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johnmac Avatar
johnmac 13 151
3 Jun 2019 7:40PM
When I view or edit in Lightroom (latest version) images donít look that sharp (24Ē Dell Monitor) and yet when viewed in Photoshop they look pin sharp. Iím wondering if there is something Lightroom calibration setting I may have wrong? Can anyone help please.

Also, I try not to crop but unfortunately, sometimes I donít have a choice? I know cropping can cause the image to lose some quality but a friend said rather than crop itís better to use the scale slider on Transform.
Anyone know which would be the best option to give best quality?

Look forward for any advice.
Tianshi_angie Avatar
4 Jun 2019 1:09PM
What format do you take photos in - Jpeg or Raw?

Sorry if that is a stupid question but I think that PS and Lightroom open in different ways and that could be the reason. I can see no differences in my own images except that I open in ACR when opening in PS and Lightroom is already in Develop Mode.
Tianshi_angie Avatar
4 Jun 2019 2:05PM
Also in Lightroom > Edit > Preferences > Performance there is a setting for 'using Smart Previews instead of originals for editing' which suggests that this gives a 'decreased quality' while editing but is faster. Have you got this ticked?
johnmac Avatar
johnmac 13 151
4 Jun 2019 2:21PM
I use RAW for landscapes and Portraits and I use both for sport, generally jpg as I can take between 1500-2000 images. If it's a really cloudy, rainy or a particular rider I want to take I use both RAW and jpg. Checked the Lightroom preference and the Smart Previews is not ticked. I edit in Lightroom and then if needed open in PS via 'Open as Smart Object in PS'
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keithh 19 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
4 Jun 2019 3:02PM
So you're looking at an unsharpened version in LR and a sharpened version in PS?

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