a gradient, which fades out as it reaches farther into the image.

Invert

Invert individual channels of the image. By default, all color channels are inverted, which inverts the entire image. You can also invert specific channels individually.

Keystone Correction

Correct perspective errors in your image to ensure that vertical lines are truly vertical.

Lens Distortion

Correct or add lens distortion, vignette, sharpening, and chromatic aberration to your photos.

Levels

Levels gives you detailed information about the layer’s channel composition through the user of a Histogram Display. This histogram shows information about the image just before the effect is applied, allowing you to make adjustments to the tonality of the layer based on this information.

Leave Color

Pick a color to preserve and desaturate all other colors. Great for ‘Color Splash’ effects or striking, cinematic edits. It can also be inverted to desaturate the chosen color instead of preserving it.

Lens Blur

A comprehensive set of tools to emulate optical lens blur or ‘bokeh’, adding realistic depth-of-field to images in post-production. Lots of customization options are available for aperture shape, bloom, and more. Anamorphic lens blur can also be emulated by ‘stretching’ the lens shape along the X/Y axes.

Light Rays

Uses exposure cues in the scene to generate atmospheric light-streaks from a given source point.

Light Wrap

Keep your green screen composites looking super realistic. Light wrap adds realism to your subject by simulating light sources in the background, wrapping around the edges.

Linear Gradient

Create the perfect sunset look, or give your image some more depth with our Linear Gradient effect, which creates a gradient between selected colors.

Long Shadow

Generates a cast shadow based on the shape of your layer.

LUT (look-up table)

Look Up Tables (LUTs) are files that store a specific map for color adjustment and allow you to quickly apply a pre-defined color grade or adjustment to your layer.

Magnify

Magnify, bulge, or ‘pinch’ a selected circular or elliptical area with various customization options.

Matte Cleaner

Refine and adjust the results of your keying effects in various ways to improve the edges of the key.

Multi-Point Gradient

Generates a gradient with any number of points across a 2D plane. Use Voronoi mode to switch to a closest-point solid shape blending mode.

Noise

Adding noise to your images can be useful for various purposes, including matching existing noise in other elements of a composite, artificially aging or distressing an image, or artistic purposes.

Outer Glow

Applies a glow effect to the outside of the layer’s edges. The glow is applied as a gradient, which fades out as it reaches farther from the image’s edges. Perfect for simulating a sun or light.

Outline

Creates a solid line along the edges of the layer.

Pattern Overlay

Enables you to apply another image as an overlay onto the layer contents. The selected image is applied as a tile pattern, so it always fills the entire layer.

Pixelate

Go full FBI with the Pixelate effect. Hide someone’s identity or a number plate on a car by selecting a specific area, making it look far lower resolution, and blowing up the pixels’ size.

Quad Warp

Reposition the corners of a layer individually to alter its perspective or the scale of its contents non-uniformly. The effect provides controls for each corner and edge of the layer.

Radial Gradient

Perfect for that sunny look, use a radial gradient to change a central color to another color at the gradient’s outer edge.

Remove Color Matting

Eliminates halos from the edges of composited elements where the background has been removed. When a composited element has unwanted color around the edges, you can remove that color while still retaining transparency in those edge areas.

Rotational Motion Blur

A simulated motion blur based on the rotational movement of the layer.

Saturation Editor

The saturation editor is optimized for fine-tuning the intensity of each color in the layer. It uses a curve to control the saturation of different colors.

Scan Lines

Creates a consistent pattern of light and dark lines, effectively replicating the look of television or other electronic displays or creating a pattern for graphic purposes.

Sharpen

Increase micro-contrast around fine edges on the image, which causes the edges to stand out more and appear to be in sharper focus.

Split Toning

Create cinematic color grades by applying a separate hue to your highlights and/or shadows. Adjust strength and highlight/shadow balance for different effects or lock the relative position on the color wheel to maintain color harmony while adjusting hues.

Straighten Tool

Draw your ideal horizontal horizon, and then rotate the image accordingly. Pair this with the Layout tools, which allow you to align different elements in your scene without any fuss.

Surface Blur

This effect locates edges within the layer and applies a blur to the areas between the edges while leaving the edge detail intact.

Threshold

Convert your image to a two-tone color scheme by turning your darkest areas into one color and the brightest areas to another.

Tone Coloring

Tone coloring applies hue shifts to specific tonal ranges of your layer. Unlike Color Adjustment, which applies adjustments based on color selections, Tone coloring alters color based on tonal selections or luminosity.

Vignette

Subtly or dramatically darken the edges of your frame using this effect. Vignettes help naturally draw the viewer’s eye toward the center of the frame and your subject.

White Balance

Correct the color of inaccurate whites with this tool. You can also use it to warm or cool the colors in the image overall. You can manually correct the white balance using the temperature and tint sliders, but it is usually faster and more effective to start by setting the neutral color.

Zoom Blur

This effect works by blurring the image outward from a specified center point, creating a similar effect to quickly extending a zoom lens during the exposure.

System specs

Imerge Pro is multi-core and GPU accelerated. For the best performance it’s recommended to update your GPU drivers to the latest version before running Imerge Pro.

Apple

macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 10.14 Mojave, or 10.13 High Sierra.

Windows

Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

Internet connection

Required for online activation.

Processor

Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or AMD equivalent

RAM

4GB (8 GB Recommended)

Graphics card

2048MB graphics memory for projects up to 24MP. 4GB+ for projects over 24MP.

  • Windows
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000 (GT2) (2012)
    • NVIDIA GeForce 600 Series (2012)
    • AMD R7 Series (2013)
  • Apple
    • Dedicated cards from 2012 onwards
  • OpenGL 4.1 and OpenCL 1.2 support
Film production crew on film set

Free training & support

Imerge Pro comes with a range of free training resources to support you. While you learn, our online support systems are ready to provide you with technical guidance.

Dedicated support team

The FXhome support team provides technical, customer, and sales support throughout the workweek. Those who own Imerge Pro are entitled to 12 months of free support from the date of purchase. Raise a support ticket to get the help you require – https://fxhome.com/ask

Free video tutorials

The FXhome YouTube channel contains hundreds of videos educating our users on different FXhome software. Take a look at the Imerge Pro playlist to see our newest tutorials.

Online community forum

If you’re looking for hands-on tips and tricks and can’t wait for another tutorial to come out, our forum is the place to be. With an extremely active and friendly community of users, you’ll have the answers you need in no time.

Reference manual

All software comes with a comprehensive guide showing each and every feature and how they can be used – https://fxhome.com/reference-manuals/imerge-pro