Is there an easy way to change the names of the files that come out of my digital camera? (P1010222.JPG etc.) Do I need to make an Action? How do I do it?
If you're using Photoshop CS, you can use the Batch Renaming feature. It's not a hidden feature, it's just tucked away in the File Browser dialog box.
Choose File > Browse.
The File Browser appears.
Choose Automate > Batch Rename from the File Browser menu.
The Batch Rename dialog box appears.
Select one of the three Destination folder options,
Rename in Same Folder, Move to New Folder, or Browse to a new one.
Type in a Document name and extension or choose one from the dropdown.
To keep things in order consider using a starting serial number.
Lastly, select a Compatability option, Windows, Mac or Unix.
The files are re-named automatically.
Good news: Photoshop CS2 due out in May 2005, will offer yet another option to Batch Renaming that creates a copy in a new folder, leaving the original untouched and perfectly safe. Thanks, Adobe.