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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
The naming conventions that most cameras use isn't always the most descriptive, so Bridge makes it really easy to rename your photos. Now we saw that you could rename your images when you're using the Adobe Downloader Utility to get photos from your camera, but if you're not using the utility, or if you want to rename your images later in your workflow, all you need to do is simply select all of the images that you want to rename--so I clicked on the first image, held down the Shift key and then clicked on the last image in order to select that entire range of images.
Then under the Tools menu, choose Batch Rename or use the keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+R on Mac or Ctrl+Shift+R on Windows. In the Batch Rename dialog box, you'll notice that you can rename your images in the same folder, you can rename them and move them to another folder, or you can actually make a copy as you are renaming and copy your files to another folder. For now, we'll go ahead and just rename in the same folder. There are a variety of different options that you can choose for your new file name.
For example, we could go ahead and just enter in our own text, we could add in a sequence number, you can add in date and time, and anything else from this list. I want to do just a really simple rename, so I'm going to leave the first option as Text. And then we can get rid of two of these options, because all I want to do is add a sequence number. I can choose how many digits are in that sequence number and also what number to start on. Of course if you wanted to add more options, all you need to do is click on the plus icon over here. And down at the bottom, you'll notice that we get a preview of our current file name and the new file name.
If this is going to be kind of a renaming convention that you use all the time, I would suggest that you go up to the Save option and then name this preset. For example, I could name this Client and then Sequence. When I click OK, you'll notice now that my preset appears at the top. If I wanted to go back to the default, that's as easy as selecting it from the list, but if I want to go back to the ClientSequence, I can just choose that custom preset that we just saved.
The nice thing about this preset is that no matter what you put in here, for text--so for example, in this case I've done this before and called these images road trip, but if I had just done a portrait setting, then I could type in the last name. Let's say the last name of the family was Smith, and you can see that I would then get that as my new file name. So it's actually a very flexible naming convention. Now because I've already renamed these images and I don't actually want to change the names of the exercise files, I'm going to go ahead and click Cancel.
But now you know how to batch rename your images in Bridge.
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