I'm really struggling with understanding why I can't (or maybe I can) export my files at a resolution higher than 240, which is lower than the file's original resolution. I have found that you can adjust it when you change the dimension from pixels to inches in the export window. But that's resulting, for whatever reason, in a terribly small file, with the resolution where I want it, but the file is useless, generated very small. This is all only made more confusing by the fact that I have hundreds if not thousands of files I'm working with that were exported from the mobile version of Lightroom. Yet anything I'm trying to save from the desktop version is at this smaller 240, which is not working for me. Trying to get answers on anything like this seems like a mission that doesn't feel warranted given how much others much be doing this. Hoping someone can help. If I can simply get back inside of each of these files and regenerate a new saved version at a higher resolution, that's what I'd like to do. If that's not possible, I think this produce should be taken right off the market as the amount of confusion about what does what, where, at what size, based on how/who/what/when it was imported, is really really poorly conceived once you start seeing files that came from the same place with different specs. I am on the Mac version of these if that matters.
A digital image file does not have "resolution". It has PIXEL Dimensions.
eg. an image 4000x6000pixels is ALWAYS 4000x6000px even if the ppi is '1' or '1000'.
An image of 240ppi is not "smaller" than 300ppi. The ppi value is merely metadata stored with the digital file.
So why are you exporting files from Lr? If for screen use then ppi is irrelevent.
If you are up-scaling for print, then stating BOTH ppi and INCHES has a bearing on the 'pixel' dimensions of the exported image. (ppi X inches = pixel dimensions)
My experience- I gave a 4000x6000px image to a newspaper at 72ppi. They told me the file did not have enough "resolution" , So I sent them one at 40x60px at 300ppi.- You tell me which one has the best "Resolution".
I was just with support, and they didn't have a solid answer either.
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I am simply trying to change the ppi from 240 to 300 or 360 for all of the files I export. I think that's about as simple as I can put it. I would think I'd be able to do this as all of the files that came out of the mobile version are at 300. For the desktop version to not just default to but actually limit me to 240 would seem wrong.
Lightroom deafults to 240ppi
It is not a "limit", and why would it be "wrong"?
If pixel dimensions remain the same it makes no difference to "Resolution".
If you must, you could export to Photoshop and change the ppi metadata there. It will not change the image (unless you re-sample the pixel dimensions!)
If it's a default, that's fine, but to open Photoshop to get it changed is not a realistic solution. Why should I have to open Photoshop on the desktop to achieve what the mobile version of Lightroom is achieving? I have read a lot about the debate about how much resolution matters. That's not what I'm asking about here. I am asking / not so much asking, moreso looking to resolve, why the mobile version lets me do this (pump them out at 300) but the desktop version seems to not have that ability? The end result in file should be a almost the same just slightly larger. The test I did on the desktop version, in front of support, produced a 1 MB file. Something's not right, or there's a place to adjust settings other than the actual export function window, and I'm just not seeing it.
"The end result in file should be a almost the same just slightly larger."
NO.! The two files will be IDENTICAL in pixel size dimensions. (As long as you export Full-size, and do NOT change pixel dimensions. )
The Megabyte size on disk can be affected by changes to JPG compression and is NOT a guide to "Resolution".
Post screen-clips of both your Export/Share settings so we may compare your results.
I meant megabyte size on disk there, and I know what you mean about not being a guide for resolution. The files that are being generated when I can get the settings to 360 are not right. I have support engaged at the moment, again.
As Rob has been suggesting, this is a misunderstanding of the relationship between pixel dimensions and file size and file format.
The PPI setting of an image is a number stored in metadata that has NO impact on the pixel dimension, file size, or quality of the image. You can change this number to any setting you'd like, with no impact to the image.
The settings that you can control which affect the file's quality include the export dimensions, file type and the compression (in the case of JPG).
As Rob suggested, please post screen shots of your export/share settings so we can help get you on the right track.
I'm really trying to make this just straight forward and about the settings not being the same or the inability to generate a file with the same resolution from the desktop version of Lightroom as I am creating from the same file in the mobile version. It turns out that the application, when you choose "custom" allows you to adjust the dimensions and resolution in a way that I'm not quite sure I'm understanding. Here's a screenshot of that. By selecting the short to be the long side (I really don't think it make sense for me to be manually inputting my own random dimensions there, which is sort of what it feels like the program is doing), I do get files with a resolution of 300 instead of 240. Again, on the mobile app, you don't have to do anything different to generate the file at 300 vs 240. And again, I am not debating the relationship between pixel dimensions and file size and file format. I am trying to figure out why I the files I have quick saved off my phone are 1. larger in terms of MBs 2. have a higher resolution. I appreciate the effort to help, but I am not debating nor interested in debating how much resolution matters. I'm asking a question of why the app is doing what it's doing, and even support really didn't have a great explanation for this section of the custom export setting, asking me to request they make changes to it to make it more intuitive, if I read them correctly.
"custom" allows you to adjust the dimensions..."
Set Dimension to 'Full Size' then you do not change "Resolution" -Pixel dimensions (and thus resolution) remain the same as the original.
Every creation of a JPG uses compression, even at the 100% setting. The compression algorithm may be different on various devices, thus different MB size of files from different devices. And each subsequent 'export as JPG' will add more compression changing the MB size once again.
And repeating- 240, 300, 72, 1, 1000, 'ppi' makes no difference to Resolution!
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To further explain this: With support watching/observing, I exported a file from the mobile version with a resolution of 300. Did the same thing to the file on the desktop -- 240. In order to change that at all, on the desktop, it appears it's sacrificing something else. Which makes no sense. I'm waiting to hear back from them on how to approach this. I am doubtful that I have found a legitimate "glitch" in their application here, but to me it doesn't seem right that I can't clearly just see the options on the desktop version to generate the same file but with a a higher resolution. A lot of discussion everywhere about why -- that is irrelevent. I need this done, and can sit here and do it on the mobile app, only to find no way to do the same on the desktop. I should be able to do this same action, resulting in the same full-sized, high(er) resolution file on the desktop, and the answer should not include "well, after you edit in Lightroom, you open it in Photoshop ..." Nope.