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Optimizing and backing up a catalog

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Video: Optimizing and backing up a catalog

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of heading up the Adobe headquarters and meeting with some of the Lightroom team. One of things that I discovered through that meeting is that a lot of the improvements in Lightroom 3 are things that are happening behind the scenes. It's the overall engine and some of the things that really help Lightroom operate and run quickly. So one of the things that you're going to experience is this overall improvement in regards to speed. One of the reasons why Lightroom runs faster is because the catalogs are better. We also have a few little tips here that can help us work even more efficiently with our catalogs.

Optimizing and backing up a catalog

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of heading up the Adobe headquarters and meeting with some of the Lightroom team. One of things that I discovered through that meeting is that a lot of the improvements in Lightroom 3 are things that are happening behind the scenes. It's the overall engine and some of the things that really help Lightroom operate and run quickly. So one of the things that you're going to experience is this overall improvement in regards to speed. One of the reasons why Lightroom runs faster is because the catalogs are better. We also have a few little tips here that can help us work even more efficiently with our catalogs.

One of the things that you need to do quite often is back up your catalog. Your catalog contains all these different types of information about your images. So you want to save that quite often. You can modify how often you save this by going to your Lightroom pulldown menu and choosing Catalog Settings. Then I'll make sure that I have clicked on the General tab. Now what we want to do is go to the default setting, Back up catalog. By default, it's Once a week, when exiting Lightroom. This is such a welcome little improvement. Now previously, what we had to do is back up every time it would reopen Lightroom.

That was kind of a pain, because it just increased our wait time before we could get to the images. Well, now what I do is I leave it on this Once a week option. And then when I close Lightroom, it does its thing. I don't even have to think about it. I walk away, right? Typically, how often you want to backup your catalog is how frequently you really use Lightroom. How prolific of a shooter are you? In my own workflow, I find that Once a week works really well. All right. Well the other thing that you want to do in regards to your catalogs is navigate to your File pulldown menu and choose Optimize Catalog.

What Optimize Catalog will do is it will help your catalog run a little bit more efficiently, especially if you've deleted a lot of images, if you've made changes outside of Lightroom. Again, how often you do this depends on how much you're really pushing Lightroom, and especially how many changes you're making to the core structure of the files, their location, and like I mentioned deleting files outside of Lightroom. But one of the things that you'll notice is that when you do optimize a catalog, it basically is taking everything and just making sure everything lines up. It's just getting everything untangled and orderly.

So Lightroom is going to run much more snappy and much more efficiently. The final thing that I want to say in regards to catalogs, I'll go ahead and cancel that now, is that in the previous version of Lightroom there was a real case for working with multiple catalogs, because one of the things that we saw was that Ligjhtroom's performance bogged down when we got a lot of images at super high volume. Well, what they've discovered with Lightroom 3 is that it can handle just a ton more images. So they're really isn't much of a case for having multiple catalogs. So just keep that in mind as you're working forward.

So if you ever notice that Lightroom's performance is slowing down a little bit, just be sure to head up to that File pulldown menu and then choose Optimize Catalog.

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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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