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Improved batch renaming

From: Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

Video: Improved batch renaming

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.

Improved batch renaming

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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Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 51s
    1. Welcome
      2m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
  2. 17m 14s
    1. Introducing PDF watermarking
      2m 9s
    2. Adding a custom watermark to a PDF
      5m 16s
    3. Using the new Export panel
      4m 45s
    4. Improved batch renaming
      3m 9s
    5. Working between Bridge and Photoshop
      1m 55s
  3. 20m 11s
    1. Getting started with Mini Bridge
      4m 17s
    2. Creating a custom Mini Bridge shortcut
      2m 1s
    3. Working with Bridge and Mini Bridge
      2m 18s
    4. Finding and reviewing photos
      4m 15s
    5. Opening documents
      4m 22s
    6. Customizing the position and display
      2m 58s
  4. 16m 54s
    1. Sharpening enhancements
      5m 1s
    2. Reducing noise
      5m 23s
    3. Using Post-Crop Vignetting
      3m 51s
    4. Adding film grain
      2m 39s
  5. 4m 58s
    1. Selecting and modifying a Photoshop workspace
      1m 52s
    2. Creating a custom workspace
      3m 6s
  6. 6m 48s
    1. Adjusting layer style effects on multiple layers at once
      2m 41s
    2. Modifying multiple layers at once
      2m 34s
    3. Dragging content into Photoshop as a Smart Object
      1m 33s
  7. 20m 56s
    1. Making better selections using Smart Radius
      6m 21s
    2. Removing a model from a background
      10m 12s
    3. Changing the colors of a shirt
      4m 23s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Using the new brushes in a photographic workflow
      5m 52s
    2. Getting more efficient with brushes
      1m 54s
  9. 10m 17s
    1. Content-aware spot healing
      3m 17s
    2. Replacing backgrounds with Content-Aware Fill
      4m 19s
    3. Cleaning up multiple elements with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 41s
  10. 4m 24s
    1. Cropping and straightening a photograph
      2m 47s
    2. Auto-straightening a photograph
      1m 37s
  11. 12m 27s
    1. Accessing lens correction
      1m 10s
    2. Automatic lens correction
      2m 24s
    3. Working with the custom lens correction controls
      4m 53s
    4. Customizing lens distortion removal
      2m 12s
    5. Panoramic lens correction
      1m 48s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Toning HDR photographs
      5m 21s
    2. Blending HDR toning for a more subtle effect
      4m 34s
    3. Working with HDR Pro
      4m 52s
    4. Getting creative with HDR Pro
      4m 11s
  13. 20m 43s
    1. Working with the Target Adjustment tool
      2m 26s
    2. Working with the new HUD color picker
      5m 8s
    3. Creating a neutral density gradient
      3m 25s
    4. Changing a photograph to black and white using the LAB action
      3m 15s
    5. Launching Photoshop in 32-bit mode
      3m 1s
    6. New printing settings
      3m 28s
  14. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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