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Catalog, import, and preview preferences

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Video: Catalog, import, and preview preferences

When importing photographs, one of the important options to consider is your render preview. Now as I mentioned, you can open up the File Handling panel, and you can view your Render Previews. There are four options here, Minimal, Embedded & Sidecar, Standard, and 1:1. So, what I want to do here is navigate to a slide, which will help us demystify how to actually work with Previews. All right. Well, one of the things that we need to consider in regards to previews in the Import dialog is which option is best.

Catalog, import, and preview preferences

When importing photographs, one of the important options to consider is your render preview. Now as I mentioned, you can open up the File Handling panel, and you can view your Render Previews. There are four options here, Minimal, Embedded & Sidecar, Standard, and 1:1. So, what I want to do here is navigate to a slide, which will help us demystify how to actually work with Previews. All right. Well, one of the things that we need to consider in regards to previews in the Import dialog is which option is best.

As I mentioned, there are four options. What I like to do is I like to think of these options as speed versus quality. The first two options really have to do with speed. Minimal and Embedded & Sidecar basically means that it'll use a JPEG preview, either a really small preview or a JPEG that's embedded in the RAW file. Now, why would you want to do that? Well, in certain situations, let's say you're shooting RAW images, and let's say you're a wedding photographer, and you just shot a thousand images and you're at the wedding.

What you want to do is import these files in the Lightroom. Go through them really quickly. Select 50 for a slideshow that you're going to play at the wedding. Well, in that particular case, you don't need a super-accurate preview. You just want to quickly view the image, and access the file, and make some quick decisions and then put together a slideshow. So, in those cases, Minimal or Embedded & Sidecar would work really well, because you're prioritizing speed. Now, what's the downside to this? Well, the preview isn't going to be a very accurate representation of the RAW file.

So, if you're interested in accuracy or in quality, you're going to choose one of the latter two options, either Standard or 1:1. And what these options will do is necessitate that Lightroom renders or creates a preview based on the RAW information. In other words, Lightroom is going to dig into the RAW file and say, okay, hey what's there? All right, because of what I'm seeing here, I'm going to then create this preview so it's a little bit more accurate. Now then a lot of people say, okay, well, out of these four options, which is typically best? For the most part it's going to be Standard or 1:1.

Out of those two, which is the best? Well, really that's a question that's contingent upon hardware. In other words, what camera are you using? How fast is your computer? In my particular case, I'm shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II, and I've a pretty fast computer. Yet, that being said I choose Standard, because I find with my camera, because it's generating such a large file, if I use 1:1, that it takes so long to render that preview that it's not really worthwhile. Now that being said, if I were using an older camera that was capturing a file that was a little bit smaller, well then I may choose that 1:1 option.

So, what you're going to need to do is to experiment a little bit in regards to your overall workflow and see which option works best for you. Now, one of the things that we need to define is if we we're going to choose Standard, how big is that preview going to actually be? Well, we can define that in our Catalog Settings dialog. You'll notice here that in the Import dialog, we have File Handling. We have the same option in our Catalog Settings. We also have the Preview as Standard. We have the same option over here, Standard Preview Size.

So, the nice thing about this is that, what we can do is we can define how big we want the Standard Preview Size to be. You notice that currently it's 1440. In other words, it's a pretty high- res file, but it's not super-big. Now, we can change this. We can increase or decrease this amount by simply clicking on this dropdown menu here. Now, what you may want to do is to choose a little bit of a larger preview if you're using a higher-resolution monitor. If it's a smaller-resolution monitor, like a small little laptop, perhaps you're going to choose even a smaller size.

We have one more option here that's kind of important. It has to do with our preview quality. So, let's say we define our size, well, what's the quality of their preview? We have High, Medium, or Low. Now, the thing to keep in mind in regards to these options is that the High option is going to generate a preview based on the ProPhoto color space, whereas Medium and Low are going to generate a preview based on the Adobe RGB color space. Now, you may be thinking, okay, well, what does that mean? Well, basically if you choose High, that preview is going to be a little bit more accurate.

It's going to have more access to a wider gamut or a wider array of colors and tones. So typically, what happens when you're working on a computer is if you choose High, it means a larger file size, which means your computer may run a little bit more slowly. Well, in this particular case, the trade-off is well worth it, because it is just a preview. It's not like a huge file that it's rendering. It's worth it to have that High setting turned on, so that you have a much more accurate preview, which then makes that preview more relevant to your overall workflow process. All right.

Well now that we've seen some of these options, let's go ahead and navigate back to Lightroom. In Lightroom, what I'm going to do is cancel out of the Import dialog here and I'm going to navigate to my Catalog Settings. I'm going to go ahead and choose Lightroom and then Catalog Settings. On a PC, you can find those settings in the Edit pulldown menu. This will then open up the Catalog Settings dialog. There are three tabs. If you click on File Handling, you have the option to choose your Standard Preview Size, in this case, 1440 pixels, or you can go higher or lower.

Now, because the resolution of the monitor I'm working on is actually a little bit lower than I typically would use, I'm just going to leave it on this 1440 size. Preview Quality though I'm taking up to High, because I want a really nice preview so I can actually evaluate the image little bit more effectively. Now, in an ideal world,it would be great to keep our 1:1 previews, and we can create those either as we're working on our images or upon import. Yet, the reality is that these files get to be pretty big. So, you may want to choose an option to discard those after certain amount of time.

You're going to want to choose the option that makes sense in your own workflow. If you have access to a ton of hard drive storage space and you're not really worried about it, well choose Never. In other situations, you're going to want to probably discard these after a certain amount of time once you know that you're not going to really need access to those. In my particular case, I just leave it on the default, After 30 Days, and that's intended to work well in my own workflow. All right. Well, now that we've been introduced to the Import dialog and some of our options and preferences, let's go ahead and take a look at how we can actually import files so that we can begin to work on them in Lightroom.

Let's go ahead and do that in the next movie.

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  1. 2m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 4s
  2. 17m 59s
    1. Creative tip: Using Lightroom
      1m 31s
    2. An overview of Lightroom
      3m 53s
    3. Photographic workflow puzzle
      2m 36s
    4. Why use Lightroom?
      6m 25s
    5. Lightroom and Photoshop
      3m 34s
  3. 29m 34s
    1. The Lightroom interface
      3m 19s
    2. Essential interface shortcuts
      4m 50s
    3. Using the interface shortcuts
      5m 4s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      2m 41s
    5. Using a graphic identity plate
      4m 44s
    6. Changing the panel end marks
      2m 12s
    7. Creating a custom panel end mark
      2m 54s
    8. Changing the image background
      1m 46s
    9. Modifying other interface preferences
      2m 4s
  4. 49m 43s
    1. Importing and file formats
      4m 35s
    2. Importing preferences
      2m 36s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      6m 27s
    4. Catalog, import, and preview preferences
      6m 40s
    5. Importing photos from a folder
      5m 44s
    6. Creating a metadata preset
      4m 45s
    7. Importing photos from a CF card
      9m 16s
    8. Using Auto Import
      3m 53s
    9. Using multiple hard drives
      4m 14s
    10. Creative tip: Discard
      1m 33s
  5. 11m 17s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      3m 46s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      7m 31s
  6. 40m 30s
    1. Working in Grid view and Loupe view
      3m 0s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      5m 14s
    3. Shortcuts in Loupe view and Grid view
      1m 39s
    4. Customizing Loupe view and Grid view
      2m 46s
    5. Comparing two images
      4m 55s
    6. Surveying multiple images
      5m 20s
    7. Working with the toolbar in Grid view and Loupe view
      3m 58s
    8. Working with folders and files in the Library module
      6m 25s
    9. Using dual monitors
      7m 13s
  7. 27m 28s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      4m 27s
    2. Working with catalogs
      3m 19s
    3. Exporting catalogs
      1m 44s
    4. Updating legacy catalogs
      3m 2s
    5. The relationship between the raw and DNG catalogs
      3m 8s
    6. Working with raw files in Lightroom
      3m 53s
    7. Working with DNG files in Lightroom
      6m 5s
    8. Creative tip: Using the right gear
      1m 50s
  8. 9m 43s
    1. Using Quick Develop in the Library module
      2m 37s
    2. Synchronizing processing settings across multiple images
      3m 32s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      1m 45s
    4. Applying white balance and auto tone adjustments
      1m 49s
  9. 35m 28s
    1. Introducing flags, stars, and labels
      5m 0s
    2. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      6m 34s
    3. Adding images to a Quick Collection
      2m 11s
    4. Integrating collections with your workflow
      5m 13s
    5. Grouping images with collections
      3m 7s
    6. Using Smart Collections
      4m 39s
    7. Sorting images
      3m 0s
    8. Renaming images
      2m 1s
    9. Stacking images
      3m 43s
  10. 18m 44s
    1. Adding keywords
      4m 51s
    2. Working with the keyword list
      2m 51s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 26s
    4. Keywording with the spray can
      1m 48s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      3m 58s
    6. Adding copyright metadata
      2m 50s
  11. 17m 46s
    1. Filtering overview
      3m 49s
    2. Locking library filter options
      1m 38s
    3. Filtering based on text
      2m 0s
    4. Filtering by metadata
      6m 13s
    5. Filtering your photos using the Metadata panel
      2m 7s
    6. New filtering criteria in Lightroom 3
      1m 59s
  12. 45m 24s
    1. Exporting images
      6m 19s
    2. Export quality and watermark options
      2m 3s
    3. Exporting movies
      5m 13s
    4. External editing preferences and considerations
      2m 56s
    5. Editing preferences
      5m 6s
    6. Editing photos in Photoshop
      5m 4s
    7. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 30s
    8. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 16s
    9. Merging multiple images in Photoshop
      3m 34s
    10. Creating a panorama
      2m 20s
    11. Working with a CMYK photo
      7m 3s
  13. 15m 37s
    1. Setting up Flickr services
      3m 45s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 35s
    3. Working with comments
      1m 49s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 38s
    5. Creative tip: Visual poetry
      50s
  14. 39m 26s
    1. Develop module overview
      5m 45s
    2. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      3m 46s
    3. Comparing the before and after
      2m 33s
    4. Resetting images to their default settings
      2m 24s
    5. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 10s
    6. Using Snapshot and History
      5m 10s
    7. Using the Histogram
      4m 6s
    8. Working with collections
      4m 25s
    9. Introducing virtual copies
      2m 22s
    10. Creating virtual copies
      2m 46s
    11. Introducing the Develop module tool strip
      2m 59s
  15. 50m 0s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      3m 10s
    2. Correcting white balance with a ColorChecker
      3m 11s
    3. Using the White Balance tool
      2m 36s
    4. Creative uses of white balance
      3m 47s
    5. Demystifying the tone controls
      3m 39s
    6. Using the tone controls
      3m 45s
    7. Recovering detail in highlights
      2m 29s
    8. Working with vibrance and saturation
      4m 11s
    9. Making color adjustments with the Vibrance and Saturation sliders
      4m 28s
    10. Creative uses of vibrance and saturation
      3m 12s
    11. Understanding clarity
      3m 20s
    12. Working with clarity
      3m 51s
    13. The standard Basic panel workflow
      4m 4s
    14. Synchronizing basic settings across multiple images
      4m 17s
  16. 23m 58s
    1. Creative tip: Why crop?
      1m 50s
    2. Cropping an image
      4m 18s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      3m 51s
    4. Working with the Crop Overlay tool
      3m 18s
    5. Changing the aspect ratio of an image
      1m 38s
    6. Auditioning different aspect ratios
      1m 56s
    7. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 49s
    8. Using Crop to improve a composition
      5m 18s
  17. 11m 16s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      5m 43s
    2. Retouching away dust on a lens
      3m 22s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 11s
  18. 22m 59s
    1. Introducing the Graduated filter
      4m 37s
    2. Darkening a sky with the Graduated filter
      4m 31s
    3. Enhancing a landscape with the Graduated filter
      3m 33s
    4. Improving a portrait with the Graduated filter
      5m 14s
    5. Increasing color variety and saturation with the Graduated filter
      3m 50s
    6. Creative tip: Tenacity
      1m 14s
  19. 44m 2s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 4s
    2. Essential Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      3m 33s
    3. Enhancing makeup color
      4m 14s
    4. Whitening and brightening teeth
      3m 17s
    5. Improving eyes
      5m 57s
    6. Softening and smoothing skin
      7m 10s
    7. Brightening and improving shadows
      3m 5s
    8. Darkening lips and cheeks
      3m 25s
    9. Correcting overall exposure
      3m 48s
    10. Subtly correcting exposure
      2m 29s
  20. 16m 9s
    1. Demystifying the tone curve controls
      5m 15s
    2. Increasing contrast and color with the tone curve controls
      4m 46s
    3. Correcting exposure with the tone curve controls
      4m 34s
    4. Creative tip: Shoot what matters
      1m 34s
  21. 26m 53s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      5m 2s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      3m 44s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      1m 36s
    4. Using HSL to increase warm tones
      3m 4s
    5. Using HSL to increase warm and cool tones
      2m 56s
    6. Creative color with HSL
      2m 57s
    7. Desaturating color with HSL
      3m 27s
    8. Using the Color panel
      4m 7s
  22. 23m 34s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 15s
    2. Understanding Black & White Mix
      2m 21s
    3. Converting to black and white
      4m 10s
    4. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      3m 35s
    5. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      3m 7s
    6. Using presets to convert to black and white
      3m 12s
    7. Creating a black-and-white collection
      4m 54s
  23. 10m 54s
    1. Understanding split toning
      3m 37s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      4m 10s
    3. Split-toning a color image
      3m 7s
  24. 21m 27s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      3m 26s
    2. Introducing sharpening
      3m 42s
    3. Sharpening in Lightroom
      5m 44s
    4. Advanced sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop
      5m 4s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      3m 31s
  25. 24m 54s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 53s
    2. Enhancing images with lens correction
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing vignette settings across multiple images
      2m 32s
    4. Combining lens correction, Lightroom, and Photoshop
      3m 36s
    5. Adding a post-crop vignette
      3m 57s
    6. Adding film grain with the Effects panel
      5m 50s
  26. 7m 37s
    1. Understanding Camera Calibration in Lightroom
      4m 46s
    2. Creative color with Camera Calibration
      2m 51s
  27. 38m 28s
    1. Basic Develop module workflow
      7m 28s
    2. Workflow for converting to black and white
      10m 11s
    3. Workflow project: Surfing
      6m 8s
    4. Workflow project: Portrait
      4m 58s
    5. Workflow project: Portrait details
      8m 39s
    6. Creative tip: Go outside
      1m 4s
  28. 36m 31s
    1. Creating a collection to make a slideshow
      3m 56s
    2. Selecting the best images for the slideshow
      3m 17s
    3. Customizing the layout of the slideshow
      3m 34s
    4. Customizing the background of the slideshow
      4m 14s
    5. Customizing overlay elements for the slideshow
      6m 39s
    6. Creating titles for the slideshow
      2m 27s
    7. Playing back the slideshow
      4m 24s
    8. Previewing the slideshow
      4m 0s
    9. Exporting the slideshow to different formats
      4m 0s
  29. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a collection of images to print
      3m 20s
    2. Laying out images into preset templates
      4m 34s
    3. Customizing the layout of a single image
      4m 26s
    4. Choosing page options for a single image
      6m 8s
    5. Specifying the print job options for a single image
      6m 19s
    6. Creating a custom package
      4m 36s
    7. Creating a picture package
      4m 16s
    8. Printing one image quickly
      1m 42s
    9. Creating a custom print template
      4m 34s
    10. Effective print workflow
      8m 39s
  30. 32m 3s
    1. Creating a collection of images for a web gallery
      5m 18s
    2. Using web gallery templates
      3m 27s
    3. Customizing a web gallery
      6m 49s
    4. Uploading a web gallery
      4m 19s
    5. Creating color and black-and-white galleries
      3m 48s
    6. Uploading color and black-and-white galleries
      3m 32s
    7. Online web gallery resources
      2m 53s
    8. Domain name and hosting overview
      1m 57s
  31. 3m 26s
    1. Online resources and the Lightroom Newsletter
      2m 55s
    2. Goodbye
      31s

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