Lightroom: Pressing Ctrl+A highlights all my files white-gray and the one I'm working on is just slightly brighter. I struggle seeing the difference.

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I do a lot of sunset time-lapse batch processing in LR. I process around 1000 RAWs at a time and in order to ensure consistent tone across the entire project I select pictures at random at the beginning, middle and towards the end of the lapse to see how my settings for one picture look later on. Batch processing works perfectly in LR but the only issue I run into with this is when I have all 1000 pictures selected they are highlighted with a gray highlight and the picture I'm working on is distinguished by a white highlight. The subtle difference between the white and gray highlight makes it incredibly difficult to find which picture I was working on amidst the 1000 that are highlighted. I frequently sync settings and then scroll to later in the project to see what the thumbnail did and as I scroll back I have a terrible time finding the file I was just working on because of this subtle difference. An idea I had to make this easier would be: when multiple files are selected the highlight color of the file your working should be red or some other color that really stands out more against gray. This way when I'm scrolling I can spot it instantly. This would same me a lot of hassle and would be an easy fix. 

It's even harder to tell the difference when the subject background is white

An example of a red highlight idea:

Even a dark red or just something not white or gray would make it easy to instantly spot.
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J Alley

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concur for sure! maybe this could be a user driven choice? After all if color correcting in dark room with calibrated monitor -- some colors may not be ideal.
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Yes, just pressing "6" on the Keyboard to turn the background red before you wander down the filmstrip is pretty easy to do and should solve your problem. You may also want to increase the saturation of those Label Colors to 50% (the max it allows) by right clicking on the canvas behind any image, then selecting "view Options" and change the Tint Cells value to 50%.

I also notice in your screen shots that the filmstrip is somewhat short (not tall).  While this gives more space for the image workspace making the filmstrip taller can make seeing how your changes look and finding the red tinted image easier.

Another method I use many times is to just remember the last 4 digits of the file name when I move off with the idea of coming back.  I keep the filter bar open with the text filter selected and set to "Filename Contains".  Then when I want to go back I just type in those 4 digits.  Depending on how many images are in the folder i may get a couple of images being selected, but I just click the one I want then clear the number from the text box and the one I selected will be front center.  Even though it's a few clicks it may be quicker than scrolling left and right on the film strip through a thousand images.