Lightroom - How To Stack Images

Manual Stacking

The most basic way to group images is to select a sequence of images in your library by left-clicking the first image, then holding SHIFT, and left-clicking the last image of the sequence. You then right-click, and from the pop-up menu select ‘Stacking’ and ‘Group into Stack’.

The stack then displays in your preview panel as a single thumbnail, except in the top left-hand corner is now a number representing that the image is a stack, and how many images sit inside it.

To see the images inside your stack you right-click on it and select ‘Stacking’ then ‘Expand Stack’. Incidentally, similarly, you can ‘Expand all Stacks’ using this same method, as well as ‘Collapse all Stacks’. So if you have several stacks, this is a good way to help navigate around them.

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Automatic Stacking

Automatic Stacking works on the principle of images being grouped based on their capture time. Specifically, you can let Lightroom stack everything into a group where the images were all captured within a period of each other. To start with, you select images in your library by left-clicking the first image, then holding SHIFT, and left-clicking the last image of the sequence. Alternatively, go into a Collection or Folder and select COMMAND A on Mac (Alt-A on Windows) to select all the images. Then you select the ‘Auto Stack by Capture Time’ by right-clicking and navigating through the ‘Stacking’ menu.

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