Why does quality of my image changes drastically after editing it (and saving it as jpg with maximum quality ) in photoshop CC RAW. Everything looks great until I save the image. Comparison of the photo before and after saving/converting as jpg given below.

p.s. I am a little paranoid.After saving

before saving

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    What particular aspect of "quality" do you feel is changing significantly? Color? Resolution? Noise? Etc.? – Michael C Jul 26 '16 at 10:51
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    Is your 'paranoid' comment and the blacking out of the subjects' eyes related? – Steve Ives Jul 26 '16 at 11:00
  • What resolution are you saving in? – Aganju Jul 26 '16 at 12:00
  • 1. The noise in the saved image is increased significantly, The sharpening goes away. It feels like after saving the image as jpg it adds loads and loads of grain. 2. yes. 3. the resolution is 6000x4000 – Muhammad Ashar Jul 26 '16 at 12:41
  • zoom in to 100% and play with the noise reduction options in ACR. – ths Jul 26 '16 at 14:45

It appears most of what you are seeing is due to the use of high Clarity and Vibrance settings coupled with faster rendering options in the Lr preview window.

Depending on how you've got your viewing quality options selected, Lightroom may or may not be actually recomputing the raw data to produce the preview you see from within Lightroom. If you've got them set to render changes more quickly what you're seeing in Lr is more of an estimate of the effect of those settings rather than the actual effect on the image once it is exported and the settings are actually applied to the raw data.

Since the image in question was shot at ISO 4000 it can be assumed to be relatively noisy. Increasing Clarity and Vibrance increase microcontrast and thus tend to amplify noise.

  • I understand what you are are trying to convey. but how to stop faster rendering options if faster render is causing problems? One more thing is this problem is only with D5200 .NEF raw files. With D7000 raw files, every edited detail looks same before and after saving (even with maximum clarity and vibrance). – Muhammad Ashar Jul 26 '16 at 12:37
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    @MuhammadAshar What he's saying is that the problems are already there, and you are just not seeing them until you export because of the faster rendering options. – mattdm Jul 26 '16 at 12:54
  • So this means there can be nothing done about it unless I change the way I edited this picture? Is there no way of avoiding this much grain after exporting? – Muhammad Ashar Jul 26 '16 at 13:30
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    You'll have to change the way you edit the photo. If you set the rendering options to "higher quality" instead of "faster" you'll be able to see the effect as you edit instead of waiting until you export. – Michael C Jul 26 '16 at 13:33
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    Are you absolutely sure you have the rendering options set that way? This does seem like the most likely explanation. – mattdm Jul 29 '16 at 12:56

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