Organizing Images w/ACDSee
- After you rename your images in your Original folder, COPY the ones you want to show people into a subject folder (I organize my subject folders by year).
- In this example, I've already created a folder under Albums\2001 named Nantucket
- Next I select the images I like and use the Copy to Folder... button (here it's the button highlighted in orange between Batch Rename... and Single Image View). You can also get to it under Edit / Copy to Folder...:
- You'll get a window which looks like:
- Select the directory you want to copy the images too ... ACDSee will remember the directory, making it easy to copy small groups of images at a time. Also see using the Viewer for more information on copying images.
- Remember, other than to rotate images, never mess with images in your Original folders.
- Once we copy the images we want to the Nantucket folder, we can go there and organize them in the order we want to display them. If you left click on an image and drag it (hold the left click down while moving the cursor) you'll see a red line moving around which indicates the position in which you want to place the image. In this example, I've clicked on the image of the lighthouse, and am moving it to the first position (marked by the red line):
- After moving each of the images where I want it, the images will be displayed in that order by either the Viewer or the Slide Show. See Slide Shows more information.
- Another neat trick is to use ACDSee Batch Rename after manually sorting your images the way you want to display them (what ACDSee calls a custom sort). You can rename them so even your DVD player will play them in this order from a CD you create, and you can do it without loosing the original file names. The secret is to select all the files in the folder and use a Template like:
- You notice the new name starts with a 3 digit number which will enforce the current order when later sorted by name. (Note the order in which the images are being renamed ... it's the custom sort order you specified.) Next I added the letter (actually number) 0 in the template so that if we later need to stick images in between the these images we have a place to put them, naming them the same as the file we want them to follow, but changing the 0 to some other number ... this is a trick which dates back to numbering IBM punch cards. Then we use the Insert Metadata... button to insert the File Property: Filename w/o extension.
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