Using 'Batch Rename' and 'Photoshop Actions' to put a prefix on 'Save as' files
I'll try to make this as clear as possible. I'll add mock filenames to try and make it easier to follow. The images I'm working with are for design prints that I sell locally.
I am currently exporting a file from Coreldraw as a 4-Layered PSD. In this instance we'll call it:
I then open
Baker.PSD in Photoshop CS6
I then run an action which opens a template file
This contains four Smart Objects. The script duplicates each of the layers from
Baker.PSD into its own Smart Object in the template file.
The script then saves the file as
Then it goes on to save the file as
xx-GREY.JPG and xx-GREY.TIF
It then changes the grey background colour to blue and saves as
xx-BLUE.JPG and xx-BLUE.TIF
.. it continues to do this for another five colours.
I end up with a directory with the following files:
xx-FINAL.PSD xx-GREY.JPG xx-GREY.TIF xx-BLUE.JPG xx-BLUE.TIF xx-BROWN.JPG xx-BROWN.TIF etc.
I then have to go to the directory in Explorer and either use a 3rd party tool, or manually rename all the files until I have the following:
Baker-FINAL.PSD Baker-GREY.JPG Baker-GREY.TIF Baker-BLUE.JPG Baker-BLUE.TIF Baker-BROWN.JPG Baker-BROWN.TIF etc.
I've been trying to understand if this is possible to do within Photoshop, and have seen similar posts that use Batch Rename whilst ticking the 'Overide Save As' option to achieve similar tasks, but none so far where multiple Save As are used from one action.
Thanks in advance, and any help is appreciated!
To start, it looks as if both Photoshop and Bridge function in a similar when batching files. Although neither one, from what I can see, can replace a prefix, you can add an additional one.
So going by your example, If I added the prefix "Baker-" they would appear as:
(Baker-"Current File name".extension)
To do this, in PS CC you can File > Automate > Batch
Select Source folder
Check any necessary boxes for Dialogue pop ups
Determine how errors are handled
Choose a destination folder (where you want them to save)
Next Determine your File naming convention
- In the first slot select NONE and customize your prefix (Baker-)
- In the second slot select DOCUMENT NAME (xx-FINAL)
- In the third slot select EXTENSION (.PSD)
(You can add additional naming conventions)
(Bridge works in a similar way. Highlight the files you want to rename. Right-CLick > Batch Rename)
Hopefully these alternatives work for you.