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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 6 of 116

Building Previews


Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 6 of 116

Building Previews


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

All lessons are also available here for individual purchase.


  • 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


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



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).

Kayode Olorunfemi

I have been using lightroom for upwards of 6years and I still found this course incredibly useful. It can be useful learning through desperate tutorials online, but having a course that ties everything together, coupled with foundation principles, is invaluable.