3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 19, 2017 11:47 AM by mw5375

    Saving a zoomed in frame as a photo

    mw5375

      In Lightroom, when a photo has been zoomed, can that zoomed image be saved as a photo? (by zoomed I mean, clicking on an image in Library using the magnifying class and blowing up the image - cropping does not seem to provides the same detail, plus it is difficult to find the part of the image that needs expanding......thanks

        • 1. Re: Saving a zoomed in frame as a photo
          wobertc Adobe Community Professional

          Zoom+ does magnify an image on the screen so you see only a portion of it, but it does nothing to select that view as a new photo. Only the crop tool can achieve that.

          So you might- 1. Create a Virtual Copy {Ctrl+'} then 2. Press 'R' for the crop tool, 3. Crop to the desired area.

          Cropping DOES LOSE PIXELS! in an exported photo, so you cannot crop without losing detail.

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          • 2. Re: Saving a zoomed in frame as a photo
            Conrad C Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            mw5375 wrote:

            cropping does not seem to provides the same detail

            Develop and Library both render from the same source image, so no detail is "lost" either way. In fact the Library image is usually lower quality; for example, Library uses an sRGB preview while Develop is rendered direct from the raw original plus Lightroom adjustments. If you set the noise reduction and sharpening options properly in Develop, you should be able to enhance the detail in Develop as much as needed.

            mw5375 wrote:

            it is difficult to find the part of the image that needs expanding

            Here's a tip that can help with that. When you are zoomed in Library, open the Navigator panel. It will show you a rectangle representing the part of the image that's zoomed in. Use that as a guide, then switch to Develop and crop it the same way.

             

            wobertc wrote:

            Cropping DOES LOSE PIXELS!…you cannot crop without losing detail

            Cropping loses pixels, but details are not lost. The amount of detail is the same. An image can appear to have less detail after cropping when the remaining area is enlarged to be the same apparent viewing size as the image before cropping.

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            • 3. Re: Saving a zoomed in frame as a photo
              mw5375 Level 1

              thanks for the feedback - navigator panel hint helped

              MJW