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Comparing photos side by side

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos

Video: Comparing photos side by side

After I've reviewed all of my photos from a shoot and I've chosen those that I like the best, sometimes I have to choose the very best for a particular project or to show a client. It can be difficult to do that when you have a number of photos that you like. And that's when I like to use the Compare feature in Full Screen view, which shows me just two photos at a time, making my choice easier. So here I have six photos that I like in this folder. To go into Full Screen view, I'll go to the View menu, and I'll choose Full Screen. Here in Full Screen view, you can see those two panels on the left, which are going to collapse on their own in just a moment.

Comparing photos side by side

After I've reviewed all of my photos from a shoot and I've chosen those that I like the best, sometimes I have to choose the very best for a particular project or to show a client. It can be difficult to do that when you have a number of photos that you like. And that's when I like to use the Compare feature in Full Screen view, which shows me just two photos at a time, making my choice easier. So here I have six photos that I like in this folder. To go into Full Screen view, I'll go to the View menu, and I'll choose Full Screen. Here in Full Screen view, you can see those two panels on the left, which are going to collapse on their own in just a moment.

We'll look at those shortly. For now, I want to get to the Compare feature. So I'm going to move my cursor, and that brings up this Control bar. If you happen to leave your cursor where it is for just a moment, the Control bar will disappear. If that happens to you, just move your cursor a little bit and the Control bar will come back into view. So down here I can see a filmstrip of thumbnails of the six photos in the folder that I started with. I'd like to compare them two at a time, one to the other. So I'll move my cursor to bring that Control bar back and I'll click on the View icon.

From here, I can choose to view two photos at a time, either one on top of each other or next to one another. I'll go with the next to one another view by clicking this icon. So now I see just two of the photos in the filmstrip next to one another. And there's a blue box around the photo on the left. I think of that blue box as the Replacement box. You'll see why in just a moment. Take a look at the filmstrip and you'll see there are two thumbnails highlighted there. Those are the two photos that I'm comparing at the moment in this nice, large, clean view.

Of these two photos, I prefer the one on the right. So, here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to leave the blue box, the Replacement box, around the photo on the left; and I'm going to switch that photo on the left out for the next photo in the folder. The way that I'll do that is to click the right-facing arrow in the Control bar. Now, you can see which two photos are being compared if you look at the thumbnails that are highlighted in the filmstrip. Of these two photos, I still like that photo on the right the best, so I'll leave the blue box where it is; and I'll replace the photo on the left with another photo by again clicking the right arrow in the Control bar.

Of these two photos, I actually like the photo on the left the best, so I don't want to replace that one. I want to leave that one up on screen. I want to replace the photo on the right. So I need to take that Replacement box and move it over the photo on the right. To do that, I'll click once on the photo on the right. So now, it is this photo on the right that's going to be replaced when I come down and click the right- facing arrow in the Control bar. So that replaces the photo on the right with the next photo down here in the filmstrip.

Of these two, I still like that photo on the left the best. So I'll leave the Replacement box over on the right, and I'll click the right-facing arrow again to add yet a new photo to the box on the right. Now of these two photos, I really like the photo on the right the best. So I need to move the replacement box back over to the left. I'll do that by clicking on the photo on the left; and I'm going to click the right-facing arrow to replace the photo on the left with the last photo in my filmstrip.

And now I have my last comparison, comparing the photo that's the winner so far, the one on the right, with the new photo on the left. I think the photo on the right is a better choice because it shows more features of this house. So, the photo on the right is the winner. I'll click once on the photo on the right. And now, to indicate that that is the winner, I'm going to move my cursor over that panel at the top-left of the screen. At the top of that panel, you can see a line of stars. I'm going to give the winner--the photo on the right--five stars, by clicking on the fifth star here.

And then I'll move off that panel and it will collapse. Now you don't see the stars here, but when I go back to Media view, those stars will indicate which of the six photos in the folder is my favorite. To exit out of Full Screen view and go back to Media view, I'll click the Exit button here in the Control bar. And back in Media view, I'm going to scroll down; and you can see the five stars under the photo that I selected by comparing all these photos to one another, two at a time, which made my job a lot easier.

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  1. 18m 57s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What is the Organizer?
      3m 1s
    3. Touring the Organizer
      4m 29s
    4. Moving between Organizer and Editor
      4m 55s
    5. Working with catalogs
      5m 46s
  2. 21m 4s
    1. Importing the exercise files
      2m 50s
    2. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 37s
    3. Importing photos from your camera
      7m 56s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 25s
    1. Viewing photos
      3m 37s
    2. Displaying photo names and dates
      1m 0s
    3. Adjusting photo dates and times
      3m 33s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 41s
    5. Rating photos
      5m 6s
    6. Viewing metadata in the Information panel
      3m 13s
    7. Adding photo captions
      1m 45s
    8. Hiding and showing photos
      2m 54s
    9. Stacking related photos
      5m 8s
    10. Applying instant photo fixes
      4m 28s
  4. 19m 43s
    1. Viewing a simple slideshow
      4m 51s
    2. Comparing photos side by side
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Quick Edit options
      5m 36s
    4. Applying Quick Organize options
      4m 46s
  5. 27m 30s
    1. Using the Folders panel
      7m 19s
    2. Moving and renaming files
      3m 38s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 14s
    4. Moving and renaming folders
      3m 48s
    5. Deleting files and folders
      4m 2s
    6. Using a watch folder to import new files (Windows only)
      4m 29s
  6. 10m 14s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing albums
      2m 38s
    3. Making instant albums from folders
      1m 43s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Creating and organizing keyword tags
      6m 38s
    2. Applying keyword tags
      4m 59s
    3. Finding photos by keyword and Advanced Search
      3m 19s
  8. 23m 3s
    1. Identifying people automatically
      5m 55s
    2. Identifying people manually
      3m 1s
    3. Viewing people
      3m 47s
    4. Grouping people
      3m 10s
    5. Working with people tags
      7m 10s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Creating events manually
      6m 48s
    2. Creating Smart Events
      2m 25s
  10. 9m 52s
    1. Viewing mapped photos by location
      5m 47s
    2. Adding location data to photos
      4m 5s
  11. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Find menu
      3m 36s
    2. Finding photos by metadata
      5m 31s
    3. Saving smart searches
      5m 3s
    4. Finding photos by visual similarity
      5m 56s
    5. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 56s
  12. 3m 22s
    1. Don't forget to back up
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 6s

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