Lightroom Smart Previews are a killer *new* way to upload your images to us! They cut your upload time by about 90% and much easier to work with than XMP files! Follow the instructions below to upload them to us:
Smart Previews are compressed RAW files that are 5%-10% of the original filesize. Does this mean they effect the quality of the editing? Nope!! When we send you back the Lightroom Catalog with our edits, it uses the uncompressed RAW images on your end. There is NO quality loss!
This part is soooo simple! Just open up the Lightroom Catalog we sent back! It will automatically link up to the RAW files on your computer, no other work necessary! :D
In our previous blog post about using XMPs with Bridge & Adobe Camera RAW we talked about why we love them and what they are.
You’ll start seeing the previews update with the edits from us . It’s as simple as that!
If you’re an Adobe Bridge user and shoot in RAW format, it’s a necessity to know how to use XMP files. XMP files are our normal delivery method for RAW files for a couple advantages:
XMP files are just small text files with the extension ‘.xmp’ that contain the edits we make. They hold the edits for exposure, contrast, brightness, blacks… everything. These updates are viewable in both Bridge and Lightroom. The filename of the XMP MUST match the filename of the RAW file, it’s how the two files synchronize.
How to use XMP files with Adobe Bridge
Sit back and watch the magic happen, you’ll start seeing the changes flash before your eyes. It’s as simple as that!