Working with stacks in Photoshop Elements Organizer

Photo Stacks are a great way to group a series of similar photos 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 all the photos you want to include in the stack.

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  1. Stack selected photos
  2. Stacked photos in the photo browser
  3. View photos in a stack
  4. Stacking the top photo
  5. Back to where you were
  6. Stack elimination

Stack selected photos

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

Stacked photos in the photo browser

Stacked photos now appear in the photo browser with a stack icon in the top right corner (A) and thumbnail borders appear as a stack (B).

View photos in a stack

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

Stacking the top photo

When viewing photos in a stack, you can choose which image should be the thumbnail by specifying it as the “top” photo. To do this, right click on the photo you want to set as the topmost and go to the section stack > Set as top photo .

Back to where you were

After viewing the photos in the stack, you should use the back button instead of the Back to all photos if you want to go back to where you were in the browser.

Stack elimination

When you no longer need the photos in the stack, you can remove them from the stack or do what Adobe calls soft pile. Both commands are available in the submenu Change > Pile .

  • Unlocking removes the stack and leaves all the photos in your catalog as they were before.

  • Smoothing removes everything but the top photo from your directory, giving you the option to delete it from your hard drive if you wish.

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