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Watermark comes out blurry in Lightroom export

New Here ,
May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022

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Hello,

I've been using the same watermark image for over a year now.

It always comes out looking crisp.

Today I went through my usual procedure of selecting a watermark image to go an export in JPG format.

 

When I click on the gear icon to go to watermark settings and select the png I want to use for the watermark, the watermark looks crisp and clear, as usual.

 

When I click "done" after selecting the watermark, I am taken back to the preview of the export.

 

The watermark is blurry and pixelated.

 

If I go ahead and click export, my image shows the blurry, pixelated watermark.

 

You can see the differences here: https://cloudup.com/cfTLyhfaHSH

 

Why is it doing this? How do I fix this?

 

I've tried:

Updating Creative Cloud

Updating Lightroom

Quitting Lightroom and restarting multiple times

Waiting

 

Again I must emphasize: the PNG itself is not blurry, and it shows crisp when I'm inside the settings to select the watermark image itself. It also worked perfectly until today with all the same settings in place.

 

I looked online and the only other info I can find is about fonts not working well for exports. I am not using a font, but a high-quality PNG image. 

 

Settings are:

File type: JPG

Dimensions: Full Size

Quality: 100%

Include watermark: checked

All metadata

File naming: original

Output sharpening: none

Colorspace: sRGB

 

Version of the app: 5.3

On a MacOS Catalina 10.15.7

 

Thank you for your help

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New Here , Jan 05, 2024 Jan 05, 2024

I found that if the image is low resolution, the watermark comes out low resolution. But if you export the watermark on a full size JPG or RAW image, then it comes out clear. But it shouldn't be like this. The watermark should never come out blurry in my opinion. It should go 'on top' of the image, whatever resolution it is. I am not sure if this is the fix, just something I've noticed I need to do before I watermark photos.

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Jan 05, 2024 Jan 05, 2024

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I have the EXACT same issue and would love to hear a solution. 

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I found that if the image is low resolution, the watermark comes out low resolution. But if you export the watermark on a full size JPG or RAW image, then it comes out clear. But it shouldn't be like this. The watermark should never come out blurry in my opinion. It should go 'on top' of the image, whatever resolution it is. I am not sure if this is the fix, just something I've noticed I need to do before I watermark photos.

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