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I was working on migrating from Google Photos to Lightroom CC, and I've noticed that shared images, slideshows, and pretty much anything on the Web except the photo editing mode presented pictures as blurry and heavily compressed. I right-clicked on the viewed image in Web gallery and did "Save Image As" and the saved image was limited to 2048 pixels on the larger side and compressed to about 450kB. That's half of the resolution of my monitor, so it looks pretty terrible. Downloading a photo downloads it in full resolution and with acceptable compression. But viewing it via Web interface looks really bad on a high-res monitor. Google Photos adjusts the resolution of the image presented to match that of the monitor it's viewed on, which makes a ton of sense.

Is there any way to fix/adjust that from the user side? If not, are there any plans to change that by Adobe? It is a deal-breaker for me because I use image sharing to deliver photos for full-screen viewing, and the low resolution is clearly noticeable on any monitor 4K and above.

PS: I am not sure why my name shows up as X X and how to edit that - I'm not trying to be anonymous 🙂

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Low resolution of Web images

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I was working on migrating from Google Photos to Lightroom CC, and I've noticed that shared images, slideshows, and pretty much anything on the Web except the photo editing mode presented pictures as blurry and heavily compressed. I right-clicked on the viewed image in Web gallery and did "Save Image As" and the saved image was limited to 2048 pixels on the larger side and compressed to about 450kB. That's half of the resolution of my monitor, so it looks pretty terrible. Downloading a photo downloads it in full resolution and with acceptable compression. But viewing it via Web interface looks really bad on a high-res monitor. Google Photos adjusts the resolution of the image presented to match that of the monitor it's viewed on, which makes a ton of sense.

Is there any way to fix/adjust that from the user side? If not, are there any plans to change that by Adobe? It is a deal-breaker for me because I use image sharing to deliver photos for full-screen viewing, and the low resolution is clearly noticeable on any monitor 4K and above.

PS: I am not sure why my name shows up as X X and how to edit that - I'm not trying to be anonymous 🙂

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IF you are sharing your images from Lightroom Classic CC to the web then you are sharing smart previews which have a width of 2048 pixels. This cannot be changed. The only way you can have full-sized images in Lightroom CC (the cloud-based version) is to import them directly using that program.

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To clarify - I'm talking about Lightroom CC. For example, here you can see that the photo is 6000 pixels wide: VA Beach, /Ocean/ Kayak by Thomas Butler (not my photo, just random public gallery)

But what's shown on the screen is always only 2048 pixels wide, which looks bad on a monitor that's 5120 pixels wide - essentially less than half of the effective resolution. That happens to every image I share or view via a web browser even when viewing my own images. The 2048 pixel image is rendered stretched to fill the screen.

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What version of Lightroom CC?

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It's 3.1 but the same issue applied to any other version. It seems to be some system-level limitation. Sharing from Lightroom Web results in the same issue. Basically, seems like everything web-related in Lightroom is built with assumptions that people do not have monitors wider than 2048 pixels.

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