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Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

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Building Previews

Jared Platt

Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Jared Platt

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Lesson Info

6. Building Previews


Class Trailer
1 Differences Between Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Classic 19:42 2 Hard Drives 08:06 3 File Organization 08:31 4 30,000 Foot View of Workflow 05:36 5 Importing into Lightroom 04:10 6 Building Previews 07:14 7 Collections and Publish Services 05:11 8 Keywords 06:27
9 Hardware for Lightroom 06:08 10 Searching for Images 07:51 11 Selecting Images 14:15 12 Organizing Images 04:02 13 Collecting Images for Use 14:56 14 Develop Module Overview 10:15 15 Profiles 11:34 16 Basic Adjustments 11:45 17 Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze 05:31 18 Basics Panel: Saturation and Vibrance 02:40 19 Tone Curve 09:26 20 HSL 04:48 21 Split Tone 08:19 22 Lens Corrections 08:32 23 Details 09:34 24 Transform Tool 05:52 25 Effects Panel 10:00 26 Synchronizing for Faster Editing 07:40 27 Spot Tool 17:51 28 Skin Softening and Brush Work 07:00 29 Range Masking 13:28 30 Dodge and Burn 17:36 31 Working with Specific Colors 08:30 32 Edit Quickly with Gradient Filters 11:22 33 Making Presets 13:24 34 Preparing Image in Lightroom 09:51 35 Content Aware Fill 11:14 36 Skin Repair 02:44 37 Skin Smoothing 14:39 38 Expanding a Canvas 04:30 39 Liquify 10:22 40 Layers and Composite Images 12:54 41 Sharing via Web 17:52 42 Exporting Files 10:47 43 Sharing with Slideshows 08:00 44 Archiving Photos and Catalogs 19:54 45 Designing 13:35 46 Making Prints 11:27 47 Color Management and Profiles 13:00 48 Archiving Photos and Catalogs 11:31 49 Using Cloud Storage 04:09 50 Adding Images to your Portfolio 09:23 51 Collecting for Your Portfolio 18:03 52 Publishing Unique Websites Per Project 19:48 53 Sharing to Instagram 07:06 54 HDR 15:32 55 Panorama 06:41 56 HDR Panorama 09:54 57 Making Presets 15:39 58 Creating Profiles 18:09 59 Maps 07:08 60 Setup for Tethered Shooting 23:21 61 Sharing with the Client 05:42 62 Watched Folder Process 07:04 63 Second Monitor and iPad 06:09 64 Backup at the Camera 03:50 65 Gnar Box Disk Backup 06:45 66 iPhone and iPad Review 12:52 67 Importing to Lightroom on iPad 02:59 68 Cloud Backup 04:39 69 Adjust, Edit, and Organize 07:46 70 Using Lightroom Between Devices 11:27 71 Lightroom Desktop 05:27 72 Removing Images from the Cloud 10:49 73 Profiles 09:34 74 Light 04:34 75 Color 05:36 76 Effects 15:22 77 Details 08:33 78 Optics 03:49 79 Geometry 04:12 80 Crop 04:39 81 Adding and Using Presets and Profiles 13:41 82 Local Adjustments 15:40 83 Healing Tool 03:29 84 Synchronizing Edits 04:57 85 Editing in Photoshop 08:54 86 Finding Images 07:09 87 Sharing and Exporting Albums on the Web 09:18 88 Posting Images to Social Media 14:01 89 Overview of Lightroom Desktop 07:35 90 The Workflow Overview 10:08 91 Organizing Images 05:10 92 Albums and Shared Albums 18:21 93 Lightroom Desktop Workspace Overview 04:36 94 Importing and Selecting Images 09:23 95 HDR and Panoramics 22:44 96 Light 07:47 97 Profiles 07:23 98 Tone Curves 02:57 99 Color 08:35 100 Effects 17:01 101 Details 12:43 102 Optics 04:05 103 Geometry and Crop Tool 06:01 104 Sync Settings 02:40 105 Making and Adding Presets 03:48 106 Healing Brush 02:21 107 Brush Tool 03:14 108 Gradient Tool 04:16 109 Edit in Photoshop 02:53 110 Finding Images with Sensei 06:32 111 Sharing Albums on the Web 04:57 112 Print through Photoshop 02:09 113 Exporting Images to Files or Web Services 04:36 114 Connecting with Lightroom Classic and Mobile Devices 05:24 115 Archiving Images for Storage 09:55 116 Review of the Workflow 07:20

Lesson Info

Building Previews

so first things first is building previews. Building previews is really important based on your need at the moment. So I used to of these, therefore options. I use two of them on a regular basis. So one for one means that if you have a 6000 pixel wide file, then it's going to build a preview that it's 6000 pixels wide. So it's one for one. And that means that if I zoom into a photo or zoom out, I won't get the spinning ball that has toe have to wait for it while it's building a preview. But if I if I don't build the one for one's than when I zoom in to see if something sharper someone's eyes were open, then there's that little time out while it's building a preview for you and I have to wait for it so I never wanna wait on my computer. So I build the one for one's while I'm away from the computer or while I'm doing accounting or well, I'm sleeping or something, do something else. Let it build the one for ones and then come back and look at your photos. So the one for one, is the most e...

fficient way to look at your photos while you're looking at him, cause you can just zoom in and zoom out. But it's not the fastest way to get them in. So if I really need to see the photos right now because I'm a press photographer or because it's an event that I want to share a couple photos really quickly, I just got home from my kid's ball game and he did something awesome. And so I want to take that picture. I want to really quickly pull it in and share it out to the family. So in that case, I'm gonna go to embedded and sidecar. So the embedded and sidecar option is basically just taking whatever the camera built into the raw file, which is, there's a small embedded image, and what it's going to do is it's going to say, all right, whatever is already in the file, that's what I'll use, and so it can bring them in really fast. Some people use a program called Photo Mechanic and Photo Mechanic does just that. It uses the embedded in sidecar information to deliver the file really quickly to you. So if you're used to photo mechanic and you want to use light room for the process of importing in a and looking at your images on selecting images, use embedded inside car and you'll find that light rooms justice fast or maybe slightly slower. But it's still really, really fast, um, one for ones. It's gonna take a lot longer to build those so embedded inside car is the fastest way to look at your images really quickly and get them in. So we're gonna build. Uh, we're not gonna build any we're just going to do embedded inside car, and that's going to bring them in really quickly. The second option is building smart previews and building sparked previews Air really important, too, for several reasons. First reason Building a smart preview allows your system to be less taxed by the process of looking at photos and adjusting photos. In fact, if you go up to the light room menu and you go to the preferences inside of preferences, there is a performance option. So right here at the top of preferences, looking for purpose for performance. And then if you go into the performances area, um and scroll down here and say, Use smart previews instead of originals. Four. Image editing. If you check that, it will increase performance. So if you're using big files 30 40 50 megapixel files, those were pretty big files. And if you notice that when you're working on photos, it's just a little Laghi. I have a slower computer, and it's it's slowing everything down. This is the place to go if you turn this on and I'm not gonna turn it on right now because I think I have plenty of power to do what I'm doing. But if I was running a little slower computer or bigger files, these air 30 megapixel. If I was running megapixel files, I would certainly use the smart previews instead of the originals. So that's the first thing that Smart previews conduce for you is. It can speed up your system because it will work on those little files, and then it will just use the big files when it's time to export something really efficient. The second reason for smart previews is that if I have and remember all of my photos air, not on this computer, they're not on the computer itself. They're actually the original files Air here, right there inside of a raid. One system. And if I'm at home, I have a bigger raid. One system. And so my photos air. Never actually on the computer itself, they're always on an external drive. That is a raid, one system. So because I don't have those on my computer, if I want to just work on my photos, say, on the airplane on my laptop I can unplug all of my drives and just work on the laptop because I have the smart previews embedded inside of light room. So if I build the smart previews when I'm importing the images, then I can work on the images without the original images present. So that's the second really great reason toe have Smart previous built. There's 1/3 third. So the third reason is kind of a security thing, actually, Um, I have a friend who someone stole everything like they broke in and stole his His computer drives his cameras like the whole that they took everything, but he happened at his laptop with him on vacation, and he was actually on vacation with me at the time and he had his laptop and when he got home and discovered all of this mess and that he didn't have any of his hard drives and any of his computers. But he had his catalogue on his laptop and he called me in a panic. And he's like, I don't know what to do because I have no files and I've got these clients who need prints. And, uh and I asked him. I said, Well, look at him and see if the Smart previews were built and he said, Yeah, I was building smart previous all the time because you told me to and so he was always building him. He didn't know why, but he was building him. And I said, Well, then you're fine because you can actually print images from those smart previews, even without the original files present. In fact, I've printed a 30 inch print before, and it's not great, but it's passable. So he was able to print 2024 inch prints for the client without them ever suspecting there was a problem, because those files are actually really good files, even though they're quite compressed and they're but they're still raw. So I would actually prefer having my smart previews toe having a J peg of my images because those smart previous air really, really useful.

Class Description

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  • Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
  • Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
  • Get your computer and software to run faster
  • Create impressive photo books and slideshows
  • Take advantage of global adjustments
  • Improve your mobile workflow with both your iPhone and iPad
  • Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom


Adobe® Lightroom® is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.

Jared will show the ins and outs of Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mobile, and Lightroom Desktop. He’ll demystify the difference between each and demonstrate when to use each one for maximum output.

Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Lightroom
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Lightroom and learn new features to help edit photos
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Lightroom fixes


Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.2
Adobe Lightroom Desktop 3.2
Adobe Lightroom Mobile 5.2


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 17 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subject of photography as well as workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post production workflow. Join him online for monthly "Office Hours" at


Dan Clarke

This class was great. I've never used Lightroom before and now I feel comfortable in it. Massive amount of good info.


Thorough but very easy to follow. I've noticed a significant improvement in my work since starting this course a couple weeks ago, and I'm also spending noticeably less time editing my photos. I appreciate that it's up-to-date as of October, 2020, so the info is current (I wish CL would take down some of the older courses, since software changes make some of them obsolete).