5 Steps to Speed Up Your Lightroom Catalog

Is your Lightroom Catalog not working as fast as it used to? This is the place for you! There are many factors that can slow down your catalog. We’ll show you how to speed it up.

You can access the first four steps in your catalog right now. The last step will require you to buy new hardware for your computer.

These are the easiest things you can do in order to speed up your catalogue. There could be other problems that slow down your catalog.

Too many photos

Lightroom can handle many photos at once. However, there is no limit to how many photos Lightroom can handle. You may be able have more photos than you need before your speed starts to decrease depending on the computer you use. I avoid having more than 10,000 photos in my catalog. You may be able get away with more photos if your computer is fully loaded.

Increase Camera Raw Content

Go to Classic > Preference > Performance to change the Camera Raw Cache value to at least 10.0GB. This will allow Lightroom to store more data and make it load faster. Each time you make an edit to an image, Lightroom stores the data in the cache. It then deletes any older data. Lightroom will run faster if there is more information stored in the cache. To optimize speed, you can increase the cache size to 20+GB if you have a large hard disk.

Import images

Make sure you check Build Smart previews before you import photos. These previews are smaller than full-size previews and allow you to edit the image. This will significantly increase the time taken for images to load after making adjustments. This will take some time to import the photos and may take up some space on your hard drive. However, it is worth it in end.

To build smart previews of photos you’ve already imported, simply select the photos you wish to view and then go to Library > Previews > Build Smart Previews. Lightroom will take a while to create all the previews.

Optimize Lightroom Catalog

Lightroom has a built-in option that optimizes the catalog. Go to File > Optimize catalog and take Lightroom a while. The catalog will automatically close and reopen. Lightroom will be going through the catalog and clearing out any unused space to help eliminate the dust. Lightroom will not delete or alter any photos or edits.

Buy new hardware for your computer

If all else fails you might need to buy new hardware. The hard drive that you are editing on in Lightroom is what makes it run faster. You should ensure that your hard drive is either an external or internal SSD. SATA drives are a cheaper alternative to older hard drives. It doesn’t matter what the difference is, but SSD drives are faster than SATA drives.

The RAM that your computer has is another piece of hardware that can make a big difference. Adobe recommends that Lightroom be run on computers with at least 12GB RAM. To check if you have enough RAM, go to your computer settings. You can purchase RAM aftermarket for your computer.

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