This is a long overdue post folks! I think I’ve been promising to do a more in-depth post on how I use RabLab for photo editing for a quite a while now. The truth is, I’ve been putting it off because I’m going through a photo processing identity crisis. I love the modern-meets-vintage-faded-nostalgic-look but lately I’ve been feeling like my photos look overly processed. Right now I’m trying to get that look I like without the photo screaming, “this was extensively photoshopped!” I look back at some of the photos I’ve processed over the years and I can’t help but cringe a little (sometimes a LOT). Oh well, it’s a work in progress. Since it’s probably going to take some time before I find that happy place for my photo editing, I figured I should just go ahead and share what I’m doing right now.
Here are some examples of the before (straight out of camera) + after (processed using RadLab)
before + after no. 1
before + after no. 2
before + after no. 3
before + after no. 4
What is RadLab exactly? It’s a photoshop plug-in and it functions like Totally Rad photoshop actions on speed. You get instant previews of what the photo will look like before you apply a certain style and once you decide to run it, the processing happens pretty much instantaneously. For a more eloquent and in-depth explanation of RadLab, check out this video by Doug Boutwell.
Here’s a closer at the RadLab interface. Behold the instant previews! Notice that there are two tabs? The styles tab is where you will find all the different RadLab styles that can be applied. Those of you that have TRA or TRA2: The Revenge will see that most of your beloved actions are now available as “stylets” in RadLab.
Let’s talk about the recipes tab. Hands down, this is my favorite feature! This is where you can save your customized combinations of stylets (“recipes”) so that you can easily access them and use them over and over again! The saving process is easy too – just click on the SAVE button, name your recipe, and it’s added to your recipes tab.
Here’s a closer look at the recipe I used to process the pumpkin festival photos.
I really really love RabLab. It’s super easy to use and super fast and it’s literally cut my photo processing time down by half (at least! and that’s no exaggeration!).