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RadLab Q&A

You have questions, we have answers! We wanted to take a moment to address some of the most common questions we’ve been getting about RadLab. Because most of the answers are a bit technical, and not exactly full of edge of your seat, nail biting excitement we’ve thrown in some adorable baby animals for your enjoyment.

Can I use my actions in RadLab? What are Stylets?

Stylets are a completely new format for expressing an image transformation. They’re not a preset, nor an action. We’ve designed them to be capable of the same things our actions can do, but in a more streamlined, flexible way. Even though 50 of RadLab’s Stylets are converted from our Photoshop actions, they are completely different things. RadLab actually doesn’t know or care what actions you have installed, and wouldn’t know what to do with your actions anyway.

Where’s Pro Retouch? How about Yin / Yang? Can I make localized adjustments?

Localized adjustments are coming in a future version, and is a very high priority on our list of features to add. Actions like Pro Retouch, Yin / Yang and Big Blue will eventually have similar tools available in RadLab. In version 1.0, RadLab’s interface is limited to global, “whole image” adjustments, though you can still create a new layer and use masking to remove the effect from certain areas of the image in Photoshop.

Can you open multiple images in RadLab at the same time? Can I apply a recipe to multiple photos at once?

Though RadLab can only deal with one image at a time, it’s very easy to save a recipe and apply it with one click to the next photo you’re working on. You can also make an action that uses RadLab, and run images through a batch with that action in Photoshop. There’s a short video telling you how to use RadLab in an action here.

I want to use actions from (insert other action company) in RadLab! How can I do that?

If there are particular effects or features you’d like to see, please drop a line and let us know! We plan on producing several new Stylet packs for RadLab in the future, and we’re always interested in hearing what our users want to see.

What about textures from Dirty Pictures?

We plan on giving RadLab the ability to apply textures, borders, and other “static” artwork in the future. We don’t have a firm time frame at the moment, but our goal is to have RadLab replace Dirty Pictures for all your texturing needs. It’s faster, more robust, and doesn’t require CS3, so it’ll be a huge improvement over the current Dirty Pictures interface. Stay tuned.

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