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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.
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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