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Renaming images in Bridge

From: Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Renaming images in Bridge

One of the best ways to organize your images is to name them appropriately. Using Bridge you can rename individual selected images or a group of selected images from the Content panel all at once. Let me show you how it's done. I'm currently viewing our catalog images inside of the catalog images folder in our exercise files here in Bridge. So you can see all of these images in the Content panel and what I would like to do is locate a certain group of images that were not named upon import, at least not named appropriately. Let's take a look. What I'm going to do here is go under the Edit menu and choose Find. You can also use this keyboard shortcut of Command+F. That brings up the Find dialog box and this is a great way to locate images. In here it says Criteria, I'm going to keep it set to Filename Contains and I'm going to type in img, because that is the three letter code that my camera used to name these images.

Renaming images in Bridge

One of the best ways to organize your images is to name them appropriately. Using Bridge you can rename individual selected images or a group of selected images from the Content panel all at once. Let me show you how it's done. I'm currently viewing our catalog images inside of the catalog images folder in our exercise files here in Bridge. So you can see all of these images in the Content panel and what I would like to do is locate a certain group of images that were not named upon import, at least not named appropriately. Let's take a look. What I'm going to do here is go under the Edit menu and choose Find. You can also use this keyboard shortcut of Command+F. That brings up the Find dialog box and this is a great way to locate images. In here it says Criteria, I'm going to keep it set to Filename Contains and I'm going to type in img, because that is the three letter code that my camera used to name these images.

And, of course, that's not very descriptive. So we want to change that. I'm going to click Find and that brings up these images. So what I want to do is rename these images so that I can find them quickly and easily from within Bridge. So first I would like to show you how to rename an individual selected image. Go and select this image here by clicking on it. What I can do is click right on its file name that's displayed here underneath the thumbnail and wait a couple of seconds. As soon as I do, it highlights the name in blue, which means I can now type in this field. So let's type in something more descriptive like Enzo_beach. Enzo is the name of the little boy in the photograph, that's my son, and let's give it like a serial number, something like 01 and we can press Return. So now we have applied a new name to this file and that's exactly what we want.

Now keep in mind, this is something that you can do when you import images using the Adobe Photo Downloader. However, should you forget or maybe someone else that you're working with it uses Elements at home, maybe your wife or your friends or family. If they should bring in images and forget to name them appropriately when they bring them into your catalog of images, you can always rename them later. Now, you know how to do this to an individual image, but that doesn't mean that you have to do this for every individual selected image that way. If you have a series of images that are similar in content, you may want to select them all at once, I'm clicking on the first image in this series, not including the one that we just renamed, and then clicking on the last image in that series and holding down Shift as I do so. That selects all of the images in the entire series.

So with them all selected now, what I can do is go under Tools and choose Batch Rename. That brings up this very large dialog box and we have several options in here. The first is the Destination folder. We can choose to rename the images in the same folder or move them to a different folder or copy to a different folder. Well, since these were never named properly in the first place, I'm just going to rename over these images in the same folder where they currently reside, keeping that option selected. The next thing is New Filenames. Down here we have text for initial text and it's highlighted, it says Project_, but I think we should change that to something like Enzo Beach. Then we have Date Time/Date Created in this format with year first, month and then date. That all looks really good to me.

However, if you wanted to change this, you could by selecting a different option from these lists. I'm clicking and choosing a different option. I actually think it's always a good idea to list the subject and the date that it was created and include at least those two things in your renaming convention. If I wanted to add more text in here I could. Right now, there is just an underscore. In fact, if we wanted to go with that sort of thing, we can add an underscore up here as well. And then a sequence number.

We already added a 1 and I think maybe we should choose 02, something like that. We can choose Four Digits. Actually what we should do is just do 2 and then choose Two Digits. Okay, that's how you need to do it. All right, we also have the option to preserve the current file name, the img file name in the metadata for the file. If you ever needed to refer to that again for some reason you could turn that on. I don't feel the need to do that, but if you ever did, you could access it by turning on that option. Windows Compatibility is always a good idea in case you want to share these images with someone on the Windows platform.

Now, it shows you the new file naming convention down here as an example and it tells you how many files you had selected and how many will be renamed. Right? 13 files will be renamed. This is a new convention, Enzo_Beach with the date and then the serial number. In fact, I think we might want to even put another underscore in there, just to divide up that date and the subject. That looks pretty good to me. I'm going to click Rename and now it's changed all those names and that's why there are no items to display in here. That's okay. If we want to, we can go back by clicking the Back button, back to our images and we can scroll down here if we want and there are the Enzo_Beach images. All properly named and much easier to find. They are now being sorted back in our filename sort order as we can see over here in the Filter panel, everything is alphabetical from A-Z, top to bottom, much better way to organize your images.

So that is how you can select images from within Bridge, either individual or multiple and apply appropriate naming conventions. I recommend using some subject matter and the date it was created.

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

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Ted LoCascio
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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