LR3 – Stacking Photographs

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Stacking photographs can be helpful when you only wish to display the best of several similar frames in the Library while hiding the others (as if stacking images on a light table for those of us old enough to remember shooting chromes). In Grid view, select the range of photos, then choose Photo > Stacking > Group into Stack or Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + G. A small icon is displayed in the upper left of the photograph’s thumbnail in Grid view displaying number of stacked images.

Some additional stacking shortcuts:

• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + G will unstack images.

• Tap “S” will show/hide the images in the stack.

• Shift + { or } moves an image up or down in the stack.

• Shift + S moves an image to the top of the stack.

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 01-06-2011


  • By Randy Jay Braun - 10:38 AM on January 6, 2011  

    Love it. I always meant to try this. Now that I am using just ONE HUGE catalog for all of my work, stacking is becoming necessary.

  • By Kiff Backhouse - 2:58 AM on January 7, 2011  

    Great tip! I’ve always avoided stacking as it seems laborious to sort and unstack images but with these short cuts it will be much easier – thanks!

  • By John - 10:09 AM on October 13, 2012  

    I have found that LR3 automatically stacks a raw with its jpg sidefile. I would like to keep them stacked, but always have the raw files on the bottom, or even not display the raw at all. I hope I’ve made myself clear, I’m new to this. Is this possible?



    • By Julieanne Kost - 3:10 PM on October 23, 2012  

      I do not know of a way to automatically stack the JPEG below the raw file.