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How To Rename a Series of Files With Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

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If you often have to rename a series of files -- such as several pictures from a digital camera -- Photoshop and Photoshop Elements allow you to do this very quickly. Requires Photoshop 7 or higher or Elements 2 or higher.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 2 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Start Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements and open the file browser. (Shift+Ctrl+O on Windows, Shift+Command+O on Mac)
  2. Navigate to the folder with files you want to rename.
  3. Select the files by one of the following methods. (Selected images are surrounded by a black outline.)
  4. Select a range of files by clicking on the first file, then holding the shift key down as you click on the last file.
  5. Select several individual files by clicking on the first file, then holding the Ctrl key down as you click on additional files.
  6. Right-click anywhere within the selected images and choose Batch Rename. If you do not have a right mouse button, choose Batch Rename from the browser palette menu.
  7. Under destination folder, choose whether to keep the renamed files in the same folder, or copy them to a different folder. Click browse to select a folder if you choose move.
  8. Under file naming, use the fields to create a file naming template. Common choices are provided in the dropdown menus, but you can also type custom text in the fields. See tips below.

Tips:

  1. In Photoshop Elements, you only get two fields for setting your template. The extension after the filename is baked in. If you want to do more than you can with two fields, you will have to do a batch rename in two or more passes.
  2. If you only want to change the files from uppercase to lowercase, you would enter: document name + extension.
  3. If you want to keep the existing filename, but preceed it with the current date, you would enter: mmddyy (date) + Document Name + extension.
  4. To name your files something like Beach_currentdate_01.jpg, you would enter: Beach_ + mmddyy (date) + _ + 2 Digit Serial Number + extension (using 5 fields).
  5. An undocumented feature lets you specify the starting number for a series. Surround the starting number with # signs. For example: #049# = 3 digits starting at 49, #15# = 2 digits starting at 15, etc.
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