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4 Messages

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154 Points

Tue, Feb 27, 2018 12:44 PM

Lightroom Mobile: How to stop those horrible smart previews? Also how to export the same size as my original image.

Problem, Question and Request: I’m using Lightroom mobile for iOS, and It uses those “Smart Previews”. I don’t like it, it only makes sense in a vacuum, and the only setting to control that feature is worded in a way that by turning it OFF it doesn’t stop them. I have 2 issues with them. 1. Since my iPhone X gets those previews no matter what I do, it must really like them, because any time share or export out an edited image it sends super small files. This happens even though I choose “Largest Available” from the export dialog box. The only other option is what it calls “Small” at 2048 px, but I get 475p X 350p (approx). Now that’s not right. Am I doing something wrong ? Is there a different way to get a full resolution image out of the app? I size my images very specifically (Not in Lightroom, I have to use a different app to do that ; in fact, two different apps, on for iPhone and one for iPad) and I need them to come out that size. So if there isn’t a solution for this then that is my request, 1.An option to disable smart previews. 2. An export option that gives back the same size image I put in. That’s long enough, we can skip the second reason I don’t want smart previews

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Champion

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3.1K Messages

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56.1K Points

3 years ago

Tap in the 'Lr' in the upper right corner. That will reveal the settings. Go to 'Cloud storage & Sync' and turn off 'Only download smart previews'.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

2 Messages

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110 Points

Yeah, you’d think that would work, but it just doesn’t do anything.

Champion

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5.8K Messages

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102.6K Points

3 years ago

Also bear in mind where the files are coming from. Lightroom Classic can only upload smart previews, so whatever your iOS settings, if the originals aren't in the cloud, it can't access them.

947 Messages

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16K Points

This is indeed a big bug. That’s also why I’m importing my raw files directly into my iPad and sync it back to LR, instead of the « usual » process. It’s very handy on the go, but more complicated at home. This is especially true since LR doesn’ allow to import those images withe the sime folder names and the lack of option t9 sync a folder (/smart collection)

Champion

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5.8K Messages

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102.6K Points

I hate to say this Antoine, but it's not considered a bug. They're not adding new sync features to LR Classic, as sync functionality is being focused on Lightroom CC.

947 Messages

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16K Points

Too bad, it’s really slowing down the workflow as this is the only way to get full res pictures on the iPad. I don’t get why they would restrict synced pictures to small previews ☹️ It makes no sense...

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80 Points

it doesn't make sense at all and it's freaking frustrating!!!

2 Messages

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110 Points

It may not be a bug, but for me, as a professional, I don’t want to edit a small pixelated version of my photos or EVER have any small version of any photo I take, ever created by any app or software automatically... I don’t own tens of thousands of dollars worth the gear so I can play around with crappy low res blurry versions of my photos. I can’t even check critical focus with these so called “smart previews”. Maybe call them “stupid previews” it’s a stupid annoying idea and it breaks Lightroom and any workflow for me. Give us the option to use up all the space on our iPads if we choose to. Period! I’ve been ranting about this for a long time. There is zero use for the iPad as an editing tool if you force me to edit low res crap versions of my photos and then only export or share the same low res version. Maybe if I took photos with my iPad, it would make sense, but I’ve literally never used the iPads camera, and I never will.

947 Messages

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16K Points

Robert, the "only" reason for this "bug by design" is because Adobe wants you to use -there are, imho, many reasons for that- their new cloud based system.

Unfortunately, this 'new' version of LR is not answering (pro, enthusiasts, ...) photographers needs: many features are not there yet but probably more importantly, people don't want to be locked up in a cloud based system.

Bottom line, as a photographer needing LR, you should keep LR Classic as you were used to and forget about LR mobile, or see it as "a little plus". But unfortunately not as an integration to your workflow. Their comm should have been clear to begin with, unfortunately.

Imo, why does adobe wants to push towards cloud? The main reason is probably to lock their users in their ecosystem. Once the pictures are on the servers, it's way more difficult to manage them and to switch to another app if needed. This also allows them to provide AI and stuf, which is good.

Why do people don't want to switch to cloud? because of the above, because not everyone has a fast connection, because LR fucks up pictures and there is no back up, because it just doesn't integrete in people's workflow, because LR is not a pro software anymore, ...

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102 Points

I just don’t use my iPad to edit anymore. Even if I ingest the raw files directly into my iPad, I can’t save or export (share) the full resolution versions of the edits with Lightroom. That aspect makes it useless to me. As far as the cloud goes, I don’t mind the cloud, but I don’t need it! I just want to be able to edit and save my full resolution files without any software or app changing resolutions. It’s pretty simple, Adobe just won’t do it. If I could drop the photos into my iPad, edit them, and export them out at full res, without dealing with my laptop, I’d be really happy. I like your post and all the points you make!

947 Messages

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16K Points

Thanks Robert :)

If you were to try (or already have) to integrate your iPad in a somwhat "pro" (understand: streamlined or organised workflow) with LR Classic, you will hit so many walls you'll become crazy. There are so many bugs, either real bugs or either "by design". The only way would be to switch to "LR cloud" but as you said, there are also too many restrictions.

Furthermore, and I don't like to speculate, but I expect LR Classic to die soon. "Official reps" and "Champions" will -of course- disagree. They will say LR Classic will continue to be updated, but I don't expect big updates anymore; only bug fixes or easy implementations.

3 Messages

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82 Points

The latest Lightroom CC is not freally for a pro. 

4 Messages

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104 Points

How can they get rid of Classic when CC doesn’t even support image based watermarks. How are people supposed to watermark their images with their own logos before sharing to Facebook?

Champion

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5.8K Messages

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102.6K Points

They're not getting rid of Classic anytime in the foreseeable future. It's still being developed as before.

947 Messages

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16K Points

That’s the official doctrine, but it’s quite obvious the focus has shifted. Let along any sync features.

Adobe Administrator

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8.2K Messages

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118.3K Points

  • Victoria's statement is accurate.
  • Active development continues as before.
  • Focus has not shifted. 
  • It has been previously announced and since reiterated that Sync-related development is limited to the Ecosystem clients. Feature development continues in non-sync areas in Lightroom Classic. 
 

Adobe Photography Products

Quality Engineering - Customer Advocacy

7 Messages

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134 Points

8 months ago

I am having this same problem in February 2020. I don't see an answer to this problem here, hopefully there will be one by now. The rate/review mode shows the original file, when I switch to edit mode the image becomes blurry. I don't understand how I'm supposed to edit a blurry image. Trees branches become molded into one blob.
When the image is exported it is clear and sharp, it looks nothing like the photo in edit mode. I am editing blind and hoping it comes out nice. Why would a program be designed this way?

4 Messages

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104 Points

7 months ago

Probably because Adobe expects that most people who use LR Mobile use their iPhone camera as a capture device and have low expectations of detail levels at higher zoom levels.