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Adobe Lightroom Classic Compare View

About Compare View

Product:  Adobe Lightroom Classic  |   Subject: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic

In this exercise, we will learn about Adobe Lightroom Classic Compare View.

This section will talk about yet another view, and this view is called compare view. This view comes in handy, especially when you want to compare a couple of images or one image to several different images in a series. This way, you can have an idea of which image you want to work on or which image is better, or which image that the client wants to see, or something like that. This is just for you to compare the main image to other comparative photos. Alright, so what we're going to do is we're just going to go into the wedding folder here that I created. In this folder, you can see two photos of cakes that we're going to compare and have a few similar types of shots that we want to identify which one is the best. 


So what we need to do is we need to select two photos at a minimum. Let's choose the two cakes. So, click on the first one, hold down the ctrl key and select the other one. Then now, go to the bottom and click on this XY icon. Or you can use the hotkey, which is C. So let's click on that. It'll show you the side-by-side view of the selected photo and the potential candidate that you are working on. 

So I hope this has helped you to understand how you can use the Compare view to compare photos side-by-side so that you have an idea of which photo is the better photo, the better shot, the better pose, whatever it is that either meets your criteria or your client’s criteria or in some cases, your family's standards. So I hope this has been helpful. If you do have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. 

Compare View  Section Wrap Up

In this section, I want to take just a couple of minutes to review all the learning we did in this section. In this section, we focused on how actually to view our images. We talked about how to view our images using several different kinds of views. For example, the tab view dropped all of the panels on the left and right sides. The hotkey is the tab key. By pushing it, you can drop all of the left and right panels. 

The other view we talked about was removing all four of the panels, the top panel, the left panel, the right panel, and the bottom panel. For that, we use the Shift + Tab key. Clicking on Shift + Tab drops all of the view all of the panels so that you can have a better and easier time viewing all those things. 

Another view that we talked about was the lights-out view. The lights out view cycles through several different kinds of filters depending upon your configuration in Lightroom. But for me, you can see the background it's been dropped in terms of illumination by about 80 to 90%.

If I click on the L key again, it'll darken it by 100% for lights out to focus on what is available to me in the library and the grid view. Looking at on one more time brings it up all again. Another view that we had was the full-screen view. The full-screen view allowed us to view each of the images in Fullscreen. 


Now with all of these views, what we have is we can still use the left and right cursor keys to advance photos to go back and forth within all of the pictures that we have. The other thing that we took care of in this section was to talk about the grid view. Below is the grid view,

and also the loupe view

These already have their hotkeys. The Loupe view is the E key on your keyboard, and the grid view is the key on your keyboard. These are the two views that we will use most of the time. In the loupe view, we use the E key, and in the grid view, we use the G key. We took a look at the Compare view, where we compared a couple of photos. And in this case, we compared a couple of wedding cake photos just so that we could see which one was the better photo or not. 

Our next view was the survey view. The survey view allowed us to choose several photos that we wanted to view and view them from a better, bigger perspective. This allows us to choose from different kinds of images. 

Once again, it's just a different way of taking care of all of the views and managing the photos that we have in the catalog. We can still use the same lights out; we can use the same full-screen view; we can always use the same tab view; we can use the same Tab view. So, there's plenty of ways to view the photos. 

Now I use the grid view and the loupe views the most. That's because I find that these are the easiest ways to manage all of my photos, and I work very well with them. Now I'm talking about using the keyboard shortcuts here. The reason why learning about keyboard shortcuts is essential is because Lightroom is about speed. It is about increasing the speed of your workflow. If you have all of the keyboard shortcuts memorized, or at least the ones that are important to you, you can zip through all of the photos that you have in your Lightroom catalog and get to work fast so that you can produce the end product for yourself or your client or your family. That way, you can spend more time taking photos or doing whatever it is that you love doing. 

I hope this has been helpful to give you a quick recap on the kind of views that we have available in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Once again, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. I will be here as a support source for your continued learning.