How to Import Photos in Adobe Bridge

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Adobe Bridge is a file organization program that allows you to manage, open and view files.  You can quickly rename several photos at once with a unique Visual Information Record Identification Number (VIRIN), instead of one image at a time.  

  • Create folders in Adobe Bridge.
  • Label each folder with a name that identifies the contents. For example: Name_YYMMDD_Leading Lines_Raw

  • Plug your camera into a USB port of your computer; then the camera should appear as a new drive.
  • Navigate to the new drive, open the DCIM folder and select all of the photos.
  • Use Ctrl + C on a PC, or Command + C on a Mac or right-click and select Copy.
  • Navigate to the folder you created in Step 1.
  • Use Ctrl + V on PC, or Command + V, or right-click and select Paste.

Warning: Never delete photos from the camera until you have saved them somewhere else.

  • Navigate to the folder containing the images you copied and select all the images.
  • Select Batch Rename from the Tools panel.
  • The Batch Rename window will appear. Confirm the Rename in same folder option is selected.
  • Make sure the New Filenames boxes indicate the following:
    • The first New Filenames box indicates "Date Time / Date Created / YYMMDD."
    • The second New Filenames box indicates Text. Type the following dashes and information:
      • Dash, service or affiliation abbreviation, dash, Vision ID, dash
      • Example: -A-ME638-
    • The third New Filenames box indicates "Sequence Number / 1001 / Four Digits."
  • Select Rename.

Your images are now ready for captioning and/or editing in photo editing software.

Adobe product screen shot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe Inc.

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