Soft JPGs?

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by DReali, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. DReali

    DReali TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2008
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Switzerland
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Whenever I've finished editing a photo (in cs3) I save both a .psd and .jpg version. When I view these side by side in adobe bridge the jpg version is always soft in comparison, why is this? What am I doing wrong? I've tried flattening the images before saving them and I've also tried saving these files directly as jpg in the "save as.." menu. The result is the same either way....Has anyone else encountered this problem?
     
  2. musicaleCA

    musicaleCA TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 23, 2009
    Messages:
    2,303
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    What settings are you using when compressing the JPEG?
     
  3. DReali

    DReali TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2008
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Switzerland
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    ICC Profile: Adobe RGB (1998)
    Image Options: Quality 12 (maximum)
    Format Options: Baseline ("Standard")

    I never understood what the format options were so I just left them as they were.
     
  4. DReali

    DReali TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2008
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Switzerland
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I'd really like to know what I'm doing wrong....this is really bugging me :grumpy:
     
  5. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    35,456
    Likes Received:
    12,794
    Location:
    USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    JPEG images can almost always benefit from having some Unsharp Mask applied to the data before the Save As step that will create the JPEG image. Unless you have applied some type of image sharpening in the RAW workflow (which is possible to do), you'll probably want to perform some sharpening to give the JPEGs some bite.
     
  6. ANDS!

    ANDS! No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,178
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Downtown
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit

    Upload an example so we can compare and contrast. You might not actually be seeing anything.
     
  7. icassell

    icassell TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2008
    Messages:
    9,893
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    Arizona
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Just curious -- why are you saving in Adobe RGB colorspace? Most online printers want sRGB files.
     
  8. DReali

    DReali TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2008
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Switzerland
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Do you mean a psd and jpg version of the same image? can you upload psd files?
     
  9. ANDS!

    ANDS! No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,178
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Downtown
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Well, no not PSD files. You can send me an email at mrspeclaled@gmail.com - and I can look at them right now.
     
  10. battletone

    battletone TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Messages:
    285
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Somewhere in the lower 48.
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Is it possible Bridge is showing an outdated preview of the JPG?
     
  11. DReali

    DReali TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2008
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Switzerland
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I print all my photos at home using my epson r2400 (thing is a beast). I print directly from photoshop using the printer's custom profile.
    I tried but hotmail wont accept any attachments larger than 10mb, enough for the jpg but much too small for psds. Thanks anyway.
    Outdated how? do you mean the original pre-edited version? I alwasys shoot raw so the jpg I see in bridge is the final version.
     
  12. JayCanon

    JayCanon TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2009
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Michigan
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    There's a possibility that the JPEG files are appearing softer because of the overall quality being degraded. JPEG files are obviously very compressed to being with, and the small, convenient file sizes come at a price. The more editing and subsequent saving you do to a JPEG file, the more compression artifacts and softness are going to appear. Without examples, it's tough to say if that's what's causing your images to look soft, but JPEG files have lower tolerance for being edited than a lossless TIFF file, for example.
     

Share This Page