Radlab Demo Review - Cool and very convenient!
One of the more fun, but also more time consuming aspects of photography is editing pictures, whether it be for simple things such as red eye removal, or something a bit more complex, such as making a picture have more pop. Radlab attempts to make these things simple by allowing people to use preset actions that they can easily customize to their heart’s content.
Just so people know what Radlab is, it is a plug-in into Adobe Photoshop, where you can basically set a bunch of different actions onto a photo with ease.They have about 78 different actions, all of which you can look at on https://www.gettotallyrad.com/products/radlab/stylets/.
Installation is easy, you just click the buttons when told to move on to the next step, and voila! Ready to go. However, it must be warned that in order to download the program, you have to become a member of gettotallyrad.com, the company website for Totally Rad! Inc., software makers of Radlab. I wasn’t bothered by it, but for some, it might be another thing they get into their spam folder.
Anyway, onto viewing. What’s pretty cool about Radlab is that not only does it do photoshop actions, it can also work on layers as well. It helps for people who want to see their difference between your photo and your editing. You can also have a little floating box that conveniently places Radlab near your work space.
it opens quickly, and you not only get your photo but also get your 78 options of actions as well. You can change the size of either your photo or your action previews, depending on ow much space you need, or in my case, to overcome the nearsightedness that I suffer from (thank you, genetics!). What’s also pretty neat is the fact that you can see and compare your edits within the window, with the use of convenient buttons!
you can also change the size of the radlab window to be bigger or smaller, but it does cause buttons to become squished, which is less of a problem and more of a thing to note, but for some people with small screens, it could be a bit frustrating.
Anway, onto the fun stuff!
With Radlab, once your mouse glides over your action options, you can preview the actions on your main photo, applying it by clicking. You can also see the levels on the histrogram for white balance, along with actually controlling just how strong the action can be. What’s also neat is that whatever action you have on your photo previously is reflected in the action previews as well. This makes it a lot easier for many people to see just exactly how their actions will look on their photos, instead of a basic idea of what the action will do.
(Note the difference between the previews from the picture before and this one now!)
Radlab also has various options within the actions, things controlling such as the amount of glow in the “Technicolor Dream World” action.
Another neat thing that Radlab does is recipes, which are just actions that you can add together. It makes things alot easier and you can actually control each action individually as well, more glow, less noise, etc. This is much more convenient than the use of actions in Photoshop where you can’t really control individual matters until after the fact.
(Automatic option, not my immediate first choice for a title.)
All in all, I really do enjoy the use of Radlab on my pictures. Not only does it make editing photos quick and easy, it also makes it fun, which is important, as many people may be put off or overwhelmed by programs such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro.
Definitely try it out if and when you can. If you like it, save up! I know I am going to.