Renaming image files easily

All right, then, you've arranged a hierarchy of folders and subfolders. You've sorted your images into those folders. You've assigned rank and label to the images. However, you still have no idea which is which in the FileOOpen Recent menu. Filenames such as CRW_1907.crw and PB270091.jpg don't tell you much about the image content, do they? Use Bridge's ToolsOBatch Rename command (as shown in Figure 4-9) to assign more meaningful (and informative) names to your files. Select content from each field from the pop-up menu or type in a field.

Figure 4-9: Use Batch Rename to assign informative names to files.

So that each of your original images gets a unique one-of-a-kind name, you must include a variable when using Batch Rename. (If you did try to rename all the images in a folder to say, picture.jpg, you would end up with only one image file in the destination folder — each would overwrite the previous.) Therefore, when using Batch Rename, you must choose one of the variables for one of the fields via the pop-up menu, be it the original document name or a sequence number/letter. Also keep in mind that you should not type a period (. ) into any field. That character should be used only before the file extension. And, as a wonderful keep-us-from-creating-problems-for-ourselves improvement, Batch Rename now automatically adds the file extension for you.

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