Feature request: Grouping of shots

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Posted elsewhere but I know they prefer single posts...

As a companion to "Edit as layers in Photoshop", could we please have a "Group" function, where two or more shots can be grouped together and then groups could be sent to Photoshop as layers (Rendered as HDR, panoramas, etc). The vast majority of my delivered images are the result of multi-shot composites where I send two, three or four shots to PS as layers. Problem now is that I have to send each group individually and then fight to get Lightroom back into the foreground to make the next selections etc. If I could simply group them and then batch "Send Groups to Photoshop as Layers", that may not take less time but at least I could go and do something else while the computer does the job.
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Shane Betts

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That might be possible by scripting. Not sure how about Ligthtroom but everything else should be doobale. Please post images how that you are describing look like before starting this process and the outputs after (I mean layers(Set)s in Layer panel). It'll be easier to imagine it...
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Sure. This image is my library module in LR, ready to begin. My process is to do a basic pre-grade, then selects. Red are those that just need to be graded, cropped and output. Green are shots that need some kind of work in PS and blue are the supplementary images that will be loaded as layers with their green "parent" where quick masks will be applied - in most cases putting detail into windows where the DR required is beyond the camera's range.

The problem is that, in order to open these in PS as layers, I have to select the two or three images in each set and send them to PS as layers. PS then forces its way to the front and I have to time it right to get LR back to the front, select the next group and go again. This is not only annoying and time consuming but often results in errors on the PS side if I time forcing PS back into the background badly and it trips.

What I'd like to be able to do is to select those groups of two or three images and label them as a "group" and, once that's done. Select everything and, rather than "send images to PS as layers", "send GROUPS to PS as layers". I could then set the whole batch working at its own pace and go do something useful and return once it's all ready to go, instead of needing to sit at the computer and baby the process along.
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I never used Lightroom, but Bridge. I guess you have your reasons to use Lr, probably for features Bridge doesn't have. But if you used Br where scripting is possible then all you described would be possible to be done.
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Hmm. Interesting. Maybe I could look at a way to incorporate Bridge into my workflow. Thanks for your suggestions.