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Sometimes you want to compare photos, maybe to pick the one you think is best photographically or the one that you want to use in a particular project. There's a variation on Full Screen view that will allow you to compare photos. I could start comparing photos from Thumbnail view by selecting photos to compare or here in Folder Location view, I can just go right into Full Screen view. To do that, I'll click the Full Screen view icon at the top of the Media Browser, and here in the Full Screen view, I'll move my mouse to bring up the control panel. I'm going to click the small arrow on the far right of the control panel to expand the options here.
The second menu in the expanded area gives me a choice of comparing images side by side or above and below. I'm going to choose Side by Side, and that displays the first two photos that I brought into Full Screen view. When I'm comparing photos, sometimes I like to be able to zoom in or out or pan around in the photos, perhaps to see if certain areas are in focus. If I want to be able to zoom and pan these two images together, I'll move my mouse to bring the control bar back and in a control bar I'm going to click this link symbol.
Now, if I use the scroll bar on my mouse to zoom in, both images zoom in together to the same percentage, and the same is true if I zoom out. When I'm zoomed in so far that I can't see the entire images on the screen, I may want to pan around so I can see a different area of each image, and the images will pan together too because I've linked them. So, if I click and drag in either image, the other one pans with me. I'll use my scrollbar to zoom back out. Now, I'm going to make a choice between these two images.
Say that I prefer the image on the right. So, what I'd like to do is compare the image on the right to another one that I opened into Full Screen view. So, I'm going to select the image on the left by clicking there, and that puts this blue border around the image on the left. Now, I can replace that image with another one that I'd opened by going down to the control bar and clicking the right arrow, and that brings up the next image of those that I'd opened into Full Screen view. So, now I can compare these two. Well, let's say that of these two, I prefer this image on the left, so I want to leave that one on screen and replace the one on the right.
I'll click on the one on the right, and then I'll click the right arrow and that will replace the image on the right with the next image. And now I can compare these two. So in this way, I can go through an entire batch of images, finding the best of two and then comparing that one to the next image in the batch. Of these, I prefer the image on the right, the one with the statue. So now I'd like to mark that image as my chosen image to identify it when I get back to the Organizer.
There're a couple of ways I can do that. I have access to the Quick Edit and Quick Organize panels that I showed you in the last movie, and I can use any of the controls in either of those panels on the selected photo. So, right now the selected photo, the one with the blue border around it, is the photo on the right. I'm going to hover over the Quick Edit panel, and in the Quick Edit panel, I'm going to go up to the star ratings and I'm going to give that photo on the right five stars by clicking on this fifth star. I might also give it a keyword.
So, I'm going to hover over the Quick Organize panel. That opens that panel and collapses the Quick Edit panel. And I'm going to create a new keyword for favorites. I'll go down to the Apply Keyword Tags area, I'll click in this field, and I'm going to type Favorites. To apply that keyword tag to the selected image, I'll click the green plus symbol. So, now I'm done comparing in Full Screen view and I want to go back to my original view of the Organizer. So, I'll move my mouse to bring up the control bar again and I'll click this X on the control bar, and that takes me back to where I started in the Organizer.
As you can see, the image that I chose has the five stars that I gave it, as well as a keyword tag, indicating that I've tagged it as a favorite. So that's how you can use a variation on Full Screen view to compare photos one to the other.
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