Lightroom: Develop module is blurry

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My library module and develop module are very different. My photo is crips and clear in the library but blurry in the develop module. I have read several forum and seems it is opposite for people. I have spent hours trying to figure out how to fix it and seems nothing is working. This has never happened before. I did recently get a new Mac and wonder if that has something to do with it. Any advice?
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Tara Stephenson

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If you go to Preferences > Performance and uncheck "Use Graphics Processor" and restart, is the image not blurry?
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Tara Stephenson

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Hey Jeff. I have the lightroom 3. any hints with that?
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Tara, does your Mac have a Retina display? It seems that Lightroom and Photoshop have issues with GPUs and sharpness on those.

On my iMac 5k and my wife's Macbook Pro, Photoshop CC 2015.5 is slightly blurry in 100% view and gets crisp only when I switch the GPU off (Radeon R9 on the iMac, and this card is officially supported by Photoshop).

Lighroom CC 2015.6.1 strangely behaves opposite to PS: crisp with GPU on, and blurry with GPU off (one can tick the checkbox on/off and watch the image change in the background).
LR 5.7 (which does not support GPU usage) is blurry too.

You could download a trial version of LR CC to check yourself.

I have reported those issues before, but no constructive feedback so far from Adobe. It's a basic functionality, disappointing ...
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Tara Stephenson

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Hey Jeff. Thanks for the reply. My lightroom doesn't have that option. It is Lightroom 3. 
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Tara Stephenson

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I have research about the GPU and can't find an option for lightroom 3. I have tried almost everything. I am afraid of editing my photos in develop to find out I have been editing an image that is not full res therefore exporting an image that is not the same quality as the original. Or does the blur not affect the quality...just the viewing?
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Hy Tara. I have the same problem using Lightroom 6.6 last update. When images are strongly modified by developing  they appear sharper and noisy in the library module and in photoshop too. I suggest:   
Do basic modifications in Lightroom. Export to Photoshop with changes, to make final retouch and save tiff or jpeg. If you open this image saved on tiff in Lightroom and not modifie by developing it appears the same in both modules. Forget blur, image looks like photoshop viewing.
Sorry my poor english, i am from Catalonia.
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Tara Stephenson

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Thank you Emili. I will look into this. I live in Malaga! ha sounds good. Will try to see if it is imported as a tiff
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Definitely has nothing to do with your new Mac, otherwise everything would be blurry if there was something wrong with your monitor (or the display inverter). I'd say bite the bullet and upgrade to the latest version of Lightroom. I have the $9.95/month plan and I love it, because I can use Lightroom Mobile to edit my shots anywhere I have my phone or iPad (and to show people the new shots).
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Tara Stephenson

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Wondering if there is just something wrong with my settings? in lightroom. 
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Thanks
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Try going to Lightroom - Preferences > File Handling > Camera Raw Cache Settings and select [Purge Cache] 
Restart Lightroom. 
Does that clear them up. 
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Tara Stephenson

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Still is blurry:( Don't really know what to do.
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Can you provide a screenshot example showing the issue?
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Tara Stephenson

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If it is still blurry in develop but sharper in Library...will this affect the quality when I export? if not, then i might as well edit the way they are.
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Hi again Tara.
As you can see upper image belongs to Photoshop,  the middle to Library module and the lower to develop. It's the Milky way region (Cygnus, Lyra, Aquila, Delphinus...) after a hard developing work. Every of them has this own "personality" but as you say, the one from the developing module is "blurry" or maybe seems to be more "gasified". Is this the problem  that worries you?
My sugestion again.
Basic develop in Lightroom, right button: edit in Photoshop and use layers, masks, tools...
until you get good results, save as tiff or jpeg and check if your images are coherent.