Make Lightroom Faster with this trick

Lightroom has been known for its slow load of images for years. Still, I never used anything like PhotoMechanic because with a few Lightroom hacks, image load time wasn't an issue.

As long as you're working with a new catalog, cull in the Library module and keep caps lock on, you should be all set for speedy culling. But with Lightroom's latest update, which is the biggest update they've released in over a decade, you might find yourself with an even slower load time while editing.

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faster editing in lightroom classic cc

Lightroom now looks at your images differently

I'm in the process of updating our Light & Airy Preset Suite — new features within the presets, new tutorials for the new Lightrooms, and using Lightroom's new approach to RAW files to optimize color that wasn't possible before. Big updates for Lightroom mean big updates for our customers!

New updates being rolled out to our L&A fam soon!

Because of this huge update, I've been learning the ins and outs of all 3 Lightrooms — that's right, there are now 3 to choose from. Each have their own purpose, but hands down, I recommend using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. I'll get into that more in a future post.

So picture me sitting there at a coffee shop, iced flat white next to my computer and venti water right next to it — #hydration — and I'm in Adove Lightroom Classic CC when I realize they have added a feature to speed up Lightroom.

Here's the deal: with this update, Lightroom now processes RAW files in a way that we haven't seen done before. That's going to mean a slower program, right? Except they have also added this "optimize" feature.

Speed up Adobe Lightroom Classic CC with one click

Watch my IGTV episode below to start using this...


The image in the video was edited with the Light & Airy Preset Suite.


Not in a place where you can play a video? Here's what you need to do...

Step 1: Click "File" in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC
Step 2: Click "Optimize Catalog"
Step 3: On the pop-up window, click "Optimize"

You might have to wait a little bit if you're working with a big catalog. Another reason you'll want to do these 6 things before you start editing in Lightroom

Step 4: When Lightroom has finished optimizing, click "OK" on the pop-up window that appears

You're all set! That's it. Your catalog is now ready for speedier editing all while getting the benefits of the new RAW processing capability that Lightroom just rolled out.

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