Creating A Smart Preview Catalog
The steps outlined below describe an easy way to create a Smart Preview Catalog in Lightroom. Create or open an existing Catalog and import the images into the catalog in the usual manner.
Press G to enter the Grid View in the Library module and select the images that you would like to create a Smart Preview catalog for, as shown.
In the pop window select the below listed options:
- Select the location where you would like to save the Smart Preview Catalog
- Provide a name for the new Catalog that will be created. Always keep the name of the Catalog short, for example – Anu Weds Ravi. This helps prevent catalog errors.
- Ensure that only the checkbox titled Build / Include Smart Previews is ticked
- Click on Save
Click on the “File”menu and select the “Export as Catalog” option from the drop down menu
Lightroom will create a new folder at the location selected in the previous step and save the new Smart Preview Catalog.
Lightroom provides the ability to create a Smart Preview Catalog , which helps you edit and process your images even when the original files are offline. A Smart Preview Catalog contains a low resolution, DNG format of your original RAW files which is 5% of your original RAW file size.
For example a set of 1000 original RAW files will be around 2.5GB in size, considering average size of around 25 MB per image. In comparison, the same 1000 images in a Smart Preview Catalog will be around 250 MB in total. This is a huge saving in data. This is also a very convenient way to submit jobs to us for Processing. The jobs submitted through a Smart Preview Catalog are processed and delivered to Clients through a Catalog file. This Catalog file can be relinked with the original RAW files at the Client’s end to export the processed images in any convenient resolution.