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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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