How To Speed Up Adobe Lightroom

A couple of weeks ago, Adobe updated Lightroom, speeding up the editing process using the GPU. But if Lightroom Classic, to your taste, is still too slow, this video will allow you to “disperse” it without buying a new Mac or better hardware for your PC:

The author of the video is Pye Jirsa, editor of SLRLounge . And even if you are fairly familiar with Adobe Lightroom, there’s probably a couple of tips that will be new to you. For those who prefer to read rather than watch, we made a brief summary:

The most basic tips:

Enable full GPU acceleration. For some users, this feature is disabled by default.

Store your directories on the fastest drive. Working with SSDs can significantly speed up all processes.

Ensure that the RAW file cache is created on the fastest drive. The same principle as in the previous paragraph.

Lesser known recommendations:

Use smart preview when working in the “Processing” module. The displayed image will have a slightly lower resolution, but this will speed up the workflow.

Optimize file processing settings. Do this for each Lightroom catalog you create.

Optimize metadata settings. Be sure to uncheck the box next to “Automatically record changes to XMP”.

Turn off automatic face recognition. This feature is also located on the “Metadata” tab in “Directory Settings”.

Post pictures to different directories. The larger the catalog, the more Lightroom slows down.

If you still want to update the hardware, then know what you need to pay attention to first of all. For example, for Lightroom, a higher processor clock speed will be more important than the number of cores.

A simple listing of these tips does not describe everything that this video gives, so we recommend that you still watch it to understand all the details, find out where the listed settings are, and understand why each of these tips can potentially accelerate Lightroom Classic even without an update “gland”.