Smart Folders are a great way to accomplish your desired result of gathering the files. No matter where the file is on your drive, all can be selected then compressed.
Create a Smart Folder In the Finder, choose File > New Smart Folder, or press options+⌘+N.
To search for files, enter a topic, a phrase, or another parameter in
the search field.
To determine whether the search should include only the names of files
or their entire contents, choose “Name matches” in the menu that
appears below the search field, then click Name, then choose
either Filename or Everything.
To search for additional specific attributes, click the Add button
(+) below the search field, then make choices using the search
attribute pop-up menus that appear.
The menus work in pairs; for example, to search for images, you choose
Kind from the pop-up menu on the left, then choose Images from the
pop-up menu next to it.
Click Save, then specify a name and location for your Smart
If you don’t want your Smart Folder to be in the sidebar, deselect Add
You can’t use certain characters, including punctuation such as a
colon (:), in folder names. If an error message appears, try using
another name. You can then save the folder for future use.
When you are satisfied that you have the files you need, select them and then compress.