Adobe Lightroom Classic - Group Images into a Stack - CTRL-G

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Mourne Mountains in Winter, County Down, Ireland Mourne Mountains in Winter, County Down, Ireland

Sometimes when working with images in Adobe Lightroom Classic, it is preferable to group similar images together into a stack so that all of the images are on top of each other with one on top.

In this case, I have been working on images taken in an exposure bracket or maybe if you had a sequence for focus bracketing.

Here there are five images taken with different exposures to give a final image with a wider dynamic range, or HDR and after processing these to create the HDR image I don't need to see the five source images.

Usually when processing in this way it is possible to have Lightroom group the images into a stack automatically.

But on occasions, either when forgetting to do so, or as in my case Lightroom failed to create the stack automatically, it is possible to add images into a stack manually.

Here are the steps to group images into a stack in Lightroom with Grid view (images below):

  1. Select your images, here I have the five source images and one HDR image so six in total

  2. Right click on the selection

  3. In the context menu choose Stacking, then Group into Stack

  4. That's it, or you can use the CTRL-G shortcut after selecting images

  5. To expand the stack, click on the number badge at the top left

  6. Right click on the number badge to bring up a context menu that offers options to manage the stacks


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Grouping images into a stack helps to keep your image library organised and neat. 

Another use case in addition to what I mentioned above would be when shooting bursts, say at an event or wildlife images where you will probably use one image but want to keep the others for future use or a different use. 

And I usually group my timelapse images into a stack as well, who needs a few thousand thumbnails of the same scene cluttering up their view?

So, that's how simple it is to group images into a stack in Adobe Lightroom, to keep your image library better organised just as with my images of the majestic Mourne Mountains in County Down here.



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Last modified on Saturday, 18 February 2023 00:48
Darren McLoughlin

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