Here’s a simple tip that may just keep you from pulling out your hair when trying to export from Lightroom 2.+ and stack the copy back with the source photo.

When exporting to disk you have the option to add those copies to the catalog (kind of like an auto-import).  In addition, you also have the option to stack the copies back with the source photo, but only under certain conditions.

  • You have to export the copies to the same folder as original photo (no subfolder).
  • You have to check the Add to This Catalog box.

Those options are pretty straight forward, but here is one that caused me some confusion until I realized what I did …

  • You have to select the photo for export while working from within a folder.

It kinda makes sense in that you can’t stack photos from within a collection, so apparently you can’t stack the exported copy with the source photo if you make the selection from within a collection. In fact you won’t even see the stacking option visible.

Export and Stack

So, I hope this helps you avoid the frustration I went through trying to figure out why I couldn’t stack!