One of the key functions of Adobe Bridge is renaming your digital media. This can come in handy with digital camera files because they are likely named with a combination of letters and a progressive numbering system. Adobe Bridge makes it easy to rename several files at once, called a batch.
The Batch command is a useful way to improve the organization of your files:
- Launch Adobe Bridge (you can do this from within most Adobe apps by choosing File > Browse in Bridge).
- Navigate to a folder containing several images or .mov files that you want to rename.
- Press Cmd+A (Mac OS) or Ctrl+A (Windows) to select all the files in the folder.
- Choose Tools > Batch Rename. A new dialog box opens.
- Specify a destination for the renamed files. You can choose to keep them in their current folder, move them to another folder, or copy them to another destination.
- Specify new filenames using a combination of menus and a text field. You can add a custom name and even a sequential number to create unique filenames. Check the preview of the new filename for accuracy. Make sure the box next to Preserve Current Filename in XMP Metadata is selected so you can always reference the original filenames. One option that’s nice is renaming files based on time they were created.
- Specify that you want the files to be compatible in Mac OS and Windows.
- Choose the option to preserve the original file name in the metadata.
- Click the Rename button to complete the batch rename.