Crop To Open Images As Same-Sized Layers

Crop To Open Images As Same-Sized Layers
One of my favorite shortcuts when working with images in Lightroom that I want to open in Photoshop is the “Open as Layers in Photoshop” option in Lightroom. With it, you can select as many images as you’d like and then, in much the same way as you can right-click and choose “Edit in Adobe Photoshop” from the popup menu’s “Edit In” heading, you can look farther down that “Edit In” menu and choose “Open as Layers in Photoshop.” This is a wonderful shortcut I’ve written about plenty in the past because it will take all five or 10 or 90 images that you’ve selected and, one by one, turn them into layers in a single new Photoshop document.

Crop To Open Images As Same-Sized Layers

But, sometimes, no matter how good your intentions, this process can throw a curveball at you. Namely, if the images you’re opening as layers are not all exactly the same size, they won’t be exactly the same size in the Photoshop document. If the images are from the same camera, you might think it’s no problem. But, if you’ve cropped any of the images in Lightroom’s Develop Module in order to, for instance, make the head sizes in a series of portraits about the same, then when you open the files in Photoshop the program will essentially undo all that cropping because the layers will be built on the actual pixel sizes of the images. So, if you cropped from an image that was 2000 x 3000 pixels down to 1600 x 2400 pixels, unless every image selected was cropped to the exact same size, they’ll open as different sized layers in a document sized to accommodate the largest file.

Crop To Open Images As Same-Sized Layers

So, how do you work around that? Simple. You first export the images to a folder on your desktop, with all of the images set to be resized to fit a particular dimension—say 1600 x 2400 pixels. Lightroom will export these images as JPEGs or TIFFs or whatever format you’d like to use, and all of them will now be the same pixel size (1600 x 2400 pixels), which will mean the crops you made have had their desired effect. From here, simply open Photoshop and look for the Scripts heading near the bottom of Photoshop’s File menu.

Crop To Open Images As Same-Sized Layers

Then, click on Load Files into Stack to bring up the Load Layers popup menu that allows you to select the files you’d like to make layers in a single document, either by selecting the folder placed on your desktop or by using the Browse button to open that folder and select the individual images you’d like to use.

Crop To Open Images As Same-Sized Layers

Then, click Okay and watch Photoshop run, placing all of the selected images into a new multi-layered image file—with all layers exactly the same size—that’s open and ready to be worked on in Photoshop.

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