Getting started with Imagen Culling

Imagen Culling is in beta and available for free to all Imagen subscribers. The culling beta is not available for customers on trial.

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Send a Project for Culling

  1. To get started with Imagen Culling, import the photos that require culling into a Lightroom Classic catalog.

  2. To start a culling project, click ”Create a New Project” on the Projects page and choose ”Cull”.create project.png

  3. Select your Lightroom Catalog to cull using one of three methods:
    catalog.pnga. The ”My Lightroom Catalogs” button will list Lightroom catalogs that were recently opened. Click on the relevant one to load it.
    b. The ”Browse” button opens a window to manually select a catalog.
    c. ”Drag & Drop”: Locate your catalog and drag the catalog file (.LRCAT file extension) to the Imagen app.

  4. Once the catalog is loaded in Imagen, select the ”Folders” or ”Collections” you wish to cull.cullig cllu.png

  5. Please note the ”Filters” and ”Culling Preferences” sections on this page. You can use the Filter bar to make specific image selections. You can read more about it in this article: Using Imagen ”Filters” for marking and selecting specific photos.
    When uploading your first culling project, you will automatically be directed to the culling preferences page. You can use the ”Culling Preferences” button as well to set your preferences.

  6. Please ensure the correct number of photos has been selected. You can see this at the bottom of the folder selection screen.
    When everything is set, click the ”Upload” button.upload.png

Culling preferences explained

You can customize the culling results by clicking the ”Culling Preferences” button located in the lower right corner. There are three main categories you can adjust:

  1. Rating by: Determines how the culling results will be set. You can choose between:
    a. Color labels
    color label.pngb. Stars start ratings1.pngc. Flags
  1. Grouping Criteria: Imagen Culling selects the best photos per group, and with this setting, you can determine the similarity level of grouped photos:
    1. ”Less Similar” will group photos with a lower level of similarity.
      Choosing this setting will result in a lower number of photos selected as ”keepers” and ”standalone”.
    2. ”Similar” is the recommended similarity level. This setting will group photos that share similarities but are not identical.
    3. ”Very similar” will only group photos that are almost identical, resulting in more groups and more photos selected.
      Choose this option if you wish to receive more photos from Imagen culling.
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  2. Export Format(refer to picture above): You can choose whether you want to download the culling results to:
    a. Your Lightroom Classic catalog.
    b. Download them as an XMP files.
    Choose this option if you would like to review the culling results in another software such as Photo Mechanic or Adobe Bridge.
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    There are certain settings you might need to set in these software to ensure that you are able to view the results. Please refer to: What should I do if I don”t see the color labels in the software used for culling?

If the ”Culling preferences” are not changed, our default settings will be automatically applied:

  1. ”Rating by” - will be set with Star ratings.
  2. ”Grouping criteria” will be set on ”Similar”.
  3. ”Export format” will be set on ”Lightroom catalog”.

You can learn more about the Best practices for Imagen Culling on this link.

Upload process

Once the upload begins, you can see the uploading progress in the Uploader section on the top.
Here, you will see two uploads for the same project:

  1. Culling project.
  2. Imagen cloud storage upload of your photos. Please read this article to learn more about Imagen Cloud.

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The project’s culling takes place on the Imagen cloud, and after the culling upload is complete, you will see the progress of your cull in the Active tab on the Projects page. Read about the Projects page here. A rotating green loading symbol means that our AI is processing the project.

Downloading the culling results

When the progress shows a green tick, this means that the results are ready to download.loading.png
To download the result, click the ”Download to Review” button. download to review.pngTo confirm your project before downloading your newly rated photos by clicking on ”Download Ratings”.
In case you change the location/name of your catalog, you can use the ”Browse” option to locate the correct your rating metadata takes seconds. Once complete, you will be asked to review your photos and select your final selection for editing.

  • If you selected Lightroom Catalog to review your culls, then click the ”Review in Lightroom” button, and Imagen will open Lightroom Classic for you.
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  • Otherwise, click the ”Open Folder” button to see your photo files alongside their new XMP files. If you have the ”Open Photo Mechanic” button, you will be able to see the results directly in Photo Mechanic.
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Sending images to edit

Once you have reviewed the culling results, you are now ready to send your culled photos to Imagen with edit and complete your post-production.

When sending images to edit that were reviewed in other software (Photo Mechanic, Bridge, etc.), the XMP option will be automatically selected. This will allow you to read the changes made directly from the XMP rather than having to load them again in Lightroom. 

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Cull again feature

If you are not happy with the number of selected photos or if you want to use a different culling preference, you have the option to cull the project without having to upload it again. Find the project in your Projects tab, click the More options” menu (3 dots) on the right side, and click ”Cull again”. You will be automatically taken to the culling preferences page. You can change your preferences and click ”Cull Again”




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