adobe wayne wrote:
I have thousands of pictures where the stacking of edited versions has been lost (corrupted catalog, so had to rebuild); how do I automagically re-stack the original with the edited versions (i.e. IMG_1234.jpg with IMG_1234_edited-1.jpg)?
You can't recreate version sets, but you can stack pictures with the search for visual similarity.
Which is your Elements version ?
I have not yet tried the process in PSE11 (I used it in PSE6), so I'll have to check the best procedure with that version.
You should use the 'Find' menu, and its option to search by visual similarity.
The process witll begin with an 'indexing' which requires a long time for media analysis.
I suspect that once done, the search will be easier if you search folder by folder, since version sets are normally kept in the same directories.
I'll tell you my findings when the indexing is done on my main catalog and when I have had time to test different workflows...
As I expected, reindexing for visual search did take three hours for a 46 000 items catalog on my old XP computer...
The way to stack is about the same in V11 than in V6. You select a set of pictures (a subfolder in your case), right click on stack and choose 'automatically suggest photo stacks'. If the indexing is ok, the resulting suggestions are shown and you can validate each suggestion. The stacking is done when you validate your selection of stacks.
As you can see, even if it's much quicker that doing it manually, you still have to click on each stack proposal before selecting. So, if you have hundreds of subfolders and tens of thousands files to stack ...