Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video External editing preference, part of Lightroom Classic CC: Working Faster.
- [Instructor] Here we're going to highlight two preferences, one which is external editing, and the other one which is performance, in order to help you speed up your workflow. Alright, well, let's go to our Lightroom pull-down menu and choose Preferences, and let's jump over to the External Editing tab. Now, by default, when I choose to edit a photo in Photoshop, it's going to bring it over as a TIFF. It's going to use a Color Space of ProPhoto RGB. 16 bits per channel at a resolution of 240. Now this is a big, huge file with this wonderful bit-depth.
This is if I'm going big and I know I'm going to print the photograph. But what you also might want to do is go down to the Add External Editor and choose Photoshop as well here. So go ahead and choose Photoshop. Next, what you want to do, I'll Use It Anyway, next what you want to do is choose your file format. I'll use TIFF, but instead I'm going to use Adobe RGB, and I'm only going to use 8 bits per channel. And I'll use the same resolution. And the reason why you might want to choose a file with a smaller color space and less bit depth is if I know that I'm going to work on this image so I can send it to a client, and it's just going to be viewed on a device or on a monitor.
And that way I have two different Photoshop settings which I can choose. I'll show you how you can use those and choose them in a moment, but before we leave, let's also talk about our performance preference that I want to highlight right here, and that is for your Catalog Settings. And now, what it says over here is you can optimize your catalog. And this is something that you want to do if you have tens and thousands of photographs in your catalog and you feel like Lightroom's a little bit sluggish. If you click on this, it will tell you, hey, if your catalog's large and been running slowly, optimizing it may improve performance.
So what you can then do is click Optimize, and basically what it does is it goes through the catalog and tries to clean things up a little bit so that that catalog runs more efficiently. So that's something that you may want to do. Alright, well, I've already done that, and all that I want to do here is talk about external editing next, so let's go ahead and exit out of that. Here I have a photograph, and what I want to do is do a little bit of work in Photoshop, say on the eyes. And I want to do something I just can't really do in Lightroom. So I go to my Photo pull-down menu, I have Edit In, and now you can see I have two different options.
The first one, Command-E, sends it to Photoshop with 16 bit depth, it's a ProPhoto color space. The other one, this one right here, Option-Command-E, sends it to Photoshop in Adobe RGB. In 8 bits per channel. So I can use this pull-down menu and make those choices, or use the shortcuts, on Windows that would be Control-E or Alt-Control-E. And you can make that selection, and that way you have multiple choices there in that Photo, Edit In pull-down menu.
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