Today I’m spending a lot of time in from of the computer processing images with Lightroom so while doing that I started to think about ways to speed Lightroom up. One thing that came to my mind was cache. In Photoshop I know how to increase cache and have it on a different drive, but what about Lightroom? I never thought of that.
So I went to the Preferences panel and under the File Handling tab I found Camera Raw Cache Settings. By default it’s located in your home root folder (not good) and it’s maximum size 1.0 Gb (which doesn’t seem a lot, does it?). So I did a quick search on the internet and found this interesting blog post by Sean McCormack in Pixiq. Go ahead and read it straight from the source. It was written when Lightroom 2.7 and Lightroom 3 Beta 2 were the latest versions available, but everything still applies. It’s a good read and it’ll make your workflow better if you develop a lot of images and jump back and forth between them.