Working With Stacks in Photoshop Elements Organizer

Make space for more pictures in Photoshop Elements Organizer

Photo stacks provide a convenient way to group a series of images so that they take up less space in Photoshop Elements Organizer. You can even stack images within albums to keep better track of large quantities of related photos.

Instructions in this article apply to Photoshop Elements Organizer 2019 (not to be confused with Photoshop Elements Editor) for Windows and Mac.

How to Stack Photos in Photoshop Elements Organizer

To create a stack from a group of photos:

  1. Select the photos you want to include in the stack.

    To choose multiple images, hold down the Ctrl or Command key as you make your selection.

    Select the photos you want to include in the stack.
  2. Select Edit > Stack > Stack selected photos.

You can also use the shortcut Ctrl + Alt + S (for Windows) or Command + Alt + S (for Mac) to stack the photos you selected.

Select Edit > Stack > Stack selected photos.

The stacked photos will now appear in the photo browser as one image with a stack icon in the top-right corner.

The stacked photos will now appear in the photo browser as one image with a stack icon in the top-right corner.

How to View Photos in a Stack

To view all the photos in a stack:

  1. Select View > Details.

    Select View > Details.
  2. Select the right arrow next to the stack to reveal all of the photos underneath.

You can also use the shortcut Ctrl + Alt + R (for Windows) or Command + Alt + R (for Mac).

Select the right arrow next to the stack to reveal all of the photos underneath.

How to Set the Top Photo in a Stack

While viewing photos in a stack, you can choose which image should be the thumbnail:

  1. Right click the photo you wish to set as the thumbnail, and then select Stack > Set as Top Photo.

    Right click the photo you wish to set as the thumbnail, and then select Stack > Set as Top Photo.
  2. Select the left arrow at the end of the stack to collapse the images with the new thumbnail photo.

    Select the left arrow at the end of the stack to collapse the images with the new thumbnail photo.

How to Eliminate a Stack in Elements Organizer

When you no longer want photos in a stack, right click the stack thumbnail and select Stack > Unstack. Unstacking removes the stack and leaves all of the stacked photos in your catalog just as they were before.

Alternatively, select Stack > Flatten to remove all but the top photo from Organizer.

When you no longer want photos in a stack, right click the stack thumbnail and select Stack > Unstack.