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Using GREP for more intricate file renaming

From: Create an Interactive Photo Gallery with jQuery and Dreamweaver

Video: Using GREP for more intricate file renaming

Now in the exercise files let's open the preview_sizes.psd. Now, what I've decided to do here is to take each photograph one by one and custom crop each one of these photographs so that I get the optimal preview image. If I open up the refraction_fullsize. jepg, this is the size of the large file we're going to load into the lightbox. And instead of using automated tools like tools found in Photoshop or Bridge or Lightroom that will automatically resize a series of images, I want to spend the time and custom crop to get exactly the look that I want from taking this horizontal picture into a square picture we're going to use for our preview.

Using GREP for more intricate file renaming

Now in the exercise files let's open the preview_sizes.psd. Now, what I've decided to do here is to take each photograph one by one and custom crop each one of these photographs so that I get the optimal preview image. If I open up the refraction_fullsize. jepg, this is the size of the large file we're going to load into the lightbox. And instead of using automated tools like tools found in Photoshop or Bridge or Lightroom that will automatically resize a series of images, I want to spend the time and custom crop to get exactly the look that I want from taking this horizontal picture into a square picture we're going to use for our preview.

So I've created these two Photoshop files with all of the layers labeled exactly the same file names as the full-size images that we just moved over from the full-size graphics in the exercise files. So what I want to do here is export from this Photoshop file out to a series of files. So what I'm going to do first, on the desktop, I'm going to click right here and create a new folder just called temp. Let me open that up, and I just want to place that I can save all of these files.

Let's come back to Photoshop. Let's go to the File menu. Let's come down to Scripts > Export Layers to Files. In this dialog box here, I'm going to choose Browse > Desktop > temp folder. Let's choose Open. We'll keep JPEG, 8 Quality, and I want to make sure prefix here set to blank, and I'm going to choose Run. As Photoshop is running through all the layers and saving them out, I can see in the background all the files getting generated. Now, one of the things that I can't control is Photoshop is going to name every one of the files with an underscore plus a number in addition to the name of the layer.

So we're going to use Bridge to get rid of all of this as well using the batch- rename process again. So on the desktop, I'm going to grab temp. Let's drag it into Bridge. In the Content area, I'll select the first photo, choose Edit > Select All. In Tools, we'll choose Batch Rename. Now this is going to be a little bit trickier because down here in the Preview I can see that every one of those files has additional content.

So in addition to adding an extension of _preview before the .jpg, I also want to remove these numbers. But each one of these numbers are unique. So what we're going to do is use some grep search and replace inside of here as well. So to start, let's come up here to Filename. Let's come down and choose Current Filename, set this to Name. I'm going to get rid of two of these parameters for the moment. Under Date and Time, let's come down and choose String Substitution.

I am going to come in here and choose Intermediate Filename, which means it's going to not append this to the additional file name, but concatenate the two together. And again, I can see a live preview down here of how my equation up here is actually going to rename the file. So under Find text, I'm going to put two square brackets and inside of here, I'm going to type 0-9, and this is going to be a grep expression, a regular expression. So I'm going to click on the Regular Expression check box, and notice that now all of the numbers went away.

If I turn on Replace All, it will only replace one. Turn on Replace All gets rid of all of him. And up here after the 9, I'm going to put a comma and an underscore. So basically what this is saying is through grep, Bridge is going to find every instance of a number between 0-9 and any instance of an underscore, and it's going to replace it with blank text. It's going to do that for every piece of data that it finds and matches this in the file name with Replace All selected, and the check box Use Regular Expression will go through.

So now I can see that my file name is now just the word refraction.jpg. Let's add one more parameter under Text. And at the end, we're going to add preview. Let's choose Preview at the top to make sure that all my file names will be renamed correctly. So _000_refraction becomes refraction_preview.jpg. Let's click OK. Now let's come up here and hit Rename. Bridge is going to run this rename.

Let's come out here, and we can see that all of the files have now been renamed with 'preview' in there. Let's bring up our myGallery project. Let's grab all of these files from the temp directory and we'll drag and drop them right into the photos directory. So now we have all of our full-size and preview images. I'll leave this temp directory here. Let's close this window in Bridge. Let's close our preview_sizes.psd in Photoshop.

And let's open thumbnail_sizes in Photoshop. Same process, I've named all of these layers exactly the same names. Let's choose File > Scripts > Layers to Files. Browse > temp directory. Click OK. Hit Run. Let's choose OK. There is our temp directory. Let's grab the temp directory.

Let's drag this into Bridge, select the first one in Content, Select All, Tools > Batch Rename. Bridge is going to remember the last settings we had. And instead of _preview, this will be _thumbnail. Click Rename. Go back to Bridge. These have all been renamed. Let's close Bridge.

Let's select all of these. Let's drag these into our myGallery project in the photos directory. Let's close temp. Throw that in the trash. Let me double-click on the photos directory just to see that by itself, and I see there's 60 items in here: 20 pictures for our gallery, including three different states of each one. Let's close the photos. Let's come back to Photoshop. Let's close thumbnail_sizes. Now at this point, we're done preparing all of our photography, so let's move into HTML and CSS.

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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Previewing the project across browsers and devices
      5m 32s
    2. About the exercise files
      2m 19s
  2. 9m 49s
    1. Renaming a series of files in Adobe Bridge
      3m 7s
    2. Using GREP for more intricate file renaming
      6m 42s
  3. 29m 5s
    1. Creating and linking HTML and CSS files
      1m 32s
    2. Save For Web & Devices in Photoshop
      7m 2s
    3. Creating empty CSS rules
      3m 55s
    4. Create, nest, and class DIV tags
      6m 0s
    5. Adding CSS properties for main container
      4m 0s
    6. Adding CSS properties for content area
      4m 28s
    7. Adding CSS properties for headings
      2m 8s
  4. 15m 55s
    1. Adding and linking the thumbnail images
      2m 32s
    2. Styling the thumbnail links with CSS
      5m 15s
    3. Downloading and adding jQuery to your project
      2m 42s
    4. Overriding the browser's default link behavior
      5m 26s
  5. 11m 10s
    1. Creating preview images from anchor links
      1m 52s
    2. Changing the preview when clicking thumbnails
      5m 59s
    3. Changing the caption when clicking thumbnails
      3m 19s
  6. 12m 0s
    1. Adding an image preload plug-in for jQuery
      2m 22s
    2. Setting a dissolve transition between previews
      4m 31s
    3. Implementing the preload functionality
      5m 7s
  7. 15m 20s
    1. Adding a lightbox plug-in for jQuery
      2m 2s
    2. Creating a custom function for lightbox properties
      7m 38s
    3. Setting links to activate the lightbox feature
      5m 40s
  8. 3m 40s
    1. Initializing the gallery on page load
      3m 40s
  9. 5m 11s
    1. Adding icons and styles to the zoom and contact links
      5m 11s
  10. 2m 41s
    1. Activating a gallery automatically in IE9 and IE10
      2m 41s
  11. 2m 43s
    1. Some ideas for further enhancements
      2m 43s

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