By Jay Connor (doddleNEWS)
FXHome’s Imerge Pro is a next-gen photo editor and compositor – it handles RAW non-destructively, and with version 2.0, it’s a lot faster thanks to some under-the-hood improvements. While the chroma key tools are the heart of the app, you can do some nice image editing, as well. In addition, you have unlimited layers (self-contained, too), 16-bit color processing, over 35 filters, do some sophisticated editing you’d expect in a quality image editor, and nothing is baked in. Let’s take a look.
If you’re familiar with FXHome, then you’ll know they are behind the popular video editor HitFilm Pro, which just saw a recent major upgrade (and we’ll review soon). Well, with Imerge Pro 2.0, they’re looking to take a slice of the photo editing and image chroma keying market.
When you open Imerge Pro, you’ll see a list of the projects you worked on. Or if you’re like me and opening the app for the first time, there will be nothing. You can click New, which opens a drop-down menu with a list of sizes you can choose from. Sizes vary from 2 x 2 in. to 8.5 x 11 in., along with video-friendly sizes like 4K (3840 x 2160p) social media image sizes. You can also select New Document if you’re not 100% sure what size you’ll work with.
After you open your RAW image, you can crop, color correct, enhance, chroma key, and much more. Work in as many layers as you’d like, though if you’re handling FX, it’s up to 16 layers. Pretty much everything you’d expect, and it really is a nice fusion of the best of Photoshop and Lightroom, at a fraction of the cost. Even if you don’t use the chroma key feature much, this is still an affordable and powerful image editing tool to consider.
FXHome includes some sample media you can play around with, including some green screen images you can use to chroma key. The keying tool is pretty intelligent, and really the heart of Imerge Pro.
You can automatically chroma key any background into your photo, and you can go in and manually touch things up to enhance the realism. I also like the automatic color matches feature, to make sure your key lines up with the original and the background.
People working on magazine or catalog layouts, posters, books, etc., can benefit from Imerge Pro’s powerful keying tools. My wife and I played around a bit with the sample images, just for fun, and we were relatively happy with the results. We did it quick, and things looked good, so imagine spending time on a project you’re getting paid for.
If you’re new to Imerge Pro, they offer an informative video tutorial, which you can watch here:
Plus a series of video tutorials at their YouTube Channel.
What I also like about Imerge Pro is the devs at FXHome are all about updating the app, and perfecting it for its users. You can send them your feedback here, and you get a solid year of free updates and support.
In conclusion, Imerge Pro is a must-have for photo editors and video and filmmakers, as well. The cost is only $149 for a year’s worth of updates and support, and you get a 2-seat license to run on your desktop and laptop, which is what I did. Find out more and download the demo here.
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Imerge Pro is multi-core and GPU accelerated. For the best performance it’s recommended to update your GPU drivers to the latest version before running Imerge Pro.
- Windows: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
- macOS: macOS 10.14 Mojave, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, OS X 10.12 Sierra
- Internet connection: Required for online activation
- Processor: Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or AMD equivalent
- RAM: 4GB (8 GB Recommended)
- Graphics card:
- 2048MB graphics memory for projects up to 24MP. 4GB+ for projects over 24MP
- Intel HD Graphics 4000 (GT2) (2012)
- NVIDIA GeForce 600 Series (2012)
- AMD R7 Series (2013)
- Dedicated cards from 2012 onwards
- OpenGL 4.1 and OpenCL 1.2 support