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Using stacks

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Using stacks

Stacks help you to group photos together so they take up less room in the media browser, and so that you can logically group photos in different ways. In addition, Photoshop Elements can suggest stacks for you to help you to group similar photos together. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my screen, and to begin, I'm going to make sure I'm viewing these photos as date, newest first. And then, I'm going to scroll down a little bit to this series of sunrise shots that I've taken with my digital camera.

Using stacks

Stacks help you to group photos together so they take up less room in the media browser, and so that you can logically group photos in different ways. In addition, Photoshop Elements can suggest stacks for you to help you to group similar photos together. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my screen, and to begin, I'm going to make sure I'm viewing these photos as date, newest first. And then, I'm going to scroll down a little bit to this series of sunrise shots that I've taken with my digital camera.

And what I'm going to do is I'm just going to select this range of images here. So, I've got about 9 images selected. To create a stack from these images, I can do this one of two ways. I can right-click or Ctrl-click on any of the selected images and go to the Stack submenu or I can just go to the Edit menu at the top of my screen in the menu bar and choose Stack > Stack Selected Photos. So, either way you do it, we are going to choose Stack Selected Photos and you will notice now that all of those images are now stacked inside of this single icon.

You will notice that there are three small rectangles in the upright corner that indicates that it's a photo stack, and there is a photo stack indicator right here. To see the photos within the Stack, you can click on this icon and that will expand the Stack, allowing you to see all the photos within that Stack. And in a very similar manner, you can click on this icon again and collapse the Stack. Now, you could do this as well without using the icon, if you go to the Edit menu, go to Stack, you can choose Expand Photos in Stack, and you can choose Collapse Photos in Stack. Now, if at any point in time you decide, you know what, I don't want these photos stacked any longer, once again, go to that Stack submenu and you can choose Unstack Photos.

Another option that you have is the Flatten Stack option. So, if I choose that, you want to be very careful here, because what it's going to do is it's going to remove all the photos except for the top one in the stack. And if you click this check box, it'll actually delete the photos entirely. So, use this with caution. We really don't want to use this on a regular basis, more than likely. So, go ahead and click Cancel. I'm now going to expand this stack one more time, and in the event that you have a photo that you put inside of this stack that you decide later on that you don't want in there, you can simply select it. Again, right-click or Ctrl-click, go to stack, and you can choose Remove Photo From Stack.

In addition, you also have this option, Set As Top Photo. If I choose that, it's going to set that as the top photo that appears when I collapse this stack. So, you'll notice that if I collapse this stack, that that is now the photo that appears at the very top. Now, stacks don't have to be created entirely manually like this. What we can do is come up here to the Edit menu and choose Select All and then what we can do is go to the Edit menu one more time, come down to Stack, and we can have it choose Automatically Suggest Photo Stacks.

And when I do that, it's going to analyze my images for similarities and it's going to list suggestions for these stacks. So, you can see as we go down through here, photos that it considers are similar, it will create, or at least, suggest stacks for them. So, towards the bottom, I had these 4 images of a duck that I took a picture of. And what I'm going to do is click the Stack button, to tell it, okay, yeah, that one makes sense, let's go ahead and stack that group of photos.

You can do that as many times as you want for the stacks that are being suggested, but I think that's the only one that I really want to allow to be a stack. And when I'm finished, I'll just click the Done button. And you'll notice that the Duck Stack is now collapsed and if I click the button, it will expand the stack to show me all the photos within that stack. Although not mandatory, Stacks can be very beneficial. They help you to avoid browsing through more photos than you have to and by grouping your photos into stacks, you become more efficient and more organized as well.

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