How do Lightroom Smart Previews work?

Starting from version 5 of Lightroom there is the possibility to create Smart Previews. This allows a full selection of RAW, non-destructive editing to be made without actually having the original images. The changes will afterwards be automatically applied to the original data.

For you, this means:

  • You only need to send the exported Lightroom catalogue with the Smart Previews.
  • The data is way smaller than the original images.
  • The upload is faster and a massive saving in bandwidth.

Please refer to the video below to find more details about the process. Additionally, you might be interested to see a video about the complete workflow at PIE. You can find both in this blog article: