Not happy with Lightroom’s sluggish performance on your computer? Here’s a helpful 15-minute video in which photographer and instructor Anthony Morganti shares a number of helpful tips for optimizing your Lightroom’s performance.
The tips are various settings you can adjust and tools you can run inside Lightroom, from Catalog Settings to Preferences and more. Since photographers have different workflows and needs, customizing how Lightroom runs can help make it run faster for your own purposes.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the main performance optimization tips discussed in-depth in the video:
#1. Build 1:1 Previews: Make Lightroom create a 1:1 preview of your photo files, trading extra disk space and slower importing for faster performance while working with your photos.
#2: Discard Previews: Have Lightroom automatically discard your 1:1 previews after a certain number of days to free up disk space.
#3: Preview Size and Quality: Make sure your preview size and quality and set to appropriate settings for your monitor.
#4: Camera Raw Cache Settings: Increase your cache size as large as you can from the default of 1GB.
#5: Use Graphics Professor: Try enabling or disabling the use of your graphics processor to see if that improves performance.
#6: Smart Previews: You can give up disk space and editing quality by using Smart Previews for faster performance.
#7: Optimize Catalog: Use the built-in optimization tool to keep things humming along over time.
Watch the video at the top of the post for a more detailed look at how you can make these adjustments and what they can do for you.