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Sometimes, the best way to review a series of images, in order to identify your favorite in that series, is to view all of the images at once. And the Survey view in Lightroom, enables you to do exactly that. Let's get started by selecting the images that we'd like to compare. In this case, I want to evaluate some flower images. I have a series of flowers over on the far right of the film strip and also a couple of others over toward the left side of the film strip. So, I'm going to click on one of the images and then Shift-click on the last image in that small series which will select all of those images.
The first image I clicked on. The last image I clicked on and every image in between. I also want to select these addition images. And so I'm going to hold the Ctrl key on Windows, or the Cmd key on Macintosh, while clicking on each of those additional images. You can see that I now have all five of those images selected and I'd like to compare all of them at the same time using the Survey view. To switch to Survey view, I can click on the Survey view button on the toolbar below the preview image, or I can simply press the letter N on the keyboard.
In Survey view, all of the selected images will be displayed at one time. Obviously with multiple images on the screen, you'll likely want to hide all of your panels so that you can focus your attention on the images. I'll go ahead and press Shift tab in order to hide all of the panels. And then you might even want to switch to Lights Out view so you can see only the images all by themselves. To enable the Lights Out display, simply press the letter L on your keyboard, which will switch to the dimmed view. And then L one more time to go the full Lights Out display so that you can see only your images and nothing else. Then we can gradually decide which images to remove from the Survey view, so that we'll ultimately end up with only a single image. For example, I think the weakest image in this group is this vertical at the top right.
And when I mouse over any of the images in Survey view. You'll see that we have an X in the bottom right corner and clicking that X will remove that image from the Survey view. The other image is then rearranged and adjusted in size and I can continue my review. I like this image of the various flowers, tulips and other flowers on a lawn, but I'm not crazy about the intersection of some of the flowers. So I think I'll remove that image from the selection. And while I do like the planter over on the left-hand side, I think this isn't the strongest image of the group. So I'll go ahead and remove that image from the Survey. And now I'm left with just two images.
And between these two, I really like the image on the right more than the image on the left. So I'll click the X to close out that image. And I'm left now with just a single image. So using that Survey view, I've identified my favorite image from a group of images. I can then press the letter L on the keyboard one more time to disable the Lights Out view, and then press Shift tab to bring back my panels. As you can see, it's relatively easy to work in Survey view to narrow down a group of images to your one favorite in that group.
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