The MUST KNOW feature of LIGHTROOM 2020

Are you tired of spending hours editing your photos in Lightroom? Are you looking for a way to streamline your editing process and make your photos stand out? Look no further than the new must-know feature in Lightroom 2020 – the AI-powered auto adjustment tool. This game-changing feature utilizes artificial intelligence to analyze and automatically adjust the exposure, color, and tone of your photos, saving you time and ensuring consistent results. In this blog, we’ll explore the power of this new tool and how it can revolutionize your photo editing workflow. Say goodbye to tedious manual adjustments and hello to beautifully enhanced photos with just a click of a button.

The MUST KNOW feature of LIGHTROOM 2020

The MUST KNOW feature of LIGHTROOM 2020


All right, back for the other quick tip Tuesday! I just got back from WPI in Las Vegas where I was representing an editing company and talking to professional photographers about Lightroom. I was shocked at how few professional photographers knew about today’s quick tip – a feature in Lightroom that saves you a ton of time. It’s crazy they didn’t know about it because I use this quick tip every single time I use Lightroom.

If you’re digging these quick tip Tuesday’s make sure to hit the like button below it helps a ton and subscribe for more quick tip Tuesday’s. Let me know in the comments if you knew about this quick tip, as I’m very curious as to how many people knew about it versus how many people didn’t. Apparently, a ton of professionals didn’t know about it, so you’re in good company!

Problems Solved

If you are working in Lightroom a lot, today’s quick tip is a must-know because it solves three major problems:

  1. Massive file sizes
  2. Editing from external hard drives
  3. Sending massive batches of images for edit

Massive File Sizes

If you are shooting with new cameras like the Sony A7R 2 or the latest Canon, the file sizes are massive. Every time you press the shutter button, it creates a large file which can lead to huge amounts of data to work with in Lightroom.

Editing from external hard drives

Most photographers edit from external hard drives, which can be a much slower process than editing on the internal drive. Working with thousands of images from an external hard drive on your laptop can be challenging.

Sending massive batches of images for edit

Wedding, portrait, and commercial photographers often send their massive batches of images out for edit. Sending large amounts of data for editing purposes can be a cumbersome task.

The Solution – Smart Previews

The feature inside Lightroom called smart previews solves all three of these problems. Smart previews are small versions of the original photos that retain all the depth and color information, allowing you to make edits and corrections without working with massive file sizes. Smart previews reduce the file size, making it easier to work with and edit in Lightroom.

How to Create Smart Previews

There are two ways to create smart previews in Lightroom. The first way is during the importing process, where you can select the option to build smart previews. The second way is to select existing photos and build smart previews from the library.

During Import

When importing photos, simply select the ‘build smart previews’ option and Lightroom will create smart previews for all the imported photos.

From Existing Photos

If you already have photos in Lightroom, you can select all the photos and build smart previews from the library menu. Once created, you can see both the original and the smart preview when editing.


Smart previews in Lightroom are a game-changer for photographers dealing with large file sizes and external editing processes. It’s a must-know feature for anyone working with Lightroom regularly, especially for professional photographers. By utilizing smart previews, you can efficiently manage and edit your photos without the constraints of massive file sizes.

So, if you haven’t already explored smart previews in Lightroom, give it a try and see how much time and effort it can save you in your editing workflow.

That’s all for today’s quick tip. Stay tuned for more useful tips and tricks!

FAQ: The MUST KNOW Feature of Lightroom 2020

Q: What is the most important feature in Lightroom 2020?

A: The most important feature in Lightroom 2020 is the new masking and selection tools, which allow for more precise editing and retouching of images.

Q: How do I use the masking and selection tools?

A: To use the masking and selection tools, simply select the area you want to edit using the brush or gradient tool, and then apply your desired adjustments to that specific area.

Q: Can I create presets with the new features in Lightroom 2020?

A: Yes, you can create presets with the new masking and selection tools, allowing you to apply the same edits to multiple images with just one click.

Q: What other features should I be aware of in Lightroom 2020?

A: In addition to the masking and selection tools, Lightroom 2020 also includes improved performance and new camera and lens support, making it easier to work with a wider range of images.

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