The Photoshop Elements Organizer is a great tool for managing your photo collection. The Organizer helps you keep track of your photos through keyword tagging and the use of virtual albums. By cataloging your images in the Elements Organizer, you have the ability to access all of your photos through a single application. And the Organizer interface, which lays out images in a grid pattern (the Photo Browser), makes scrolling through your collection to find a particular image quick and easy.
But while the Organizer grid is a great visual way to locate images, it can get a bit bogged down if, like me, you shoot lots of photos of the same subject.
In that case, it can become somewhat time-consuming to scroll through so many photos that are visually similar.
That’s where photo stacks come into the picture.
Photo Stacking is a feature of the Photoshop Elements Organizer that allows you to group a series of related or similar images together so that they are easier to find and take up less space in the Organizer window.
Photo stacking is especially useful in situations where you have taken a number of shots of a single subject—your newly blossoming garden on a bright spring day for instance—and you want to keep these photos in the Organizer but you don’t necessarily want all of them to show when you are scrolling through the Media Browser. You can use stacking to bundle all of these photos together, with just one of them showing in the photo browser. That way, the photos will all be cataloged, accessible and easy to find, but they won’t take up a lot of room in the Organizer window.
Stacking photos is a great way to keep the Elements Organizer tidy and efficient.
There are basically two methods for grouping photos into stacks. You can either group photos into stacks manually or you can get some help by using the Elements auto-stack feature.
Let’s look at the automatic approach first.
Using Auto-Stack in the Elements Organizer
The auto-stacking feature helps with the task by suggesting stacks of similar photos. You can use auto-stack when importing images or with photos already in the Organizer catalog.
Auto-Stacking on Import
To use the auto-stack feature when importing photos into the Elements Organizer, check the box next to Automatically Suggest Photo Stacks in the Get Photos and Videos dialog box.
Or, if you are importing from a camera or a card reader, first click the Advanced Dialog button in the lower left corner of the Photo Downloader window.
A larger Photo Downloader dialog box will open. That’s where you’ll find the option to Automatically Suggest Photo Stacks under Advanced Options.