Use Stacks and Hide Files in Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer - dummies

Use Stacks and Hide Files in Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

With a simple menu command, you can mark selected files in the Organizer as hidden. Select files you want to hide, and from either the Edit menu or a contextual menu, choose Visibility→Mark as Hidden. To see the files you mark for hiding, return to the same Visibility menu and choose Show Hidden.

Essentially, you remove the check mark for Show Hidden, which results in the files being hidden. To easily toggle between showing and hiding files marked for hiding, choose View→Hidden Files. Selecting this menu command toggles between showing and hiding the files you marked for hiding.

Think of stacks like a stack of cards that is face up. You see only the front card, and all the other cards are hidden behind that card. Stacks work the same way. You hide different images behind a foreground image. At any time, you can sort the images or display all images in the stack in the Organizer window.

To create a stack, follow these steps:

  1. In the Organizer, select several photos.

    You can select any number of photos. However, you can’t stack audio or movie files.

  2. Choose Edit→Stack→Stack Selected Photos.

    Elements stacks your photos. The first image you select remains in view in the Organizer window. In the upper-right area, an icon that looks like a stack of cards appears on the image thumbnail when you’ve stacked some images. Double-click the photo to open the stack in the Organizer, and you find the same icon in the top-right corner.


After you stack a group of images, you can use the Stack submenu commands to manage the photos. Click a stack to select it and then choose Edit→Stack. The available submenu commands are as follows:

  • Automatically Suggest Photo Stacks (Windows only).

  • Stack Selected Photos.

  • Unstack Photos.

  • Expand Photos in Stack.

  • Collapse Photos in Stack.

  • Flatten Stack. When you flatten a stack, all photos except for the top photo are deleted from the catalog (although not from your hard drive).

  • Remove Photo from Stack.

  • Set as Top Photo.

If you want to view all stacks in an Organizer window in expanded form, choose View→Expand All Stacks. Using this command doesn’t require you to individually select stacks in the Organizer before expanding them.