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Mon, Sep 28, 2020 5:13 PM

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Lightroom Desktop: Stacking Before Album and Not in Any Album Shortcut

I am always typing "album:not in any album" one letter at a time because I cannot figure out how to make a button or shortcut to the "pile" of photos I have not yet sorted into their respective albums.   

 

I would love some way of having a button or shortcut to the album:not in any album filter.

 

Also I'm using Lightroom CC as my document manager because taking quick pictures of documents is just easier than scanning one by one, and I like the visual tools and folder / album organization available in Lightroom.   

 

The issue is that the normal process for me is that I'll have maybe 20 new pictures of documents, for example 10 pages of a tmobile bill, and then 5 pages of a letter from the IRS, and then 5 receipts, so of course I want to stack the tmobile bill, and then drag it to the archive album, and then stack the IRS letter scans, and then add them to Taxes album, etc.   

 

However the way it works now I would have to move every scan separately into each album, and then afterwards visit every album I've added content too, and then stack them, since I am already using the album:not in any album filter.  Meaning, once I put them in their album (making stackable groups possible), they disappear from my "pile".   

 

Love to see a way my workflow can improve.   There's a big opportunity here for Lightroom to compete with Evernote as a documents / scans destination.  I've found only a small portion of my scans/docs need to remain in PDF / OCR format, most of the time I just want to be able to tag them or drop them in an album, and be able to visually take a look back later if / when needed.  Loving Lightroom for this but still needs a little improvement to get there.  

 

Thanks!

 

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Champion

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a month ago

You can get to the "Not in Any Album" filter without having to type a single letter: click in the Search Bar (will reveal all the various searchable facets), click on the "Album" facet (which will produce a list of all your albums, scroll to the bottom of the list where you will find the "Not in Any Album" option. Click on it. 

 

It should be a bit quicker, though of course it might depend on how long that lsi of albums is.

 

 

Adobe Administrator

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Use Jim's suggestion then from that result:

 

...select images to stack
...press ⌘ G
...drag that stack to your album.

 

That streamlines it a bit. Is that what you were thinking?

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I think I wasn't clear that I've learned is stacking is disabled until the photos you want to stack are in an album, but I'm commonly trying to stack (or "staple") things together, and THEN add them to an album.  

 

It just seems this is not an option at this time.  Going through the albums later and doing some shortcut - ctrl-G  - stacking will work for me in the meantime.  Appreciate the response!

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@jim_wilde_2296988

That was a really helpful tip - I hadn't noticed / tried and it's nice they have the option in there under the other albums.  Definite time-saver.  Thanks! 

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a month ago

Hi Stellar_web,

another option is to define a keyboard shortcut. When you have a Mac computer or/and an iPhone then you probably know that.

I have defined the text "album: not in any album" to the shortcut #na . When I type #na and a blank then the text will be inserted. 

Better use a longer shortcut like #niaa to prevent wrong insertions.

Just an idea !

Have a nice day

Peter

 

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I'm on Windows 10, not sure if that's still possible.  I'll check it out.   Thank you!

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You could definitely make something like this using Autohotkey.