How to use FilterPixel: AI Photo Culling Software

How to use FilterPixel: AI Photo Culling Software

Culling Photos has always been a tedious, time-consuming & tiring process.

In this post, we will see how FilterPixel can help in culling photos in the fastest & smartest way.


FilterPixel is a smart culling application that uses Artificial Intelligence to weed out your “not so good” & bad photos that you remove while doing manual culling.

We want you to spend nearly no time on low-quality photos & more time on photos that are worth giving a shot to pick your best ones.


Every shoot you do is a project inside FilterPixel. The first screen helps you to create a project by clicking the “+” icon. You can either click it or can Drop your entire folder there.

Import Photos by dragging folder

After you drop the folder, you will see the next screen to write a project name and choose the type of shoot.
For example, My project name can be “Jim and Catella Wedding” and the type of shoot as “Wedding/Event/Engagement/NewBorn” or it can be a “Portrait” session or any other.

Finally, you have to click the Start Button, as shown below.

Import Photos in FilterPixel

PS: Make AutoSelect Switch On at the top if you want AI to select your best images.

Fast Imports

Once you create the project, you get your previews instantly in real-time. This is similar to photomechanic ingest of RAW files. There is no AI involved here.

When we import files, FilterPixel converts RAW files to JPEGs and generates high-resolution and low-resolution previews of them on the machine in real-time.

Unlike other software, the previews are generated on the RAM of your machine, and no extra cache is generated anywhere, which saves a huge amount of storage on your machine.

The low-resolution previews are then scaled down and uploaded to FilterPixel servers for automatic culling of photos.

Automated Culling

The culling automatically starts after importing files. You can continue your review process while the culling is happening. FilterPixel culls 200 photos in one minute.

1. It automatically tags out-of-focus, blurry, closed eyes shots with errors and warnings.
2. Then, it selects the best out of similar shots based on composition, expressions, lighting, etc.
3. Finally, it automatically integrates seamlessly into existing tools like Lightroom.

Smart Panel

FilterPixel smart panel helps you review the selected and rejected photos quickly to get more confidence in AI.

After Importing photos, they get automatically classified in four filters at the top of the panel. You can switch on/off any of those or multiple together to get all the photos of that filter to review. Let’s understand more about these filters:

  • The filter Accepted helps you to see all the photos that are your best photos. These photos should definitely go in your final selections.
  • The filter Unrated helps you see all your good photos that are not having any issues like out of focus, face blurriness, closed eyes, composition, lighting, etc.
    This is the section you can check if you need more photos after seeing your selected photos.
  • The filter Warnings helps you to see all the photos which are “not so good.”
  • The filter Rejected helps you to see all the photos which should not go to your client. These photos have major technical issues such as out of focus or closed eyes issues.
  • By Pressing P on the keyboard, we can accept any photo.
  • By Pressing U on the keyboard, we can unrate any photo.
  • By Pressing X on the keyboard, we can reject any photo.

    FilterPixel Filters

    Moreover, after automatic culling, every photo inside FilterPixel is represented using four different icons, as shown above.

AI Tags

FilterPixel rejects photos for a reason. The reason for rejection is known as Tag.

You will see the tags like out-of-focus or closed-eyes added by the AI for all the photos. So AI helps you here to cull all your photos, provide them with the right tags that help you understand the cause of rejection.


After all the low-quality photos are tagged with rejects, you are left with all the good photos which remain untagged inside the Unrated section.

By clicking AutoSelect, you can pick the best photo from a set of similar photos inside the Unrated section. This means that the AI will create groups of all photos that are similar to each other & pick one best from each group based on composition, lighting, expressions, etc.

If the photo does not belong to any group i.e there are no alternatives that exist for that photo, the AI is going to pick that as well.

This means that with AutoSelect you are getting all the best photos from gr

Color And Ratings

Color & Ratings in FilterPixel works very similar to Lightroom. FilterPixel gives you full control to provide stars & ratings manually, just like any other photography culling software.

  • You can use the keyboard shortcuts 1,2,3,4,5 to star rate images.
  • You can use shortcuts 6,7,8,9 to color the images.
  • You can clear the star rating by 0 and color rating by (⌘Command) + 0 on Mac &

    Ctrl + 0 on windows.

  • For Purple color, you can use Ctrl/(⌘Command) + 9.

Views, Zoom And Navigation

FilterPixel currently supports two views, “Grid View” & “Full-Screen View.” In the grid view, just like Lightroom, you will see all images in a grid. However, in Full-Screen View, you can see one image in the entire grid at one time.

  • To enter Full-Screen View, you can use the key E, or you can click the

    the full-screen icon in the top bar.

  • To enter into Grid-View, you can use the G key on the keyboard or click the grid-view icon on the top bar.

FilterPixel Photo Culling Software Views

  • To navigate between images in both views, you can use (←/→) arrow keys on the keyboard.
  • You can Zoom the image in the Full-screen view using Spacebar.


When you have finalized your culling, you can decide what you want to Export outside FilterPixel.

  • You can export our photos to Lightroom or a folder inside your system.
  • You can press Shift and use (←/→) arrow keys to select a few images to color/star rate or add any filter like Accepted, Unrated, or Rejected by pressing P, U, X key, respectively, which you can export finally.


While culling photos has become extremely easier, our weekly updates are just because of our beta tester community. If you want to be involved in our private beta, please signup at

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FilterPixel Photo Culling Software

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