Features & Workflows

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Culling Flows

Culling flows are made to let you choose which images to send for AI culling, and how. They three flows are the options located under PostProᵂᴬᴺᴰ in Lightroom Classic's Plug-in Extras menu.

Follow these instructions to reach Plug-in Extras:
1. Open Lightroom Classic
2. Go to File > Plug-in Extras
3. In the Plug-in Extras menu that pops on the right, find PostProᵂᴬᴺᴰ, here you can find Wand Plugin's flows

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Run on Entire Catalog

If you have a Lightroom catalog with 8,000 images or less and you want to process all the photos within it, you can choose the Run on Entire Catalog flow. This flow will take all the available images in the catalog and send them for AI processing.

Follow these instructions to reach Run on Entire Catalog:
1. Open the Lightroom Classic catalog containing the photos
2. Go to File > Plug-in Extras
3. In the Plug-in Extras menu, find PostProᵂᴬᴺᴰ, select and click Run on Entire Catalog

Run on Selection

If you have a Lightroom catalog and you want to process some of the photos within it, you can choose the Run on Selection flow. This requires you to select the photos you would like to process for AI culling prior to selecting this flow.

Follow these instructions to reach Run on Selection:
1. Open the Lightroom Classic catalog containing the photos
2. Select the photos you would like to process for AI culling
3. Go to File > Plug-in Extras
4. In the Plug-in Extras menu, find PostProᵂᴬᴺᴰ, then select and click Run on Selection

Run on Next Import

If you have new photos that you haven't imported in to Lightroom yet, you can let Wand process the images for AI culling while they are being imported to Lightroom.

Follow these instructions carefuly to use the Run on Next Import flow:
1. Open the Lightroom Classic catalog you would like to import your photo to. This can be a new catalog or an existing one.
2. Go to File > Plug-in Extras
3. In the Plug-in Extras menu, find PostProᵂᴬᴺᴰ, then select and click Run on Import.
This action opens a new Collection called 'Imported', located under the Collection Set named 'Wand Latest Import'.
4. Start your import process, open the Import Dialogue by:
    1. Using the 'Import' button in Library mode, or
    2. From File > Import Photos and Video, or
    3. In Windows PC use CTRL + Shift + I, or
    4. in macOS use CMD + Shift + I
5. Select the source of the images you would like to import in to Lightroom
6. Under File Handling, check the box next to "Add to Collection", then

  • In the Collections list opened below, toggle the Collection Set called 'Wand Latest Import' , then Select (by clicking once) on the Collection named 'Imported' 

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Processing Time

After choosing a flow and sending your photos for AI culling, three operations will run simultaneously. You can see their progress in the progress bar.

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Validating files

After you select a flow Wand Plugin will start to validate the files in your catalog and try to get access to your original files or Smart Previews.

Rendering & Sending

Once the validation stage is complete Wand will start creating small, JPG  files of your images and send them to the PostPro servers for AI processing. You need to have a working internet connection.

Our algorithms run on the cloud so your computer’s processing power will be free for other energy consuming tasks you may need to do at the same time such as Photoshop work. 

Waiting for results response

While processing, powerful algorithms look for technical issues in the photos, such as closed eyes, near-identical shots, and others, to send the most accurate culling back to your Lightroom Catalog. This step is pretty quick and takes just a few minutes.

* Once the results come back to your catalog, new collections will be created and populated with the relevant images, and if not chosen otherwise, purple color labels will be applied to the rejected images. 

You can cancel an ongoing process in the middle

Click on the X button on the edge of the progress bar, but notice that if you cancel the process mid way your changes won’t be saved and you will need to start from the top. 

Wand Collections

Collections are here to organize and group images with the same technical issues together, so you can choose what you do with them and have complete freedom of choice with your workflow.


Here are 3 things you should know about Wand Collections:

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  1. Every session gets its own Collection Set, so you can process as many sessions as you like without losing the previous culling in the catalog. Each Session name will be “Wand Collection” and then the exact date and time of processing. (e.g. Wand Collection 20/01/2022 12:48:03)

  2. A Session is a Collection Set and it contains two other Collections Sets:

    • AI Filters: In it are the Collections of the grouped images with flaws such as Closed Eyes, Low Quality, Duplicates and Lower Ranking.

    • Recommendations: Divided to two Collections, one with all the images Wand recommended for rejection called “Rejected”, and the second that contains all the rest of the images, called “Production”.
       

  3. To give you complete freedom while not over populating your catalog with different labels, ratings and flags, the grouping these type of images together in collections makes it easier for you to apply which ever filter you’d like. Just go into a collection, select all or some images, and apply any filter from everything Lightroom Classic has to offer. ​

* The next section gives detailed explanations about Wand Collections and AI Filters.

 

AI Filters

Wand’s AI filters are grouped together in the Session, so instead of bombarding your catalog with multiple color labels, ratings and flags for each type of filter, the grouping of each filter in a collection allows you to personalize the results to your workflow.

​Here are 3 things you need to know about Wand’s AI Filters:​
 

  1. Each Filter Collection (except Lower Ranking) may contain rejected and non-rejected images. There are times an image will have a technical issue but Wand will decide not to reject it as it may not have a better or more suitable replacement in its stack (a stack is a group of similar images).
     

  2. The Duplicates Collection contains all the nearly identical images, one after the other, showing you which images were declared duplicates. With the Purple color label you can see which of them is worse and thus rejected.
     

  3. Lower Ranking Collection contains only rejected images, they are the weakest and there most likely to be better options in their stack. The reason for rejecting images under Lower Ranking varies, and is being decided by a combination of filters.

 
 

Recommendations

The Recommendations Collection Set contains the sum of images you processed in the session, and is divided into two new Collections, Rejected and Production. for example if you’ve sent 1000 images, all of them will show up in the Recommendations Collection Set split in the two Collections.

What you should know about the Recommendations Collection Set:
 

  1. Rejected Collection contains every image Wand recommends to ignore. These are the (technically) weakest images in every stack and most likely there are better and more suitable images in their stack. 
     

  2. Production Collection contains all the rest of the images, in which you will probably find your best shots in. It does not mean there won’t be any images with technical flaws being in this Collection as sometimes there are technically flawed images without a better or more suitable replacement.

 

Keywords

The Keywords Wand gives to images allows you to easily see which technical issues an image might have. The Keywording box can be viewed in Library Mode on the Right Panel, under the Quick Develop box. 

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Here are two ways you can leverage the Keywords to personalize your workflow:
 

  1. Use the Keyword List box to get more information about the AI filters. One cool thing you can do with Keywords is save them onto the original files. If you’re moving between applications and workspaces it may be crucial to take the AI filter with the photos. To do that first make sure you have the Original Files available to Lightroom and then just save. Click CMD+S (in mac) CTRL+S (in Windows).
     

  2. Make the Library Filter visible and add the Keyword column. Using the Keyword column allows you to see which images are with certain keywords are currently in the folder/collection you are currently viewing. 

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Labels & Stars

Wand uses Lightroom’s Color Labels as another type of separation alongside Wand Collections. Labels applied by Wand only mark images that have been recommended for rejection.

Here’s what you need to know about Labels & Star Ratings:
 

  1. ​The Purple Label is applied by default on all images that were recommended for rejection. You can view all images labeled with Purple in the Rejected Collection under Recommendations Collection Set, or by showing only the Purple label using the color filter bars at the top right or under Attribute in the Library Filter bar.
     

  2. If you need all color labels untouched, You can choose not to use color labels with the checkbox in the Plugin Manager. 

    • Go to File > Plugin Manager

    • Click on PostProᵂᴬᴺᴰ

    • Under the PostPro logo, click the checkbox if you Don’t want to use color labels as default for the rejected images. After checking the box, restart Lightroom to make sure the change has been applied correctly.

 

⚠️ Please note

The rejected images in the Duplicates collection will not be visible if you chose to use the “Don’t use color labels” feature. A recommended method for this scenario would be to use the Keywords.

Here’s what to do in this scenario:

  1. Go in the Duplicates Collection

  2. Toggle the top panel called “Library Filter:” (Shortcut backward-slash, above the Enter key, or go to View > Show Filter Bar).

  3. Click on Metadata to show the Keyword column*

  4. Click the “Rejected” keyword to show only rejected images in that collection

  5. Select all images and apply any label you want from Lightroom’s filters; Color labels, Star ratings, or flags.

* If the Keyword column isn't showing, tap the 'show more' button to the right of any of the columns and click Add Column. In the new column replace where it says None with Keyword.

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