Lightroom: Allow compare view in Develop module

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I often need to have to match the colours, contrast etc of two similar images and would really like to be able to have them on the screen *at the same time* while I am tweaking them in the Develop module. This is currently impossible in LR unless I am mistaken. If I use compare or survey mode I am stuck in the Library module with it's clumsy basic controls. Please make compare mode available in the Develop module! In fact you would probably make it more convenient for most professional users if you merged Library and Develop into one module imho.
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Ben Dearnley

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I too would like to do what you're asking, sometimes.

I would think adding an X|Y view in Develop is more likely that combining the two modules.

Library is optimized for doing simple things with many images, while Develop is optimized for doing complex things with one image at a time, so combining them would slow both sets of operations down given limited computer resources such as memory and processors.

A somewhat clumsy workaround for viewing another image in Develop is doing a screen-capture ore screen-snip of the LR interface with the other image displayed and then put that next to the LR interface when working on the main image. It works easier if you have two monitors but only if they are identical and calibrated the same.
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Ben Dearnley

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Hi Daniel,

Yes, that sounds realistic. My comment about combining the two modules was an afterthought whilst typing my original post actually. Compare view in Develop is really what I am after. Thanks for your idea of the screen grab - clumsy is right, but it is a way.
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There is a way - use the second monitor/window functionality and its locked-loupe mode for the image to which you wish to compare, while using the Develop module for the other image. Clumsy but I do this all the time.
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Ben Dearnley

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Thanks - that is very helpful. I've never played with the secondary display/window function. It's still a bit cumbersome, so a compare/survey view in Develop would still be beneficial.
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Lee Jay

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Survey (with multi-image zoom), would be my preference.
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Shai Schcolnik

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It might be quite useful to compare two photos in the develop module. something like the before\after view.
now with the soft proof virtual copy it makes even more sense (compare the original final with the proof to try and get them closer)

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Compare different photos in the develop module.
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David

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Agreed, compare in develop mode is a great idea.
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This discussion is so old that perhaps no one no longer looks at it,least of all Adobe. I entered my request only to be [pleasantly] surprised that I'm not the only one with this idea. I hope it's OK to enter the enter the entire request here in the hope that it could renew interest.
Comparative editing. Enable Compare and Survey in the Develop module and enable 2 or more images to be edited individually, thereby allowing adjustments to be compared and changed as they are made, a feature especially helpful using virtuals. Save only the best version or versions. The creators of Aperture 3 thought this was worthwhile.