Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday - Time saver for you PS cluster freaks!

If you love clustering as much as I do, then you may be like I once was, spending oodles of time opening up all the delicious elements and dragging them one by one onto my canvas. One day, I finally had an ah-ha moment and realized there is a much simpler way to do this if you use Photoshop.

First, I Go to Files > Scripts > Load Files into Stack

This will bring up a dialog box that looks like this

I hit the browse button and find the folder on my computer that has all the ellies that I want to play with.

Hit okay and then get another dialog box that looks like this:

Hit okay and then let the computer do all the work. You end up with something like this:

We're almost there. Open up your main background paper. Then go back to the stacked elements and go to your layers palette. Select all the layers:

Then, using your move tool, simply drag your stacked elements from the canvas over to your background paper.

From there, just start moving, shrinking, twisting, and shadowing until you come up with clustery masterpiece! Works great to load individual alpha elements to create awesome titles, too!

And one awesome extra perk using this system is that all your elements will have the original file name on them in your layers palette. This can make crediting much simpler.


  1. cool tip. sadly i'm still on CS and it doesn't have the load file into stack option.

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [06 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  3. This is SERIOUSLY an excellent tip! Thanks so much!

  4. I am IN LOVE with this tip Krystal.. Thank you SO SO much!!

  5. What a fantastic idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing because I would've never found this on my own :)

  6. Wow another reason why I need full version CS and graduate from Elements. Great tutoriaol

  7. Fantastic tip, never heard about this! Thank you!!!

  8. learned something new today...thanks...you ROCK~!

  9. OMG! I have been doing graphic design for almost 10 years and didn't know about this! Thanks for an awesome heads up!!!!