Optimize Your Lightroom Catalog

Photo 1. Lightroom 3 Optimize Catalog.

For the first time this year, I optimized my 2011 Lightroom Catalog. Do we really need to do this optimization? Yes, once in a while our lightroom catalog needs to be optimize. This catalog is our database which contains all the records of our photos. It contains dta such as previews, file locations, exif informations, metadata and a lot more. Like any other database, it needs to be optimize once in a while to achieve better performance.


Photo 2. Lightroom 3 Optimize Catalog Window.

Optimizing a lightroom catalog is fairly easy. Here’s how:

  • Before you do this, I just need to tell you have a large catalog and this is the first time you’ll be doing this, the process could take a while.
  • In lightroom ver. 3 all you have to do is click on File –> Optimize Catalog, ┬áthen if you have optimize your catalog before, you’ll see a small window telling you when the catalog was last optimize, just click on optimize and you’re all done See Photo 2).
  • In the older lightroom ver 2, it’s a little different, you’ll have to click on Edit –> Catalog Settings –> General Tab, on the bottom you’ll see the button Relaunch and Optimize. Click that and lightroom will close and restart automatically to optimize the catalog.
  • Once the process is done, you’ll a window informing you that Your Catalog has been optimized. (Photo 3 below.)
Photo 3. Lightroom 3 Optimize Catalog Window.

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