Easily Set Up Adobe Lightroom’s Preferences for Maximum Efficiency

How to Set Up Adobe Lightroom’s Preferences for Maximum Efficiency. This is a series of YouTube videos designed to teach you how to use Adobe Lightroom Classic, and in this case Adobe Lightroom’s Preferences. I will try and update the videos as the program changes over the years. If you are new to Adobe Lightroom Classic, follow the video order from 1-end. This is the same order I use to teach Adobe Lightroom Classic in my college class. However, if you are just interested in learning a specific technique, free free to jump around.

I will have two different types of videos in this series. Videos designed to teach you how to use the program, and videos designed to show you how to adjust an image. Some of how I look at or tone an image can be subjective. I try to be as straight forward as possible to let you know when some should be done a certain way, verses a subject adjustment.

Most people never take a look at Adobe Lightroom’s Preferences, but there are some adjustments that need to be made to make the program more efficient. The two most important are external editing and performance. Performance settings will really depend on your computer specifications, but you can allocate cache to an external drive. If you have a non-integrated graphics card Lightroom will benefit from using it.

Secondly, you need to tell Lightroom’s preferences how you want it to handle files for external editing. In my case I use Adobe Photoshop, a color profile of Adobe RGB, 16 bits/channel, and 300 ppi. All the Adobe programs require a large amount of RAM, a good processor and hard drive space. Lightroom uses cache to quickly render previews, but after time that can file up your internal hard drive. Watch this video on how to remove large preview cache files.

Finally, you can change the look of Adobe Lightroom Classic, and I would suggest starting with the Presets of Adobe but you can use your camera presets if you like. I know this seems like a pain, but it will make a massive difference in how the programs work.

Adobe Lightroom's Preferences Window

Adobe Lightroom’s Preferences Window

    Hi John. I’m an 80 year old newcomer to LR Classic though not to photo editing itself. I’ve subscribed to your channel and am finding your videos very helpful indeed. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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    Items Covered in this Video

    • General
    • Presets
    • External Editing
    • File Handling
    • Interface
    • Performance
    • Lightroom Sync
    • Display and Network

      Lightroom Pros

      • All in One Program
      • Easy Editing with Sliders
      • Batch Processing
      • Batch Exporting
      • Organization
      • Non-Destructive

      Lightroom Cons

      • Catlog (Hard to Understand)
      • Very Slow
      • Limited Photo Editing
      • Cloning and Health Tools (Photoshop is Better)
      • Book, Slideshow and Web are Useless

      I have a Facebook Group called, “Learn Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Bridge.” I created this group because I get a lot of questions on YouTube that are hard to answer unless I can see the issue. This will allow a place you can ask questions, and more importantly post images and videos.

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