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Comparing two images

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Comparing two images

In order to follow along with the techniques that I'll be sharing with you in the next few movies, you want to make sure that you have your Toolbar visible. Now, you can show and hide the Toolbar in the Library Module by pressing the T key. The T key will either show or hide that Toolbar. Next, you want to make sure you have the View Modes turned on. You can do that by clicking on this button here and then selecting this option so that your View Modes will show up over here, make sure that is checked off, and you'll see those two View Mode icons right there. All right! Well, the View Modes are really helpful because what they allow us to do is to evaluate pictures, to compare two photographs side-by-side, and the two photographs that I want to compare initially are these two right here.

Comparing two images

In order to follow along with the techniques that I'll be sharing with you in the next few movies, you want to make sure that you have your Toolbar visible. Now, you can show and hide the Toolbar in the Library Module by pressing the T key. The T key will either show or hide that Toolbar. Next, you want to make sure you have the View Modes turned on. You can do that by clicking on this button here and then selecting this option so that your View Modes will show up over here, make sure that is checked off, and you'll see those two View Mode icons right there. All right! Well, the View Modes are really helpful because what they allow us to do is to evaluate pictures, to compare two photographs side-by-side, and the two photographs that I want to compare initially are these two right here.

What you can do is click on one image, hold down the Command key on the Mac, that's Ctrl on Windows, and then click on another. Now, with both of those images visible, you can either press the icon or a shortcut; let's start off with the icon, it's this one right here. This allows us to have the side-by-side compare. Now, what's great about this is in the Toolbar, if you lock this down, if you lock down the Zoom, you can actually zoom these images in together. So here they're zoomed out, next I will zoom way in so I can evaluate the photographs.

Now, I can also click and drag and reposition these images so that I have different perspectives or different views of those photos. Now, sometimes you may find that the interface is kind of blocking what you need to see, because I can't really see that much of an image when I have two up side-by-side. This is especially true if a photograph is in a Landscape or a Horizontal orientation. Well, either way, even with these photographs, I can't see enough of the pictures. So in that case what I want to do is hide some or all of the interface.

There are two great shortcuts that we can use to do this. Do you remember them? If you press the Tab key, that will hide the Panels on the left and the right. If you press Shift+Tab, what that will do is it will hide almost all of the interface, so now we can just look at these two pictures. Next, what I want to do is zoom in even further, so I am going to go ahead and drag the Zoom up, and I want to try to analyze which photograph is best. Try to find a Zoom Rate which will look good here. Now, when I get in really close at this 1:1 view, all of a sudden I realize, this image is sharp, this one isn't.

My focus is a little bit off. There's also a little bit more Noise there, and the Exposure isn't quite as good. So the one on the right is the keeper, but you may notice it gives me this information up here, Select and Candidate. When comparing you can always flip-flop those simply by clicking on this button here, and then I can say, you know what, this is my Select, this is the better picture and, again, we have different views; we can look at these zoomed out or zoomed in, based on what we need to evaluate. All right! Well, let's bring back the interface.

In order to do that we'll press our shortcut, it's Shift+Tab. Now, Shift+Tab will show or hide most of the Lightroom interface. So what's nice about this Compare Mode is it just gives us the ability to really evaluate pictures. You may also notice that down below what you can do is you can add different ratings; you could add a Flag, or a Star, or Label rating. Here I'll go ahead and click on 1 Star to give this one a 1 Star rating. All right! Well, let's exit out of this Compare Mode altogether.

Let's go back to the Grid. Here I will press the G key. Now, back in the Grid I see two more pictures which are very similar, this photograph and the one next to it. I want to compare these two. Click on one, hold down Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows and then click on another. This time let's navigate to the Compare Mode by way of a shortcut. It's the C key, C for Compare. Now, when we compare these two photographs and say zoom in a little but, one of the things that we may determine is, you know what, both of these have really nice composition, they both have nice exposure, they both look good.

Yet, what will happen is if we minimize the interface with our shortcut, that's Shift+Tab, and then if we zoom out a little bit here, what we'll see is that side-by-side all of a sudden we have a pretty distinct problem. And let's move this up just a little bit here. This one I am not level. You can see the lean of the camera is too far. This one is much better. So sometimes when you're comparing photographs, what you're looking for isn't just the nitty-gritty and the little details, other times perhaps it's something a bit bigger.

So in this case, this one really should be the Select, and we'll press this icon here to move this one over to that Select position, so that is now in that Select spot. Now, to bring back everything what we can do is press Shift+Tab and that will then bring all of this back. Now, if we wanted to choose another Candidate, you could hold down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and then you could click on that photograph, and what that would do is it would then show up in that position. So say for example, there was another picture you wanted to compare this to.

So as you can see, this feature, while it's kind of simple, it's actually pretty profound, and it can really help you find the keepers. Because the trick with photography is this, it's not just the capture of the photograph, but it's knowing how to discern and determine which photograph is the best. It's knowing how to edit your pictures and to find the photographs that are the absolute best.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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