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This chapter is from the book Using the Compare and Survey Views

Using the Compare and Survey Views

Despite all their viewing options, sometimes the Filmstrip and Grid views are not the best ways to review your photos. That’s when the Compare or Survey views may prove just the ticket. The Compare view lets you examine two photos side by side. The Survey view lets you look over a larger number of photos, limited only by how many you want to crowd into the main window.

To use the Compare view:

  1. In the Filmstrip or Grid view, select two photos you want to closely compare A.
  2. A In the Filmstrip or Grid view, select two photos you want to closely compare, and click the toolbar’s Compare view button.

  3. Press the C on your keyboard or click the Compare view (X|Y) button in the toolbar. The two photos appear side by side in the main Lightroom window with the left photo labeled Select and the right photo labeled Candidate B (The Select photo is your current best shot, and the Candidate photo is one you’re judging against it.) A thin white line marks the Select photo as active; to make the Candidate photo active instead, click it.
  4. B The two photos appear side by side in the main Lightroom window with the left photo labeled Select and the right photo labeled Candidate. A thin white line marks the Select photo as the active photo.

  5. To adjust your view of the photos, do one of the following:
    • Click the toolbar’s button to switch it to the unlocked position. Click to select the first photo you want to adjust, and use the Zoom slider to adjust your view C. If necessary, click the other photo and use the Zoom slider to adjust that view as well.
    • C With the toolbar’s Link Focus button unlocked, you can adjust the Zoom slider independently for each photo.

    • If you want to zoom in on both photos by the same amount, click the toolbar’s button to switch it to the locked position. Use the Zoom slider to adjust the amount D.
    • D With the toolbar’s Link Focus button locked, any adjustments with the Zoom slider apply to both photos.

    • If you start with the toolbar’s button unlocked, but when zooming in on one photo realize you want to zoom in by the same amount in the other photo, click the Sync button E. The view of the other photo zooms to the same magnification as the active photo F.
    • E If when zooming in on one photo you realize you want to enlarge the other photo by the same amount, click the Sync button.

      F The view of the other photo now zooms to the same magnification as the active photo.

  6. With the view now set, you can make judgments more easily about which photos should be Selects and Candidates. Use the Compare view’s tools to switch or compare them G.
  7. G Use the Compare view’s toolbar buttons when reviewing Select and Candidate photos.

  8. As you review photos, you also can apply the flags, ratings, and labels to further distinguish photos from each other. In the example, the right (Candidate) photo is sharper, so it’s flagged as a pick and then made the Select photo using the Compare view toolbar H.
  9. H The right (Candidate) photo is sharper, so it’s flagged as a pick and then made the Select photo using the Compare view toolbar.

  10. Once you finish comparing photos, click the toolbar’s Done button. The Compare view switches to the Loupe view.
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