Lightroom Classic 9: Issues with exporting and Spot Removal tool

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Hello all!

I'm an editor and have a client who has reported big black blobs on the images after export. Upon opening LR 9 and using the Smart Previews, nothing looks amiss but when I have linked some of the images to the RAW files, the images appearance completely changed and these ugly black blobs appear where the Spot Removal tool has been used. 


In Develop mode, the SRT looks totally normal (in one example image, it removed a fire exit sign), but once linked to the RAW, the appearance changes. This can be seen also in Library mode before export. The colours of the image drastically change too - the image becomes much darker and more green. 

For one image, removing the Spot Removal work appeared to fix the image, and its appearance remained unchanged after export, but with another image, it still reverted to the darker, green appearance even without any Spot Removal applied.

I have deleted the Smart Previews and am just using the RAW files to export, but the same issue is happening upon export. 

Any help on solving this would be greatly appreciated. I have come across LR bugs before, but not one relating to the Spot Removal tool.

Thank you!







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Hello, are you on a Mac or a PC, which OS version? please share more information about your setup, the kind of files, etc.
Check if your GPU driver is up to date, if you are on a PC.
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Hello, I'm using a Mac with High Sierra OS. What other info do you need specifically?