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The advantage of Smart Previews

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Now that we know a little bit about Smart Previews, what I want to do here is provide you with an overview, a review of what we learned and I also want to dig a bit deeper. In particular, I want to focus in on the advantages of working with Smart Previews, I also want to highlight how we can start to generate Smart Previews so that we can take advantage of them. All right, well first a quick review. So far we've talked about how we have our main computer, a laptop or desktop. On that computer we have our Lightroom catalog.

The advantage of Smart Previews

Now that we know a little bit about Smart Previews, what I want to do here is provide you with an overview, a review of what we learned and I also want to dig a bit deeper. In particular, I want to focus in on the advantages of working with Smart Previews, I also want to highlight how we can start to generate Smart Previews so that we can take advantage of them. All right, well first a quick review. So far we've talked about how we have our main computer, a laptop or desktop. On that computer we have our Lightroom catalog.

Then we can have an external hard drive, and on that hard drive we'll have our large images, our full RAW files. In Lightroom what we can do is generate a smart preview. When we do that, it will generate a smaller version of our larger image and this smaller version of our photograph; it will live or reside in the Lightroom catalog. What are the advantages of working with Smart Previews? The first one is obvious, it allows us to access and work on our images, say in the Develop module, even if that hard drive is offline.

Let's dig a little bit deeper into this question. Let's really focus in on it; what are the advantages to Smart Previews? Here, I want to highlight, too. Now I've already mentioned the first. The first one is flexibility. Again, we can access and work on those files even if those images are offline. But the second one, which I haven't mentioned yet, is speed. One of the advantages of working with Smart Previews is that you can access your file quickly without interrupting your overall workflow. We all have those experiences where we're working in Lightroom and all of a sudden we go to work on an image and that one hard drive well it isn't plugged in.

We have to stop, we have to find the hard drive, plug it in, fire it up and then, we can continue working. Now in Smart Previews,we won't have that delay. And in addition, what we can do is we can work on these smaller files and if we're working on smaller files well that will speed up our overall workflow. Those are the main advantages of using Smart Previews. Well how then do we generate Smart Previews.? Well there are three methods that we can use in order to generate Smart Previews.. The first one is we can generate them upon import.

So whenever we're importing our photographs into Lightroom, we can choose an option which will allow us to generate Smart Previews. The second option here allows us to generate Smart Previews with images which already exist in our Lightroom catalog. In those situations, we can go to the Library pull down menu and then choose Previews and then Generate Smart Previews. Last but not least, we can generate Smart Previews when we're exporting our photographs as a catalog. Now that we know these methods let's go ahead and take a look at how we can actually do this in Lightroom and let's do that in the next movie.

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Lightroom 5 New Features

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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 9m 28s
    1. Using the aspect-ratio crop overlay
      3m 25s
    2. Viewing your work in true full screen
      3m 27s
    3. Customizing the grid and guide overlays
      2m 36s
  3. 15m 55s
    1. Automatically leveling your photographs with Upright
      3m 47s
    2. Fixing perspective with Upright
      5m 43s
    3. Achieving great results in difficult situations using Upright
      6m 25s
  4. 17m 37s
    1. Applying more flexible and precise retouching
      4m 35s
    2. Removing large distractions
      3m 39s
    3. Making linear and free-form corrections
      5m 0s
    4. Spot Healing tips and shortcuts
      4m 23s
  5. 15m 52s
    1. Introducing the Radial filter
      5m 43s
    2. Radial filter tips
      4m 29s
    3. Using the Radial filter in your workflow
      5m 40s
  6. 23m 23s
    1. What is a Smart Preview?
      6m 36s
    2. The advantage of Smart Previews
      2m 48s
    3. How to generate Smart Previews
      5m 14s
    4. Filtering for Smart Previews
      3m 48s
    5. A real-world scenario with Smart Previews
      4m 57s
  7. 8m 11s
    1. Adding text with ease
      1m 51s
    2. Including page numbers
      1m 37s
    3. Identifying favorite page layouts
      1m 29s
    4. Creating custom page templates
      3m 14s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Building a slideshow with still images and video files
      4m 48s
    2. Playing slideshows with still images, video, and a soundtrack
      4m 14s
  9. 24m 39s
    1. A better way to import photographs
      3m 3s
    2. Using targeted collections with increased speed
      3m 38s
    3. Improvements with Smart Collections and Smart Filters
      2m 24s
    4. Adding direction metadata
      1m 20s
    5. Collection consistency
      54s
    6. Dragging photos to saved Map locations
      50s
    7. Importing and working with PNG files in Lightroom
      4m 22s
    8. Tethered capture shortcuts
      3m 59s
    9. Validating DNGs
      3m 12s
    10. Viewing LAB color values in the histogram
      57s
  10. 16m 29s
    1. Improved Spot Removal with feather control
      7m 38s
    2. Spot Removal autoselection
      5m 29s
    3. Better color noise reduction with smoothing
      3m 22s
  11. 5m 50s
    1. Lightroom for mobile
      5m 50s

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