Taking Rad Lab For A Spin

A few weeks before my computer crashed, I downloaded the trial version of Totally Rad’s Rad Lab. I’ve been editing my own photos in Photoshop Elements for several years. In general, I’m pretty happy with my results but it is time consuming. I wanted to see if Rad Lab would make the process go faster.

Long story short, my computer crashed before I had a chance to really dig in. I did some editing but it took longer than I thought it would. I’m sure most of that was the learning curve to get a feel for which filters I liked best. I did like the ease of applying a filter and quickly removing it if I didn’t like the effect.

I was able to get a couple of groups of photos edited and saved to my external hard drive before the crash. For the photos on the layout below, I wanted to see how some of the modern filters look when printed. It’s one thing to see the photos on the computer screen, but another when you have a print in hand.

I chose these photos of my nephews on the first day of school, a few years back. I combined Lights On, Oh Snap, Iron Mouse and Bullet Tooth in various opacity levels. I wanted prints with a grungier, darker tone, without the Instagram grainy look. These images aren’t as clear and sharp as they would be without the filters, but I am happy with how the prints came out.

The color is interesting and different and doesn’t look over processed. It’s not something I would do all the time, but sometimes the only way to save a bad image is to do something radical with it. In that case, I think Rad Lab would be great. Does anyone out there use Rad Lab to edit their photos? I’m still on the fence about making the investment and purchasing it. Would love to hear any reviews or tip on how anyone is using it.

That’s it for today. I currently have no pressing plans for the weekend which means two whole days to catch up on crafty projects. Β And boy do I need it! I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love how they turned out! So sorry to hear about your computer πŸ™ Rad Lab is out of my price range, but I LOVE pic tap go for my iphone. I use it on almost every photo πŸ™‚

  2. Two days of crafting! That would be heavenly!!! Hate to hear about your computer.

  3. Bummer about the crash πŸ™
    I have never used Rad Lab but have heard of it. I am actually ashamed to say that I got a PSE 9 free with our new computer and still rely on Picasa. I am so intimidated by it and just never seem to have the time to devote to learning it.
    Great page, Tammy!

  4. Technology is great…when it works. πŸ™ Love your layout! It’s a great school page. I’ve been using Photoshop Elements for so long, but have been trying out Picmonkey.com for ease of use.

  5. This is a great layout.
    I don’t my photos at all. I take a photo and hope for the best, lol.
    I have added a filter or two, when I have uploaded a photo to instagram….but even then I kind of leave them alone.

  6. I’ve never heard of rad lab. I take almost all pics on my phone and edit them there before printing. I’m as simple as you can get πŸ˜‰

  7. Hope you had a great weekend! Cool post on the photos. I’m glad my husband does the photo editing, since he is the true photographer in the family. I bet I would get all caught up in all the actions and never finish editing…..


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