Oct 27, '03 10:52:00AM • Contributed by: victory
Say you have a folder of pictures from your digital camera named PIC321.JPG, PIC322.JPG, PIC323.JPG, etc. and you want them renamed to something a bit more descriptive such as ZOOTRIP01.JPG, ZOOTRIP02.JPG, ZOOTRIP03.JPG:
- In Photoshop 7.0, open the newly added 'File Browser' feature.
- From the browser, navigate to the folder containing the files you want to rename and select the images you're interested in. (Either multiple-select a group of files using the usual Shift key method or do nothing to rename all the images in that folder)
- Now control-click (or right-click if using a 2-button mouse) in the browser window and select 'Batch Rename...' from the contextual menu that pops up.
- You'll see a configuration dialog that provides a fairly sophisticated number of options to batch rename files using a new base filename, incrementing sequence numbers, dates, etc. In the case of the aforementioned example, use something like:
ZOOTRIP+2 Digit Serial Number+extension
- Click OK and Photoshop will batch rename your files.
- This only works with image files that Photoshop recognizes, not all types of files. For general method of batch renaming files within the Finder (without Photoshop) try this.
- It's a bit difficult to describe the batch rename dialog that pops up and the plethora of options it provides without a screenshot. Be sure to check out the Photoshop manual and online help (or Scott's book below) for more info.
- This isn't really a hidden trick, so much as a neat feature Adobe added to PS 7.0 that many owners like myself didn't realize was even there. Thanks to Scott Kelby's excellent The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers' (ISBN 0-7357-1236-0) for pointing this out. Prior to this I'd been using lengthly Unix command-line constructs to achieve the same effect.
[robg adds: Indeed, Elements has a batch renamer as well. It works more or less as described here (and it's also directly accessible via File -> Batch Processing).]