Lightroom 5 brought a whole bunch of exciting enhancements, but they weren’t all headline-grabbing editing tools – Adobe also introduced Smart Previews, which could be the most important advance of all for those of use with image collections too large to store on an internal drive. I do my day-to-day work on a laptop with […]
Smart Preview (Lightroom)
With Lightroom‘s Smart Previews you can store smaller, lower-resolution versions of your photos within the Lightroom catalog while storing the full resolution versions on an external disk drive. Smart Previews are compressed DNG files and fully editable – any changes you make are automatically used for the full resolution photo when your drive is reconnected. Smart Previews make it practical to view and edit your image library on a laptop with a relatively small internal drive.