Working with Stacks in Photoshop Elements Organizer

Screenshot of stacks

Photo Stacks are a great way to group a series of similar shots so they take up less space in the Photoshop Elements Organizer photo browser window. To create a stack from a group of similar photos, first select each of the photos you want to include in the stack.

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Stack Selected Photos

Stack Selected Photos
Right click > Stack > Stack Selected Photos.

Right click and go to Stack > Stack selected photos. You can also use the shortcut Ctrl-Alt-S.

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Stacked photos in the photo browser

Stacked photos in the photo browser
Stacked photos in the photo browser.

The stacked photos will now appear in the photo browser with a stack icon in the upper right-hand corner (A), and the borders of the thumbnails will appear as a stack (B).

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Viewing the photos in a stack

Viewing the photos in a stack
Viewing the photos in a stack.

To reveal all the photos in a stack, right click on the stack and go to Stack > Reveal photos in stack. You can also use the shortcut Ctrl-Alt-R.

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Setting the top photo in a stack

Setting the top photo in a stack
Setting the top photo in a stack.

While viewing photos in a stack, you can choose which image should be the thumbnail by designating it is the "top" photo. To do this, right-click the photo you wish to set as top-most, and go to Stack > Set as Top Photo.

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Getting back to where you were

Getting back to where you were
Getting back to where you were.

After viewing the photos in a stack, be sure to use the back button instead of the "Back to all photos" button if you want to return to where you were in the browser.

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Eliminating a Stack

Eliminating a Stack
Eliminating a Stack.

When you no longer want photos in a stack, you can either unstack them or do what Adobe calls "flattening" the stack. Both of these commands are available from the Edit > Stack submenu.

  • Unstacking removes the stack and leaves all of the stacked photos in your catalog just as they were before.
  • Flattening removes all but the top photo from your catalog, giving you the option to delete from hard disk if desired.
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