CreativePro Tip of the Week: Opening Files as Layers in a Photoshop Document

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Got a bunch of separate image file that you plan to merge into one Photoshop composition? You can have Photoshop open all the images at once and add them as layers in a single document. Here are two ways to accomplish this:

Using Adobe Bridge

In Adobe Bridge, arrange the images in the order that you want them to be in the layer stack. Then select them all and choose Tools > Photoshop > Load Files as Photoshop Layers


A new document will be created with layers for each of the files, named with the file names.


Using Photoshop

Choose File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack.


Then in the Load Layers dialog box, you can specify either a folder or separate files, and choose them with the Browse button.


The Photoshop dialog box also offers some handy options to add open files, to create a single Smart Object from all the files, and to attempt to automatically align the layers.

Posted on: April 3, 2017

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

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