If you wish, it is possible to import multiple photos into a Photoshop project by creating a series of layers. You can do this in Photoshop without the need for any other software, but some versions of Bridge may also allow you to send multiple files in a Photoshop project.
Method 1 of 2: Using Photoshop
Step 1. Open Photoshop
Double click on the program icon. It is a blue square with the letters "Ps" inside.
Since you will be creating a new file by importing the photos, you do not need to open an existing file or create a new one
Step 2. Click File
The button is in the upper left corner of the Photoshop window, if you're on PC, or the screen if you're on Mac. A drop-down menu will then appear.
Step 3. Select Scripts
You will find this option near the bottom of the drop-down menu. Selecting it will open an additional menu.
Step 4. Open the layer loader window
Click Load files into a stack…. The option is at the bottom of the additional menu.
Step 5. Select a location type
Click on the drop-down menu Use at the top of the new window, then select Files if you want to select individual files or Case if you want to use a folder containing pictures as the location.
Step 6. Click Browse…
You will find the option in the right part of the window. This will open a window where you can select your images or folder.
Step 7. Select files
Press Ctrl (on Windows) or ⌘ Command (on Mac) and click on each file or folder you want to import.
If you select a folder, all of the photos contained in the folder will be imported into Photoshop
Step 8. Click Open
The button is located at the bottom right of the window. You should see the names of the photos appear in the middle of the window.
Step 9. Add files
If you have opened an already existing Photoshop file, you can add the photos that are already there in the layer list by clicking on Add open files. The button is on the right of the window.
Step 10. Click OK
The button is located in the upper right corner of the window. Photoshop will then start transforming the photos into layers. After that, you will be able to edit your project, as you usually do.
- The process may take several minutes, during which time Photoshop may become unresponsive.
- Photoshop can appear to freeze during the layer assimilation process. However, this is part of the process, do not close the program and restart, until the import is complete.
Method 2 of 2: Use Bridge
Step 1. Update
You will need to update Photoshop and Bridge first. A bug in Creative Cloud 2015 and 2017 prevents the option from appearing in Photoshop, if Bridge or Photoshop are not both up to date. You can update them through the Cloud.
- Open the Creative Cloud program.
- Click ⋮ in the upper right corner.
- Click on Check for updates.
- Click on Update all if you are asked to do so.
- The update may not fix the problem. If each of your programs is up to date with the 2017 version, you will need to uninstall and reinstall them. You can also use the Scripts of Photoshop.
Step 2. Restart your computer
Once you have updated Bridge and Photoshop, please restart your computer.
- For Windows: click To start up
, then on On Off
and finally, To restart.
- For Mac: click on the Apple menu
, then on To restart… and finally on To restart, when prompted.
Step 3. Open Bridge and Photoshop
In order to speed up the process of opening images in Photoshop, both Bridge and Photoshop must be open.
Step 4. Select the photos in Bridge
Click on the location of a photo on the left side of the Bridge window. Press the Ctrl key (on Windows) or ⌘ Command (on Mac), while clicking on each of the photos you want to open as a layer.
Step 5. Click Tools
The tab is located in the upper right corner of the Bridge window on Windows or the screen on Mac. A drop-down menu will then appear.
Step 6. Select Photoshop
The option is at the bottom of the drop-down menu. By clicking on it, a popup window will appear.
- If you don't see the option Photoshop in the menu Tools, you will then have to use the Scripts of Photoshop. You can also uninstall and then reinstall Photoshop and Bridge.
Step 7. Click Import files into Photoshop layers…
You will find this option in the popup menu. Clicking on it will send the previously selected images to Photoshop, where they will be organized in a new project as multiple layers.
Step 8. Wait for the import
Wait for Photoshop to finish importing your photos. Once your photos appear as layers in Photoshop, you can close Bridge and start working with Photoshop.
- You can switch between each layer by clicking on the one you want to see in the window Layers which is to the right of the Photoshop workspace.
- For some people, uninstalling, restarting the computer, and then reinstalling the programs temporarily gives access to the option Photoshop in the Tools.
- Unfortunately, there is no foolproof way to make the option appear. Photoshop in Bridge. However, the use of Scripts Photoshop is just as effective as going through Bridge.