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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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