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Seeing Befores and Afters in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

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Scott Kelby shows you how to display a before and after image, a process that gives you a lot of flexibility to see images the way you want to see them.
From the book Seeing Befores and Afters

In the first white balance project in Chapter 5, I ended with a before and after, but I didn’t get a chance to show you how. I love the way Lightroom handles the whole before and after process because it gives you a lot of flexibility to see these the way you want to see them. Here’s how:

Step One:

Any time you’re working in the Develop module and you want to see what your image looked like before you started tweaking it (the “before” image), just press the \ (backslash) key on your keyboard. You’ll see the word “Before” appear in the upper-right corner of your image, as seen here. In this image (from the same series we used for white balance), you’re seeing the overly cool original image. This is probably the Before view I use the most in my own workflow. To return to your After image, press the \ key again (it doesn’t say “After;” the Before just goes away).


Step Two:

To see a side-by-side Before and After view (shown here on top), press the letter Y on your keyboard. If you prefer a split screen view, then click the little Before and After Views button in the bottom-left corner of the toolbar under your preview (as shown here on the bottom. If you don’t see the toolbar for some reason, press the letter T to make it visible). If you click the Y button again, instead of a side-by-side before and after, you get a top/bottom before and after. Click it again, and you get a top/bottom split screen before and after. To return to Loupe view, just press the letter D on your keyboard.

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