Exr-IO Features

The complete OpenEXR feature set is implemented as far as compatibility with Photoshop allows. Custom options ensure that Exr-IO can adapt to the production pipeline requirements of as many different industries as possible.

Import render channels as layers

Exr-IO turns OpenEXR images into Photoshop readable content: all OpenEXR data is translated into editable layers. This provides a perfect visual structure ans allows for advanced compositing and editing.

Feature: Import OpenEXR channels as layers in Photoshop

Comprehensive EXR <-> Photoshop implementation

An accurate implementation of the current OpenEXR standard imports data for precise work. This benefits both art and scientific image analysis. The OpenEXR data specifications have been considered with Photoshop’s features and workflows in mind to preserve maximum possible lossless data transfer to and from Adobe Photoshop.

Import your complex multi-channel renders and composite them in Photoshop. Exr-IO preserves Photoshop’s specific layer options in the OpenEXR files it writes to simplify production. Everything can be contained in a single OpenEXR file and it is no longer necessary to store different elements in separate OpenEXR files to accommodate Photoshop’s default handling of the file format.

Feature: Composite image layers in Photoshop

Advanced data compatibility

Exr-IO functions as a loader and saver for OpenEXR files, both offering exhaustive compatibility and feature support.

Import and export data in a way that adapts to your production requirements. Do you want to load transparency included in the layers? Or do you prefer separate alpha layers? Choose your preferred output options to adjust the file size to your work environment. Are you creating texture maps that should be loaded as quickly as possible? Or does your environment have size constraints and you want small files that still benefit from advanced features like high color depth? Exr-IO aims to support the requirements of different industries by making all these features available to users for free.

Loader and Saver offer flexible feature options

Cryptomatte support

Exr-IO file format plug-in allow automatic generation of selection mask layers based on cryptomatte data in OpenEXR files as well as filtering of cryptomatte data layers when opening files.

Exr-IO understands Photoshop layer options

Exr-IO conserves Photoshop layer options

Layer order, opacity, blending modes and visibility settings can be saved and loaded in OpenEXR files.

Exr-IO understands Photoshop layer options

Mipmap and ripmap support

Game designers, the vagabonds of many digital art developments, rapidly implement the EXR format in their production pipelines. Exr-IO 2 now offers customizable reading and writing of mipmaps and ripmaps. They can be easily modified and prepared for any kind of texture creation.

Multipart file and Deep pixel data import

Exr-IO reads multipart OpenEXR files and files containing deep pixel samples. Deep pixel data is not supported by Photoshop but Exr-IO opens all OpenEXR files that include deep data and merges the data for Photoshop compatible display.

Import multipart files with deep pixel data
Exr-IO has options to accomodate Photoshop's handling of alpha information

Options for alpha channel handling

Alpha channels can optionally be split into separate layers. They can added to other layers that don’t supply their own opacity information. Exr-IO offers additional opacity correction to support transparent light emitters.

Manage gigantic image data

Artists can now open huge data sets with a large number of layers with significantly lower memory requirements than before while still keeping read performance very high.

Exr-IO Layer management
Exr-IO now creates the proper ICC profiles for Photoshop

Color profile support

Exr-IO creates the proper ICC profiles for Photoshop

Exr-IO considers OpenEXR display window settings in Photoshop

Considers OpenEXR display window information

Display window information stored in the EXR file is considered during the import in Photoshop.

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