1) What is Lightroom Process Version?
After you convert all of your Lightroom 2 catalogs to Lightroom 3, you will notice that images from the converted catalogs will have a warning sign when you view them in Develop module (under the image). In addition, you will also see a new drop-down under “Camera Calibration” that was not there in Lightroom 2 called “Process”, which contains “2003” and “2010 (Current). Here is how it looks:
If you click on the warning sign below the photo, a new dialog box will come up like this:
The message inside the dialog box that says “New processing technology is available for this image” basically indicates that although Lightroom 3 came with plenty of new features (especially in sharpening and noise reduction), it never upgraded your imported images to work with the new features of Lightroom 3. Adobe did this on purpose – they did not want to mess with your photos and make them look different after you upgrade from Lightroom 2 to Lightroom 3, which is why they provided the option to work in “LR2 legacy mode”. You will also notice that some options, like “Detail” under “Noise Reduction” are grayed out.
2) Update Process Version
To take advantage of all new Lightroom 3 features, you will need to update your photographs to the latest “2010 (Current)” Process Version. You can do this by going into every single image and clicking the warning sign, or by selecting all images and upgrading them all at once. I recommend the latter approach, especially if your Lightroom catalog contains many photos.
Here is the easiest way to convert all images to the 2010 Process Version:
- Go to Library Module or press the “G” key on your keyboard.
- Click on the root folder that contains all of your images (left panel, under “Folders”).
- Press “CTRL+A” to select all images in your catalog.
- Right-click any of the images that were selected, then go to “Develop Settings” and choose “Update to Current Process (2010)”.
Once you do this, all of your images will get upgraded/converted to the latest Process Version, which will allow you to use the new features of LR3.
3) New Images and Import Process
By default, all new images that you import into Lightroom 3 should have the latest Process Version. However, if you used to apply specific settings to each photo upon import in LR2, you will then also have to update those settings to reflect the new Process Version in LR3. Here is how I suggest to do it:
- Go to Develop Module or press the “D” key on your keyboard.
- Find “Process” drop-down under “Camera Calibration” and select “2010 (Current)” from the list.
- On the left tab of Lightroom, right-click your import preset, then select “Update with Current Settings”.
- Select all settings by clicking the “Check All” button, then click the “Update” button on the right lower corner.
This will update your import preset to use the most current Process Version for your images.