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Stacking photos into groups

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Stacking photos into groups

One of the things that makes a photographer good really is the ability to kind of work a location, to capture images in a similar setting, but to have a different perspective or an angle. And because of this, after the fact a lot of times we have images which are similar, but a touch different. Wouldn't it be nice if we could group or organize those photographs somehow together, like here with these pictures? You can see I have some which are captured at the water's edge and then a few others captured in front of this kind of stone wall, and then a few others, which were close up of this particular person.

Stacking photos into groups

One of the things that makes a photographer good really is the ability to kind of work a location, to capture images in a similar setting, but to have a different perspective or an angle. And because of this, after the fact a lot of times we have images which are similar, but a touch different. Wouldn't it be nice if we could group or organize those photographs somehow together, like here with these pictures? You can see I have some which are captured at the water's edge and then a few others captured in front of this kind of stone wall, and then a few others, which were close up of this particular person.

Well, how could we group or stack these together? Well, you can do this by selecting the images and then putting them in what's called a stack. So let's take a look at how we can do that. On a Mac hold down the Command key, on Windows that's Ctrl, and then click on the images that you want to group together. In this case, these four, these were all captured at the water's edge. Next, navigate to the Photo pull-down Menu, then go to Stacking. Here you can see we have an option to Group into Stack. We also have a shortcut key there, but let's just click on this for now.

Well, once I've done that all of the sudden those other images are gone. Where are they? You notice that the icon has changed a little bit here. Let's increase the Size so we can see that. There are these two little lines. Now, if I click on these, it expands this stack, click on it again, it collapses that. So what's nice about this is I can have these images all kind of grouped together. Now, I can add other images to this group as well. I see one I need to add, right? This was captured at the water's edge, I am going to go ahead and click and drag that into that stack.

Well, now it's part of that. Let's take a look at how we can do this by way of a shortcut as well. Here are three images we might want to group together. Click on one, hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and then click on the others. Then navigate to your Photo pull-down Menu, and you may remember we saw a shortcut here, right, it's Command+G on a Mac, that's Ctrl+G on Windows. So let's go ahead and use that shortcut, and we will just press that, Command+G or Ctrl+G, that will then turn this into a stack.

Let's take a look at one more scenario here, and I am going to make the thumbnails just a touch smaller so we can see what we have. Well, in this case, I want to work with these four images. Click on one, hold down the Shift key, click on the last one, and it will select all of these contiguous files, and then let's use our shortcut, Command+G or Ctrl+G.Well, what about a shortcut to open up the stack? Well, you can press the S key, think of S for Stack, to either expand or collapse that stack.

So again, this just gives us the ability to kind of group things together, and what it can do for us is if we go through and say with this set, we'll just group these together here, and try to get the images all captured by the water's edge in this stack over here, and these images kind of captured at that spot there, it all of a sudden helps us make sense of this library. Now, it looks like we have much fewer images, and what this can do for us is oftentimes when we're working with some sort of a subject and we're creating images, well, we may want to access certain pictures, like all those photographs of that one aspen tree, or perhaps all those pictures of that sunset, or maybe all those photographs of that person trying to score a goal in soccer, whatever it is that we've grouped into a stack, we'll have those in that little stack.

We can then click on it, press the S key to expand that, and then access and work on those photos. Now, the great thing about this is if you press the S key again and collapse it, you can also expand all of these at once. Click on the first stack, hold down the Shift key, click on the last one here, all these images, and then press the S key. What that will do is it will just expand everything so that all of those stacks are wide open. So you can work on or view those files. Then of course if you want to close things back up, well, just press S again and it will collapse all of those stacks.

So now after having seen how this works, what you want to start to think about is how can I use this. Because the trick with this of course is that it's kind of interesting, but it has to match your own workflow. So what I recommend you do is start to experiment with this, write down a few of those shortcuts and just think about how stacking might be helpful for you as you seek to organize your images and video files in the Library Module.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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