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PhotoKey 8 Pro Features & Specifications

All features

Platform & workflow

Project templates or custom setup

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

EXIF color management

Ensure a consistent appearance throughout your workflow using PhotoKey’s color management system, which supports embedded color profiles and ICC files.

Client preview on second monitor

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

250 professional backdrops

PhotoKey 8 Pro comes with 250 print-resolution, 20 megapixel standard backdrops so you can get started immediately. Themes include: Adventure, Beauty, Corporate Portrait, Gothic, London Sightseeing, Pets, Seniors, Studio Background and Urban.

Retina on Mac, HiDPI on Windows

PhotoKey 8 Pro’s refined interface is designed for Retina & HiDPI displays, ensuring a slick, precise experience.

Import formats

  • RAW (crw, .cr2, .nef, .raf, .dng, .mos, .kdc, .dcr, .srf and .sr2)

Export formats


Export to FTP server

Upload your finished images directly via FTP, with a fully automated mode ideal for creating your own streamlined workflow.

Export to email

Send finished or work in progress images to clients by email from inside PhotoKey. You can even email an image direct to a Facebook wall or brand page. Please note that some email providers may not support this feature.

Compositing & realism

Automatic green screen removal

The green screen is removed instantly from your photos and replaced with a new background. You can then fine tune the results or simply export the finished image. It’s a super fast workflow.

Instant background replacement

PhotoKey automatically removes the green screen and composites your subject onto the new background, so that you can focus on your photography.

Professional chroma key

The advanced chroma key filter includes professional green screen removal and matte cleaning features with fine detail control.

Luminance key

Create a realistic matte effect based on the luminosity of your source data. Useful for cutting objects out from white or black backgrounds and ideal for smoke, fire and transparent objects. No green screen required.

Remove color matting

Works hand-in-hand with the Luminance key to improve the appearance of cutouts to remove dark or bright edging.

Spill simulation pro

Remove unwanted green spill light from your subject and replace it with natural ambient lighting simulated from your new background. Ultimate realism every time.

Light wrap

Essential for realistic composites with bright backgrounds, light wrap allows some of the ambience from the background to bloom naturally onto the foreground.

Red eye removal

Avoid flash reflections with the integrated red eye removal.

Matte cleaning

Create the perfect key with a versatile toolkit of matte cleaning tools, from UV and alpha blurs to erode and edge recovery.

Quick crop

If your framing includes visible lights, equipment or the edges of the green screen, easily hide them using the integrated crop tool.

Freehand masking

There’s always the possibility of a client wearing a green item of clothing. PhotoKey’s masking features ensure that this is never a problem.

Blend modes & transparency

Blend modes change the way layers react with each other as they are composited.

Batch processing

Process multiple foreground images

Import as many foreground images as you want. You can process them individually, or batch process entire groups.

Choose from multiple backgrounds

Import multiple backgrounds to try out different combinations.

Quick jump to backgrounds

PhotoKey 8 Pro makes it easy to find your backdrops by remembering your folder locations and featuring a dedicated button to your included 250 background images.

Link to hot folder for automatic import

Set up your camera to save photos to a specific folder on your computer and PhotoKey will automatically import and process the images as soon as they are available.

Export to multiple background variants

Each photo can be exported to several background variations, giving your clients more choice without giving you more work.

Fully automated processing from import to export

Combining the hot folder feature with batch exporting and FTP upload provides a fully automated workflow. PhotoKey 8 Pro automatically processes your photos and exports the finished images.

Photoshop integration

Layer exchange

Send your Photoshop layers direct to PhotoKey for a super-fast, integrated workflow.

Best of both worlds

Combine PhotoKey’s advanced green screen removal with Photoshop’s extensive layering and brush features.

Combine multiple green screen images

Multiple individual green screen photographs can be easily combined in a single Photoshop project, enabling more complex compositions.

Action compatible

The PhotoKey 8 Pro plug-in is compatible with Photoshop Actions, improving your productivity by recording complex operations and automating your workflow.


Free layer positioning

Re-frame your foreground and background to create new compositions. Change from a portrait image to landscape, or from a wide to a close-up.

Create additional layers

Create deep composites with additional elements in front and behind your foreground.

Add overlay graphics

It’s easy to add a logo, frame, border, watermark or other element on top of your main image using the overlay system.

Create text captions

Add captions and titles to your images inside PhotoKey – now including new drop shadows.

Shadow casting

Automatically generate a drop or perspective shadow cast onto your background.

Greeting card design aid

Design your own greeting cards with PhotoKey’s simple visual design aid.

Color correction

Auto enhance

Easy one-click color, contrast and levels fixes.

White balance

Easily resolve white balance issues by defining the white point.

Auto skin tones

Detect faces and automatically set the white balance to produce pleasing skin tones with minimal effort.


Adjust the levels of your foreground and background.

Contrast / auto contrast

Tweak the appearance of your foreground and background.

Brightness, Saturation & Contrast

Automatically correct problems with color in your images.

Color temperature

Warm up or cool down your images.

Color balance pro

Adjust color balance without affecting luminance.

Hue colorize

Quickly tint your images.

Hue shift

Shift the entire color spectrum.


Bring out the definition in your photographs.


Soften the image – very useful for creating soft backgrounds.

Creative filters & effects

2-Point Color Gradient

Create a simple color gradient. The start and end points can be positioned and customized.

4-Point Color Gradient

Generate a 4-color gradient with adjustable color blocks.

Bilateral blur

Effective for smoothing textures while retaining fine edge detail.

Color vibrance

Increase the intensity of the most muted colors, while leaving your already well-saturated colors alone.


Blurs and adds bloom to the image.


Superimpose one contrasting color halftone over another color halftone. Made popular by Spotify.


Create a soft look.


Enhance local contrast, saturation and sharpness to add punch to your images.

Leave color

Create dynamic splashes of a single color or hide a specific color.

Half tone

Create stylish half tone effects, perfect for newspaper print and pop art visuals.


Generate a quick, solid color silhouette of your foreground.

Bleach bypass

Instantly create a distinctive, high contrast look. Perfect for gritty and urban-styled images.

Focus blur

Blur the image while retaining an in-focus area.

Soft focus

Add a soft focus look to your finished image.


Give your images a distinctive color palette, from sepia to platinum.


Apply fully customizable vignette framing to your image.

Vignette Exposure

Instead of applying an overlay, this vignette effect adjusts the exposure of the edges of the frame for a subtler and more natural result.

System requirements


OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.11 El Capitan or OS X 10.12 Sierra


Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit).

Internet connection

Required for online activation and web services.


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


2GB RAM (4GB or more recommended)

Hard disk

550MB free hard disk space for installation

Photoshop plug-in

Photoshop plug-in: Requires Adobe Photoshop CC2015 (64-bit only)

Free training & support

PhotoKey 8 Pro comes with a range of free training resources to provide you with the information you need to go from amateur to pro. 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 work week. If you have any burning questions you can head over to our support ticket submission page to get the help you need – https://fxhome.com/ask

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/photokey8pro

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