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The last thing I want to show you, here inside of Adobe Bridge, is how to batch rename multiple files at the same time. Here I have a series of shots that are nondescriptly named, Bottle1, Bottle2, Bottle3, and so on. And I want to name the series for the client. To do this, I'm going to select the images that I want to rename. And go to Tools and the very first option is called Batch Rename. Inside of Batch Rename, I have a number of Presets from Adobe Photoshop that I can choose from, like String Substitution.
Or after I'm done, I can save out my own Presets to show up inside of the Preset menu. Starting down below, I have my destination folder. And as we've been saying all along, we never want to rename in the same folder, that will overwrite our original files. What's more destructive, is actually moving this to another folder. It won't copy them, it'll actually take your files and relocate them as it renames them. The choice we want to use is Copy to other Folder. Copy to other Folder will allow me to click Browse, and choose my destination folder.
Which, we have a folder in here called Renamed Files. We'll choose that and use that for our renaming. Down below, I have a Preset here with Text, Date and Time, another Text sequence and a Sequence Number. What I'm going to do, is I'm going to name this the client name with an underscore, date, time. What I like to do is reverse my date time. So year, year, month, month, day, day, works well for this, so that I know that it was shot this year, within a few months of each other, and the day that it was shot on.
Underneath that and after that, I want to use an underscore to separate the Date Time from a Sequence Number. Now a Sequence Number, the nice thing about this is I can choose whatever sequential number I want to use as my starting number, and everything else will follow after. So, in this case, let's say that we were on shot 159. So, that's where it will start and it will sequentially number up from that point. The best part about this is the options down below, allow me to preserve the current file name as metadata.
So, when I look at this inside of Bridge, it will say the current file name will be Cleaner Company and then the date and the sequential number. But it will also have a new listing underneath called Preserve Filename, where it will show Bottle01. I always want to make sure I have both Windows and Mac compatibility checked, and simply click Rename. This will go through and process them all inside of Bridge. And now if I double-click and open up my renamed files. There are all my images renamed appropriately with the sequential numbering intact.
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