Lightroom 4 not exporting high quality jpegs?

posted April 6th, 2012
I have recently upgraded to lightroom 4. I take all of my photos in RAW, but after processing and exporting, I can only export highly compressed files of only a few hundred kilobytes at most.

I used to be able to export a few mb at each time. What am I doing wrong?
posted April 6th, 2012
I wish I could help you; I am still using LR2 (but have been itching to upgrade). Unless there are issues of course...
posted April 6th, 2012
Cant help either. Is there a Lightroom forum to search or try a google search??
posted April 6th, 2012
I don't understand... Is your problem showing up when you are exporting one or a group of photos? And how large of a file are we talking about (per photo)?
posted April 6th, 2012
@aspada When I export a RAW photo I have edited (individual) it goes from 17mb to 200kb. I was expecting it to reduce to around 3-5 mb
posted April 6th, 2012
I assume you have moved the quality slider all the way to the end? and you have not checked "limit file size to"

posted April 6th, 2012
Ah, okay... I understand now. You must check your settings.

Export To: Hard Drive

File Settings - Image Format: JPEG Quality: 100%

Image Sizing - either leave the "Resize to Fit" box unchecked or check it and choose the settings taking notice that there is a Resolution/pixels per inch choice as well as the resizing choices.

There are many other exporting choices you can make further down like Output Sharpening and Watermarking...

Hope this helps :)
posted April 6th, 2012
@pengo I'm using LR4 and I'm not having this problem. Maybe you're just missing a setting?

If you go to File -> Export in the pop under window there is a section called "file settings" where you can edit the JPEG quality as a percentage, and also an option to limit the maximum file size. You may also want to check the image sizing tab, to make sure it isn't set to resize to something small.
posted April 6th, 2012
@agima @limpet365 @aspada Thanks so much. I feel so silly now, I had the resizing box ticked!! Thanks so much for your help!!
posted April 6th, 2012
Glad to help
posted April 6th, 2012
glad you got it sorted :)
posted April 6th, 2012
..about your upgrade, if you don't mind...Is it worth it ? I have LR3.
posted April 6th, 2012
Yes, echo @bardejov - I'm thinking of upgrading from LR3, too. Should we?
posted April 6th, 2012
It has a few features that are pretty neat like remembering how you like to change things eg if you like to use the straight lineal line in the tone adjustment but LR3 is still good@peadar @bardejov
posted April 7th, 2012
@bardejov @peadar The upgrade cost is pretty small, I was surprised by that. I like the new default raw processing - its not a huge difference, but it is noticeable. Also, since I'm a map person, I LOVE the new map module. Most people probably would be more interested in the soft copy feature and things like that. It goes about exposure type adjustments slightly differently, which I like. But as was pointed out, LR3 is an excellent program without huge flaws or anything. As far as I was concerned, the low price made it a good value.
posted April 7th, 2012
@mtngal @pengo Thanks a lot for the info. And sorry , I didn't mean to hijack Pengo's discussion. :)
posted April 7th, 2012
@pengo @mtngal Thank you, both. That's helpful.
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