I was forced into a corner at work this week. I needed to layer dozens of images into the same Photoshop document.
If I was a fool, which I am, I would open Photoshop, then proceed to File > Open all of these images at once. Afterwards, I’d choose one as my Photoshop document, slowly drag-and-dropping the rest on top of it, automatically creating their own layers one at a time.
Not to mention this means watching Photoshop suck the life-force out of your computer as it opens a new tab for each image. But no longer. I have learned, and now that my work week is over, I will share.
Note: Before ANYTHING else, if you ever believe there is a better way to do something in software as sophisticated as Photoshop, you’re probably right, and the “way” most likely already exists. Google is your friend. All I had to do was search for something to the degree of, “Photoshop, Importing multiple files into one document”, and within minutes I was on my way.
1.) Open up Photoshop.
2.) At the top of your Photoshop menu, go to File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack…
3.) From there, you’re prompted with a new window that has a few options/actions.
It’s fairly straight forward, but as long as you know where all the images you want to import at once are, you’re pretty much set.
Hit Browse, then select/shift-click/highlight your group of images (whatever you prefer to do for selecting multiple files at once). The images will appear in the empty white space of the window as a list, by their respective file names. Go ahead and hit OK, and watch Photoshop do its magic.
Before long, you’ll have a single Photoshop document, with a layer for each image file you imported on top of one another.
There’s one less fool.