The attached picture looks fine.
Something is probably up with the image viewer being used.
This image looks fine here.
Something wrong with Preview or your Screen resolution.
Which image viewer are you using?
Have you calibrated your monitor?
That guy is having the EXACT same problem! The retina displays seem to upscale the images. In Photoshop and Lightroom they look perfect and sharp, but when viewing them in the Preview app, they look soft. The same thing happens when I upload them to my website, which is incredibly frustrating
I've put them side by side in this screenshot, not sure how it'll look on your screen. But on the left is the 1500x1000 photo at "100%" and on the right is the original 6000x3000 photo at the same zoom. The one on the right looks a lot more defined right?
The one on the right looks a lot more defined right?
Yes it does, but I don't think it is something with Lightroom.
I have resized them all (over 1000 photos) to 1500x1000, 72ppi using Lightroom CC. I've also tried different ppi settings.
What are the settings exactly?
Could you post screenshots of all Export settings options
Thanks for the reply.
Export settings (screenshot - http://imgur.com/URrLHAF):
Image Sizing - Resize to fit - Long edge: 1500 pixels, 72ppi
Output sharpening - Sharpen for screen: Standard
Metadata: Copyright and contact info only
I've also attached three screenshots. First is the image in Photoshop. This is the size I want, and how it should look, perfect. Second is how it looks in Preview app. Third and fourth are how it looks after uploading to web.
Now, if it's a problem with preview, it doesn't explain why the photo appears larger than it should when viewed on the web.
If it's a fundamental problem with working with photos on a high resolution monitor like Macbook "retina" then it still doesn't explain the loss of sharpness after exporting from Lightroom. It might not be noticeable to anyone looking at my photo for the first time but after exporting I can see it loses a lot of sharpness (and tweaking the amount of pre or post export sharpening makes no difference). I didn't buy a decent camera and expensive Adobe software just for my photos to look like I need glasses or something
Screenshot 1: http://imgur.com/Tsyzujh
Screenshot 2: http://imgur.com/Pa9ThQr
This is a common problem with Retina screens. Please search for and read other threads in this forum on this matter.
Well, the second problem I was having is that after resizing the images there is still a drop in quality, I've tested this on Macbook Retina display and on a bog standard 1440x900 monitor with Windows 7 and notice a slight drop in sharpness after shrinking the image. I posted a comparison above.
Image on the left is 1500x1000, image on the right is 6000x3000:
Your export settings have a Quality of 70%. Try 100%.
Also try 227 PPI which is the native resolution of your monitor.
PPI doesn't affect anything, it's just metadata for printing. Increasing quality to 100% gives me a 25MB file. Hellll no.
Anyway, I solved the problem!
Shrinking an image by a quarter, there is going to be a loss in quality, I'm just going to have to live with that.
The reason I originally wanted to resize the photo was to reduce the file size.
The workaround is, instead of resizing, I can use the "limit file size" option. If I sent it to 2MB, it still looks amazing and sharp.
Funny thing is, if I set the quality to 45 it still looks a LOT better than the shrunk (1500x1000) image at quality 70.
From now on I'll use the limit file size option instead of resizing. I hope this helps anyone having the same problem.