Creating a folder structure

I generally recommend using a subject-based organization scheme, such as that shown in Figure 4-4. For example, inside the main folder named DigitalPhotos, you might have subfolders named Vacations, Work-Related, Holidays_2004, and FamilyPortraits. (Notice that none of the folder names use empty spaces or characters other than letters, numbers, a dash, and an underscore — that minimizes the possibility that Photoshop or another program won't be able to find a file.) Within the Vacations subfolder, you might have more subfolders with names such as Tahiti_2004, Snowmass_2005, Paris-Spring_2005, and Paris-Autumn_2004. Or you might have subfolders with names like Mom-and-Dad_2004, Akron_2004, Toledo_2005, and Cleveland_2004. Or, if you've got a work schedule like mine, the Vacations folder might be completely empty.

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Don't overload your folders! If you find that your computer is slowing down when it tries to display the content of a folder, you've got too many files in the folder. Create a second folder of the same name and add -01 and -02 to the folder names. Generally speaking, 100MB is probably as large as you want in a single folder.

You can use your computer's CD/DVD drive (if it has the capability) to burn folders of images to disk. This not only provides you with a reliable backup (assuming you store the disks correctly and handle them carefully), but it can free up space on your hard drive. Your folder/subfolder structure can also be used when creating your disks.

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