Adobe Photoshop CC 2024: How To Load Files Into Stack & Animate

This tutorial will show you how to load multiple files into a stack (aka on their own layers) in the same document in Adobe Photoshop CC 2024.

Note: This works great for ‘Burst Mode’ photos or a series of photos taken on a tripod with little movement. In this tutorial, I also used a series of scanned images to create a faux stop motion animation style.

Apple Help Article:
How To Use iOS Burst Mode


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00:00  Intro: About This Tutorial
00:18  Example Projects For Tutorial 
00:54  How To Load Files Into Stack
01:27  Load Layers Dialogue Box
01:47  Quirky Issue: Order of Files
02:09  Create Frame Animation: Timeline
02:28  Make Frames From Layers
02:47  Change Speed or Timing of Animation
03:07  How To Reverse Frames
03:42  Example #2: Vinyl Scans
04:32  How To Export Video or Gif

Software Used:
Adobe Photoshop CC 2024 (Click To Try or Buy)

How To Load Files Into Stack in Adobe Photoshop CC 2024:

  1. Open Photoshop
  2. Go to File Menu
  3. Select ‘Scripts’
  4. Select ‘Load Files In Stack’
  5. Select ‘Files’ or ‘Folders’ (default Files is typically fine)
  6. Keep ’Smart Object’ tick box unchecked unless you know you want it
  7. Click ‘Browse’
  8. Navigate to folder or location of files to load
  9. Select all files
  10. Click ‘Open’
  11. Select any files to ‘Remove’ optional
  12. Keep bottom checkboxes unticked unless you want them
  13. Click ‘OK’ to load files as layers in a new Photoshop document

How To Animate ‘Stack’ of Files:

  1. Go to Window Menu
  2. Select ‘Timeline’
  3. Click on ‘Frame Animation’ button in the Timeline Panel
  4. Click the 3 horizontal lines (hamburger menu)
  5. Select ‘Make Frames From Layers’
  6. Tap the Spacebar or click Play icon to preview animation
  7. Select all layers and click the arrow at the bottom of any frame to change speed/timing