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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
This is a photograph of Chris Lieto, Ironman World Champion. The guy is fast, and he is a good friend of mine. Whenever we hang out, I often ask him about speed and about efficiency. And sometimes he tells me that good speed, or high-quality speed, is often the result of simple steps. And here, I want to share with you a couple of simple steps that will help you speed up your workflow. Now one of the things that we need to do is we need to often optimize our catalog. Now we don't always remember or know where we can optimize our catalogs, because we forget where the option is buried inside of Lightroom.
Well, to find it really quickly, just go to the Help menu and then start to type out "optimize". Here you can see, this is going to open out this menu item, Optimize Catalog, and show me where this is located. Now I don't even have to go there. I can just click on this menu item, and it will say, "Hey, you know what? This was the last time it's been optimized. If it's been running slowly, you might want to optimize it now." This will take a few minutes, but go for it. Do that. And do that often. So always know that you can go and find where that is in the Help menu, and be sure to integrate that into your overall workflow.
Now I'm not going to optimize this here, because I want to share with you a few other tips. The other tip that I want to highlight is that when you're working with your files--let's go to Lightroom > Preferences and go to External Editing--you always want to be working with TIFF files inside of Lightroom. TIFF files work much more quickly in Lightroom. Lightroom can write metadata to those files faster than it can with other file formats, like PSD files. So again, if you have a choice between PSD and TIFF, always choose that TIFF File Format.
Another technique that you can use that can help speed up your overall workflow is when importing your photos--say you're going to import them into a folder-- always import from the CF card, not from your camera. It always works more quickly when you're importing from a CF card than when you're importing directly from a camera. The last tip, especially if you're on a Windows operating system, is to empty your trash, or your recycling bin, often. And what this will do is it will completely get rid of those files that Lightroom has deleted but that it hasn't removed from its catalog or from its cache.
So it's just a real clean way to kind of get things up to speed, and it will really boost your Lightroom performance, especially if you have a lot in that trash or recycling can. So be sure to do that one quite often.
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