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Kodak Professional Select’s AI-powered virtual assistant speeds up image culling

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Kodak Alaris has introduced a new application, Kodak Professional Select. The app relies upon proprietary artificial intelligence to cull hundreds to thousands of images based upon technical attributes and aesthetic qualities.

The company states that technical attributes include color, focus, brightness, exposure, contrast and sharpness. With respect to aesthetic qualities, the AI looks for eyes being open, smiles and centered faces in your images. Kodak Professional Select then uses this data to select your best images and showcases them in an ‘easy-to-use interface.’ Importantly, the user maintains total control over which images are included in a final selection. The AI has been designed to drastically speed up this process. Kodak promises that ‘image culling is completed in minutes.’

Along with artificial intelligence, Kodak Professional Select allows the user to tag images with keywords, adjust the orientation, add star-based ratings, organize your files and more. You can learn more about Kodak Professional Select and see it in action in Kodak’s video below.

As you can see in the video above, to use Kodak Professional Select you must first sign up and install the required desktop application. This app interacts with Kodak’s cloud-based software. You then select and upload your images, which the software resizes for faster uploading and processing on the cloud. Once your images are uploaded, Professional Select goes to work and analyzes each image, ranking, and organizing your best images from the batch.

You can adjust how Kodak Professional Select prioritizes its evaluation criteria. Further, you can select how many images you desire from the batch. For example, you can prioritize exposure and sharpness and then select that you will want to keep 20 images from a batch of 500.

Kodak Professional Select judges images based upon multiple properties, including color, focus, contrast, and how the faces look in your images. Click to enlarge.

Once the analysis is complete, you will be able to adjust score criteria, add/remove selections, move images between groups, review images that the software determined were nearly identical and more. At this point, you can adjust the orientation of images, rate photos and add keywords. Once you’re all set with your selection, you export your selected images for the next step in your editing workflow.

Kodak Professional Select is compatible with Windows 10 and macOS Mojave (10.14.4) or newer and requires an internet connection. The following file formats are supported: DNG, JPG, RAW, TIF, CRW, CR2, CR3, RAF, 3FR, FFF, ARW, KDC, MRW, MOS, IIQ, NEF, NRW, ORF, RW2, PEF, X3F, SRF.

With its AI, Kodak Professional Select promises to make culling your images much easier and faster than traditional manual analysis. A free trial is available to try the software for yourself.

If you’d like to try Kodak Professional Select to see if it will fit in your workflow and speed up your image culling, there is a free 30-day trial available. After this trial, the ‘virtual assistant’ solution is available in monthly or annual subscriptions. Kodak Professional Select costs $29.95 per month. If you’d prefer a 12-month subscription, you pay $299.95, the equivalent of 10 months. To download the trial, head to Kodak Professional Select’s website.

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