Best practices for Imagen Culling

Imagen offers a unique AI culling solution for photographers. Because it utilizes proprietary algorithms and an integrated workflow solution with Imagen Editing, we thought this documentation could help you understand the methodology and best practices for Imagen Culling.

  • Imagen culling will analyze your photos and help you reduce time when culling. 
  • You can receive the metadata results in a Lightroom Catalog or XMP. Some RAW files, like DNG, may embed the XMP metadata within the RAW file rather than leave them as sidecar files.
  • You have the choice of receiving the results as either Color Labels or Star Ratings, depending on your preference. You can also customize which stars or colors represent each level of culling

Understanding Culling rating results

Photos are assessed for their resemblance to form groups of similar images. We designed our rating systems to give you flexibility for your existing workflow.


  • 1-Star: Low-rated, likely not worth keeping, better alternatives may exist.
  • 3-Stars: Potential keepers, they have value and could be good choices.
  • 4-Stars: Unique, no alternatives available; these photos deserve special attention.
  • 5-Stars: Keepers, your selected best photos.

If you are using color labels as your culling preference, then think of the results like a traffic light.


  • Red = Low rating, probably not worth keeping; better options likely exist.
  • Yellow = Possibly worth keeping; they could be good choices.
  • Blue = No alternatives available; unique photos that warrant special review. You should review these one-of-a-kind photos. Unique photos deserving of a special review.
  • Green =  Keepers, your selected best photos.

Recommended Culling Workflow

  1. Review the “No Alternatives” selections by using your preferred software for filtering (Lightroom Classic, Photo Mechanic, Adobe Bridge) and see if there are any photos there you would like to keep.
  2. Review the “Keeper” photos, and if you see an image that you are not satisfied with, adjust the color/rating for each photo to what you feel is best.
  3. Check the “Maybe” category. This is where you cull-in your absolute best photos.
  4. COMING SOON If desired, you can review the “Low-rated” to ensure no photo was missed.

Sending a Culled Project for Editing

To learn how to send a culled project for editing, please see this article: Send a culled project to edit

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