Renaming Your Files

Once we have downloaded our images to a hard disk, we rename them according to the system we have just described and thereby ensure that every image is uniquely named. We use the Adobe Bridge Photo Downloader or the (even better) Lightroom Import tools, both of which are capable of renaming files during download and which can also be programmed to save a backup copy of each (already renamed) file to a separate location. You can also use these tools to apply metadata to files, which, in the case of RAW images, is saved in a separate XMP file.

The Bridge Downloader is opened using the File r Get Photos from command, and the dialog in figure 1-25 then appears. Select the image source @, the target folder ®, and, optionally, the backup location ©.

> This step is only necessary if you haven't already renamed your files during the download process. This section demonstrates the system, regardless of when it is applied.

Adobe Bridge CS5 - Photo Downloader

Cet Photos from: EOS_DICITAL

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Save Options Location:

Create Subfolderis):

2010025_5DII_ChurchN B Rename Files:

Example: 20100325_5DII_Church_MG_0604 Preserve Current Filename in XMP

^Advanced Options

Open Adobe Bridge Q Convert To DNC □ Delete Original Files

■; ■■.■:■ u :: "■:■ C ...JC_Photos_Backup

^ Apply Metadata Template to Use:

Settings...

- Check All I UnCheck All I

Standard Dialog

Figure 1-25: Adobe Bridge CS5 Photo Downloader showing the extended dialog options

You can then use the Rename menu ® to define your renaming system. The settings shown in figure 1-25 produce images named using the system we described above.

The Bridge downloader also includes an option © for applying an IPTC metadata template to the images you are downloading. The menu © also includes an option for creating or editing the template before you apply it.

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