WHAT KIND(S) OF FILES SHOULD I SEND YOU??
The answer to this will depend upon several factors, including what your normal workflow for editing tends to be. I'll provide instructions below for the various types of files you'll send our way. Look for which section in the orange type best applies to you, and read the helpful information that follows. There are three sections below:
LR/PS Combo users
Those who mostly work in Lightroom
LRCAT (Lightroom Catalog with Smart Previews)
This file type proves to be the most efficient method when sending me large quantities of files. One benefit of Lightroom's "LRCAT with Smart Previews" that a you send me what is essentially a copy of your raw data files without all of the heavy data having to be sent (which can be rather time-consuming!). When you send the LRCAT with Smart Previews, I apply edits to the copy of your images, and return the Catalog to you. You'll simply open my edited version of the catalog and my edits will be applied within your catalog. Easy peasy!
Acr / Bridge Users:
Photoshop users will upload RAW files for editing. (Note - If you use both LR and PS in your normal workflow, you can skip down to the next for Combo LR/PS users.)
RAW files are necessary in order to work with layers, manipulate file sizes, and return full-size files back to you. (In some cases, if you've already prepared your PSD files for me, you may upload PSD files. Please don't do this without us chatting about it, first.)
RAW and PSD files take a while to upload. Depending on how many images you are sending to me, it might be recommended that you upload your files overnight. This prevents your computer from being slowed down during your working hours. Trust me, you'll thank me for this suggestion later! Please read below for my recommendations for uploading your files overnight.
My recommendations for uploading files overnight:
Preparing your computer for file uploading -
- TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER'S POWER SAVING MODE
- DISABLE YOUR SCREENSAVER
- IN OTHER WORDS, MAKE SURE YOUR COMPUTER AND SCREEN BOTH REMAIN FULLY ON, and that they DO NOT SLEEP.
Now that you've prepared your computer, you may upload your files -
- Locate your files within their folder on your device. Select all of them (CMD+A/CTRL+A work great!).
- Slide your selected files into our shared dropbox link, and let them upload overnight. You'll see a blue progress bar at the bottom of the screen, letting you know how much time Dropbox estimates the upload will take.
- Check in the morning to make sure your files have uploaded successfully. You'll see a green progress bar at the bottom of the screen.
If you use a combo of
both Photoshop & Lightroom
in your normal workflow:
*Do you usually edit some in LR first, then move over to PS?
Combo LR/PS users will send me a LRCAT with Smart Previews AND Negative Files. From there, I'll edit your files within Lightroom, then I'll export and edit them in Photoshop. The Negative Files are absolutely vital to the combo process. A LRCAT with Smart Previews -only- will not get this job done. I don't need to tell the world all of my secrets here, so I'll contact you with the rest of the information about file types you'll receive back from me as well as method of delivery.
*My brief (ha) thoughts on this LR/PS combo workflow:
I gather your reason for editing this way has something to do with preferring LR's Catalog or Smart Preview systems. But, you're also in need of some Layers work, overlays, or some PS tools that LR just doesn't do well with.
If this sounds like you, I'd love to chat with you first, just to make sure that this will, indeed, be the best method.
There's no real "right" or "wrong" here, just different ways to approach things. :)
Many LR users don't realize that almost all of the tools they love in LR have the equivalent in the ACR/Bridge platform and that files can be edited just as easily within the ACR/Bridge/Photoshop workflow. If you're interested in learning more about this, just let me know and I'd be happy to talk it over with you!