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Imerge Pro: New raw image editor with layers

Discussion in 'Photography News Forum' started by DonS, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. DonS

    DonS Stuck in Toronto Moderator

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    I just came across this.

    https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/25/fxhome-imerge-pro-raw-photo-compositor/

    You can download a demo here: https://fxhome.com/imerge-pro

    Features:

    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    Intelligent masks

    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.
     
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  2. DonS

    DonS Stuck in Toronto Moderator

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    I don't understand the excitement the Digital Camera folks have for using raw files in compositing. You can't view raw files let alone have them be directly used in editing let alone compositing. Why? Raw files have no color information. The data is B&W only and to arrive at a viewable color image the data has to be "demosaiced" or reinterpreted based on the Color Filter Array the manufacturer is using. If you are seeing a raw file in color, it's not a raw file - it has been converted. You can stick the raw file in a container and then interpret (convert) it to produce an image with which to edit but then you have much more overhead for the program.

    When you convert raw to Pro Photo RGB you loose nothing in the conversion process (which is why Lightroom and Photoshop use it by default) - no data is thrown out. A 16-bit Pro Photo RGB image in fact has the "full range" of image data captured in the raw file.

    Converting raw files on the fly is interesting, but as I seem to edit each raw file differently to arrive at the image I want it seems to me that you will need to do that while you are compositing. I am uncomfortable with the idea of having to do the post processing editing while I am trying to do compositing.

    The idea of using multiple containers per layer is new and likely provides more flexibility with compositing than Photoshop's layers - not necessarily producing a better end result but possibly simplifying some user interface issues when many images are being included.

    I also like the blending options provided.

    The program sound interesting. I would need to see how well it performs to arrive at any sense of the usefulness of the program.
     

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