Renaming a Bunch of Files

Renaming a Bunch of Files

The Batch Rename command lets you rename any number of files in one operation. You can rename a few selected files, or rename an entire folder of files. When renaming the files, you have the option of leaving the files in their original folder or moving them to a new folder.

You can select up to six filenaming options when setting how the files will be renamed. They include:

  • Three Document Name options that set whether the file is renamed using upper- or lowercase characters or a combination.

  • Two Serial Letter options that add either an upper- or lowercase letter to the filename.

  • Seven date options that you add the month/day/year in various permutations to the filename.

To use the Batch Rename command, you have to use the File Browser. If you aren’t familiar with the File Browser, take a look at Technique 1 for a quick refresher.

Here’s how to automate renaming files:

  1. Open the File Browser by clicking the Toggle File Browser button on the Options bar or choosing File>Browse.

  2. Using the Folders palette, move to the folder containing the files you want to rename. When you select the folder, the image files display as thumbnails in the Preview pane.

  3. Select the image files you want to rename. You can select individual files by clicking them in the Preview pane or select an entire folder of image files by selecting the folder in the Folders palette.

  4. Choose Automate>Batch Rename. The Batch Rename dialog box, shown in Figure, opens.

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    Figure: You can select where the renamed files are stored with the Batch Rename dialog box.

  5. In the Destination Folder area, select where the renamed files are stored.

    Select Rename in Same Folder to leave the files in their current folder.

    Select Move to New Folder to move the files to a different location. If you select this option, click the Browse button and use the Browse For Folder dialog box, shown in Figure, to locate the folder where the renamed files will be stored.

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    Figure: Locate the folder where the renamed files will be stored using the Browse For Folder dialog box (Windows, top) or using the Choose a Destination Folder dialog box (Mac, bottom).

  6. In the File Naming area, select the options that you want to use to rename the image files.

    Using the drop-down lists shown in Figure, select up to six options.

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    Figure: In the File Naming area, select up to six naming options.

    If you select one of the Serial Letter/Number options, enter the first number or letter in the Starting Serial # text box (Photoshop automatically counts up from there).

  7. Put check marks in all Compatibility check boxes.

    This step ensures that the renamed files work on any computer.


    You cannot undo the file renaming after it is completed, so make sure all your settings are right before you click OK.

  8. Click OK.

    Photoshop goes to work, and in the blink of an eye, all the selected files are renamed.

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