Cull & Edit Workflows in Aftershoot
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So you’re ready to take full advantage of AI Culling & Editing, but aren't sure which workflow is the best for you? Worry not, we're here to help and guide you through all the available options!

Aftershoot offers you two ways in which you can use both features. In this article, we'll go over how to proceed if your images are already in Lightroom. And if you've already run your editing, but not your culling, skip to the bottom to learn how to work around that!

You've gone ahead and imported your images into Lightroom, and now you're ready to cull and edit. The first thing you want to do is fire up Aftershoot and run your culling. During this step, you'll go ahead and revise and adjust your selections.

Pro Tip: Give our "My Selections" feature a try, to choose your favorites quickly and easily!

Once you're done making adjustments, go ahead and click "Save Changes" before moving on to the next step.

After saving your selections, go back into Lightroom to pull back those Stars and Colors. To do this, go into Library Mode and select all the images. Next, head to the top part of the screen, click on Metadata and then on Read Metadata from Files.


If you already applied edits it’s absolutely crucial that you perform the following step, otherwise, all your edits will be lost.

Make sure you click Save Metadata to Files first, to preserve your edits (including those made by Aftershoot), before you read the Stars and Colors.

Lightroom will ask you to confirm if you are sure about this step. Go ahead and confirm, but note that this will overwrite any edits applied to the images and set them back to the RAWs' original state.

Pro Tip: This is the perfect time to build some Smart Previews if you haven't done that already.

With your Stars and Colors all nice and loaded, go ahead and close your Lightroom catalog. Then, it's time to open Aftershoot back up, and run your editing!

All that's left is to open your Lightroom catalog again - now edited and culled! Now you can use the Star and Color filters or keywords to narrow down your selections for review and tweaks!

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