LIGHTROOM - Export the fixed photos

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I exported jpeg files from Lightroom and my changes do not show up unless I zoom in on the pic and if I zoom back out it goes back to the original. Why don't the fixed photos show up?
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You'll need to explain a bit more. Since you're talking about exported photos, what are you using to view them?
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I am just looking at the pictures on my computer in a saved pictures folder (not the original folder in my pictures). Since I have never used editing software before I wanted to test out that I could save the photos with my changes. I eventually want to put them on a portable hard drive and take them to show family. Any help you could give is very much appreciated.
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Hi Christine. That's fine. I'm just trying to understand how you're viewing the exported photos. For example, are you opening them in Windows Picture Viewer? Or Preview on a Mac? Or are you importing them into Lightroom to view the exported photos? Or what are you using to look at them?

And while I'm asked questions, what operating system are you using?
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The computer is windows 10. I think it must be windows photo viewer. I don't have any special program. When I look at the photos in lightroom I see the improvements, but when I export them to my pictures folder or on a hard drive w/ another computer the changes don't transfer.
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Ah ok, in the Export dialog, are you selecting Original format, by any chance? Try JPEG instead. Original is just a duplicate with updated metadata.
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I actually have been selecting jpeg. When I look at the original & exported next to each other I can see slight differences, but it is nowhere near what I am looking at in LR unless I zoom in on the pics. It seems strange for it to look the way I wanted only when zoomed in. I guess it is just not what I expected with the program. Maybe I need more practice or maybe I should try photoshop?
Thanks.
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So are these noise/sharpening differences we're talking about, or colors and tones? What happens if you change a photo to B&W and then export it. Is it B&W?

There's a few different things that could cause differences, so it's just a process of elimination to figure it out. If you know how to take a screenshot that would show the differences, that might help speed up the process.
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The colors are not saturated like when I look at them in lightroom and the sharpening does not seem to show up much either. It is as if what I am trying to do only translates a fraction of the amount on export. When I look at the pics in picture viewer I can see subtle changes, but not as much as I thought I had made and if I look at them another way I see no changes unless I zoom in. I was able to export a b & w pic.
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Perfect, ok. I think there are a couple of things at play here.

The lack of saturated colors is likely due to your color space selection when you're exporting. You're probably set to AdobeRGB or ProPhotoRGB, which look less saturated if you view them in non-color-managed software. Try selecting sRGB instead.

As far as the sharpening goes, are you viewing it at 1:1 view in the Develop module? The software you're using to view the exported photos could be making them look softer than they really are, which is why it only shows up when you zoom in. If you're only planning on viewing them on screen, perhaps emailing them to someone or displaying them as a screensaver, then you might want to export them as lower resolution photos that won't be downsized by the viewing software. What are you using the exported photos for?