Lightroom Classic: Change the appearance of the selected/deselected thumbs in the import window

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Currently it is virtually impossible to use the import window to select specific images for import because when first deselecting all images, the thumbs are too dark to be judged which ones you want to import. Sure you can use the large view and scroll through all images one by one, but wouldn't it be better to remove the dark vignetting thumbs and just give the selected thumbs a solid green border or something? Then you have a clear view of all unselected thumbs and then ctrl-click through them to make a selection for import. Personally I never want/need to import a complete folder when I know I only want to edit a few.
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I second that, and strongly. Very good idea!
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Just Shot Me

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Stop Deselecting them to start with. Leave all Selected and go through each and hit the X key to Deselect the ones you don't want to import.
Also the thumbs can be made larger AND they are only Vignetted when Not Selected as the active image. And of course you can use the Loupe View and the X key to deselect or the P key to select.

I believe it is your workflow that is causing most of the problems.
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I agree. There are a few work arounds but all require additional "clicks" to move through the process. It is one of the questions I get the most during class. It could be different if the deselected were not so dark and vignetted. 
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I don't Really get it, I guess.
A Rejected but selected, highlighted, image is not Vignetted. To move to the Next image all you have to do is use the right arrow key or left arrow key for the previous image. Same goes for if you are in the Loupe view.
And instead of Deselecting everything to start with, which I find Completely STUPID to Do and needs an Extra Click to start with, You leave every image Selected, which is the Default, No Clicks Need for that, then Deselect the ones you do not want imported.
That is how LR is designed to work. If Adobe thought it would be better to De-Select all the images to start with they would have set the default behavior to be that way.
What, I insert a memory card and call up the import dialog because I DO NOT WANT TO IMPORT ANYTHING. That is Just Stupid. I call up the Import window because I DO want to import the image from that card or from my hard drive.
99% of users do not reject images in the import dialog window. They import all the images from a cameras memory card or from a folder on there drive.

IMHO this whole discussion is pointless and MOOT.
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[And instead of Deselecting everything to start with, which I find Completely STUPID to Do and needs an Extra Click to start with]
It might be useful sometimes. When you have a lot of photo not already in the catalog and you want to import only 2 of them, it's faster to deselect all, then select the 2 you need to import.
Both options "Select all but some" and "Select none but some" are useful.

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Well I import every image I take. I come from the Film days so I guess I'm more critical of the images I take and don't Click Away on the shutter release.
The whole point behind LR is to import Every Image you take. To have every picture you have in the LR catalog file. Not just some of them. If they are on your hard drives they should be in the LR catalog file. That's the point behind a Digital Asset Management for program for photographs like LR.
Like in the Film days, you Developed the Whole Roll of Film. Not just part of it.
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I agree with you for your own images.
However, there is some other cases. I give LR course and students often come with a memory card containing 100 or more photos, from which I want to import only 1 or 2 for the purpose of the course. In this case, It's easier and faster to deselect all then select the 2 photos the student is interested in...