This will be the first of a series of posts talking about my journey to getting my digital supplies organized.
I moved to a Mac in September of 2008. Before that I used ACDSee. Sadly when things transferred to my Mac, I lost all that work because the categories and keywords weren't written to the IPTC fields... Added to that was an extra plethora of product. As a member of CK's Digital Scrapbooking Magazine team and other creative teams and assignments, I had gigs and gigs of free product and actual purchases added to that. It was overwhelming to think of organizing it all.
As I migrated to my Mac, I didn't want to lose data so I had double copies of everything as time went on, it was difficult to know what was new and old. Add to that two more new Mac upgrades and here I was with gigs and gigs of zip files, designer folders here and there, everywhere.
Long story short, I was a mess!
I started simply. My first task was to organize my Scrapbooking folder by designer. Then I began to move products into each folder. Within the designer folders, I chose to organize kit folders. Keep in mind that the deeper your folder structure hierarchy goes, the harder it gets for your computer to keep track of everything. Simplicity is good. Especially when you will eventually be adding keywords to the mix.
So, on that thread, each kit folder had all the contents of each kit dumped into the folder (minus of course alphabet folders which stayed in their own subfolder). That was great.
Then, as I moved into other folders with free PNG brush files downloaded from the web, I found that they didn't group as well in separate folders per set. Yet, when I went to combine them into one folder, the designer had named the brushes for each set - Brush 1, Brush 2, etc. So they would overwrite the other brushes as moved in unless I painstakingly renamed each file.
Enter Adobe Bridge. My go to organizing tool which I am using to organize and keyword my supplies. I love Bridge because it writes directly to XMP so the keywords stay with your photos even if you move them to another software later.
I used Bridge to not only rename each set, but also move the files into the folders. I love it when technology saves me time and stress. I thought you would too so I created this video to show you how I did it. Hope you enjoy! Stay tune to this blog for more posts about digital organization as I move forward with my own supplies I will be sharing what I have learned here.
Learn how to batch rename your digital supplies in Adobe Bridge.