lightroom smart previews



  • Samples, samples, samples. The key to having a catalog returned back to you looking amazing is to provide a variety of samples showcasing your style throughout the entire catalog.
  • Don't procrastinate on sending your catalog. Leave time for processing, approving, tweaking, unforeseen technology blips, etc.
  • Communication is incredibly important. Please feel free to alway reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I consider myself part of your team and I am always happy to help.
  • Trust the process. I know how hard it is to let go!

Photo Outsourcing

STeps for creating a lightroom smart preview

Lightroom Smart Previews not only make file sharing a breeze, but they also allow you total control over the final product.


Import your files

Start by creating a new Lightroom Catalog for every job. Import your files into Lightroom by going to FILE --> IMPORT. Cull if you are planning to do so. To cull I usually mark my files with a flag or a star. If you want me to cull for you just worry about importing and getting all of your files into Lightroom.

Lightroom Samples

Create Samples

Create samples in your catalog. Your samples will be used as a "map" for editing the rest of your event. Make sure to include edits throughout the entire catalog. Mark your samples with a color, star, or a flag so that I can easily find your edits.

Lightroom Catalog

highlight images

If you culled your files, separate your final cull from the rest of your images. You will only be sending your culled images. If you are sending the entire job, don't worry about separating. All images that need to be included in the Smart Preview will need to be highlighted. To do this go to

EDIT --> SELECT ALL. Your images will be highlighted and ready for creating a Smart Preview.

Outsource with Lightroom

Create your smart preview

Time to create your Smart Preview! Go to FILE --> EXPORT AS CATALOG. Name your catalog and save it to your desktop or external hard drive. Include your name and the name of your job (i.e. Beaupre Edits - Bill and Rose Wedding Catalog).

Three options are available at the bottom of the dialog window: Export Negative Files, Build/Include Smart Previews, and Include Available Previews. Make sure that ONLY Build/Include Smart Previews and Include Available Previews are checked. Click EXPORT CATALOG at the bottom right of your box.

Lightroom Catalog

Exporting catalog

Creating the Smart Preview takes a little bit of time. You can watch the progress at the top left of your Lightroom screen. This would be a perfect time to email me to let me know that you have a catalog on the way.

Lightroom Process

Locate your Catalog

Locate your exported catalog on your desktop or external hard drive. Open the folder and zip all parts of the catalog together. Name your zip file and only upload that file to the file sharing site. This step is important as it will allow for a smooth file transfer.

Relax your catalog is in good hands.

While I work on your files, spend this time doing ______. Maybe it will be creating that blog post that you have been wanting to do, taking a minute to update your social media, spending time with your family, or doing something for yourself.

Outsource Photo Editing

steps for opening your edited lightroom smart preview

Open your catalog, watch your files come to life, make any adjustments needed, and send off to your clients. You are in complete control of the final product.

Review Catalog


Yay! Your catalog is ready! You will receive a zip file back from me with your edited catalog. It will come back to you from the same platform that uploaded it to. Unzip the file and open your new edited Lightroom catalog. Review your files and make any tweaks that you feel you may need.

Connecting RAW Files


It is important to make sure that your catalog is connected back to your RAW files when you receive it back from me. In the bottom left corner of the histogram box check to make sure it says Smart Preview + Original. If it does say that your catalog is connected to your original files and you are able export into JPEGS. You can move on to the step EXPORT. If it just says Smart Preview move on to the step, HOW TO CONNECT.

Beaupre Edits Lightroom Catalogs


In your catalog click on the rectangle symbol that is located in the upper right corner of any image. A dialog box will pop up. Click "locate" to find your images. Go through the steps to locate this specific image file from your original RAW folder. Lightroom will work to connect the images files and the rectangle icon disappears. This step could take a few minutes. 

Lightroom Catalogs for Outsourcing


Export your files into high resolution JPEGS and send off your finished gallery to your clients!