What do you do with a whole series of digital photos with such
descriptive names as <PS120006.JPG> and <PS120007.JPG>?
How do you re-label those shots so you can later have some idea
of what they are? Photoshop's File Browser can handle the job
for you, and with a great deal of flexibility.
Digital cameras make it easy (and inexpensive) to snap off a
series of shots at the drop of a hat. Have children or pets?
Have a digital camera? If you answered "yes" to both
of those questions, it's likely that you've got a whole lot of
hard drive space tied up with images. (Being as guilty as anyone
of pack-ratting images, you'll not see any lecture here about
culling out the bad shots or organizing everything with Portfolio
Most digital cameras try to help us out with identifying and
organizing images by assigning file names organized around dates
(or, in some cases, user-selectable info). But that assistance
only goes so far. ("Hey, honey, what pictures were we taking
on May 12th last year?")
Photoshop's File Browser gives us an easy way
to preview and organize images. And with Batch Rename, we can
assign names that
mean something. In File Browser, select the images you want to
rename, then access the Batch Rename command through File Browser's
menu. When docked in the Palette Well, the menu's triangle is
in the tab. When undocked, you'll find it in the upper-right
corner of the window.
You have the option of renaming the files and
leaving them where they are, or copying the files to a new folder
with the new names.
(Note: Copy images from your camera or removable media to your
hard drive before using File Browser's Batch Rename feature.)
You'll find six fields in which you identify the various bits
and pieces you want to use for the new files names.
You can type info into one or more fields and
it will be used in all of the new file names. You can also select
a pop-up menu. Remember that each of the names must differ in
some way. One part of the new name must be a serial variable
or you must include the file's original document name. Should
you overlook this requirement, Photoshop will remind you.
Here's a neat trick in Batch Rename. You can start
sequential numbering of the file names with any number you want.
select "3 Digit Serial Number" from the pop-up menu,
it automatically starts renumbering with 001. But what if you're
adding images to an existing sequence? Simply type the starting
number between a pair of # symbols. The first renamed file will
use that number, and each of the following names will increase
If, for example, my collection of "DoggyPics" images
already contains 28 files, numbered <DoggyPics001.jpg> through <DoggyPics028.jpg>,
I'd want to start this next Batch Rename with <DoogyPics029.jpg>.
Here's what the dialog box would show:
File Browser's Batch Rename feature can help you
quickly and easily start organizing your digital images.