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Stacking multiple photos

From: Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

Video: Stacking multiple photos

As we start to open and edit more and more images inside of Photoshop from Lightroom, it becomes really important that we start to understand how we can work with this other file that it's creating. Here you can see that I have a file that I've created in Photoshop-- it's costa_rica_01--and this file, by default, is stacked with the original file. When I click on either of these, you see that little stacking icon: 1 of 2. If I click on that icon, I can collapse the stack. Click it again, and I can expand that.

Stacking multiple photos

As we start to open and edit more and more images inside of Photoshop from Lightroom, it becomes really important that we start to understand how we can work with this other file that it's creating. Here you can see that I have a file that I've created in Photoshop-- it's costa_rica_01--and this file, by default, is stacked with the original file. When I click on either of these, you see that little stacking icon: 1 of 2. If I click on that icon, I can collapse the stack. Click it again, and I can expand that.

I can also modify the stack in the Grid view. To access the Grid view, press the G key. Here we can see these two stacked images are bookended by these little icons here. Let me make the thumbnails a little bigger so that we can see that even better. There's that little icon. You can click on it to expand or collapse that stack. There is also a great shortcut, which is the S key. Press the S key once, it collapses the stack; press it again, and it expands it. Now, if stacks are new to you, basically they are a way to group images together.

It's kind of like connecting these, like there's almost a little chain, a little leash, or a little rope that ties these two images together. They are independent, yet somehow they're connected, and they are connected by way of what Lightroom calls stacks. Now this is really helpful because it helps us keep in mind what we've done, what else we've done on top of it in Photoshop, and it just kind of brings these two together. Sometimes what will happen is you may inadvertently turn this option off, and your images might not be stacked. Let me show you what I mean. So here, we have a TIF file, and you can do this with a TIF or a JPEG. And I will press Command+E on a Mac or Ctrl+E on Windows to open it up.

This will open up my Edit Photo with Photoshop CS5 dialog. Well, here you notice this check box: Stack with original. It's really helpful to have this on, as I've mentioned, yet sometimes, for some reason, maybe we've turned that off. Well, if we turn this option off, let me show you what happens. Here, we'll click Cancel, and then I am going to go to a different photo, say a RAW file here. I will click on this one, and I will go ahead and press the E key to go to the Loupe view mode. So here, I'm selecting this RAW file.

This is a photograph of a volcano down in Costa Rica. We hiked down of this volcano. It was amazing because it was active, and we saw it erupt, and at night you could see the molten rocks tumbling down the mountainside-- spectacular experience! Anyway, I want to open this image up in Photoshop. Well, to do so, we can either go to Photo and then select Edit in and then choose Edit in Photoshop CS5, or press our shortcut. Well, let's open this image up inside of Photoshop, and here, all we are going to do is close this file and save it.

So I will just go ahead and close it and say, yup, I want to save the file. Great! And then I'll jump back to Lightroom. So back in Lightroom, you can see we have two versions of this file. We have the original file, which is this one here, and then we have this TIF file that we opened and then saved inside of Photoshop. Well, right now they're sitting next to each other, which is really helpful, but where an image sits in your filmstrip is contingent upon the sort order. Let me show you what I mean. Press the G key.

That will take us back to the Grid view. Next, I am going to make my thumbnails smaller, just so we can see this a little bit more clearly. Here is the image which is the TIF file. Here's the file that was created in Photoshop. Well currently, I'm sorting by capture time. Well, if I change this to something else--let's say like Added Order--well all of a sudden, these two images, which were once next to each other, are now very far apart. And in a small folder of images--let's say we have 30 images here--it's not that big of a deal, but when you have 500-- or whatever number for that matter--it becomes a little bit more complicated.

Now, of course, you can always go back and change your sort order to something that might give you a little bit more connection--let's say like Filename. Now, these are going to be next to each other, because I'm sorting based on file name. Yet, the point is is that as I was changing my sort order you may have noticed that these two images which are stacked always travel together, meaning it didn't matter what my sort order was. And that can be really helpful, because you know what happens. Sometimes, you'll use a sort order for whatever reason-- let's say Added Order.

We have this disconnection kind of. They are in different places with these images, and then we go to the Develop module. Well, in the Develop module, all of a sudden we're working on our filmstrip, and we have the original RAW file, and then we are going to scroll, where is that file I worked on in Photoshop? We go back and forth. Finally, we find it over here, because here we can't change that sort order as readily as we can inside of the Grid view. Now, of course you could go back to the Grid view, change it, but that's just a lot of work. So here's what I'm recommending.

Here's the distillation of all of this. One, let's press the G key. I want you to know about sort order, and I want you to begin to pay attention to that. Two, what I want you to do is to select a TIF file or a JPEG file and then press Command+E on a Mac, Ctrl+E on Windows, and I want to recommend that you turn this option on, Stack with original. This way, the actual RAW source file-- whatever type of file that is--and then also the other file that you're creating inside of Photoshop will then stay connected.

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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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