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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
When you're trying to choose one photo for a project from among several similar ones, you may find it helpful to bring them into Compare View. I've narrowed down to these three photos for a project I'm doing and now I want to compare them more closely. I could select the photos that I want to compare, but since I'm in Folder Location View, I don't have to select any if I want to compare all of the photos in the targeted folder. So I'm just going to go up to the Display menu at the top of the screen and I'm going to choose Compare Photos Side by Side. That opens all three of the photos into Full Screen View, the same view that I showed you in the last couple of movies.
I covered how the controls in Full Screen View work in the last movie, but for a quick review, there is a Film Strip over here on the right. If I move my mouse over the middle of the screen, I get this Control Bar. If I stop moving, the Control Bar disappears, so that will go on and off as we go through this movie. By the way, if you don't see a Film Strip on the right side of your screen, move your mouse to bring the Control Bar up and click on the first icon here to Toggle the Film Strip on. Then over on the left, there are a couple of panels that appear when I move my mouse over them, or disappear when I move my mouse off.
There is a panel from which I can apply Quick Edits and another from which I can apply some quick organizing features like Keyword Tags, which I'll use in this movie. In the Film Strip, there are blue borders around two of the three photos; those are the two photos that are showing here in the middle of the screen. So these are the two that I'm currently comparing. As I compare the quality and composition of my photos, I'm going to apply star ratings to each photo. Right now photo one on the left is the one that's selected.
You can see that because it has this blue border around it. So with photo one selected, I'm going to add a star rating to it by moving my mouse over the Quick Edit panel, going to the top of that panel, and clicking on five stars, and then I'll move off to close the Quick Edit panel. Now, I can't see the stars that I've applied to this photo here in this view, but when I go back to the Organizer, I'll see those stars. I don't like the image on the right as well, so I'll apply fewer stars to that one. First, I'll click on it to select it, and now the blue selection border is around the photo on the right.
Then I'll go back over to the left side of the screen, hover over the Quick Edit panel and click on three stars for this photo. When I move off, the Quick Edit panel collapses. So of these two, I like the photo on the left the best. So what I'd like to do now is to bring the third photo into the mix and have it replace the photo that's currently on the right. So I want to make sure that the blue border is around the photo on the right, and then I'll go over to the Film Strip and I'll click on this third photo right here. Now I can see that third photo here in this window on the right, and I can compare it to the one that I liked a moment ago.
Of these two, I think I still like the close up the best. In fact, I really don't care for this long shot at all on the right. So I'm going to give the long shot on the right just one star. To give it stars, I'll make sure that the photo on the right is still selected, that it still has the blue border around it, and then I'll move over to the Quick Edit panel and I'll click on one star and then move off to collapse that panel. In addition to giving star ratings to photos, I like to add a Keyword Tag to my favorite when I'm in Compare View like this.
So for that, I'm going to go back and click on the photo that I like the best, the one on the left. It's now selected, and I know that because it has the blue border around it. Then I'm going to hover over the Quick Organize panel. Here I'm going to go down to the Keyword Tag area, click in the Tag Media field, and I'm going to type Favorite, creating a Favorite Keyword Tag. Then to apply it to the selected photo, I'll click the green Plus symbol. Then I'll move off to collapse the Quick Organize panel. Now if you look at the Film Strip, you'll see that there is a tiny icon for a Keyword Tag on that first photo, and I'll be able to see that out in Organizer View too.
So now I'm done comparing, but before I go back out to the Organizer, I want to show you a couple of more things down in the Control Bar. If I move my mouse, the Control Bar comes back into view. You may not see these last icons here in your Control Bar. If your Control Bar looks like this, then click the arrow here at the very right side of the Control Bar, and that will show some additional controls. If I go to this control and click the arrow to the right of it, I can choose to compare my images in an Above and Below View like this, rather than Side by Side.
Now, in this case that doesn't make sense because I have two vertical images, but if I were comparing horizontal images, this would be a better way to view them. To go back to the Vertical View, I'll move my mouse to bring the Control Bar back, I'll move over that arrow, and I'll choose Side by Side. There is also a link icon here. If I click this link icon and then I move into one of the two images, and I move my Scrollbar on my mouse to zoom out or to zoom in, both images are linked together and will zoom together.
While I'm zoomed into more than a 100% as I currently am, if I click in either image, I can pan around in the image to see a different part of it, and because I've linked the two images together, the other image pans with me. Now I'm all done with Compare View and I'd like to exit out to my Organizer. So I'll move my mouse again to bring up the Control Bar, and here I'm going to click this X on the Control Bar, just to the right of the I button, and that takes me back out to the Organizer. Here I can see the star ratings that I gave to each photo when I was in Compare View, and I can see my Keyword Tag that I created in Compare View that identifies this photo as my favorite.
So that's how to use Compare View in Full Screen View to compare one or more images, looking at only a couple of them at a time.
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