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Imerge Pro: New Features & Updates

6 updates in the last 12 months.

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Version 2021.5

Highlights

New in Imerge Pro Version 2021.5

  • Added a Median Blur effect which blurs the image using a median filter, perfect for reducing noise while maintaining structure.
  • Added a Dot Matrix effect which transforms your image into a grid of dots, reminiscent of a Dot matrix printer.
  • Added a Tile effect which allows you to quickly tile an image without the need for layer duplication.
  • Added a Reflection effect which allows you to position mirror lines, perfect for adding reflections to subjects in your composite. You can also set the number and rotation of the mirror lines to create kaleidoscopic effects.
  • Added a Cartoon effect that smooths and posterizes the image, as well as overlaying pen lines to the edges. All to give the image a cartoon-style appearance.
  • Added a Posterize effect which reduces the color detail to produce blocks of color.
  • Added a Solarize effect which creates the appearance of a film negative that has been exposed to light during development.
  • Added a Color Vibrance effect that is perfect for adding color to grayscale textures, like fractal patterns or particles.

Details

Enhancements

  • Many effects now have non-linear sliders which allows much better control over the values used most often. Making it easier to dial in your effects.
  • The Light Rays effect now has the option to set the light direction, instead of the position. Perfect for if you want the light source to be offscreen.
  • The Sharpen effect is now called Unsharp Mask, and its control ranges have been increased to allow more sharpening options.
  • Effects that have a scale or size control now have an aspect ratio lock to allow easier scaling adjustments.
  • You can now set a default canvas background color and workspace color profile in the settings.
  • Starting a project by opening an image will now set the project name to that image as well as the default save and export folder location.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an instability that could happen after performing a redo after undoing an image import and resize.
  • Fixed an issue where rotating a selection of layers after aligning them would cause some of the layers to reset.
  • You can now click, instead of just dragging, to change the light position on the light position control.
  • Fixed an issue where the orientation buttons on the export resize settings would not update correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where using a brush mask on an effect that grows the layer size would cause rendering artifacts.
  • Fixed some color banding that could occur on M1 devices.
  • Fixed some render artifacts with Clarity and LUT that could occur on M1 devices.
  • Fixed an issue where applying some effects after a Magnify or Long Shadow effect would cause incorrect renders.
  • Fixed issues with some images failing to relink when a project is loaded.
  • Fixed an issue where after relinking an image could be loaded incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where the dimensions of a layer could not be correct after it is relinked.
  • Fixed an instability that can occur with importing images via Hot folders on macOS.
  • Transparent areas of a project will no longer be converted to black when printed.
  • Fixed an issue where importing multiple layers at once would produce layer names in reverse order.
  • Fixed an issue where you couldn’t create an empty layer for Hot folders.
  • Fixed issue with the editor UI being initially wide when using the “left-hand” layout.
  • Hot folder export file names will now use a fixed number length for sequences.
  • Fixed some render inconsistencies that can occur with different downsample values.
  • Fixed an issue where you were unable to select light and dark regions using the Color Mask or Color Adjustment effect.
  • Fixed an issue where some bright regions were not being affected by the Hue Colorize effect.
  • The categories in the preset tree in the Options menu are now correctly alphabetized.
  • Improve the quality of the Bevel and Emboss effect, reducing the banding that could occur.
  • Text spacing now produces uniform spacing between characters.
  • Fixed an instability that could occur when the computer monitor configuration changes.

Imerge Pro requires Windows 10.0 64-bit (or above) or macOS 10.14 Mojave (or above).

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Version 2021.4

Details

Enhancements

  • Added resize cursor handles to the crop tool.
  • You can now delete custom export items using the keyboard.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with the luminance mask not applying correctly or logically.
  • Fixed issues with some text input dialogs not accepting some language input.
  • Fixed an issue would allow you to drag effects onto layers that they don’t support.
  • Fixed issues with the brush mask not feathering correctly.
  • Fixed an issue with effects not disappearing when the effect is deleted.
  • Fixed an issue with relinking assets on some graphics cards.
  • Fixed an issue with empty layers being created when the import fails.
  • Fixed instability when importing some corrupted assets.
  • Fixed issue where the icon for the preset files was incorrect.
  • Fixed issues with detecting if the application is running before installing/uninstalling.
  • Fixed potential issues when upgrading the application with the installer.
  • Fixed some graphical issues with Chroma Key when the Adaptive Color is in use.
  • Fixed issue with the blend-if tool not updating while it is being used.
  • Fixed issue with the Clone and Heal brushes not applying on transparent areas.
  • Fixed issues with masks and effects applying in the wrong order in very specific cases.
  • Fixed the image stretching that can occur on the font dropdown.
  • Fixed issues with the canvas controls not re-appearing when coming back from the batch tab.
  • Improved performance when the second monitor display is open.
  • Fixed an issue where you could delete batch output items when you are not on the tab.
  • Fixed issues with shortcuts disabling/enabling on the batch tab.
  • Fixed an issue where the pin toggle on the effect menu was not saved in a specific case.
  • Fixed an issue where you could accidentally delete layers when on the batch tab.
  • Removed the HFCS and PSD options from the Insert object menu when the batch tab is open.
  • Fixed some rendering issues when the effect can grow the layer.
  • Fixed a rendering issue with the Pencil Sketch effect when adjusting the background radius.
  • Fixed an issue with the text paragraph styles not copying/pasting correctly in some cases.
  • Fixed an issue where the effect add menu would open offscreen when using the left-handed UI mode.
  • The preset browser is now correctly disabled when the batch tab is open.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the canvas to move if activating pan during a selection.

Version 2021.3

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Highlights

New in Imerge Pro Version 2021.3

  • Added a preset browser sidebar with live previews of the presets that can be applied. This is used to favorite, categorise, create, update and apply effect stack presets making it much easier than before to find the look you want.
  • Updated our effect add menu to provide a faster, cleaner UI, whilst adding new features. You can now hover over effects in the list to view a preview of the effect along with a description of example use cases. The menu now also tracks and shows which effects you use, this, in combination with the new ability to favorite effects makes finding the effects you want easier.
  • Added a Caustics effect that can be used to simulate both the light and distortion effects found in water refraction.
  • Added a Color Balance effect which is used to balance the red, green and blue colors in a layer’s shadows, midtones and highlights.
  • Added an Emboss effect, which can create a colored or monochrome emboss of your layer.
  • Added an Inverted Highpass effect which is great for smoothing skin. This workflow is further assisted in this effect with the addition of an optional skin matte generation.
  • Added a Mosaic effect that turns your image into a mosaic tile pattern. This effect has multiple options to change the mosaic such as tile shape, color variation and lightning.
  • Added a Pencil Sketch effect that effortlessly converts an image into a pencil drawing, both in greyscale and full-color. There are many options for adjusting the sketch too, such as the pencil’s thickness, roughness, color, and many more.
  • Added a Roughen Edges effect to add fractal-based noise variation to the edges of an image.
  • Added a Shadows & Highlights effect which gives much finer control of adjusting the highlights and shadows of an image.

Details

Enhancements

  • Added many new default effect stack presets tailored to various image types and use cases.
  • Updated many existing effects to have more apparent default values when added to your project.
  • Improved mouse cursors for scaling layers and area masks.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where some custom cursor icons were small on High DPI monitors.
  • Fixed an issue where text capitalization would not work on some special characters such as Emojis.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes a project’s thumbnail could use an incorrect image.
  • Fixed an inconsistency where the batch tab toggle button would not swap sides when the “Left-handed” UI layout was enabled.
  • Fixed minor wording issue when deleting presets from settings.
  • Fixed some focus issues with the settings menu.
  • Fixed an issue with the Gaussian blur effect not blending correctly in alpha regions.
  • Fixed minor issue with the export preset dialog defaulting to the wrong location.
  • Fixed an issue where the preset tree in settings would collapse after importing a preset.
  • Brush and Vector masks are no longer saved in presets.
  • Fixed an issue where the Levels effect wouldn’t run on M1 devices.
  • Removed some unnecessary confirmation dialogs when deleting, restoring and importing presets.

Version 2021.2

Details

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the Saturation editor effect could not be reset in some cases.
  • Fixed a PNG export issue where transparent areas were not displaying correctly in other applications.
  • Improved the stability of the activation launcher on macOS, specifically M1 devices.
  • Fixed an issue where the export queue could get stuck if you were not activated and using specific project setups.
  • Masks on Adjustment, Group, and Solid layers now correctly update when the canvas is cropped.
  • Fixed export issues when using BMP images at low bit depth.
  • Effect stack presets can now be added correctly from the quick insert menu.
  • Fixed an issue where hot folder exporting would not start if there was a mix of empty and non-empty image layers.
  • Fixed an issue where the buy button sometimes didn’t appear when you were not activated.
  • Fixed an issue where the vertical alignment of text was flipped.
  • The vertical alignment of text is now shown while editing the text on the canvas.
  • Fixed an instability that could occur after using the layer list search.
  • Fixed an issue where Non-layered HitFilm Composite Shot exports could not work.
  • Fixed an instability that can occur during batch export after exporting a HitFilm Composite Shot.
  • The Straighten tool now correctly rotates multiple selections of layers and adheres to their anchors and position origins correctly.
  • The linear gradient control no longer creates many undo commands.
  • Fixed an issue that could occur when viewing presets in settings after downgrading your install.

Version 2021.1

Highlights

New in Imerge Pro Version 2021.1

  • Added an export queue, which allows you to see your exports much more clearly. It also allows you to continue editing while doing batch exports.
  • Layered exports, which gives the ability to export your project as individual layers.
  • More options for resizing during export, available for batch exporting and canvas exporting.
  • A tag replacement-based export rename feature allows you to specify a file pattern with tags, which are replaced per export, along with custom text.
  • Hot Folders, which will auto-import images added to a specified folder and export them as well, if the Hot Folder is running.
  • PSD/PSB export allows you to export each layer of your composite into a single PSD/PSB file and continue with it in Photoshop.
  • HitFilm Composite Shot export lets you quickly and easily take your composite and continue with it in HitFilm, including each layer with its position, scale, and rotations.
  • A new Magnify effect allows you to magnify areas on your image and controls to distort and bulge the magnification.
  • A new Leave Color effect lets you easily pick a color to retain while turning everything else black and white.
  • A new Lens Blur effect allows you to create stunning images simulating a narrow depth of fields, including vivid and highly customizable bokeh.

Details

Enhancements

  • Improved canvas export with streamlined format options and new resize and metadata options.
  • Streamlined format options on the batch output UI.
  • You can now view and edit your Image content’s metadata using the new EXIF/IPTC viewer.
  • You can now export images with vastly more metadata override options and even control which category of metadata you want to retain when copying from an existing image. 
  • Solid color layers now have colors as content items, allowing you to batch export with them like Images and Text.
  • You can now make a selection of content items when using the content variation export instead of choosing just one or all of them.
  • You can now drag images from your browser directly into Imerge.
  • You can now drag images onto the content section of an Image layer.
  • You can now import an entire folder of images in one go.
  • Added an option to Collapse all groups, effects, and masks in their respective context menus.
  • All rotation controls now include plus and minus 90 degrees buttons.
  • Updated application and project file icons.
  • Improved contrast for menus and dialog boxes.
  • Improved the look of saturation and tone coloring effect controls.
  • File picker file type dropdowns are now more logically grouped.
  • The curve control on the Curves effect now maintains a square aspect ratio for easier usage.

Bug Fixes

  • Adjusted our default output and format presets to reflect the export options better.
  • Improved the alignment process of Focus Stacking and HDR Merge.
  • Fixed an issue where some Canon RAW files were not importing correctly. 
  • Fixed an issue where closing Imerge with the activation app open would not close the activation app correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where embedded color profiles were not saving when exporting to Jpeg.
  • Fixed an issue where some Tiff files would not import correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where changing a batch output would not mark the project as having unsaved changes.
  • Fixed an issue where adding a layer via a preset would set its content variations to the single-mode.
  • Fixed an issue where changing a Bevel and Emboss contour control point would prevent you from using the contour presets.
  • Fixed an issue where changing a camera or lens for Lens corrections didn’t update until both were selected.
  • Fixed issue where the vertical alignment option for text wasn’t working correctly.
  • Fixed issue that was preventing Image Color Selection masks from disabling while you are picking a color.
  • Fixed an issue where controls on saturation editors could go out of sight and changed them to allow new points to be added and moved instantly.
  • Fixed an inconsistency where the layer rotation control would go negative instead of wrapping around.
  • Fixed an issue where Camera and Lenses for Lens corrections didn’t search correctly in some cases.
  • Fixed an issue where images that had multiple periods in their names would be displayed incorrectly.

Version 8.2

Details

Enhancements

  • Text line heights can now go below 100% to allow lines of text to overlap.
  • The Split toning effect’s saturation control has been improved, allowing you to click anywhere to set the saturation.
  • Added the ability to change brush softness from the toolbar.
  • Added shortcuts to change the scale and rotation of the Healing Brush and Clone Stamp effects.

Bug Fixes

  • Improve stability when using Imerge when a graphics tablet was present.
  • Fixed an issue where you could create invalid curves, on the Curves effect, by using the black and white tone pickers.
  • Improved the selection area for handles on the Curves and Saturation Editor effects.
  • Fixed an inconsistency where context menu actions on the layer list were enabled when they shouldn’t be.
  • Fixed some cases on macOS where it would state the wrong key in tooltips and dialogs.
  • Fixed an issue where banding could occur in dark areas when embedding a color profile on export.
  • Changed the brush toolbar inputs to scrub from left to right instead of up and down.
  • Fixed an issue on Bevel & Emboss where the contour editor wouldn’t update after performing specific actions.
  • Fixed an issue where the selected contour preset on Bevel & Emboss would change unnecessarily.
  • Fixed an issue where the Image color selection was added with one value but reset to another.

Version 8.1

Details

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the denoise option on RAW images would fail on some Nvidia cards.

Version 8.0

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Highlights

New in Imerge Pro Version 8.0

  • The text system has been completely overhauled, allowing you to have different font styles within the same block of text. In addition to this, we’ve added some more options like text outline, subscript, superscript, margins, and more.
  • A “Healing Brush” effect has been added, which lets you quickly heal areas of your image using a source point and a brush.
  • A “Clone Stamp” effect has been added, enabling you to clone parts of your image using a brush.
  • A “Dynamic Contrast” effect has been added, which allows you to selectively apply contrast to the small, medium, and large details of your image.
  • A “Split toning” effect has been added, which allows you to quickly apply two different colors to the highlights and shadows in your image.
  • A “Gradient Map” effect has been added, which allows you to blend a gradient across the tones in your image.
  • Added support for Canon CR3 RAW files.
  • Individual controls can now be reset easier by clicking its associated label once. Labels will also be highlighted if their associated control has been changed.

Details

Enhancements

  • The color gradient UI has been improved to give you more control. You can now change the end color’s position and adjust the balance between two stops using a midpoint control.
  • Text layers are now instantly editable when they are added.
  • Content text items are now shown with their full font styles applied.
  • A new downsample dropdown has been added in conjunction with a new canvas size downsample setting. Using these, you control the trade-off between editor performance and editor quality. Exports are unaffected.
  • You can now drag your mouse up/down while picking a tone in the Curves, Saturation Editor, and Black & White effects to immediately begin editing its value.
  • The Saturation Editor control handles adding new points better than before.
  • The Vignette effect now has a blend mode option and opacity slider to control how the vignette is applied.
  • Added extra canvas controls to the Keystone Correction and Quad Warp effects to make them easier to use.
  • Handles on the Curves effect’s control are no longer removed when they cross each other. And are now easier to select.

Bug Fixes

  • When a new text layer is added, the text’s size now better suits the size of your canvas.
  • Improved gradients to make their rate of change smoother.
  • Fixed an issue where some Panasonic S1 RAW files would not load correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where some Nikon Z6 Raw files would not load correctly.
  • Added option to disable chromatic aberration correction on RAW images.
  • The Image Luminance Mask no longer generates more undo commands than it should.
  • Removed the handle limit for the Curves, Saturation Editor, and Black & White effects.
  • Reset layer properties are now undoable.
  • Fixed issues where certain asset properties were not undoable or not undoing properly.
  • Font and style selection no longer causes stability issues with certain machine setups.
  • Improved how text behaves when batch exporting with multiple output sizes.
  • The Tone coloring effect now resets correctly to its defaults.
  • After inverting a Gradient mask, its controls now work correctly.
  • The canvas size no longer reports incorrectly in the canvas settings dialog.
  • Fixed an issue where some batch output items were not undoable or not undoing properly.
  • Fixed an issue where some effects had minimums and maximums that didn’t match their canvas controls.

Version 7.1

Details

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an instability where specific AMD cards were failing to use cached resources.
  • Changing a brush setting after opening an Imerge project from an image file no longer causes stability issues.
  • Group layers with specific selections can now be added as intended.
  • Image layers can now be added inside a selected group, as intended.
  • Selecting a layer on top of another now clears the previous selection.
  • Adding HDR and Focus stack layers is now possible from the Insert object menu.
  • Relinking a RAW image now correctly sets the RAW conversion method.
  • The font selection dropdown, and other dropdowns, can no longer extend outside the application window.
  • Group layers now correctly reset to the “Precompose” mode.
  • Changing brush settings in the toolbar is no longer undoable, as it could cause workflow issues.
  • Using the enter/return key on the save dialog now causes the dialog to close and save.

Version 7.0

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Highlights

New in Imerge Pro Version 7.0

  • Added the ability to merge images with different exposures to make HDR images.
  • Added the ability to merge images taken at different focal distances to perform the Focus stacking technique.
  • Added a Tone mapping effect which allows you to compress the tonal range of HDR images.
  • Significantly increased the decoding of FujiFilm RAW files using GPU acceleration.
  • Added the ability to make presets for batch outputs.
  • Added the ability to make layer presets, which can automatically apply masks and effects to a layer when added.
  • You can now import or export any preset via a new “Preset” settings screen.

Details

Enhancements

  • The curves effect now has the ability to apply curves in the HSV, YUV, LAB, and CMYK color spaces.
  • Selecting a point on a vector mask now shows the adjacent points’ control points, allowing you to see all of the control points that make up the curve.
  • The LUT effect now has a dropdown that will allow you to quickly pick another LUT file in the same folder after selecting a LUT file.
  • Effects that allow you to pick images now show a preview of the selected image and quickly pick another from within the same folder.
  • The “Set canvas to same size” option now also applies to group layers and selections of multiple layers.
  • The Chromatic Aberration effect now has the option to soften the aberration applied.
  • Slightly adjusted the Fractal Distortion effect’s UI.
  • Default layer names now better suit the type of layer that has been added. This also extends to the new layer presets.

Bug Fixes

  • Improved visibility of canvas controls against bright backgrounds.
  • When a layer is copied, its layer name will have “copy” added to the end.
  • When an item is added with a preset, the name of the item will now be the name of the preset.
  • Using Imerge with different DPIs and scale factors no longer causes style, text, and layout issues.
  • Exporting to HDR image formats no longer results in data loss.
  • Fixed issue with the Keystone correction effect not applying if done in a certain order.
  • Fixed issue where you could create a group from a selection that you shouldn’t be able to.
  • “Set canvas to same size” no longer resizes the canvas incorrectly.
  • Duplicating a group will now copy it next to the existing group instead of inside it.
  • Fixed issues when using keyboard shortcuts on the saturation editor.
  • Fixed issue where the shadow and highlight overlay colors wouldn’t update until the project was changed.
  • The mask display mode is no longer retained after deleting all masks.
  • Fixed issue with the “updates behind” not appearing correctly sometimes.
  • The Saturation Editor and Tone Coloring effects now work correctly on HDR image formats.
  • The Sharpen effect no longer produces incorrect results on HDR image formats.
  • HDR image detail is no longer lost if exported with the Lens Distortion or Vignette effects applied.
  • Adding multiple images with “resize” checked no longer results in incorrect scaling in some circumstances.
  • Setting a custom logo correctly checks for a 2x version.
  • Custom logos are now set and reset correctly.
  • Fixed an issue that would allow website navigation in the tutorials web feed on the project screen.
  • Fixed a minor styling issue on mask mode labels.
  • Fixed a minor styling issue on effect reset icons.
  • Changing an image on disk now correctly updates in Imerge.
  • Certain characters are no longer incorrectly prevented from being used as item names.
  • The Luminance Key effect no longer behaves incorrectly on HDR images.
  • Layer editors no longer become detached from the underlying images.
  • Fixed an issue with the crop tool if you used the right mouse button at the same time.
  • Fixed an issue where the crop tool label would report values higher than the proposed crop.
  • Using multi-byte characters in the text layer’s text content item no longer causes instability issues.
  • The canvas resize dialog now correctly appears after loading an image file directly.
  • Fixed an issue where the cursor would reset on the batch output folder name field.
  • Different types of HDR images no longer have different thumbnails.
  • Using the Colorize black and white effect on HDR images now works as intended.
  • Fixed an issue on macOS where the color dropper preview grid was misaligned.
  • Metadata fields on the batch outputs are now reset correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where delete an export preset would reset to the wrong file type.
  • Imerge no longer gets stuck loading the same asset.
  • Slightly improved the selection of vector mask points.
  • Importing multiple layers to a single layer no longer causes multiple canvas resizes.
  • Opening the preview window while a render is in progress no longer causes instability issues.
  • Fixed an issue where an effect’s canvas UI would not reappear correctly in a specific case.
  • The batch completed dialog now shows milliseconds correctly.
  • Undoing while the color picker is open no longer causes instability issues.
  • Vector mask points no longer retain their selection incorrectly while points are being added.
  • Using brush masks on specific GPUs no longer causes instability issues.

Version 6.0

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Highlights

New in Imerge Pro Version 6.0

  • Added Brush Masks, which let you quickly paint masks onto layers or effects.
  • You can now move, rotate and resize multiple selected layers at once.
  • Add a “Multi-point Gradient” effect, in which you can create gradients using an unlimited amount of colored points.
  • Added a “Light Rays” effect, which uses bright spots to cast light rays in your scene.
  • RAW assets now have a bespoke denoise algorithm, which can remove defect pixels and larger noise patterns.
  • Added a “Lens Distortion” effect, which can be used to perform lens-based adjustments, such as barrel/pincushion distortion or chromatic aberration.
  • Added a “Halftone” effect, which can produce a stylized newspaper print effect.

Details

Enhancements

  • Changed the way the canvas resize dialog works to speed up initial asset importing.
  • Slightly improved the performance of our render engine.
  • The Black & White, Colorize Black & White, Saturation Editor, Linear Gradient, Radial Gradient, and Rotational Motion Blur effects are now significantly faster.
  • You can now change the mask overlay color in the settings menu.
  • Improved and fixed some issues with the blend-if controls.

Bug Fixes

  • Dragging a layer to the bottom of a closed group is now ordered correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where the layer’s opacity slider would behave incorrectly if it were clicked at the bottom.
  • Resetting a color mask now resets all of its properties correctly.
  • Resetting the transform of a text layer will no longer change the layer’s size to the canvas size.
  • Fixed instability when you dragged images onto the canvas from a web browser.
  • Fixed icon style for crop and snap buttons when you are on the batch view.
  • Locked layers can no longer be moved via multiple selections.
  • Resetting a vector mask now resets all of its properties correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where resetting a preset drop-down would reset the selected item as well.
  • Fixed an issue where batch processing was consuming more memory than it should have.
  • Fixed an issue where a text layer’s size mode would not size to fixed when you resized them.
  • Fixed an issue where canceling the save of a project template could cause the application to get stuck.
  • Fixed instability when closing the application while the preview window is open.
  • Fixed issue with the Threshold effect not working correctly at 100% opacity.
  • Fixed issue with Long shadow rendering incorrectly when scaling the layer.

Version 5.0

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Highlights

New in Imerge Pro Version 5.0

  • Added a “Denoise” effect, which reduces noise in an image while preserving detail.
  • RAW images are now automatically lens corrected, based on the camera and lens they were taken with when they are imported.
  • Added a “Skin Retouch” effect, which allows you to make tone and detail adjustments to regions of skin.
  • Added a “Bevel and Emboss” effect, allowing you to add bevels or emboss images with custom contouring tools.
  • Added a “Fractal noise” effect, which can generate textures using a wide array of fractal generation properties.
  • Added a “Fractal distortion” effect that uses a fractal-based pattern to distort the image.
  • Added a “Color match background” effect, so you can now color match a pre-keyed image to another background.
  • Color and icon revamp in some areas of the application.
  • You now have the choice to save a project with a full render. These projects can be opened directly, as an asset, by HitFilm 14.

Details

Enhancements

  • The color dropper now has the ability to pick an average color.
  • Masks and effects controls are now also locked when the layer is locked.
  • Inactive layer content items now have their settings collapsed.
  • Improved the “Outline” effect to support stroke styles.
  • Effect presets can now be viewed and added straight from the effect add menu.
  • Added “Diffuse” presets to the “Gaussian Blur” effect.
  • Added a “Drop shadow” preset to the “Outer Glow” effect.

Bug Fixes

  • A gradient mask’s center point can now be changed via the UI.
  • Fixed a rare issue where masks were not applying correctly on adjustment layers.
  • Fixed instability when a transparent layer used the “Clip” blend mode.
  • All of a group layer’s children are now also locked.
  • Improved layer list renaming to prevent accidental edits.
  • Fixed issues with dropdown menus not closing correctly.
  • Default effect stack presets now appear in the Insert object menu.
  • Fixed an issue where dragging immediately after adding a vector mask point wouldn’t work correctly when the mask is on a group layer.
  • Fixed an issue where the internal group order would become incorrect.

Version 4.0

Highlights

New in Imerge Pro Version 4.0

  • Added a “Glow” Effect, used to give images subtle or vibrant lighting effects.
  • Added a “Displacement” Effect, which can distort an image to match the layer’s contours below.
  • Added a “Threshold” effect, which can threshold an image’s brightness to create a two-tone style.
  • Added a “Keystone Correction” effect, allowing you to fix perspective distortions.
  • Added a “Chromatic Aberration” effect to give your images stylized looks.
  • Added a “Matte Cleaner” effect, giving you the tools to clean up pre-keyed images.
  • Added a “Hue Colorize” Effect, allowing you to recolor the image to a given hue.
  • Added a “Long shadow” effect, which enables you to add realistic shadows to objects you are compositing in.
  • Added a “Surface Blur” effect, which preserves edges while blurring.
  • Added a “Rotational Motion Blur” effect.
  • All effects can now save their current state into a custom preset to be reused later.
  • Gradient editors now have the option to save their current gradient color as a custom preset.
  • Custom canvas sizes can now be saved as presets and used when resizing or creating a new project.
  • The color picker now shows all of the colors currently in use within the project and gives you the option to save a color as a custom preset.
  • Added effect stack presets, which allow you to save an entire stack of effects as a custom preset to be used later.
  • Added export presets, giving you the ability to save export settings as a custom preset.
  • Added project templates, which allows you to save any project as a template.
  • Added the “Blend-If” blend mode, which allows you to control how two adjacent layers blend.

Details

Enhancements

  • Projects will now periodically automatically save, minimizing any loss of work.
  • The Light Wrap effect now has options to specify the direction and the color of the wrapping light.
  • You can now open image files to start a new project with the image already added.
  • Improved the user interface and functionality of the Image Luminance Mask.
  • Improved user experience of the gradient mask and linear gradient effect while also adding more control to the masking capability.
  • Toggling the visibility icons on the layer list will now also change the visibility of all selected layers.
  • There is a new option on the layer list to hide all but your selected layers.

Bug Fixes

  • Added a warning message when you reset user preferences.
  • Improved a specific memory usage issue on some lower spec graphics cards.
  • Fixed instability when using very large font sizes.
  • Fixed chroma key not working correctly when opening project from an older version.
  • Fixed cursor icon getting stuck as certain icons when it shouldn’t.
  • Effects and masks now copy their names as well.
  • Fixed some UI components that didn’t correctly show they were in a disabled state.
  • Fixed an issue with the Grain effect producing artifacts at specific sizes.
  • Stopped the outer glow effect from clipping with large images on large canvases.
  • Fixed an issue where you could get into a strange selection mode when using the pan tool.
  • When you change the canvas size with “Maintain positions” off, layer scales and positions will update accordingly.
  • Fixed a layout issue with sliders and text inputs that could cause the text inputs to shrink.
  • Fixed issue where you could unintentionally toggle the page orientation in the canvas settings.
  • Fixed an issue where the softness controls on shape masks were hard to grab.
  • Fixed an issue with searching on the layer list when it has closed group layers.

Version 3.0

Highlights

New in Imerge Pro Version 3.0

  • Added the Group Layer type, which allows you to organize your project and, more importantly, create localized stacks of layers, masks, and effects that don’t affect the layers below the group.
  • Added Clip and Knockout blend modes, which allow you to, using an alpha clipping region, either restrict what comes through from the layers below or punch through the layers below.
  • Added a “Colorize Black and White” effect used to apply a color or a gradient of color to a black and white image.
  • Added a “Remove Stock Background” effect used to remove white or black backgrounds from stock photos.
  • Added a “Highpass” effect which applies a high pass filter to the image.
  • Added a “Highpass Sharpen” effect which allows you to sharpen images easily using a high pass method.
  • Added a Straighten tool which provides a fast and intuitive way to rotate the entire canvas or layer selections.
  • Added a Layout menu that provides several options to align or distribute a set of selected layers.

Details

Enhancements

  • Added more controls to the Luminance Key effect.
  • Added keyboard toggles for hiding and showing effects and masks.
  • Added opacity sliders next to some color pickers.
  • Added a color dropper on the saturation editor.
  • The “Set canvas to same size” (previously “Trim canvas to layer”) feature now takes into account the rotation and scaling of the selected layer.
  • Added the ability to hold shift while dragging a layer to lock it to move only horizontally or vertically.
  • Added option for a matte color to replace the alpha when exporting to the non-alpha format JPEG.
  • Added ability to configure how the batch system handles duplicate files.
  • Tooltips now show their associated keyboard shortcuts.
  • The font size dropdown can now be adjusted using the arrow keys in conjunction with optional keyboard modifiers.
  • The save project dialog will now remember the last save location and will use that as the default for the next new project.
  • Masks on adjustment layers can now be shown or overlayed.
  • Improved support for high dpi monitors on Windows.
  • Improved the selection behavior when copying and pasting multiple layers.
  • Improved the performance of effects and masks in the UI.
  • Improved UI at greater than 100% scaling.

Bug Fixes

  • The color in the color picker can now be accepted, even if it has not been changed.
  • Some stability and performance issues with AMD graphics cards have been addressed.
  • The zoom to fit option in the print preview window now works correctly.
  • Applying Exposure below other effects no longer causes rendering issues.
  • Navigating to text inputs using the Tab key now works correctly.
  • Loading a project with unlinked assets no longer causes stability issues.
  • Color dodge blend mode now works as intended.
  • Failing to load RAW images no longer causes instability issues.
  • Making a crop with a width or height of 0 no longer causes issues.
  • Having multiple content items on a text layer no longer causes stability issues.
  • Loading a project after a project had already failed to load no longer causes instability issues.
  • Dragging vector mask points no longer causes rendering issues.
  • Drop-down menus no longer unexpectedly open on other monitors.
  • Using Exposure no longer causes single-pixel artifacts to occur.
  • The Chroma Key’s color match background feature now works as intended.
  • Loading RAW image files no longer causes pink highlights or image artifacts.

Version 2.1

Details

Enhancements

  • Images that are dragged onto the canvas now check and filter out any unsupported file formats.
  • Changed the export settings to show every export unless the “Don’t show again” is checked.
  • Improve memory usage on the demosaic of the RAW image import.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some rendering issues on the preview window.
  • Fixed an issue where the very first load of the preview window would not open on the correct secondary screen if you have multiple screens.
  • Fixed an issue where files containing non-ASCII characters were failing to load.
  • Fixed an issue where HUD elements could partially disappear sometimes.
  • Fixed issues where the UI was not updating correctly when moved between screens with different DPIs.
  • Fixed the tab order on the color picker dialog.
  • Fixed an issue where some links on dialogs were not functioning correctly.
  • Fixed an issue with automatic project file re-linking not working correctly or taking too long.
  • Fixed an issue in Exposure where single-pixel artifacts could occur.
  • Fixed an issue when using the color dodge blend mode with bright layers.
  • Fixed an issue when using the Crop Tool to near-zero width or height.
  • Fixed an issue where pasting a copy that contained effects did not copy across their visibility properties.
  • Improved stability when image re-linking fails.
  • Improved stability when RAW image files fail to load.

Version 2.0

Highlights

New in Imerge Pro Version 2.0

  • Added a GPU accelerated RAW conversion engine, which improves highlight recovery and RAW file load times.
  • Added support for the following export formats: 16 bit PNG, 16 bit TIFF, 16-bit RGBE (HDR), and 16-bit OpenEXR.
  • Added a global insert menu used to search and pick insert operations from a context-sensitive list based on the currently selected item.
  • Added a more comprehensive layer search that takes into account: layer types, layer state, effects, masks, and content items which can be combined to allow complex searches.
  • Added a new “maintain positions” option to the canvas settings dialog, which, upon canvas resize, will update all layer positions and dimensions to give the effect of adding more canvas space to a project.
  • Added a resize tool that provides a more flexible way of changing the canvas size while maintaining layer positions.
  • HUD elements now snap to various, configurable points of interest when they are repositioned or resized.
  • Redesigned content items to allow bigger thumbnails, more image details, and settings.
  • Added option “Zoom to Extent,” which calculates a zoom level such that all layers fit within the viewer.
  • The highlight recovery on the exposure effect has been improved.
  • Project previews, layer thumbnails, and content thumbnails now support high dpi monitors.
  • Greatly improved the speed of project loading, initial renders, and multiple image imports.

Details

Enhancements

  • Metadata can now be customized per batch output.
  • The project search on the home screen now also matches projects based on layer names and image filenames used inside the project.
  • Suitable input fields, most commonly rotation-based, now automatically wrap around.
  • Ability to configure the UI, so the layers and layer controls are on the left instead of the right.
  • H and V keyboard shortcuts for hand and selection tools.
  • Added ability to rename effects.
  • Added ability to preserve aspect ratio when resizing area masks and radial gradients when holding down the shift key.
  • Chroma key matte can now be blurred to introduce a uniform softening to all its edges.
  • Content items can now be copied and pasted.
  • HUD labels now stay within the viewer region.
  • Added Targa import support.
  • Added support for embedded grayscale color profiles in imported images.

Bug Fixes

  • Hex color field on the color selector now updates the selected color when changed.
  • Multiple layers selected from the layer list now properly move together when dragged or nudged.
  • Changing the dpi of a canvas template now properly accounts for template orientation.
  • Fixed an issue where the curves effect white picker was not working correctly.
  • Zoom to fit can now zoom to over 100%.
  • Area mask HUD and controls now have the same maximum softness.
  • Improved layout of vector mask controls.
  • Fixes an issue where you could paste masks and effects onto layers that could not support them.
  • Fixed last opened project sorting on the home screen.
  • Layer locking and unlocking are now on the same keyboard shortcut.

Version 1.2

Highlights

New in Imerge Pro Version 1.2

  • macOS 10.14 Mojave is now supported.
  • New controls allow for easy switching between point and paragraph text and setting the size of paragraph text.
  • Improved behavior of anchor, origin, and position controls to make them more predictable.
  • Improved drag-and-drop of effects and masks.
  • Added support for selecting contiguous ranges using the shift key on layers, effects, and masks.
  • Added ability to nudge multiple selected layers via canvas controls using the arrow keys.
  • Added ‘Select all’ keyboard shortcut to various contexts.
  • Added Project template for 8.5 x 11 inches (US Letter).

Details

Enhancements

  • Paragraph text dimensions have been changed from pixel to percentage units.
  • Improved behavior of converting straight points to curved in Vector Masks.
  • Improved global toolbar layout.
  • Improved, more compact layout of transform controls.
  • Batch Output items are now collapsible.
  • Improved installer on Windows when overwriting previous versions.
  • Added option to clear the OpenCL program cache.
  • Added reset feature for application settings.
  • Improved behavior when scrolling lists using a trackpad on macOS.
  • Increased size of tooltips.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the layer insert position of dragged and dropped images.
  • Fixed text alignment not copying as part of the layer.
  • Fixed an issue with print margins not being correctly updated when switching between default, none, and custom modes.
  • Searching the Project list on the Home screen no longer causes stability issues.
  • Fixed missing close button on Export Settings dialog.
  • Trying to access EXIF/IPTC data from deleted layers no longer causes stability issues.
  • Fixed gradient mask canvas controls not rendering properly.
  • Fixed position and scale of canvas controls when opening projects in some circumstances.
  • Fixed rendering of the Outline effect on Text layers with some Intel hardware.
  • Fixed minor rendering issues with some effects on Intel graphics hardware.
  • Fixed undo shortcut sometimes not working.
  • Fixed reset on Softness property of Color Selection.
  • Fixed artifacts in masks with Quad Warp.
  • Fixed Chroma Key not consistently detecting key color at some zoom levels.

Version 1.1

Highlights

New in Imerge Pro Version 1.1

  • Enhanced spinbox number inputs to support mouse drags changing the value.
  • Canvas controls will now disappear when editing effects which do not need them.
  • Mask and Effect mode changes are now undo-able.
  • All font settings are now remembered when adjusted and used for new text layers.
  • Added information about OS and hardware requirements to installer.

Details

Enhancements

  • Color pickers now close when you click outside them.
  • Improved behavior when importing multiple images and one import fails.
  • Improved the behavior of Effect search when using partial matches.
  • Improved compatibility in LUT effect with cube files.
  • Improved visual quality of LUT effect.
  • Improved performance when manipulating masks on a layer with lots of effects.
  • Improved user interface for the color selection tool.
  • Improved automatic image relinking.
  • Improved render of Quad Warp effect.
  • Improved compatibility with JPEG files which were corrupt but still readable.
  • Improved behaviour when an image cache directory cannot be created.
  • When adding points in the Curves effect they now appear as soon as the mouse is clicked and not when the button is released.
  • Improved application startup speed in some cases.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issue with layer resize handles not appearing consistently when pressing shift.
  • Fixed issue where the canvas did not update occasionally on systems with Intel HD graphics.
  • Fixed an issue where layers moved around by a pixel as you zoomed in and out.
  • Fixed an issue where the layer item thumbnail sometimes displayed the wrong image.
  • Fixed various minor UI issues.

Version 1.0

Highlights

New in Imerge Pro Version 1.0

  • Initial Release.