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Comparing Photos Side by Side

Often you'll have two or more similar photos you'd like to compare, side by side. Lightroom features a Compare view for exactly this purpose.

  1. Choose Edit > Select None.
  2. Click the Compare View button (circled in Figure 12) on the toolbar, choose View > Compare, or press C on your keyboard. The main display area switches to the Compare view.
  3. In the Filmstrip, click the first photo to add it to the left pane in the Compare view; click the second photo to add it to the right pane.
  4. To hide the side panel groups quickly, so that your photos can be displayed at a larger size in the Compare view, press the Tab key on your keyboard.
  5. Click the Candidate pane to select it; then press the right-arrow key on your keyboard to select the next candidate photo from the Filmstrip.
  6. If you prefer the Candidate photo to the current Select photo, click the Make Select button (circled in Figure 13) on the toolbar. If desired, continue using the arrow keys to compare the new Select photo with other candidates.
  7. When you've made your choice, click Done at the right end of the toolbar. The Select image appears in the Loupe view.
  8. Press the Tab key on your keyboard to show the side panel groups.
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