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Using PS Elements to rename multiple image files.

by isphoenix / October 20, 2011 7:10 AM PDT

Using PS Elements, how can I rename image files in a folder without changing the size of the image file? I'm able to successfully rename files but the size of the renamed file is reduced.

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Clarification Request
Which begs the question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 8:24 AM PDT

Why not rename in Explorer or Finder?

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Explorer or Finder
by isphoenix / October 20, 2011 10:43 AM PDT

I did not choose either because I did not know where to begin. I'm familiar with PS Elements so I chose it and the process seemed straightfoward (except for the resulting reduced file size). Any help getting started with Explorer or Finder is much appreciated.

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Re: Explorer or Finder
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 5:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Explorer or Finder

Explorer (on a Windows computer) or Finder on an Apple. Or (My) Computer on Windows. Those are the normal tools for file management. Things like:
- copying, moving, renaming, deleting files
- creating, renaming, deleting, moving folders
Don't you use those? What OS (Windows XP, Vista, 7?) do you have?


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by isphoenix / October 20, 2011 10:17 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: Explorer or Finder

I use Windows/Explorer tools to do everything you mention but I never saw a tool that would batch process renaming files. I want to add a tag at the beginning of each file's name while maintaining the original name for uniqueness. If I'm willing to give up the original name for a number, Windows will handle it and I may settle for that.

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Re: batch rename
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 10:27 PM PDT
In reply to: Windows
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Batch rename with a tap at the beginning = ONE LINER
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 22, 2011 5:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Windows

From memory I can type this on the command line.


No added software required.

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Command Line
by isphoenix / October 22, 2011 9:05 AM PDT

Where is the Command Line? Is this where one enters the new name in Windows' Rename function? Will this preserve the original name and append a tag only at the beginning of the renamed file?

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All good questions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 22, 2011 9:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Command Line

It's a basic skill to click start, type in CMD and press the enter key. Another basic skill is to learn the change directory command.

And while it works for me, it is not possible for me to foresee what your command would do. I've had folk add a space in the command and complain about the result.

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FastStone Image Viewer
by KenHusveg / October 22, 2011 6:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Windows

IFastStone Image Viewer is very good.
Excellent, photo explorer, viewer, tweaker, batch renamer, etc.<div>Setup PS as external editor.

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PS elements rename multiple images
by KenHusveg / October 20, 2011 9:05 AM PDT

That's not normal behavior in PS. What steps are you using?

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Using PS Elements to rename multiple images...
by isphoenix / October 20, 2011 10:20 AM PDT

In Elements Editor, I select "File", then "Process Multiple Files Multiple Files".
I then choose a source folder containing the images I want to rename and a destination folder for the renamed images.
I do not/click/choose/select anything else.
I click on "OK" and the process begins. When done, I have renamed images in my desitination folder. However, these renamed images are smaller (fewer bytes) than originals. Beats me...

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PS elements rename multiple images
by KenHusveg / October 20, 2011 1:12 PM PDT

In Process Multiple Files was Resize Images checked as well?

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The only function selected/checked was "Rename"
by isphoenix / October 20, 2011 2:18 PM PDT

I did not select/choose Resize Images.

When I compare the properties of the original and renamed files, or the properties of the folders containing the original files to the folder containing the renamed files, the original is about 5 times larger than the renamed. For instance, the original file size 887KB vs. 178KB.

When I compare image sizes using the Resize Image function in Elements Editor, they are the same. I am confused and perplexed.

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