Posts in Category "Tutorials"

September 12, 2007

Batch Renaming Photographs Using Adobe Bridge

The new school year is upon us. The year will bring new students, new experiences, and new memories. Of course you will want to preserve your memories using a digital camera.
The way digital cameras name photographs has always bugged me. DC45000.jpg offers little clue to what event was being photographed. Renaming the photo to something like soccer-001.jpg offers a more descriptive name that will also prove more helpful down the road when you want to find the photos. Of course you can use the camera to set up the file name, but have your tried navigating your camera’s preferences to do this? What a pain!
I often take multiple pictures of a single event (say…a soccer game) and the Adobe Bridge helps me easily and quickly batch rename the files.
Here’s how:
1. Open Adobe Bridge
2. Navigate to the folder that contains the images that you wish to batch rename
3. You can select all of the images (Edit > Select All) or you can be more selective by Ctrl + Clicking (CMD + Click -Mac) on specific images.
4. After you select the images that you want to include in the batch rename select Tools > Batch Rename. You can also right click (CMD + Click) on any of the selected files and choose Batch Rename.
5. The Batch Rename dialogue box will open.
6. Select your Destination Folder. I almost always use the Rename in same folder option.
7. Create a filename. I like to use a text field followed by either a date or sequenced number (or both). You can add or subtract filename choices by clicking the plus or minus buttons. Look at the bottom of the dialogue for an example of how the new filename will look.
8. The following example will create a file name that looks something like this: July_4th_2006_001.jpg
9. Don’t worry about the Options section of the dialogue. I have never had to use any of these options.
10. Click the Rename button.
11. Done! That was easy. Now…get to renaming.

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August 22, 2007

Photoshop – Bracket Key Bliss

The brackets tool works equally well in Photoshop Elements 5.0 – what a great tool. My students will be impressed that even Elements has these features.

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August 17, 2007

Prewriting Activity with Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0

I taught five years of math and science so I feel a bit out of my comfort zone writing this post. I was dabbling around with the Photoshop Elements 5.0 project creation tools when I stumbled on a neat interactive Flash photo gallery. The wizard allows for the easy creation of a “digital photo book.” The author can add photos, titles, and captions with a few clicks of a mouse; the reader can interact with the digital book by flipping the pages.
After a few strenuous minutes of deep thought (some people are marathon thinkers…I think more in short sprints), I figured the interactive book would make a great how-to writing activity. If I remember correctly, the how-to paper was an essential skill taught in my elementary and middle school days. It usually involved the following steps:
• Prewriting
• Drafting
• Revision
• Edit
• Publish
• Presentation
The interactive flip book would make a great prewriting activity for how-to papers. Students would create a digital photo gallery that would double as an outline for their how-to paper! After completing the “outline” (actually photo captions) they could add photographs using digital cameras. Finally, they could publish their projects to the web.
My finished example
See how it is done

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August 10, 2007

Acrobat 8 Professional & MS Word Mail Merge

Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional’s ability to use Microsoft Word’s mail merge functionality for PDF creation and email is both powerful and extremely useful.
Educators frequently send notes home that end up vanishing (usually found in a wad at the bottom of a backpack) before they find their way into the hands of parents. Why not distribute the notes via email and by hand? Acrobat 8 Professional makes it easy to email and print personalized correspondence using Microsoft Word mail merge technology.
At the beginning of each school year a teacher can spend a short amount of time creating an Excel database containing his students contact information. This small amount of work can yield high-dividends, as the teacher will be able to use (and reuse) the database to quickly create a letter in MS Word, personalize the letter with mail merge, and print and email the letter using Acrobat.
I often have teachers ask how I am able to “so quickly” distribute letters that include personalized student information. I smile and reply, “Work smart, not hard….let the computer do the work.”
Acrobat 8 Pro has the ability to use a Microsoft mail merge to generate and email PDF files to parents. Now parents have the option of receiving a letter via email or by hand (or both) with little extra energy from the teacher!
Check out this video tutorial to learn more about the process.

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