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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
You'll soon discover that as you're evaluating and organizing your photographs, you'll come across a number of different scenarios where you have two images that are similar yet different. You want to compare those two photographs in order to determine which one is the keeper. Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can do that. Currently I've selected one image. I want to compare this image with this other file over here. In order to do that, we need to select both of these images either in the Grid View or in the Filmstrip down below. Now in either case, all that we need to do is hold the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on a PC, and then click on multiple images. All right.
Well, now that I've clicked on both of these files and selected them, I can either press an icon or a shortcut. Let me tell you the shortcut first. It's the C key. C for Compare, or you can click on this XY icon located in the toolbar below. Now once I do that, I get this nice Select and Candidate view of these two images. If I go ahead and pan over, you'll notice that it will update both of the files. At this particular zoom rate, we can't really see that much of the photograph. So what we're going to need to do here is to take advantage of one of those shortcuts that we've learned previously, which allows us to hide the left and right-hand panels. It's the Tab key.
Go ahead and press Tab, and now I have much more screen real estate dedicated to this comparison. Well, one of the things that you'll notice here is that we can change the zoom rate by dragging the slider, or we can unlock this and then click on an image to zoom in, or simply drag the slider to zoom in. Once we lock this again, it will bring both of those zoom rates back together. Now in evaluating these photographs, the light and color and sharpness of this image on the right is much better. This is the keeper. Yet the problem is it's currently called the Candidate.
So what I need to is to flip the two positions of these photographs. Well, I can do that pretty easily. All that I need to do is to click on this icon here with these two arrows. You'll notice that this is now in the Select position, and this is the Candidate. All right. Well, what about the situations where you're comparing more than two photographs? Well, let's go ahead and navigate back to the Loupe module, because this is my Select. When I press the E key, I'll go to the Loupe module, so that I can view this image. From there I could work on it, or we can go ahead and press the G key and go back to the Grid View.
In this particular Grid View, I'm going to select three images. So I'll click on one, hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on a PC, and select a couple more. Now when I do that, I'm going to go ahead and press the C key. When I go to the Compare mode, you'll notice that I only have two images that are visible. In this particular case, we're going for a hike with my daughter and one of her good friends. I saw them standing there waiting for me, because I was hurrying to catch up with them. I was with my younger daughter. Then I stopped to compose the frame.
I was starting to get closer, yet this image wasn't good enough. So what I want to do is I want to compare this with yet another image. Well, what you can do is you notice that there is a white and black dot here, the Select and the Candidate. We can go ahead and press these arrows. When I press the arrow, you notice that it changes the position of what image it's evaluating. So let's zoom out so we can see that a little bit more clearly. If I press the Left arrow key, it's going to go back and forth between those options. Now I can also shift this completely.
So I'm going to go ahead and shift what I'm evaluating. Then select another image here. So I have these two, a Select and Candidate. This time I'm going to press the Left arrow key so that it keeps moving down the line, or press the Right arrow key. I'll go ahead and go pass this image. You can see that I'm comparing this with other photographs. Now these comparisons don't really make sense. Yet I wanted to illustrate that you can use these arrow keys to select or to view different types of images when you want to evaluate more than two photographs. All right.
Well, as you can see, this can really help out in the overall process in regards to finding the final keeper, like with this image. This one is okay, but this one a little bit more close is really nice. Now with this file, I would really like to crop it in even tighter. I wish I got it even closer. Yet I want to mark this as a keeper. So what I can do here is I can simply click on the little flag icon. That's going to mark this image as a Flag as Pick. Then later, I can go back and work on that particular photograph.
Again, once I'm ready to exit out of this mode, I can do a couple of different things. One of the things that I can do is press the C key. Now whatever image was in the Select position, it'll go back and view that image, assuming that's the one you want to work on. Now in this particular case, I also need to bring back my panels, right? So let's go ahead and do that. Press the Tab key, and that will bring your interface back to normal.
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