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Batch rename images in Photoshop and Elements Apps
This tip is more of a reminder (rather than a clever trick) that Photoshop 7.0 comes with the ability to batch rename image files. While it does not completely replace other rename utilities such as the excellent ABetterFinderRename reviewed here, it does provide a nice option if you already own Photoshop 7.0 and have a large number of files to organize.

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:

  1. In Photoshop 7.0, open the newly added 'File Browser' feature.
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Click OK and Photoshop will batch rename your files.
Read the rest of the hint for a few notes on the process...

  • 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.
The File Browser feature first appeared in Photoshop Elements before it showed up in Photoshop 7.0. Can anyone confirm if Elements has the Batch Rename feature as well?

[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).]
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Batch rename images in Photoshop and Elements
Authored by: Arrakis on Oct 27, '03 03:42:57PM
When you have a lot of files to rename (hundreds in my case), Photoshop's actions are useless! After trying quite a lot of different software, I now use R-Name. It renames hundreds of files instantly. It even has a preview! so you never make any mistake (well, less mistakes ;-). And it's freeware!

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Batch rename images in Photoshop and Elements
Authored by: davo_zero on Oct 27, '03 05:16:51PM

Why not just use the applescript that comes preinstalled to batch rename files.

It uses very little system resources.
It works quickly.
And most of all, it works with any file type, not just images.

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Batch rename images in Photoshop and Elements
Authored by: mhorn on Oct 27, '03 08:14:57PM
If you want a little more control over naming pictures, you can also check out Picture Namer.

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Graphic Converter
Authored by: hayne on Oct 27, '03 09:48:35PM

For those of lesser budget, I'd like to note that Graphic Converter ( can do batch file renaming as well.

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