When You Might Want to Build 1:1 Previews

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Here’s a really helpful, and as always, really quick video from Adobe’s own Benjamin Warde — this one is on when you might want to take the time and built full 1:1 size previews. It’s not for everybody, but it might be for you (ya never know).

Thanks, Benjamin. 🙂

See you here tomorrow, in case there’s any big news! 



Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at http://scottkelby.com

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  1. Don’t forget! This “1:1 Build Preview” type of importing only speeds up the Library module. Not the Develop module…

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  2. There’s a new version of Lightroom mobile out this morning! Nothing Earth-shattering, but there is a new subscription formula that seems to be just for mobile… or is it a new price tier for Lightroom mobile + regular Lightroom?

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  3. I have always created 1:1 previews on import, for exactly the reason you mention. I would rather that time consuming process go on in the background, while I do other things on the computer. When I then go through the shoot for ranking and editing, it is instant.

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  4. Sorry, but even with an i7 processor and 16gb RAM and generating 1:1 previews, I still have to wait 3-5 seconds between photos in loupe view.

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    • I have the same experience as Tim: I build 1:1 previews on Import and do NOT see the blazing transitions as shown in the video. I’m on an iMac with 32Gb memory, 4GHz Core i7…

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    • Agreed. Still a delay of several seconds.

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