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Stacking photos

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Video: Stacking photos

If you've got a digital camera, you know how easy it is to take lots of pictures of the same scene. Maybe you'll take the scene from different angles or different exposures. And then when you come home and bring those photos into your Organizer, you may find that you have more photos than you want to see in your Media Browser of the same scene. But you do want to keep all the photos in your Organizer. So in that case, you can stack the similar photos one atop the other. So that only one is on view in the Media Browser, but they're all still there to work with.

Stacking photos

If you've got a digital camera, you know how easy it is to take lots of pictures of the same scene. Maybe you'll take the scene from different angles or different exposures. And then when you come home and bring those photos into your Organizer, you may find that you have more photos than you want to see in your Media Browser of the same scene. But you do want to keep all the photos in your Organizer. So in that case, you can stack the similar photos one atop the other. So that only one is on view in the Media Browser, but they're all still there to work with.

The first step in doing that is to select the files that you want to stack. I'm going to stack these four photos of a Bamboo Garden. I'll click on the first thumbnail to select it, and then I'll hold the Shift key and click on the last thumbnail, and that selects all the thumbnails in between as well. There are some Stack commands under the Edit menu up here, but I prefer to use a contextual menu to access the Stack commands, because it's closer to where I'm working. So I'm going to go to any one of these selected thumbnails, and I'm going to right-click or Ctrl+Click if I have a one- button mouse to bring up this contextual menu.

And I'll go down to Stack, and here I have my submenu of Stack commands. I'm going to choose Stack Selected Photos. And in just a moment the Organizer has stacked those four photos one atop the other, with only one of them showing here in the Media Browser. I know that this is a Stack, because this photo is showing the Stack symbol in its upper-right corner, and there is an arrow to the right of this photo thumbnail. If I want to see all the photos in the Stack, I can expand the Stack in the Media Browser by clicking that arrow.

And now I can see and have access to all four of these photos. So if for example, I wanted to edit one of these photos, I could click on it in this expanded Stack, and open it in the Editor. Now I think that the best of these four photos is this vertical photo here. This is the one that I would prefer having on the top of the Stack, the one that will be visible. I can do that by selecting that photo in the expanded Stack, and then right-clicking or Ctrl-clicking, and going down to the Stack menu and from there choosing Set as Top Photo.

Now I'm going to collapse the Stack by clicking this arrow. And you can see that the visible photo, the one on the top of the Stack is now my vertical. Now what if I want to remove a photo from the Stack? To do that I'll expand the Stack again by clicking this arrow, I'll select the photo that I want to remove by clicking on its thumbnail. I'll right-click or Ctrl+Click to bring up the contextual menu, and go down to Stack, and I'm going to choose Remove Photo from Stack, and that will remove one or more selected photos from that Stack.

Now if I collapse the Stack by clicking the arrow, you can see that the photo I removed is outside of the Stack in the Media Browser. Let's say I want to put that photo back into the Stack, or add a different photo to the Stack. In that case I'll click on the Stack thumbnail, and I'll hold the Ctrl key as I click on the other photos that I want to include in the Stack, in this case just this vertical. Then I'll right-click or Ctrl+Click on either to bring up the contextual menu, and from the Stack menu I'm going to choose Stack Selected Photos.

At this alert, I'm going to click OK. And in just a moment all four photos will be back in my Stack, which I can confirm by expanding the Stack by clicking that arrow. Now let's say that I no longer want to have a Stack at all. I want all four of these thumbnails to show in my Media Browser without being in a Stack. In that case I'll expand the Stack, as I already have, and then I'll right-click or Ctrl+Click on any one of the photos in the Stack. And again go down to the Stack menu, and this time I'm going to choose Unstack Photos.

Notice that I'm not choosing Flatten Stack, and in fact that's not even available. But I usually don't want to flatten my Stack, because that will remove all of the photos except for the one that's on top from my Media Browser. So instead of that I'm choosing to Unstack Photos. And in just a moment all four photos are back in the Media Browser, and there are no longer any stacks here. So you might think of stacking like putting together a deck of cards. You take similar photos, you stack them one atop the other and then the only one that's visible is the one at the top of the deck.

But you can easily get to any of the photos in the deck or in the stack, so that you can work on it here in Elements.

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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