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FXHOME Imerge Pro

The next generation of image editing.

Create professional photo composites with unlimited layers and zero baked-in changes. Unlike other programs, Imerge Pro is the first photo editing software to keep your image data RAW and your layers self-contained. Every edit is live. Every change is flexible.

Visual effects

Ignite Pro’s choice of customizable plugins is unmatched. You get over 560 professional visual effects and presets to use on any project, from sci-fi short films to thrilling action features and beyond.

Action

Looking for some drama? Bring a flavor of Hollywood into your own short films. With plugins like Blood Spray, Gunfire and Witness Protection, the visual effects in your shootout scene are going to be the best in show. Not satisfied with simple explosion stock? Add our Distortion effects to simulate heat or energy waves for a real impact.

Finish your footage with some flair, using the Cine Style effect and Letterboxing for a professional, high-quality look.

  • Blood Spray
  • Cine Style
  • Day for Night
  • Displacement
  • Energy Distortion
  • Fire
  • Fluid Distortion
  • Gunfire
  • Heat Distortion
  • Shatter
  • Smoke Distortion
  • Witness Protection

Sci-fi

Get that J.J. Abrams look without having to adjust F-stops or shine a Maglite into your camera. Volumetric, Anamorphic, and of course, Automatic Lens Flares are all easy to use with automatic identification and application of flares to bright spots in your layers.

Dazzle your audience with cool lightsword, neon, and laser effects. For example, these are perfect for Star Wars or Blade Runner-style scenes. Hook them from the first moment with a superb 3D title sequence using our Surfaced Studio effect with realistic textures.

  • 360° Animated lasers
  • 360° Lightsword (2-Point Auto) and 360° Lightsword (4-Point Manual)
  • and 360° Lightsword (Glow only)
  • Anamorphic Lens Flares
  • Animated Lasers
  • Auto Light Flares
  • Auto Volumetrics
  • Hyperdrive
  • Light Flares
  • Light Leak
  • and, Light Rays
  • Light Streaks
  • Lightning & Electricity
  • Lightsword (2-point Auto) and Lightsword (4-point Manual)
  • also, Lightsword (Glow)
  • Lightsword Ultra (2-Point Auto) and Lightsword Ultra (4-Point Manual)
  • Lightsword Ultra (Glow)
  • Neon Path (Path)
  • Pulp Sci-fi Title Crawl

Horror

Horror is as much about the creepy tone as it is about the jump scare. Create spine-chilling tension using stylistic plugins like Bleach Bypass for that desaturated grade. In addition, use Film Damage and Grain to simulate a failing camera.

Mold your own terrifying monsters with the Bulge effect to create distorted features. Alternately, add some creepy mist for suspense with our powerful Dehaze plugin.

  • Bleach Bypass
  • Bulge
  • Dehaze
  • Film Damage
  • Film Grain
  • Flicker
  • Jitter
  • Lens Dirt
  • Shake
  • Stutter
  • TV Damage

Music Videos

Create motion with music with the Audio Spectrum and Audio Waveform plugins, perfect for visualizing booming bass and music videos with waveform particle systems.

Find your own style with funky Cartoon, Posterize, and Tile effects, perfect for trippy looks. Or go classy and give your band a Grammy-worthy makeover with our powerful Pro skin retouch plugin.

Colorist

Everything you need

Turn your editor into a colorist’s dream-come-true with Ignite Pro’s grading and color correction plugins. Modify and analyze your frames with Color Cycle, Color Map, and Color Phase. Tinker with features like Duo Tone & Tint, Hue Colorize & Hue Shift, Shadows & Highlights, Color Vibrance, Vignette & Vignette Exposure to get the perfect shot.
Customizable

Take your pick from hundreds of presets and fine-tune the appearance to your heart’s content with our transform properties. Analyze and modify individual elements to create the perfect effect.

  • Auto Color
  • Auto Contrast
  • and, Auto Levels
  • Bleach Bypass
  • Cine Style
  • Color Temperature
  • Color Vibrance
  • Crush Blacks & Whites
  • Custom Gray
  • Day for Night
  • Dehaze
  • Duo Tone
  • Exposure Pro
  • Grading Transfer
  • Hotspots
  • Hue Colorize
  • Hue Shift
  • LUT
  • Pro Skin Retouch
  • Shadows & Highlights
  • Three Strip Color
  • Two Strip Color
  • Vibrance
  • Vignette Exposure
  • Vignette
  • White Balance
  • Atomic Particles
  • Audio Spectrum
  • Audio Waveform
  • Cartoon
  • Dot Matrix
  • Echo
  • Find Edges
  • Lens Distort
  • Motion Trails
  • Pixel Sort
  • Polar Warp
  • Posterize
  • Pro Skin Retouch
  • Radio Waves
  • Solarize

Cine style

Achieve the perfect cinematic look with a high-quality finish. Pop on the simple or Classic Cine Style grade (with multiple film presets) to your footage and fine-tune the appearance with built-in effects like Grain, Vignette, Letterbox, Color Adjustment, Shift, Hue, and Exposure.

Harsh, high contrast looks

Looking to add a flair of drama and cinematic edge to your footage? Give it the ultimate grungy look with edgy, bleached-out colors using Ignite Pro’s Bleach Bypass effect.

Match film looks

Want to match your footage to something else? Transfer the look of a layer to another layer using Ignite’s Grading Transfer filter, and then customize shadows, midtones and highlights further with ease.

Easily remove fog and mist

Get that once-in-a-lifetime shot, no matter the weather. The Dehaze filter gives you the power to quickly clear bad weather or add some ominous fog for your own 221B Baker Street look. Elementary!

Touch up blemishes

Smooth and even skin isn’t just reserved for Hollywood. Apply realistic and subtle makeup to your actors in post with fine control over skin color, highlight glow, skin treatment, and detection thresholds.

Industry-leading keyingProfessional tools

Clean up your green screen footage with Ignite Pro’s effortless broadcast-quality Chroma Key. Get high-quality removal from blue or green screen, control over edge detail, color correction, and advanced spill replacement.

  • Alpha Brightness & Contrast
  • Chroma Key
  • Chroma UV Blur
  • Color Difference Key
  • Crush Blacks & Whites Alpha
  • Demult
  • Difference Key
  • Erode White
  • Hue & RGB Key
  • Invert Alpha
  • Light Wrap
  • Luminance Key
  • Matte Cleaner
  • Remove Color Matting
  • Set Matte
  • Spill Removal

Easy to use

No more manual keying! Let it tackle the details with automated matte cleaners, spill suppression, and edge-color effects. Add Luminance Key to your stock explosions and gunfire to precisely extract objects like fires and explosions from black or white backgrounds without spillage or spots.

Plugin Compatibility

  • After Effects
  • Premiere Pro
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Motion
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Sony Catalyst
  • Nuke
  • Edius
  • Avid
  • Vegas

Platform & workflow

Imerge Pro is layer-based image compositing software that is GPU accelerated, 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 has a powerful bespoke RAW engine which 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 has already found all the projects on your system, so you can just open them and get started.
  • Project templates or custom setup: Quickly choose from presets, or set your own canvas resolution and shape.
  • Does all image processing in 16-bit float.
  • Group layers together to simply organize your project, alter the way your final composites are rendered and even put a mask over a whole group of images at once.
  • 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.
  • Client preview on a second monitor: 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).
  • Export formats: You can adjust the following file formats to control the compression used in the exported image: JPEG, TIFF, PNG.
  • 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 all the combinations.
  • 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, text layers to create hundreds of different iterations.

Built-in keying effects

  • Chroma key: Look, no hands! Throw out the rotobrush and let Imerge 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 unwanted spill.
  • Remove Stock Background effect: Allowing you to easily remove both black and white backgrounds from stock images. 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. A matte determines 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 exposure of the sky in a landscape quickly and easily.

There are 5 types of masks available in Imerge:

  • 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’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 make specific selections based on color.

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 effect: Sometimes known as ‘color fringing’, it creates an offset between the color channels of the image. Perfect for adding a rainbow edge to your areas of contrast, to help 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.
  • 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.
  • Colorize Black and White: Taking old black and white images and bringing them into the modern era has never been easier than with the Colorize Black and White effect. With customization options allowing you to define the level of detail and color you want this is a powerful tool to help bring history to life.
  • Color overlay: Adds a color to all the pixels in an image. It will not affect the alpha channel so the shape of your image will be retained and only the color will change. This can be useful for making silhouettes by filling it with black or more creative graphical uses with images that are imported and have an alpha channel.
  • 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: This effect can add or remove mist or haze from your shots. Create spooky looking scenes, or turn a gray sky clear with a single slider. It does so by estimating the distance each item in your image is from the camera at the time of the shot 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.
  • Exposure: Benefit from all the flexibility and power of working with RAW when editing that cloudy landscape image. Recover blown out highlights in the sky with a simple slider using Imerge’s impressive Exposure effect.
  • Gaussian blur: A simple blur which blends each pixel with the pixels surrounding it on all sides, to a radius defined by the user.
  • Grain: Adding grain to your images can be useful for a variety of purposes, including matching existing grain in other elements of a composite, artificially aging an image, or 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.
  • Highpass effect: This traditional highpass filter is built into Imerge 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 effect: Adds a single hue to the image while retaining all luminance data. Use it to colorize black and white images, but you can also use it 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 effect: Correct perspective errors in your image, to ensure that vertical lines are truly vertical.
  • LUT (look-up table): Look Up Tables (LUTs) are files which store a specific map for color adjustment, and allow you to apply a pre-defined color grade or adjustment to your layer very quickly.
  • Lens Distortion: Correct or add lens distortion, vignette, sharpening and chromatic aberration to your photos.
  • Levels: Levels gives you detailed information about the channel composition of the layer through the user of a Histogram Display. This histogram shows information about the image just before the effect is applied. This allows you to make adjustments to the tonality of the layer based on this information.
  • Light Rays effect: 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 colors of your choice.
  • Long Shadow effect: Generates a cast shadow based on the shape of your layer.
  • Matte Cleaner effect: Refine and adjust the results of your keying effects in a variety of 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 a variety of 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 edges of the image. 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 contents of the 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 size of the pixels.
  • Quad warp: Reposition the corners of a layer individually, to alter its perspective or to alter the scale of its contents non-uniformly. The effect provides controls for each individual corner of the layer.
  • Radial gradient: Perfect for that sunny look, use a radial gradient to change one center color to another color at the outside of the radius.
  • 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 this tool to remove that color, while still retaining transparency in those edge areas.
  • Rotational Motion Blur effect: 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. Effective for 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 stand out more and appear to be in sharper focus.
  • Surface Blur effect: This effect locates edges within the layer, and applies a blur to the areas between the edges, while leaving the edge detail intact.
  • Threshold effect: 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 to 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. It creates a similar effect to quickly extending a zoom lens during an exposure.

Ignite Pro is multi-core and GPU accelerated. It has seen some vast improvements under the hood providing superior performance and speed as you’ve never seen before.

  • Apple: macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 10.14 Mojave, or 10.13 High Sierra
  • Windows: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • Internet connection: Required for online activation
  • Processor: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors or AMD equivalent.
  • RAM: 4GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Graphics card:
    • NVIDIA GeForce 600 (Kepler) series (2012)
    • AMD Radeon R5 240 (2013)
    • Intel HD Graphics 5000 (GT3) (2013)
    • Video memory 1 GB minimum (2GB or more required for 4K UHD.)

Imerge Pro Version 7.0

Released 6 August 2020


Imerge Pro Version 6.0

New

  • 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.a
  • 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.

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 clicked at the bottom of it.
  • 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 size of the canvas.
  • 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 selection.
  • 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 4.0 – Released 25 July 2019

New features

  • Added a “Glow” Effect, used to give images subtle or vibrant lighting effects.
  • Added a “Displacement” Effect, which can be used to distort an image to match the contours of the layer 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 together.

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 will update accordingly in addition to their positions.
  • 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 – Released 29 May 2019

  • Added the Group Layer type which allows you to organize your project and, more importantly, to create localized stacks of layers, masks, and effects that don’t affect the layers below the group.
  • Added Clip and Knockout blend modes that 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 which is used to apply a color or a gradient of color to a black and white image.
  • Added a “Remove Stock Background” effect which is 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 rotate the entire canvas or layer selections.
  • Added a Layout menu which provides a number of options to align or distribute a set of selected layers.

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 the color 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 – Released 10 April 2019

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 – Released 29 January 2019

New

  • 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 which is used to search and pick insert operations from a context-sensitive list based on the currently selected item.
  • Added a more comprehensive layer search which 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 which 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 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.

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 – Released 24 October 2018

  • macOS 10.14 Mojave is now supported.
  • New controls to allow 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).

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 cropped images.
  • Fixed text alignment not copying as part of layer.
  • Fixed an issue with print margins not being correctly updated when switching between default, none and custom modes.
  • Searching 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 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 – Released 27 September 2018

  • 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 the installer.

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 behavior 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 – Released 17 September 2018

  • Initial Release.

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