Lightroom/Photosho: Photos are sharp in LR but soft and blurry in PS

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Editing Images in LR where they seem to be sharp and then export directly to PS where they are now soft and blurry. I have checked the cashe and other performance settings and all seems fine. This problem is really driving me nuts and occurred after latest update. Screen shot provided. Top image... same exact photo exported to PS where it is now blurry. Not noisy or grainy, but soft and blurry. Help please!~
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Nicole Kahn

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Maybe a dumb question, but are you editing the photo in photoshop with lightroom settings applied or editing without settings applied?

If lightroom is doing sharpening, you see it in the preview window, but then if you import to photoshop without Lighroom settings applied, you get the presharpened raw file...

If I am doing photoshop edits, I will import without any LR edits applied, then reapply the LR settings from the raw to the saved .psd/.tif...
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please explain how i do this. im having this issue
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See step 2 here under "Open and edit photos in Photoshop":
https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/hel...
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Thanks for the response , Max. I edit in LR an export to PS and finish there. So, yes LR settings applied. I have been doing that for many years and all of a sudden ,now, images imported to PS are blurry and soft. I quit importing them to PS for the time being , which is maddening, until I can figure this out. 
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Thanks for the follow-up. I'll have to check on my own images now to see if I'm having the same issue and didn't realize. :/
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The image in Photoshop looks like it is lower resolution than the image in Lightroom. What is the zoom factor in Lightroom? What are your Edit in settings in Lightroom's prefs set to?
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Your PS image is zoomed to 200% compared to the LR image, so it's less a case of the PS image being blurry as that the pixel dimensions are smaller for the PS image.

What is your workflow, how do you get the image fro LR to PS?  Normally you'd use Edit In PS from LR one image at a time, and there'd be no dimension-reduction occurring, but perhaps you're instead doing an Export from LR with all your images to JPG copies, then opening Bridge on that folder and opening all those JPGs in PS.  If something along those lines is happening, then what's likely the problem is you have inadvertently enabled Resize in the Export panel and set it to 50% or some dimension much smaller than the original raw size. 

So examine all the settings in the Export panel in LR paying special attention to the Resize and Quality areas along with Sharpening.

Another way to get a size-reduced image in PS would be to have disconnected the originals, perhaps on an external drive that you've unplugged, so you're working with dimension-reduced Smart Previews instead of the originals, but then how are you able to see the original image along with the size-reduced image in your screenshot, unless you did the Export with the external dive removed, but have since plugged it back in.