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Renaming photos

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Renaming photos

Photos that come from digital cameras often have numerical, meaningless names like these. You may want to rename those photos to reflect the date on which the photos were shot, or maybe their subject matter. And you can rename photos one by one in Bridge by clicking on a file name, waiting a second, and then clicking again, and then you can type in whatever name you want. But renaming files one by one isn't very efficient. So I am going to click in a blank area of the Content panel here, so that I can show you how you can Batch Rename Photos in Bridge.

Renaming photos

Photos that come from digital cameras often have numerical, meaningless names like these. You may want to rename those photos to reflect the date on which the photos were shot, or maybe their subject matter. And you can rename photos one by one in Bridge by clicking on a file name, waiting a second, and then clicking again, and then you can type in whatever name you want. But renaming files one by one isn't very efficient. So I am going to click in a blank area of the Content panel here, so that I can show you how you can Batch Rename Photos in Bridge.

First I'll select some photos to rename. I'll click on one, hold the Shift key and click on another, and that selects all in between. Then I am going to go up to the Tools menu, and I'll choose Batch Rename. That opens the Batch Rename dialog box. First I'll choose the Destination for the Files I'm Renaming. I don't like to rename in the same folder, because that will write over the original files. So I am going to Copy the renamed files into another folder, so the originals are still there, and then I'll click the Browse button, and I'll go to my Desktop and my Saved Files Folder, and then I'll click Choose.

Next I am going to set a formula for renaming all the selected files. In this first column are a series of dropdown menus, and each offers different options for part of the filename. So if I leave the first menu set to Text, in the field to the right of the text menu, I can type whatever I want. So if you like your file names to start with subject matter, you can type text that suggests the subject matter. So for example instead of Project, I might type 'church' here. And I like to add an underscore afterward, so that there are no spaces in the file name, but yet there is an indication that this word is finished in the filename.

If you prefer, you might want to type a location here, or if you shoot for different clients, you might type the client's name, or if you're creating a particular project, like a photo book or a slideshow, you might type the name of the slideshow as part of the file name. Next is another menu, and by default this menu is set to Date and Time. I am going to leave it at that, and then from the next menu, I can choose what date I want as part of the file name. I'll leave this at Date Created. By default, that date will come in with the four digits of the year first, and then two digits of the month and two digits of the day.

But if I click the third menu here, I see that I have lots of other configurations for the date. I'll leave this at its default. The next part of the file name could be more Text, which is the default, or I could choose any of the other options from this menu. I am going to leave that at Text, and leave an underscore there, so that there is an underscore after the Date. And then I'll go to the fourth menu, and I am going to leave that set to Sequence Number, so that elements will add sequential numbers to each of the photos that it's renaming.

And I can choose the number of digits that I want for those numbers, I'll set this to Two Digits. In the Options area, I do want to Preserve the Current filename in the XMP Metadata, so that the current filenames of the photos, the numerical names, will be there, if I ever need to go back and access them. So I'll check that, and then I'll also check Compatibility with Windows, as well as Mac OS, just to be safe. In the Preview Area, I can see the Current filename of one of my selected photos, and what that filename will be with the renaming formula that I set up above.

Each of the selected renamed photos will start with the word church, followed by an underscore, will then have the date, year, month and day, then underscore, and then a sequential number. And Elements tells me how many files are going to be renamed this way. Now if I like this particular formula, I can save it for use later on other photos by clicking the Save button here. And I could name this. I'll call this 'jan.setting', and that will automatically be saved in the correct location in the Batch Rename Settings.

I'll click the Save button, and then let's say that I made a change here. Perhaps I'll change Sequence Number to Metadata. If I want to go back and load my original formula, I can click on the Load button, and here I'll find my jan.setting, and I'll click Open, and that reinstates that saved formula. When I am done setting up the way that I want the files renamed, I'll click the Rename button here, and that takes me back out to Bridge. Here my files do still have their original name, because if you remember, I elected to copy these files and rename the copies, and put them into my saved files folder.

So I am going to go out to my hard drive and look inside the Saved Files Folder, and there I'll see those four files, each renamed according to the formula that I chose in the Batch Rename Window. So that's a quick and easy way to Batch Rename multiple files in Adobe Bridge CS4.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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Jan Kabili
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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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