Monday, September 3, 2012

I'm Lovin' Radlab for Photo Editing


I have said this before and I'll say it again, "I love Radlab."  Radlab is one of the easiest ways to edit your photos and improve your workflow.   And the totally awesome dudes and dude-ettes at Radlab are giving our Moms Who Click readers a 15% off discount by using the code 1346MOMSWHOCLICK at checkout.  

If you are not familiar with RadLab,  it is a filter plug-in available for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom that simplifies photo effects and makes retouching your photos a breeze.  It is a great way to juice up and fix up your photos without spending hours in front of your computer.

What I love most about RadLab is that once I upload a photo and choose Radlab (found in the filters menu), a separate window opens showing me my image as well as a preview of what the 78 different effects will look like on my image.    It is a much more visual way of editing.

Here is a peek at the preview interface...pretty cool, huh?





The other great aspect about RadLab is that each stylet has it's own set of controls, so you can tweak it to your liking.  The sliders make adjusting brightness, saturation, etc...quick and simple.  You can also combine any number of different stylets to create your own look and save your editing recipe so that you can use it again and again.

My personal favorite stylets are Claire-ify, Oh, Snap! &  Lights On.  I tend to go for a  clean, crisp edit and that is exactly what I get with these.  However, when I'm looking for a little extra oomph or want to get a bit more creative, I can do that too.  Using stylets like Troy, Grandma's Tap Shoes, and Pistachio, I can create all kinds of great effects.   Check out these samples below:


Sunflower Before

Sunflower After--With a Little Grandma's Tap Shoes

Dad at the Beach Before

Dad at the Beach After--Using Troy and Get Faded Summer
I love this vintage effect!
Radlab is great for "fixing" photos too.  For example, the photo below was one that I took in the shade.  I had been taking photos only moments before in an area that had more light and forgot to adjust my ISO.  Needless to say, what I got was a photo that needed a little work and with a few simple clicks, I was able to create a photo that went from this.....


to this.....

A little Oh Snap!  Lights On and Claire-fy, totally saved this image
It's hard to believe it is the same photo, right?

I love how easy RadLab is to use and am so glad I have it as part of my editing toolkit.   If you want to give it a test drive you can try it out for 30 days by clicking here.

Disclosure:  I am a Radvocate which means I receive a commission should you decide to purchase RadLab using the links in this post or the link located in the sidebar.  However, I am a HUGE fan of this product.  I totally love it and think it is truly RAD.   As always, I only recommend vendors and companies that I personally use and love!

4 comments:

  1. Nice, clear explanation of RadLab. And I agree, it is fabulous.

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  2. I just may give the trial a try - I started to buy it on a number of occasions, then just can't seem to complete the purchase. Maybe by trying it first I'll decide to purchase it.

    Thanks for explaining it and for the examples.

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  3. I'm wondering if you'e used Topaz. They seem as if they might be similar, but I do believe I like the preview images in RadLab. Maybe I'll do the free trial.

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  4. Im sold . I love what you have done. Its wonderful . The vintage is fantastic.
    Thanks for posting this in KK.

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