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Let's take a look at how we can Batch Rename our files inside of Bridge CS5. Yet, first let's bounce back to Bridge CS4 for a minute to see what we can do there. Well, back in Bridge CS4, what we could do is select one or more files and then Batch Rename those files in a consistent and cohesive way. As photographers, one of the things we've discovered is that we need to do this quite often, whether for our own archival purposes or in order to deliver images to clients. Well, how, then, has this changed in Bridge CS5? If we go ahead and take a look at Bridge CS5, you'll notice that the dialog is pretty similar.
There are only a few options. What I want to do is highlight and then zoom in on those options. For starters, you'll notice that we now have the ability to add Presets. This can be incredibly helpful, because this can really speed up our overall Batch Renaming workflow. You'll also notice that there is a new Preview button that allows us to see how these Presets will actually be applied. Let's go ahead and navigate to Bridge, and let's take a look at how this actually works. For starters, you'll notice that I have a few images here named sayulita_01, all the way down to sayulita_07.
Let's say that I want to rename these images. We'll go ahead and click on one, hold down the Shift key and then click on the last image in this set. Now in order to open up the Batch Rename dialog, there are few options. One really easy and memorable option is to Ctrl+Click or right-click, and then here we can select Batch Rename. We can, of course, always navigate to the Tools pulldown menu and choose Batch Rename here, or you can press the shortcut. On a Mac, that shortcut is Shift+ Command+R; on a PC the same shortcut is Shift+Ctrl+R. Let's go ahead and click on that option there in order to open up the Batch Rename dialog.
For starters, you'll see, again, that we have this Preset option up top. What I can do is I can create my own Presets here, and let me show you how. Let's say that what we want to do is rename these files so that it includes the country name, sayulita_mexico_ and then a sequence of numbers. So, again, showing me my current name and then the new file name. What I want to do then is save these particular settings out as a new Preset. I want to rename these in the same folder, and I want to give them a new file name here.
All I need to do is click Save ... I'll go ahead and name this sayulita_mexico. Next, click OK. Once I have done that, you can see that that Preset will be accessible from this pulldown menu. You'll also notice that we can click on this Preview button. Now when we click on this Preview button, it will actually show us how all of these different images will be renamed. Now this can be incredibly helpful, and also it can be helpful because we can Export this to this CSV format, which allows us to include this particular naming convention in some of our different archiving and database type software.
Well, here I am going to simply click OK, and then I'll go ahead and press the button Rename. Now once I have done that, you'll see that it will successfully rename all of these files, and now we have successfully completed our Batch Renaming.
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