How To Group Photos In Lightroom

By | 31/10/2022

Y’all can create stacks to group a set of visually similar photos together, making them easy to manage. Stacks are useful for keeping multiple photos of the same bailiwick or a photograph and its virtual copies in one place, and they reduce clutter in the Filigree view and the Filmstrip.

For example, you may want to create a stack to group multiple photos of a portrait session taken with the same pose, or for photos taken at an event using your photographic camera’s burst manner or auto-bracket feature. When you take photos this way, you end upwards with many similar variations of the aforementioned photo, but you normally want only the best one to appear in the Grid view or the Filmstrip. Stacking the photos lets you lot easily access them all in 1 place instead of having them scattered across rows of thumbnails.

When grouping photos in a stack, the photos are stacked according to their sort order in the Filigree view, with the active photo at the top of the stack.

A stack is collapsed when stacked photos are grouped under the thumbnail of the meridian photo in the Grid view or the Filmstrip. A stack is expanded when all photos in a stack are visible in the Grid view or the Filmstrip.

Stacks are specific to the folder or drove in which they were created. The photos in a stack must all be from the same binder or the same collection; you cannot create stacks while in a smart collection or a published collection.

You lot can just view a stack in a binder when that folder (or other folders) is selected as a source, or when All Photographs is selected. You can simply view a stack in a collection when only that ane drove is selected as a source. Stacks are not visible when a mix of folders and collections is selected.

Lightroom Classic CC Collapsed stack and expanded stack

Complanate stack (top) and expanded stack (below)

Here are a few tips for working with stacks:

  • Any Develop adjustments, ratings, flags, or color labels applied to a collapsed stack affect but the photo at the top of the stack.

  • If you select a photo in a stack and add together it to a Quick Drove or collection, only the selected photo—non the entire stack—is added.

  • When you lot search for photos, the top photograph in a stack shows the number of photos in the stack in the upper-left corner.

Lightroom Classic CC stack

The top photograph in a stack displays the number of photos in a stack.

Video tutorial: Working with Image Stacks



Stack photos

  1. In the Grid view or the Filmstrip in the Library module, select the photos you want to stack.

    Stacked photos must exist located in the same folder or the same collection. You cannot stack photos while in a smart collection or a published collection.

  2. Choose
    Photograph > Stacking > Group Into Stack.

    The stacked photos are arranged contiguously and display stacking gild numbers in the upper-left corner of their thumbnails. The superlative photograph in the stack is “1,” the next photo is “ii,” and then forth.

If you select two stacks and choose
Photograph > Stacking > Group Into Stack, only the top photo from the second stack is moved into the stack you selected first.

Unstack photos

  1. In the Grid view or the Filmstrip in the Library module, select the thumbnail of a collapsed stack. Or, if the stack is expanded, select any photo in the stack. Y’all don’t have to select all photos in the stack.

  2. Choose
    Photo > Stacking > Unstack.

Add together photos to a stack

  1. In the Filigree view or the Filmstrip in the Library module, select the stack and one or more photos that y’all want to add together to the stack.

  2. Choose
    Photograph > Stacking > Group Into Stack.

Expand and collapse stacks

Expanding a stack displays all the photos in the stack. When you plummet a stack, all the photos are grouped under the thumbnail of the top photo. The number of photos in the stack is displayed in the upper-left corner of the thumbnail.

  1. In the Grid view or the Filmstrip in the Library module, do any of the following:

    • To expand a stack, right-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac Os) a collapsed stack and cull
      Stacking > Expand Stack, or click the stacking number displayed in the upper-left corner of the photo. You lot can as well select a collapsed stack and choose
      Photo > Stacking > Expand Stack.

    • To expand all stacks, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac Os) any photograph and choose
      Stacking > Expand All Stacks, or select any photograph and choose
      Photo > Stacking > Expand All Stacks.

    • To collapse a stack, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) a photo in the stack and choose
      Stacking > Plummet Stack, or click the stacking number in the upper-left corner of the photo. You lot can besides select a photo in the stack and cull
      Photograph > Stacking > Collapse Stack.

    • To plummet all stacks, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac Bone) whatsoever photograph and choose
      Stacking > Plummet All Stacks, or select any photo and choose
      Photo > Stacking > Collapse All Stacks.

Remove or delete photos from a stack

Removing photos from a stack keeps them in the Lightroom Classic catalog. Deleting photos from a stack removes them from both the stack and the catalog. Using the Delete Photos command, yous as well have the pick of removing photos from the catalog and deleting them from the hard drive.

  1. In the Grid view or the Filmstrip in the Library module, expand a stack.

  2. Select ane or more photos in the stack and do one of the following:

    • To remove photos from the stack, cull
      Photograph > Stacking > Remove From Stack.

    • To delete photos from the stack, choose
      Photo > Delete Photos. You can also right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac Os) a thumbnail and choose
      Delete Photo
      from the menu.

Removing or deleting a photograph from a stack containing only 2 photos unstacks the photos.

Rearrange photos in a stack

  1. In the Filigree view or the Filmstrip in the Library module, select a photograph in an expanded stack and do whatsoever of the following:

    • To make it the top photo, choose
      Photograph > Stacking > Move To Superlative Of Stack.

    • To move it up in the stack, press Shift-Left bracket, or choose
      Photograph > Stacking > Move Up In Stack.

    • To move it down in the stack, press Shift-Right bracket, or choose
      Photo > Stacking > Move Down In Stack.

Split a stack into two stacks

Photos within a stack can be grouped into a new separate stack using the Split Stack command. When split, the original stack contains the remaining photos that were grouped into a new stack.

  1. In the Grid view or the Filmstrip in the Library module, expand the stack.

  2. Select the photos yous want grouped in a dissimilar stack.

    The Split Stack command is not available if you lot select only the top photo in a stack.

  3. Choose
    Photo > Stacking > Split Stack.

Automatically stack photos by capture fourth dimension

Lightroom Classic can automatically stack photos in a binder or a drove based on their capture time. You specify a elapsing between capture times to create a new stack. For example, suppose y’all specify 1 minute for the elapsing. All face-to-face photos with capture times less than 1 minute apart are grouped in i stack. A new stack is created when the adjacent face-to-face photo has a capture fourth dimension that is ane minute or more later than the previous photograph’s capture fourth dimension. In turn, the new stack groups face-to-face photos with capture times less than one minute autonomously from each other, and so forth.

You can specify a duration between capture times of 0 seconds to 1 60 minutes. Specifying shorter durations creates more stacks. Specifying longer durations creates fewer stacks.

  1. Select a folder in the Folders panel or a drove in the Collections panel.

    Lightroom Classic motorcar-stacks all photos in the folder or collection regardless of which photos are selected in the content area or the Filmstrip.

  2. Choose
    Photo > Stacking > Auto-Stack By Capture Time.

  3. In the Auto-Stack By Capture Time dialog box, drag the Time Betwixt Stacks slider to specify the minimum duration betwixt capture times that creates a new stack.

Source: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/help/grouping-photos-stacks.html