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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie we are going to talk about how we can rename our images. Now, let's say that what I want to do is actually send these photographs to my buddy Travis, and I want to say Hey! Travis, that ski trip was amazing. I'm glad we didn't get covered by an avalanche, and thanks for bringing me up in the mountains. That was phenomenal. So what I want to do is rename the files because the corwig_wa for Washington, _01 doesn't really make much sense. So I want to go ahead and rename these files. Now, there are a couple of different ways that I can do this. One is I can click on a file and now that we see that's selected. I'll then hover over its name and then single click. That will then give me access to the name.
Here, I can say travis_holly and type a new name. Yet that's kind of tedious because that clicking is really tricky and if you accidentally click the wrong way, it opens up the image. So that way isn't very good. Here's another thing you can do. We can say, click on an image, right-click or Ctrl-click and then choose Rename. That then gives us access to that and I'll name this one chris_travis, all right. Okay, well so far, so good. We've seen a couple of techniques, but again, that's a little bit tedious for me; you have to right-click. What's the easiest way to rename? Well, what you are going to do is click on an image and then press your F2 key.
Ah! The F2 key. That's kind of interesting, right? And I'll go ahead and name this one Travis and then press Enter or return to apply that name change. All right, well so far so good, we've seen how we can rename our files. I have showed you a couple of different techniques. Again, my preferred technique is by pressing the F2 key. Sometimes you forget the shortcut and also sometimes people don't like shortcuts. So I want to show you a couple of different techniques there. Now, let's say that what I really want to do is batch rename all of these. I want to change the name of all of these files. So let me go ahead and click on Chris and Travis and drag this down to the end over here, bring Travis and Holly this way. I'm just looking to reposition these photographs a little bit to create in order that makes sense. So beginning of the trip, skiing up the mountain, and this one should actually go here because that was the second shot. Then we're up at the top of the mountain, beautiful, beautiful time, this one, maybe sunset, then include that photo of Travis.
So again, I'm just clicking and dragging to rearrange the photos and I'm illustrating that because you can sort your files manually and a lot of times before you batch rename, you need to sort them so that when you rename them in a sequential fashion, the new order kind of make sense, right? Okay, we have a nice order. So I'll then click on the first image, hold down the Shift key and click on the last image. And how then can I batch rename a couple of different techniques? One technique is to right-click or Ctrl-click and then choose Batch Rename.
This will then open up the Batch Rename dialog. I'll click Cancel here to let me show you one more way you can access that, and this is my preferred technique. It's a shortcut, it's Shift+ Command+R on a Mac/and on a PC that's Shift+Ctrl+R. So because I'm on a Mac/ I'll press Shift+Command+R. That will then open up the Batch Rename dialog. Now, one of the reasons I like that shortcut, and one of the reasons I memorize that shortcut is because it's something that I'm going to do quite often. So if I'm going to do something quite often, rather than taking the long-cut, I'm going for the shortcut.
All right, well couple of things, Destination Folder, New Filenames, Options, and Preview of how the New Filename will appear. So I want to Rename in the same folder, definitely, New Filenames, I want to give this a new filename and I'm going to call this backcoutry_fun_ and the Sequence Number, I don't want that number to start at 22, I want it to start at 1, and I want it to be Two Digits. Now, if I want to add some more fields, I can click on the Plus sign and now here you can see I have a number of different fields that I can add to this naming convention. In my opinion, all I need is backcoutry_fun, numbered extension and here we can see the New Filename, how it will appear.
backcoutry_fun_01, perfect. It's going to rename 10 files for me. At that point what I'm going to do is go ahead and click Rename. Now, all of those files have been successfully batch renamed and it sped up my overall workflow and now these images are good to go and I can send them off to Travis so that he can enjoy them as well.
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