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Faster than ever: Radiant Photo’s new batch processing system

Radiant Photo by Radiant Imaging Labs updated their batch processing system. If you have the need for speed, you’ll be quite happy with this new update.

What does Radiant Photo do?

When you open an image, Radiant Photo analyzes each image and suggests edits that it feels is best for each photo. Rather than applying presets, it attempts to bring out color, detail and light in each photo.

And now, it’s gotten a lot faster. This includes their revamped batch processing system. I recently updated Radiant Photo to Version 1.1.1.266. This update adds two new features that improve the ability to batch-process photos.

Opening folder and automatically selecting all its contents

If you wish, instead of selecting the specific files, you may open a folder.

How do you do this? You can now choose File > Open Folder to select an entire folder of images to process. The folder can even have subfolders within it. Boom! Done! Wait for them to load and you’re ready to go! You may be limited by the amount of RAM, of course.

Improved batch processing speeds and stability

Radiant Imaging Labs has improved the batch processing speed of Radiant Photo. I processed nine photos, and I can say that the processing is considerably faster using the “Save All” command.

Radiant Imaging Labs also reports that they have increased stability for those with less RAM. This can save incredible amounts of time. I have a lot of RAM, 40GB, and I still noticed a difference. They report that they are working on other batch processing with additional features in the future.

In the upper right corner above, you’ll notice that next to the yellow “Save” button, you also have a “Save All” button. As usual, you may tweak all of the photos individually, then hit “Save All.” The processing is quicker than before.

Selecting “Press All” produces the Save File Menu. You can rename the photos if you wish, select “File Settings,” “Reduce size,” and more. If you wish to use these settings without prompting next time, check the box in the lower left.

Or of course, you can save each photo individually at a time too. Above, you are given choices in the menu system, including appending names to the file name, file settings and more, similar to saving multiple files simultaneously.

Much faster processing in general!

With Version 1.1.1.266, upon import, I immediately noticed that the analyzing and processing is now considerably faster. Not only that, when I changed certain parameters such as sharpening or fidelity, the processing was almost instantaneous. Multiply that by several photos, such as the nine photos I was batch processing, and the savings in time is significant.

Because my photos are night photos with light painting, it still requires a little tweaking. But it’s surprising how “on point” the AI processing choices are. I make a few tweaks or select the User Presets that I’ve saved, and the results are beautiful. And the savings in time are significant. Remember, these are not presets in any conventional sense. Radiant Photo actually analyzes the photo and then applies what it feels it needs based on its analysis of many previous photos.

So far, the program is stable despite loading nine 16-bit TIFF files. And the difference in processing speed between V1.0 and V1.1 is enormous

Computer used for this article

I used a mid-2017 iMac 27″ Retina 5K with 4.2GHz i7 processors, 40GB RAM, and MacOS Monterey Version 12.6. For this article, I ran Radiant Photo as a stand-alone application. I mention this because most of the time I am writing about it, I am using it as a plug-in with Photoshop CC.