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Use Super Resolution before/after crop

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Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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When cropping a RAW file is it better to use Super Resolution before or after doing the crop.

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Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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I personally feel that it's better to crop first so that the enhancement can take place on the image that you want enlarged and enhanced.

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Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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When the rubber meets the road, no difference. A crop is just a parametric (instruction or think of it as metadata) edit. Your preference. 

What gets actually rendered out into say a TIFF, yes, the crop then takes place. 

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management" (pluralsight.com)

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When you use super resolution on a raw file, Lightroom will first apply 'enhance details'. Any cropping is irrelevant, because that is a non-destructive crop. The original raw file will be used regardless of that crop.

 

To avoid getting such a large file, you could first export a cropped TIFF, import it again and then use super resolution on that TIFF. In that case 'enhance details' won't be applied, so this may give a slightly worse result. I haven't tested that, however.

 

If the result is indeed worse, you could avoid that by using a two step approach: first use only 'enhance details' to create an enhanced DNG. Then apply the crop on that DNG and export a TIFF with that crop. Finally use super resolution on that cropped TIFF.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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