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#3: Render 1:1 Previews on Import

Another way to make sure Lightroom is running as it should is to render the 1:1 previews either during the import phase or right after importing images into Lightroom. It doesn’t happen automatically, and doing so will greatly speed up everything in Lightroom. This is a little known key point to a fast workflow in Lightroom, and I suspect it is also the most common reason why many folks find Lightroom slow. Building 1:1 previews isn’t as fast as any of us would like it to be, but with a little patience, the rest of the workflow will be a lot smoother. The easiest way to build the 1:1 previews is during the import stage (as shown in Figure 1).

There are three different types of preview images built within Lightroom:

  • The Minimal previews are the thumbnails in the filmstrip and grid mode.
  • The Standard previews are the screen size images.
  • The 1:1 previews are the full size images at 100 percent, which are basically the same thing as zooming into an image at 100 percent in Photoshop.

The easiest method in which to render the 1:1 previews is to choose 1:1 in the Initial Previews toggle in the import box so that the previews are created during the import stage. By choosing 1:1, the Minimal and Standard previews will also be made. Hence, all of the previews will be ready to roll once the import process is finished. If you don’t want to render the 1:1 previews for all of the images, I’d suggest rendering the Standard previews on import, then after you have done an initial edit (with the Standard—i.e., screen size previews), you can render the 1:1 previews of your select images for the final edit.

To render the 1:1 previews after the import process, first select all of the images in the folder (in the Library module) or the group of images for which you would like to render the 1:1 previews, and then go to Library > Previews > Render 1:1 Previews.

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