CS5 Batching Files Question

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Garand, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Garand, Jan 19, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2011

    Garand macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2006
    When my wife used CS2 she was able to have photoshop automatically update hundreds of photoshop file names with a new 3 character starter. So all the 10 character file names like this


    would update with the same yyy as part of each file name like this


    At this point she is not able to determine how to do this same thing with CS5 and she has resorted, hopefully in the short term, to pasting the yyy into hundreds of file names. She also notices that the xxx file is over written by the bbbb file then over written by the cccc file.

    Any ideas on how to have photoshop of 10.6.6 update file names with the same 3 character start.

  2. anim8or macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2006
    Scotland, UK
    I have used this facility ion previous versions of creative suite but havent got CS5 yet...

    ...but i can suggest that you look into automator actions, google it and you wuill find workflows for editing file names by batch.
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Garand, your wife is making life difficult for herself. This is where it all is:

    Photoshop > Menu: File > Automate > Batch...

    With some batch-processing, you may have to set up an action first in the Actions palette.
  4. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2009
    If you have PS CS5 then I assume you have Adobe Bridge too - in which case you can do this with Tools>Batch Rename and select the options you want. May be quicker than via Photoshop.
  5. design-is macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    London / U.K.
    You could also just not bother opening any of CS5... Automator can do this for you.

    Just open Automator from your Applications folder, select Workflow, then drag the files you want to rename into the window. Next, on the left scroll down to 'Rename Finder Items'. Drag this into the right pane underneath the files you've just added. You will be asked the following:


    Don't bother unless you think you are doing something risky.

    You can then choose from a range of options how you would like to rename your files.

    Hope that helps rather than just waffling.


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