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How to Edit Your Images With Aftershoot
Justin Benson avatar
Written by Justin Benson
Updated over a week ago

Before you can begin editing with Aftershoot you need to prepare one of three things - a Personal AI Editing Profile, a pre-built AI Style, or a Creator Style.

Learn how to create and train your Personal AI Editing Profile here and how to download a pre-built AI Style or Creator style here.

Once you're done with that, you can begin editing.

Step 1. Import Your Images

There are two ways for you to begin editing. You can either import and cull first, note that you might need to connect a catalog to your culled images in order to edit them in this scenario. We described this flow in our Cull & Edit with Aftershoot article here.

In this article, we'll focus on the second option, which is going straight to editing. On the Aftershoot Home Screen click on + New Album or on Create New Album.

What you have in front of you is the Import screen. Here is where you will add the images that you wish to edit. You have three options to choose from when adding your images:

  • Choose from the most recent catalogs you worked with in Aftershoot

  • Browse your system and add them manually

  • Drag and Drop them directly into the center part of your screen

There are two ways for you to import your images now. You can either upload your images as RAW or JPEG files, edit and export them. Or you can connect your Lightroom or Capture One catalogs, let Aftershoot edit them, and then preview them in your software of choice.

Once you've uploaded your images, look at the top of your screen and click on the Edit tab to proceed.

Note: Before importing your catalogs into Aftershot, enable Build Smart Previews in Lightroom or Generate Previews in Capture One for faster editing. The previews can be any size, but for the sake of speed, we recommend opting for the smallest one.

If you wish to edit RAW or JPEG files proceed to Step 3 of this article.

If you wish to edit Lightroom or Capture One catalogs proceed to Step 2 of this article.

Step 2. Filter & Select The Images You Wish to Edit

Now you need to select which images in this catalog you wish to edit. Aftershoot is equipped with several features to make this process quick and smooth.

By default, the imported catalog will display the images in Folder View. However, you can also choose to view the inside of your catalogs in Collection View by clicking on the icon in the screenshot below.

Next, select the collections or folders inside the catalog that you wish to edit. Simply click on the checkbox next to the collection or folder you wish to select, to do so.

Note: Aftershoot lets you edit an unlimited amount of images without any additional costs, just note that any past edits will be overwritten.

Then, further, choose which images to edit within the selected collections and folders by applying filters. Click on the Apply Filters button, to bring out the Filter selection drawer.

Here you can choose to filter images inside a catalog by Image Type, Star Rating, Color Label, Flags, and Camera.

Step 3. Select Edit Preferences

Now that you've decided on which images you want to edit, it's time to decide how you want them to be edited. Select your preferences in the top right corner of the screen.

The first thing you need to choose is the Personal AI Profile, AI Style, or Creator Style you want to use for this edit.

Note: Keep in mind that Personal AI Editing Profiles trained on Lightroom Catalogs can only be used to edit Lightroom Catalogs, RAWs, and JPEGs. The same logic applies to Profiles trained on Capture One catalogs.

Next, you will see a drop-down list of Color Profiles. These were the most frequently used profiles in the catalogs that your Personal AI Editing Profile was trained on. Select one that best fits your needs for this edit.

Last but not least, we have to check boxes and two toggles. Select the first two if you want Aftershoot to automatically Crop and Straighten your photos. You can also customize how you want Aftershoot to Crop your images by selecting between a Loose or Aggressive setting, as well as your preferred image ratio outcome.

Then there is the Adjust non-AI sliders toggle. Enabling this allows Aftershoot to adjust static values that you don't adjust often. This is useful in case you use presets and will allow Aftershoot to add the particular values of your preset automatically, so you don't have to do it yourself later on.

Step 4. Edit, Review, Improve

Now it's finally time to click on the Edit button in the lower right corner of the screen. You can sit back and relax at this point or do some other work. Once your edit is done you will receive an in-app notification, as well as an email. It's important to remember not to let your computer go to sleep while Aftershoot is editing.

With the edit done, you can start reviewing your images by clicking on Review in Lightroom/Capture One. This will open your app of choice so you can review the images and make any necessary tweaks and adjustments directly there. You can also Export your images and review them manually.

If you're happy with your edits you can use them to further train and improve the profile you used for this session. Simply click on one of the two Improve Profile buttons on the screen. Note that this only works if you edited Lightroom/Capture One catalogs.

Over here you can select the catalog you just edited, as well as add other recently used catalogs, to continuously teach your Personal AI Editing Profile. The process is the same as when you initially trained it.

Once you're done simply click on the Continue button and Aftershoot will do the rest. This way you can continue improving your Profile with each new edit, making it more accurate and consistent, while saving more time for yourself.

For more information and tutorials on how to cull or edit your images with Aftershoot, be sure to visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/@aftershoot.

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