14 Replies Latest reply on Dec 12, 2016 5:11 PM by Jao vdL

    My low resolution photos

    melissaj56941518

      I need advice on fixing a blurry portrait photos. I don't know how much amount, radius and detail or masking to edit. I have even tried the alt key when doing it. When we go to print the photos from a lab, it shows on the screen that they are low resolution and they print ugly. please help.

        • 1. Re: My low resolution photos
          Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Are you using Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or something else?

          (You've [inadvertently, I assume] posted this in The Lounge which is not for product support. If you let us know what software you're using, a moderator can move this thread to the appropriate, software-specific, support forum.)

          • 2. Re: My low resolution photos
            melissaj56941518 Level 1

            Lightroom 5

             

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            • 3. Re: My low resolution photos
              trshaner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              We need to know what resolution the images are such as 2400 x3600 pixels and what print size you are trying to make. It would also help to know how these files were created (i.e. camera model, scanner, etc.).

              • 4. Re: My low resolution photos
                Per Berntsen Adobe Community Professional

                If the photos are out of focus or blurry because of camera shake, Lightroom cannot correct for that, and I don't think there is any program that will do that. (although Photosop has a Shake reduction filter, which I haven't tried)

                You say the photos are low resolution - what are the pixel dimensions?

                If you post one of the photos here, maybe somebody can offer some suggestions.

                • 7. Re: My low resolution photos
                  Per Berntsen Adobe Community Professional

                  The image is a little soft, but not all that bad, I think. The sharpest part is the near part of the brick wall, so it seems to be a focusing error, rather than camera shake.

                  It does improve a little with sharpening, see the screenshot below, which is at 1:1, and you can also see the sharpening settings.

                  I suspect that the image has also been sharpened in camera, which calls for careful sharpening in LR.

                  It's best to turn off sharpening in the camera, and sharpen in LR, where you have more control.

                  And always apply and evaluate sharpening at 1:1 view - amy other view will be inaccurate and misleading because of image scaling.

                   

                  The image is not low resolution at all - it's 3456 x 5184 pixels, which will allow for an 11 x 17 inch print at 300 ppi.

                  Are you exporting from Lightroom with Resize to fit checked in the Export dialog?

                   

                   

                   

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                  • 8. Re: My low resolution photos
                    trshaner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

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                    • 9. Re: My low resolution photos
                      melissaj56941518 Level 1

                      The reason of why i am redoing these photos is because they print with big pixels because they are blurry photos. Is that right? i normally select the glossy paper with high.

                      • 10. Re: My low resolution photos
                        dj_paige Level 9

                        This could be user error, or it is also possible that the camera front-focuses by itself (although it's more common to see back-focus). Here is a solution to front-focus and back-focus. Jeffrey Friedl's Blog » Jeffrey’s Autofocus Test Chart

                        • 11. Re: My low resolution photos
                          Per Berntsen Adobe Community Professional

                          Blurry images will not lead to pixelated prints.

                          If you see pixelation in the prints, you have either exported with a low jpg quality setting (use 100), and/or reduced the size of the image. Make sure that Resize to fit under Image sizing in the Export dialog is unchecked.

                          • 12. Re: My low resolution photos
                            dj_paige Level 9

                            melissaj56941518 wrote:

                             

                            The reason of why i am redoing these photos is because they print with big pixels because they are blurry photos. Is that right? i normally select the glossy paper with high.

                            I don't think this is right. How are you printing? Inside of Lightroom, or by exporting from Lightroom and then using some commercial service? Please explain.

                             

                            Also, what size, in inches or centimeters (width and height) is the paper you are printing on?

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                            • 13. Re: My low resolution photos
                              Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                              My guess is too just like the others that you are accidentally downsizing the images upon export. You might also be using an online service that downscales files you upload. Several services do this leading to terrible results for anything bigger than a 4x6 print. Usually there is a setting somewhere in the uploader that "optimizes" uploads or some such. Make sure these are set to not touch your files.

                               

                              I have a slightly different approach to get the best prints than Per but the bottom line is that you need to get files out in good enough resolution for printing. I actually do rescale but I rescale to the actual printed size at a resolution of 300 ppi and apply output sharpening.  Interestingly this leads to perceptually sharper pictures than not rescaling and doing output sharpening at the native image size even if in the process you downscaled. Also in my opinion there is no need to go higher than about 90% in jpeg quality. No human being is able to see the difference above that anymore in prints (I tested) but it does save you at least a factor of 2 in file size reducing your upload time.

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