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Image Preview Quality

Colin Grant

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Been playing around with DXO Photolab and it is a fact that the image preview (fit to screen) is a downgraded view of the image that will be produced on export (be that export print or otherwise). Often the difference in quality is significant and you have to view the image at at least 75% to get an idea of what the output will look like. That means you have to scroll around the preview to see it all! This is not helpful imo and with there being no proofing tool in PhotoLab it can be downright annoying.

I appreciate Lr is similar in that you need to zoom in to see sharpening and noise adjustments but how inferior to the final output is the Lr fit to screen preview? Of course we also have proofing tools in Lr so that help[s anyway.

Should mention I have no intention of adopting PhotoLab. I really do not like the interface or workflow.
 

Roelof Moorlag

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Default you see the embedded preview that was made by the camera when you took the picture. When zooming in or exporting the 'real' images is rendered. I think the difference between them is what you see. You could ask Lightroom to build 1:1 previews on import.
 
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