Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Edit your images faster as Smart Previews, part of Lightroom Classic CC 2015 New Features.
- [Instructor] There is a new feature in Lightroom which can help you to speed up your workflow, and it's related to Smart Previews. Now, we already know a little bit about Smart Previews, so let me review that quickly. When we import our images into Lightroom, here I am in the import dialog, we can choose this option to build Smart Previews. Now, why do you choose that? Well, we choose that because what it does is it creates a smaller version of a really high-resolution file. It saves that as part of the Lightroom catalog. Then we can continue to work on the image in the Library module, in the Develop module, et cetera, even if the hard drive where that image is saved is offline and not plugged in.
So, it's a method or technique for speeding up our workflow when we have images that are on drives which aren't necessarily connected. But now there's another advantage to working with Smart Preview. So, if we choose that option, and when we import create Smart Previews, we can take advantage of that when we're inside of Lightroom. But to do that, we need to go to our Preferences. So, here in Lightroom, we'll go to the Preferences area right here. And inside of the Preferences dialog, we want to go over to Performance, because, remember, this is about speed.
Now, here in the Develop module, what you can do is actually use Smart Previews instead of originals for image editing. Now, this is the case even if the hard drive is connected. So, if we turn this on, we say, "No matter what, use Smart Previews." If you uncheck this, it only favors or uses the Smart Preview when the hard drive is disconnected. So, if we choose this new feature, this new option, what it does, as the message tells us here, "This will allow for increased performance, "but may display decreased quality while editing." In other words, it's working on a lower res, smaller file.
Yet, when it comes time to output the file, the final output will remain full-size and high quality and all of that. So, the reason why you might want to use this new feature is if you're working with a computer which is a little bit older and you have a camera which captures really high resolution files. Or if you just notice that Lightroom's performance is chugging a little bit, you may want to try this option, because it can help you to speed up your workflow. Now, this isn't a new feature which is necessarily for everyone.
In my own workflow, I prefer to work with the original file, so in my own workflow I turn that option off. That being said, if I'm to work with Lightroom on perhaps one of my kid's computers which isn't as fast as mine, which I do occasionally when we travel, this is the option that I would definitely turn on. Now you know how you can work with that new feature, which can help to add some speed if you need it, and it's all about working with Smart Previews instead of the originals to speed up your Develop module workflow.
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 02/05/2016. What changed?
A: We added one new movie, "Boundary Warp for better pano photos."
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover new localized masking, color masking on a landscape, luminance masking on a landscape, and localized masking.