Lightroom: Option to hide white border in Survey mode

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Would love to be able to hide the white border around images when having pics up in Survey mode.

Say I have three pics up in Survey mode. When clicking any of them, it gets a white border around it to show it`s selected. Would be great to click anywhere outside the three pics and have no white border around any of them.

I find the white border very distracting when trying to compare images. I understand its purpose but I don't believe it has to be mandatory.

Thanks.

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Andrei G

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Rikk Flohr, Champion

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I agree it is distracting.

The three images are selected and the middle one is active.

If you clicked outside the images and the border disappeared, and then you hit [P] to pick an image how would you know to which image the pick flag applied?

I think it makes sense in a Lights-out mode but not when the interface is present.
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Andrei G

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Well, let's see.. there are a few options:

- Clicking outside the images would make no image active (it would deactivate the active image). Thus, hitting [P] would flag no image.

or

- Clicking outside the images would hide the border but active image would still show in the Thumbnails bar at the bottom (which was cropped out of the screenshot above).

or

- Clicking outside the images would do nothing like now, but instead we'd have an option in the Toolbar, something like "Show border on selected image", similar to how we have the option to show mask overlay for Adjustment Brushes.

Also, flag status is shown beneath each image anyway, so it can be easily seen whether the desired image was flagged or not.

Overall, I believe that if people do agree that the white border is distracting, there are a number of ways to work around this issue, without compromising functionality.

Thanks.
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Just an opinion but I think it would slow workflow to have to click to remove a border and the click to bring it back to assign a Flag, Label or Rating (the later two are not visible like a pick flags)

Remember, not everyone uses the film strip - especially where screen real estate is limited.
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Andrei G

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Indeed, myself I only use the filmstrip sometimes, to save screen real estate.

However, Survey mode is used not only for workflow purposes, like flagging, rating, etc, but also for quick presentation purposes where you want to show a progression of an image, like in the attached screenshot.

Having the option to hide the white border would be only that, an option; there if you need it. And I find myself needing it very often.
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dan dan

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Yes, I need this! When sending screenshots of survey comparisons to people we don't need this selection bias to interfere with our decision!