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Grouping images into stacks

From: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: Grouping images into stacks

All right, now that we've all had a refreshing geek moment, let's go ahead and return to the real world or something very closely resembling in. And I'm going to show you how to group images in the stacks here inside the Bridge. And stacks are groups of related images that are packed together, so that they are consuming less room inside the Content panel. So for example, let's go ahead and group all the butterflies. I'll click on the last one and then I'll Shift+click on the first one to select that entire range. Then I'll go up to the Stacks menu. And I'll choose Group as Stack, or you can press Ctrl+G, Command+G on the Mac, very standard keyboard shortcut for creating groups.

Grouping images into stacks

All right, now that we've all had a refreshing geek moment, let's go ahead and return to the real world or something very closely resembling in. And I'm going to show you how to group images in the stacks here inside the Bridge. And stacks are groups of related images that are packed together, so that they are consuming less room inside the Content panel. So for example, let's go ahead and group all the butterflies. I'll click on the last one and then I'll Shift+click on the first one to select that entire range. Then I'll go up to the Stacks menu. And I'll choose Group as Stack, or you can press Ctrl+G, Command+G on the Mac, very standard keyboard shortcut for creating groups.

And I might do the same thing with Sammy right here, Sammy and the butterfly. Go ahead and click on one, Shift+click on the other, press Ctrl+G, Command+G on the Mac in order to group them into a single stack. Let's do that with these hockey pictures as well. Click on one Shift+click on the other, Ctrl+G, Command+G on Mac in order to group them. And you're probably beginning to get a sense that things are going to be very tidy, once we're done, especially given the fact that we've started with such an adhoc collection of images in the first place. I'll click on the final red panda, which is the last of the zoo images.

And then Shift+click on that hyena, which is the first of them. And press Ctrl+G or Command+G on Mac in order to group those together. Now let's say, I now want to move these to the top of the stack. And you can assign a manual sort order inside of the Bridge. Right now we're looking at the images by filename. But I could just go ahead and drag this guy, just grab him and drag him to in front of the first Max picture and drop him into place in order to move that entire stack. Now you have to be watchful. If you're moving a stack and not just one image inside the stack, you want to make sure that not only is that first slide, see how the stack looks like, two slides one on top of the other.

Make sure that the first slide is active but so is the rear slide. Both of them need to be active in order to move them around. And let me show you what I mean by that. I'll go ahead and click on the butterfly thumbnail. And Notice I just select the first slide. That's still good. If I now drag the butterfly like so, I just drag that one butterflyout of the stack and my stack is now down to 13 images instead of 14. All right. Let's put them back in there, like so. And notice that my poster frame changed. So I'm seeing a different butterfly. I'll show you how to fix that in just a second.

Anyway, in order to select the entire stack, two things you can do. Either, you can Alt+click or Option+click on the Mac on that stack and that selects the whole thing, both the forward slide and the rear slide. Now I'll click on a different image for a second here. And now the thing you can do is click on this sliver, either on the right-hand side or at the bottom of this little stack icon right there. So click on this background sliver. And that will select the entire thing as well. Now let's drag up the list.

And notice that I can pull it, by stack inside of a folder, if I want to. But I can't move it in between a couple of folders because the folders always appear at the top here on the PC. I believe they appear at the bottom on the Mac. But anyway they're wherever they are, is the idea. So we've got the butterflies and we've got the animals. Let's see. Let's also grab Sammy. And I'll Alt+click on him, Option+click on the Mac and Shift+Option+click or Shift+Alt+click on the other stack in order to grab it. And now let's go ahead and drag both of these guys. There we go. And I'll drag them up to this location and drop them into place.

You got to be careful. You can also drop a stack into another stack. And if you do that, you'll combine the two stacks together. All right, so now that we've done this, how do we change the poster frame, so that we're seeing a different image on top? Well, I want you to see that you've got this little Play button so you can play through all the images in the stack. But that plays very quickly because it's designed to work with multiple frames inside of a movie. So, if you have a bunch of movie stills, you can play them sequentially by clicking on that Play button, but it doesn't work for non-sequential images like these.

All right, so instead, I want to expand this stack. And I'm going to do that by going up to the Stacks menu and choosing Open Stack or you can press Ctrl+Right Arrow, Command+Right Arrow on the Mac and that goes ahead and expands the stack like so. Then I want to grab my favorite Butterfly which is going to be this one, I think right there. And I'll drag it to the top of the Stack like so at to the very front of the stack, not out of the stack like this and then to another folder for that matter, but rather to the very beginning of stack. And now that will become our poster frame.

I'll go to the Stacks menu. And I'll choose Close Stack, Ctrl+Left Arrow, Command+Left Arrow on the Mac in order to make this guy now, my poster frame. All right. Let's do the same for the zoo animals Ctrl+Right Arrow, Command+Right Arrow on the Mac in order to expand. Let's go ahead and grab this awesome hippopotamus there. Move him to the top of the stack, right to the very beginning like so. And then press Ctrl+Left Arrow or Command+Left Arrow in order to collapse that stack. Now at this point, you might say guys, you don't want that squirrel. He is so lonely.

I think he wants to join the hippopotamus. So you can go ahead and move other images other thumbnails into stacks like so. And he doesn't become the poster frame, so we can't really see that he's been added. But we do see that the number of images is advanced from 27 to 28 now. And then after this point, you can add any other images you want. I could go ahead and get this shot of Max with the butterfly in his hand. And then the wider shot of Max and butterfly together. And I could move them into the stack with Sam & butterfly and notice my number is advanced from 10 to 12.

So those images are in place. And it's really up to me. You can stack as many more images as you want, any old place you want as well. I want you to see one more thing. Because we moved our images around our thumbnails, we have switched to a manual sort order. And at any given time you can have one life manual sort order. So for example, I could switch back to Filename. So I'm seeing the images in the order according to their filenames. And then I could switch back to my last manual sort order if I wanted to.

You need to watch it though because if you end up going back to Filename for example and then messing with some images, moving them to different locations, your last manual sort will be lost and your new manual sort will take over. So there's just one manual sort going on at a time. That's recorded by the Bridge anyway. I'll go ahead and switch back to Manually. We're really coming up with the tidy collection of images at this point. But you know what I'm going to get, a little tidier on here. I'm going to go ahead and select this image right there, the A0000304 and then I'm going to Shift+click on this image of Sammy.

And I'll group those guys together. And I swear to you, I don't know about you but this image of Max is really starting to creep me out. So I'm going to replace that poster frame by pressing Ctrl+Right Arrow, Command+Right Arrow on the Mac. And I'll grab this happy brother's image right there and make it the poster frame. Now Ctrl+Left Arrow, Command+Left Arrow in order to collapse the stack, and let's just go ahead and throw these winter images together too. My goodness so much spring cleaning, Ctrl+G, Command+G on the Mac in order to combine those. And then finally the two Seattle towers, Ctrl+G in order to group those together as well and now we'd have nothing but stacks inside of the main 03_open_org folder.

In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to compare images inside the Review mode.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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