Smart Previews


Lightroom 5


Lesson Info

Smart Previews

I know some people are brand new, even your brand new delight room. A lot of people are for the first time, switching over from a photo shop centric workflow where they've been using the bridge for organizing their photographs, and they've been using adobe camera raw for their optimizing and tweaking of their images and then photoshopped proper, hopefully just for the heavy lifting, the retouching, the collage ing, the filtering, the typography and video photo shop see a six part in video editing really sweet we're going to touch on that again on wednesday, so if your brand new delight room the one thing that I'll mention in terms of the overview for that as light room has thes seven different modules that you can see up here at the top when we just go ahead library is the equivalent of the bridge develop is thie equivalent of adobe camera raw in terms of processing your image? Is it actually shares the exact same processing engine as it became a rock? They both have the same engine, s...

o the files are actually compatible. So, again, if you're familiar with the dhobi camera, you'll be familiar with what we're going to be doing in the developmental. It also has the map brand new model came in and light room for for seeing where you took your pictures and using location for organizing your photographs book we're going to touch on. They have updated the book module and some very cool ways, a slide show they have updated as I mentioned it's, where you can now I'm combined not only your print images, but now video clips, beautiful tze cross dissolve transitions you could bring in type. Either that you've done in light room, we'll bring it in from photo shop would be a great way to do it video slide show that you can output two high def video again for a lot of people like wedding photographers or portrait photographers, this may be all that you need for providing dvds, as you know, to your client as part of the package, something they can put in it so there's no reason in the world why every photographer is not providing some sort of slide show as a another product to sell print is has been there forever but is awesome and handsome cool capabilities and the ability to create web sites. The nice thing about all of these different modules? What sets it apart from the bridge that comes with photo shop proper is that pretty much every single thing that you do in here can be saved as a template. So as an example the web photo gallery has been around and photo shopped for a while you've been able to do some cool little web stuff but you couldn't save it as a template so if you did something once you'd have to recreate it over again everything that you do where their print template a website aa book template everything can be saved as a princess and that's really where the power of flight room comes in is that if you do something once you never have to do it again that's going to be one of my mantra is this week you ever do something could excuse me if you ever do something in light room and you stop and you go wow or cool when you see dollar signs in your eyes I could make money with that stop for a second and figure out how can I save that so I never have to recreate that again and you can usually almost everything that you do like well you can say that it's a preset and that's huge something you can't say about things like bridge using that for as an organization ok in terms of the layout for light room actually if you go up to the top under help you can come up here and do uh helps overviews for all of the different modules but it's going to walk you through different things in terms of the different components for light room, so this is going to go through your folders panel import collections, your filter bar so at any time, every single module that you go into in light room, if you simply come up here to the top, go to the help whatever module you are in, it'll show up either library module tips or book module tips or whatever, so it's excellent overview forgiving you feel for light women general, but basically, what you're going to find is that the left hand panel is where you're going to find a navigator it's also where you're going to find things like collections and your hard drive space and folders, and however you're organizing your images it's also, when we get in the developed module, where you're gonna find your snapshots and pre cents and things like that again are invaluable on the right hand side is where you're going to do your heavy lifting is thie actual tool palette? When we get into the develop module, this is basically the entire set of adobe camera raw in this panel. If you're from a with that so the right hand side is you're working at the bottom you have your film strip, another great thing about light room in general that is different from braided uw camera and photo shop is that all of your images follow along with you. All the time down in this film strip. So if you come over here and select a group of images, if you jump from the develop module over to the slide show module, the images are just sitting ready there for you to work with. So it's great. Whether you are working the library and doing your main organization, fixing your images or doing any of the output modules, everything is always available, right? They're down below. He also, in terms of the film strip, have some great features that are not also available in the bridge, and that is things like creating virtual copies. So if you come over here to an image, you can actually right click. And pretty much anything that you could do with that image is going to be right under your mouse as you can go right up here and do anything in terms of your developed settings and copy and paste in them or, in this case, creating a virtual copy there's, a shortcut that will get into what I consider the really cool and groovy a k a bitchin shortcuts and things like virtual copy is commander control apostrophe. So that makes a quick copy, so now I can do a version on it. S o is an example by tapped the wiki that's, my black and white shortcut. So now I've got two copies of my photograph, I've got a color version, and I've got a black and white version so that without adding any memory to my project file in bridge, if I wanted to, the equivalent of the film strip would be my bridge, I'd have to duplicate the files, little things like virtual cos they're incredibly useful in terms of getting your work done, especially doing variations on a theme, ok, so and then you've got a tools panel here, and you've got other options in terms of how you view and sort your images, all of those will change based upon whatever module urine, so that's an overview of how light rooms in the face is set up back to the library module at the library module has a what's known as the grid view that, again, is similar to the bridge. If you double click on an image, you're going to get a full size, a version of it one of the new features in like one five is thiss full screen mode or actually it's a simple way of getting to the full screen mode, which is just tapping the ft used to be a shift f for different ways of working with your image let's, get rid of my my green little pinpoint for those you know we're going to get people asking how it don't get that green cursor the green circle around the cursor that's a mac app called pinpoint and zooming up on when I zoom up on specific tools that's universal access on the back turning it on system preferences but anyway so you have this ability to do full screen previews you can come up and zoom in to one hundred percent of your images and zoom out this is all within the library module okay, but the first new feature that I'm goingto deal with that I'm going to tap the geeky to get into this grid view is what they call smart previews and smart previews for me are huge smart previews allow you to work on your images even when they are off line in other words, light room is basically a database manager in terms of its library module that's why it's so fast it can deal with hundreds of thousands of images it's justin incredible, elegant way of working with a huge number of images much more so than the bridge the bridge you look in a folder and you look inside the folder which is nice and his elegant but obviously it's not meant for looking at one hundred thousand images because it's need to deal with all those in the past like room has allowed you to import a number of images and you could look at them in the library but let's say you had a laptop and you were going on the road you were disconnecting obviously your vast majority of your photographic library wouldn't fit for most photographers on your laptop s so you wouldn't have access to them. You may carry the library with you and you could sort and label and you could do all sorts of organization of your images, but you couldn't actually work on them in any significant way. You certainly couldn't go into develop module now you can now what adobe has done is allowed you to actually work on your images by creating what they call smart previews and that is a reduced, compressed but still raw version of your original photographs. The great thing about smart previews is that you can work on them in the developed module, meaning that you could import brazilian images turned them into smart previous which I'll show you in a second how to do that and then you can actually unplug your hard drives, go on the road and have access to whatever images you made smart previous for it could be your entire library they are extremely fast they use a a quick load preview in there, so they're faster than working with your full res images and when you do go in there and even do something as intricate as, say, retouching your file when you plug back in your hard drive later on, it will automatically apply all of those corrections, including retouching two year four as original, which means it will compensate for the different sizes of the files and do the magic that is. One of the fantastic things about light room in general is that it is what's known as a procedural processor. It's, not a pixel pusher. When you deal with photo shop, you are bringing in millions of pixels, and it filters and touches and plays and warps and liquefies all those millions of pixels and it's very, very good at that that's. What allows it to do filtering and special effects and all sorts of things light room does not deal with picture pixels. That's one of the reasons why it's completely non destructive. It is impossible to hurt your original, whether you're shooting a j peg, tiff or raw file, or even now bring in a p and g it's. One of the new features in, like five is that you can work with p and g's no matter what you do to your image is all it's going to do is add thes procedures to it a slider location, even a retouching is going to be. I clicked here and I dragged here and I want you to move this over there. It's just a serious of numbers doesn't have to deal with millions of pixels and that's the great thing about smart previews is it allows you to take all this luscious goodness this creative coolness that you're doing in your images and apply it to these low resolution images that air still raw the great thing about that is you can still do things like white balance to your image or total resuscitation of your image it's not like you're working with a fake j peg version of it it's amazing technology that adobe has done smart previews are maximum twenty five forty pixels on the maximum whip okay so they have enough resolution you can zoom in all the images that I'm going to the vast majority of the images that I want to be using here are actually at that twenty five forty resolution and a number of them are actually I'm smart previous so looking here on screen let's make some smart previews you can do it on import as part of the import process if you have plenty of internal hard drive space if you're working on your main computer or whatever if you get planning space go ahead knock yourself out make smart previews unimportant if you'd like they do they're probably save about ninety five ninety to ninety five percent of the space of your original okay so if you're working with something like a twenty four megapixel camera it'll take it way, way down in terms of file size, so they're incredibly elegant in terms of their use of space so that's up to you from a since I don't have a huge amount on the solid state hard drive on my laptop I will build smart previews for particular project when I'm goingto go out of the studio ok, when I'm disconnecting it, I want access to the images because I want to tweak them with him on the road, which I'm always on the road so there's an example here I've got a siri's a catalog actually a collection over here of some images from tonga. Yes, we've gotten some questions about tonga and whales and things like that so well, you know we'll be playing and telling him or about tonga and how incredibly cool it is um it was an amazing trip I went down there with john cornforth and bryn forbes last year and awesome awesome photographers but anyway, right now, if I come up here back to the grid view and I do a select all and I look up here to the history graham, you're going to notice right here that it's telling me that I have thirty original files here without smart previews I have one that already has a smart preview associated with it, okay, I've got zero smart previews overall and there are no files that are missing so if I come over here if I already have an image that has a smart preview in it, I can discard that's smart preview in other words, when I'm back from my trip and I've plugged in my hard drive, it will automatically sink everything that I've done while on the road back to my originals. I'm done, I can simply come up here and discard those if I need the space. But in this case, let's, come over here too. This over here I'm clicking now on the, um little icon in history, ma'am, that says how many images I have without smart previews. And here it's asking me what I like to create smart previous I'm just going to say, build smart previews and it's going to go through and create small versions of all of those images I can now work off line on every single one of those files by unplugging my hard drive and I am good to go. I have all of those now ready. So now you can see that I've got those here. Three of those it's telling me build three uh, were built, okay? S o smart previews and again the size on them and your ability to zoom up and work on these files. Either in the library module or over in the developed module this is something that you couldn't do before if you done plugged your hard drive, you go in the developed module and it would just kind of laugh at you so smart previews are excellent they're also from me I used to work if you're familiar with how I've typically done collections and catalogs in the past in light room as I worked with smaller collections excuse me with smaller catalogs and keep saying that uh, smaller catalogs in other words, I worked kind of like I did it back in the bridge, I would work on a small project smith wedding, the the town italy vacation, whatever it is like that I would keep them smaller just so I could take them on the road, whatever I wanted to work on it, but also it was easier for me to backup archive and things like that now, with the advent of smart previews, since I actually can work on one hundred thousand images let's not say we're going to that guy who work on tens of thousands of images and actually have them available for me. I am now switching over to one big catalog one big collection of all my photographs since light room allows you to work as an example over here we've got collections will be talking about that later on um I've got collections, that's, what we're going to be working on right now. I've got a collection called smart previews, but over in the library module, you can see that I've got folders, and this is actually showing me the folder structure on my hard drive. Well, on my way, photographs are so I've got all my images organized based upon a particular shoot, then it italian vacation is going to be its own folder. I brought it in on the hard drive, it's accessible within light room. I can choose whether I can access that on the road or not by using smart preach, so I'm going to be shifting over to I am in the midst of shifting over to one giant catalog. It's a a huge change for me, and I think it's going to be a huge benefit for a lot of people.

Class Description

Lightroom 5. Master the tools needed to enhance, refine and even retouch your images using quick and easy non-destructive image adjustments! From glamour skin softening, to eye and teeth enhancing, to skin color unifying and special effects like luscious high key black & whites, selective hand tinting, cross-processing and even changing depth of field, there are incredibly powerful features in Lightroom that allow a huge amount of the polishing of your photographs to be done right there, without ever having to go into Photoshop!

Learn how to create magic presets and perform syncing tricks to quickly apply these optimizations and enhancements to multiple images (and now video!) all at once to dramatically increase your productivity. You'll leave this course knowing how to cut your processing time in half and craft even more stunning, creative, and profitable images at the same time.

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 5