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01-09-2012, 10:31 AM   #1
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Lightroom exporting

Whenever I export out of Lightroom with file resizing on, the files seem to be immensely compressed. My JPGs are going from 4-5 mb down to 500kb and are losing a little bit of their quality. While not an immense difference, when comparing the exported file with the non-exported file, a few key elements of the pictures seem to be slightly blurred. Any ideas how to resize/export out of Lightroom without losing this quality?

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What are you exporting for? What settings did you choose and what kind of quality did you ask for?
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I always export full size out of Lightroom and then resize if necessary in Photoshop Elements. I just find it easier and have never noticed any quality issues.
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I was exporting for web use (Galleries here and elsewhere). I had it set on quality 100, no file size limit, but resized to 1500x1000. JPEG format witih sRGB color, and a custom watermark in the bottom right corner.

I just got Lightroom the other day and haven't used it too extensively yet. I couldn't find any normal "Save" function and assumed "Export to" was the save function. Please correct me if I am wrong, though.

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I don't resize on export from Lightroom.
I usually upload to Flickr or Photobucket in what ever results after any cropping, and let the hosting sites take care of any sizing.
For Lightroom I have a standing 'Exports' folder that I clear out after uploading to the online sites.
I find when I want to share a picture here it is easiest to just use the Flickr 'share' function.
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Ah alright, thanks I'll try using that instead. I realized also that the picture I was exporting is also in black & white, so the lack of color probably caused for a much smaller file size. I still don't know why it lost a bit of quality though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbuck92 Quote
I was exporting for web use (Galleries here and elsewhere). I had it set on quality 100, no file size limit, but resized to 1500x1000. JPEG format witih sRGB color, and a custom watermark in the bottom right corner.

I just got Lightroom the other day and haven't used it too extensively yet. I couldn't find any normal "Save" function and assumed "Export to" was the save function. Please correct me if I am wrong, though.
export to achieves the same as save as. you set the parameters based on where you want to send it. you can automate for web export to flickr and Facebook for instance (add to a collection and have it upload direct from the file with chosen parameters) which saves time (It also allows different settings for different uses then without changing the file. ie 480-680 for fb and maybe full size for flickr)

I haven't noticed any serious softening (i use standard sharpening for web on output) but I don't do serious comparisons since I consider the web a non critical use, I worry more about print files
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I would also be most interested in how to optimize the resize on export for Lightroom. At present, I export at 100% with no changes and use another program to resize.
*edit* questions answered while writing post


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my "normal" settings for the web are: JPEG, ProPhoto RGB, "Limit File Size" 4000, IMAGE SIZING 300 pixels/inch, Output Sharpening High for Screen

I recall reading that the image quality should be around 80............
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Great thanks everyone! I'll try some of those settings a bit later and see how they work out!
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbuck92 Quote
resized to 1500x1000.
This might be part of it. It's too big and the site will re size your photo. I set the Long Edge to 1024 pixels. Quality 90 and resolution 240pixels. Sharpen for screen at standard. I found if export to PF it never looked right for me, so, I just share photos via flickr and that works for me.
That sounds like a normal file size your getting to me, as well.
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I resized to 1500x1000 before I upload them to any site. I tried submitting one to the exclusive gallery here and it said the preferred size was 1500x1000, hence why I did 1500x1000.
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