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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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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Yes, I need this! When sending screenshots of survey comparisons to people we don't need this selection bias to interfere with our decision!
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I have been patiently waiting for this for years now (7 to be exact!) and today I am still annoyed by this whole white border in survey mode. 

There are many applications to why we would want a clean "presentation mode" so we can bunch up a few images, take a screenshot and show the needed.

Several solutions have been proposed above, which I still think are quite valid. 

Basically, the white border can be shown or hidden via an option, similar to how we show and hide the overlay for any adjustment brush. The argument that hitting P with no border around any image would prevent you from knowing which image was picked makes absolutely no sense for a simple reason: the Grid mode of the library allow for no image to be selected, case in which you can hit P as many times as you want and nothing happens.

For that reason, actually, there isn't even a need for an option to show the border. A border should only be shown if an image is selected inside the survey mode. If clicking outside an image inside survey mode, no image is selected and the white border doesn't show.

Simple.

For the fun of it, I am attaching a couple of mockups that illustrate the idea of an option for the border inside the survey mode.





What can be done to get some traction on this or how many more years do we have to wait?