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An additional organizational feature found in Bridge is the ability to group photos or stack images. This can be tremendously helpful when trying to organize large volumes of images, or when you have a lot of images that are very similar but you don't need to see them all in the content area. And instead you only want to see one thumbnail which would represent all of the images within that group. So let's take a look at these three images that are very similar. I'll go ahead and select all three of them. And then, in order to stack them, I'll chose Stack, and then Group as Stacks, or I can use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+G on Mac, or Ctrl+G on Windows.
Now, all of the images in the stack are represented by this little, stacking kind of icon, as well as the number which represents how many images are within the stack. If I click on the three, it will expand that stack. And if my Preview Panel is showing, which I can do by simply double-clicking on it, we can see the contents of the stack over in the Preview Panel as well. If I want to collapse the stack, I can simply click the three again. Let's go ahead and create a secondary stack.
In this case, I'll select these images and use Cmd+G on Mac, or Ctrl+G on Windows. If I want to see the contents of this stack because I think that this image here is a better image and will better represent all of the images within the stack, I can select it, and then under the Stack Menu choose to promote it to the top of the stack. Now when I close this stack you can see that that's the top most image. If I want to expand the stacks using the keyboard shortcut I can use Cmd > Opt and then right arrow on Mac, it'd be Ctrl + right arrow on Windows. And if I want to collapse them it's the same modifiers Cmd > Opt on Mac, Ctrl on Windows, and then the left arrow key.
If I want to kind of play through all of the images that are in a stack, I can make my thumbnails a little bit larger and then you'll notice that to the right of the number of the images that is in the stack there's a little play icon, and if I click on that Bridge will automatically play through all of the images in the stack. So, it's a nice way to see the contents of the stack without opening and closing the stack. And if you are photographing something like time lapse photography, if you put all of your images in a stack, this is a great way to preview each one of those frames right from within Bridge without ever having to go to Photoshop to see a little animation of those images. And of course, you can use a combination of either collections or filters in order to quickly narrow down the images that you're looking at and create stacks based on those filters or collections.
If I want to remove an image from a stack, I'll expand the stack, and then select the image that I want to remove, and either choose Stacks > Ungroup from Stack, or, if I select another image, you can see that I can use my contact-sensitive menus as well, to choose Stack, and then Ungroup from Stack. So on Windows, it's a right mouse click to get your context-sensitive menus, on the Mac, it's Ctrl > click, and then select to ungroup that image from the stack.
And because it's so easy to stack a large number of images I find that after stacking another added bonus is because there are fewer images in the content area, I can actually make the thumbnails for that content area larger. Yet I'm still able to have a good overview of all of the photographs that are contained in that folder.
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