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Opening multiple files into layers

Community Beginner ,
Nov 10, 2021 Nov 10, 2021

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Can anyone tell me, with Photoshop Elements 2020, is there an easy way to open multiple files as separate layers in a single image?
At the moment, I seem to have to open them all then individually Select All; Edit -> Copy then Paste into the combined image.

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 10, 2021 Nov 10, 2021
1. Go to File>New>blank file. Enter the appropriate dimensions so that the multiple picture files will fit. This will be your canvas. 2. Go to File>place and point to picture file #1, and place. 3. Repeat for file #2 4. Continue with the other files. Each file will come in on a separate layer. You can resize, if necessary, with the corner handles of the bounding box. With the move tool you can position each picture file.

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 11, 2021 Nov 11, 2021
I suggest having a look at the very affordable add-on Elements+ which adds a number of missing features via scripts. One of those scripts is file piler: https://elementsplus.net/help/en/file-piler.htm

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1. Go to File>New>blank file. Enter the appropriate dimensions so that the multiple picture files will fit. This will be your canvas.

2. Go to File>place and point to picture file #1, and place.

3. Repeat for file #2

4. Continue with the other files. Each file will come in on a separate layer. You can resize, if necessary, with the corner handles of the bounding box. With the move tool you can position each picture file.

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Thank you - that's a little bit simpler.

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You're welcome. Glad to help.

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I suggest having a look at the very affordable add-on Elements+ which adds a number of missing features via scripts.

One of those scripts is file piler:

https://elementsplus.net/help/en/file-piler.htm

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Michel, that is more like the kind of shortcut that I was hoping to find, albeit requiring an add-in.  I'll certainly take a look at Elements+ - it just means even more to learn!

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