Many photographers have an existing workflow where they use a digital asset manager to hold their raw images. These files can then be developed and then handed off to Radiant Photo. The same advice holds true if using the raw processing application provided by your camera’s manufacturer.

Geometric adjustments

Consider making any geometric adjustments such as rotating, straightening, or cropping first. You can also apply perspective correction to an image if needed in a raw developer.

Lens correction

Many lenses introduce additional issues to a photo.  Take advantage of a Lens Correction preset if it’s available for your camera and lens combination. This can remove any lens distortion and vignette.

Major exposure issues

If your raw file suffers from major exposure issues, you can use the recovery tools to get a good base image.  This step is optional and is only needed for raw files that suffer from very poor exposure.

Avoid everything else

The more you pre-process your image, the more damage you can do. The color and exposure controls in Radiant Photo will surpass your other processing options in nearly all cases. Try saving a base preset that only minimally processes the image using the suggestions above.

Save a 16-bit TIFF

While raw files are high-quality images, they are not the best format to apply additional edits. Instead, you should try making a 16-bit TIFF file. This robust format ensures greater color and tone flexibility for additional edits.


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