Use Culling Studio for the first time

Culling Studio helps save you time with culling by grouping your photos and rating them according to your preferences. You can quickly review your best photos, tweak the ratings, and then go straight to editing in the Imagen app.

These are the main steps:

  1. Create a new culling project
  2. Review your culled photos
  3. Adjust your results and send your photos to edit

Create a new culling project

  1. Import the photos for culling into a Lightroom Classic catalog.
  2. On the Projects page, click Create a New Project, and select Cull.

  3. Select the source of the photos you want to cull. Imagen supports culling from Lightroom Classic catalogs or from compatible Adobe editing software. Click Lightroom Classic catalog or Photos on the computer.

  4. Choose the type of photos in the project.

  5. Upload the photos.

The New Culling Project opens.

  1. (Recommended) Select Edited previews for a preview of the photos edited with an AI Profile. Then, in the Choose an AI Profile list, choose a profile. These edited previews help you make an informed choice when culling, and you aren’t charged for them. You’ll be charged only for the images you send to edit later in the process.

  2. Choose the location of the photos to cull.

  3. Click Upload. Your photos are uploaded, and culling takes place on the Imagen Cloud. On the Projects page, in the Active tab, you can track the culling progress in the Progression column.


Review your culled photos

  1. When the culling is complete, click Review Culling to open Culling Studio.

    (First-time only) The Culling Studio Quick Start opens.

    A culling summary opens.

  2. Click Got it to close the summary, and Culling Studio opens in grid view. Imagen has rated your photos and grouped them by your culling preferences. In the example below, we use the default preferences, which are Imagen’s best practice.

Here is a quick tour of the Culling results page.

1: Check the number of filtered images and the active filters.

2: Choose filters to show and hide different culling rankings.

3: Display the keyboard shortcuts for Culling Studio.

4: Get an overview of the culling results.

5: Toggle between grid view and loupe view.

To filter the best pick from Imagen culling, we recommend you filter your photos by Keepers and Standalones. Keepers are the best photos from a group of similar photos. Standalones are unique photos. They don't have duplicates and are not part of a group. See our guide for more information on understanding culling results and ratings.

If you want to export your ratings to Lightroom Catalog, you can always sync them back after review. Click Export <# of photos> photo ratings, and export to Lightroom Catalog. When you go back to your project in Imagen, it automatically detects changes in the culling results and prompts you to sync before you continue editing.


Adjust your results and send your photos to edit

Tweak ratings in grid and loupe view

If needed, change ratings and filters until you are happy with your choice. Feel free to add stars, colors, or flags to help you filter the best photos.

Here is an example flow to review ratings:

  1. Similar photos have a number next to the image, showing how many images are in the group. To review photos in a group, hover over a thumbnail image in the group or double-click it. Then, click it, and press the space bar.  

    A pop-up of the image opens. Use the mouse or arrow keys to navigate to the image you want. Pick your favorite shot by changing the ratings inside each image.

  2. For loupe view, double-click an image, and press the spacebar to enter Loupe view.
    Use the keyboard arrow keys to browse images in Loupe view. For images in a group, click the up arrow to go into the group and then browse through the images. Use the keyboard shortcuts to change filters quickly.

    Press the F key to see the image in full screen.

  3. Click the Culling overview button to review your culling results.


Send for editing

  1. Finalize the filters to select the photos you want to edit. These are the photos that Imagen will charge you for editing.

  2. (Optional) If you want to select within this group, click the Select button and then select the photos to send to edit.

  3. Click the Edit Photos button. The Send for edit dialog opens.

  4. In the Photos to edit list, choose which photos to send to edit. You can send the selected photos, all the photos in the current filter view, or all the photos in the project.

  5. In the Choose and AI Profile list, select the same AI profile you used while culling.

  6. In the Additional AI Tools area, select the AI Tools.

  7. Click Send to edit the images.

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