Is there a quick way to select several items and place them into a new folder?
Finder's File menu has the fastest method to take selected files and make a new nolder with that selection.
- Select the files
- Press Control + Command + N
- Type the name of the folder
If you require more sophisticated processing, you could script it as described here: Keyboard Shortcuts for "Compress" or "New Folder with Selection"?
Two ways to achieve this:
Select the files, compress them into a zip, and then uncompress them into a folder that will be named whatever you named the zip in the first place.
Select the items you want in the Finder, right-click (or two-finger tap) on them to bring up OS X's contextual menu, and choose the first option: New Folder with Selection (shown in the gif below). The Finder will then create a new folder with those items stored safely inside, removing at least one step from the process for you automatically.