Are you downsizing while cropping? Do you have values in the Options bar with the Crop tool selected?
Thanks for responding.
Yes, I was downsizing.. not upsizing at all.
I was using a custom preset value when I was cropping. 960px x 1200px @ 300ppi
All images were much larger size before cropping. So frustrating since I noticed this after doing hours of work.
This might have to do with a change that was made to the default resizing technique in Photoshop between CS4 and now.
Try this: Open the Preferences dialog box, and in the General panel, change Image Interpolation to "Bicubic (best for smooth gradients)". Then run the same preset.
If that change makes a Crop tool resize work like it did in CS4, then the reason you saw a change is because in more recent versions of Photoshop the default technique for resampling was changed to "Bicubic Automatic" which tries to pick the right algorithm based on whether you're resampling up or down. It applies to resizing in general (for example, transformations), and you're seeing it because a crop resulted in resampling.
You can test various settings there to see which one is best for your work.
That was exactly the issue. All looks good now after setting to Bicubic.
Thanks for the info.
There has been discussion about Bicubic Automatic in this forum, and several of us refuse to use it. You should consider changing the default in Preferences