Video – The Ins and Outs of LR Preferences

Last week at Photoshop World some one asked a question about the preferences in Lightroom. After answering I realized it would probably make for a good video, as there’s lots of little things in the preferences that are worth checking out (as well as lots of prefs. that aren’t worth worrying about). Oh, and this is only part 1. I realized this video would be really long so I broke it up into 2 parts and part 2 will run next week. Sound good? Make sure you listen to the end of the video and leave a comment about the preferences you find most important. Thanks!

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  1. Thanks for the video, Matt!

    I store my LR catalog on an external drive so that I can use it on 2 different machines (one Mac and one PC). Therefore I store my LR presets with the catalog so that the same bunch of presets are always available, no matter which machine I’m working on.

    I would like to know if anyone has changed the cache settings, perhaps to a larger size and/or a different drive.

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  2. Thank you, NAPP_News for giving us another format to watch this video. Matt why don’t you use something more generic for your videos?

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  3. Hi Matt I read not only your Killer Tips, but also bought the on-line Kelby training where you have gone over Lightroom2. In those videos you say that when you send a file over to Photoshop CS3 play then want it back into LR2 all you have to do is hit SAVE and LR will do all the rest. ….my copy does not. It will save that tiff file in the folder that I imported the rest of the photos from but I find that I have to physically import the output tiff file from CS3 into LR2 if I want to use it. Is there a place in preferences in LR that I need to change? I can not find it. My original LR imported back without any problems.


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  4. Hi Matt
    I am very new to lightroom and have 1 request HELP. I can import and stuff ,but I am confused ,when I am all do editing and want to use only my edited photos do I export those to my C drive.. I guess my question is what should I do after I am all done with my final photos.

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  5. Just wanted to add a thanks for a great video … it’s always interesting to know how others have their preferences set.


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  6. Hey Matt,

    one thing I have not heard anything about is…

    Are your lightroom 1.4 catalogs compatable in lightroom 2?

    I recall there being some issue with them when LR2 beta came out.
    And are the lightroom 2 beta catalogs compatable also?


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  7. Matt,
    I am having problems with my workflow using Lightroom and Bridge. I figured out how to link Lightroom and Bridge so any changes will be reflected. But when I notice Bridge has been updated to reflect Lightroom, I don’t get the same changes/adjustments on my actual harddrive files. Do you know how to do this? Or do you just have to export from Lightroom everytime to update the actual file? Thanks!

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  8. Hi Matt,
    Could you please tell me what application you use to produce these tutorials?

    Thanks in advance.

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  9. Hi Matt:

    Nice video.

    I tried the set auto tone preference and found it unusable since it is applied to TIFF’s being imported into the catalog, such as when editing in an external editor. It generally causes the TIFF to differ from your carefully adjusted RAW.


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  10. Hi Matt,

    Could you tell me why you prefer using PSD over TIFF in the External Editing Pane? Thanks!

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  11. First off love the Blog Matt.

    Anyone launch LR2 in 64bit mode on a Mac (leopord 10.5 etc) and all the icc printer profiles are missing but relaunch in 32bit mode and they are there?

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  12. Hi Matt, thanks for the video about the preferences of LR2. I was wondering whether you could shine some – slightly OT – light on the way you backup your computer. You said in the video you backed it up once per day… Any details about any programs or tools you are using? Thanks, Marcus

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  13. Hello all…
    Great video Matt, thanks.

    The camera raw cache is used to store the image preview cache data, it means that lightroom keeps more of the recently visited catalog preview data. The results are swifter previews when you revisit your photos.

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  14. Liked the video, thanks…I noticed you had some FTP presets. I don’t remember seeing those before. Have you done a video on FTP presets?

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  16. Thanks for all the info.

    I just got the upgrade for lightroom 2, and hoping theirs a way i can take my photo from lightroom to camera raw. Make my adjustments and have those adjustments show in lightroom……….Help..

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  17. Those are really good question and I would really like if you could go over them Matt. I have the same problems with the LR2 bogging my computer. Especially if I have PS, Bridge and LR2 or either two of them working at the same time. Also, I notice that if I use the PS CS3 from the editing menu, I also get the dng file open into PS but if I use the second option, PS exe then I get the dialog with the three options.

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  18. Thanks for another great video.

    I’d love to hear a little more about the cache settings. Does the location or size matter? I know you said that you just leave it at 1gb, but is there a benefit to making it larger/smaller.

    The setting that I have had to use is the “external editor”. I have LR2 on my laptop and desktop, no problems with the laptop, but on the desktop I’ve had to set Photoshop up as the second external editor and use that instead (if I click the normal “edit in Photoshop” link, it brings the original dng file into Photoshop and then when I save it, it doesn’t bring the new saved file back into Lightroom). This is something that’s been talked about some on the Lightroom forum at, but I thought I’d just mention it.

    Sorry for the long comment. Thanks again for the video.

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  19. Hello Matt:

    It is great to hear the news from Las Vegas, but do you know if Photoshop World will ever come to the UK?


    PS. Matt/Matthew – Our son is called Matthew and we are the only ones not to call him Matt: a little like your Mum with you I suspect.

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  20. I’d like to know just exactly what info is stored in the “cache” does anyone know ?

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  21. I’m going to check out that purge cache setting to see if my Lightroom will stop bogging down my entire system!

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  22. One I wish they would add is keyboard shortcuts. Who doesn’t I guess.
    Thanks for going over and clarifying the prefs Matt. Good video.

    You gotta watch out for option for storing presets with catalog. I’ve had to help SE customers out because they had it set to store presets in catalog, and then they would be missing from new catalogs.


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