I have a directory of 300 photos, numbered 1-300, which are in the order I want them in...they are not in date order at all. how can i preserve my order when pulling into the organizer in elements for slideshow creation?
a related topic...any batch renumbering utility in elements?
I'm not too clear on how you have numbered the photos. If you have just renamed each photo with the number then there could be a problem in ordering the photos in PSE. In PSE, the folder view displays the photos in alphabetic order not numeric order.
So, photos could appear in a different order:-
Numeric order : 1, 2, 10, 20
Alphabetic order : 1, 10, 2, 20
When renaming photos, to preserve the order for other viewers, it is best to use leading zeros to pad each number (e.g. 001, 020, 300).
To get them int PSE, just do Get Photos and Videos -> From Files and Folders and point to the folder containing the photos. Note that the getting of the photos does not take a copy of the photos, it just catalogs them.
Once they have been imported, switch to Folder Location in the Display options (top right) and select the folder where your photos are. If you have the naming right, the photos should appear in the correct order.
Now create an Album tag and apply it all the photos.
You can now switch to Thumbnail View in the Display options (my preferred view to work in) and if you select the album tag, the photos should be displayed in the correct order. In album view, you can drag the photos around into the order you want.
When you want to create you slideshow, just select all the photos in the album.
Personally, I don't bother renaming photos, I just import them into PSE and select the ones I want and allocate an album tag to them. In album view, I then move the photos around into the order I want and then create the slideshow.
For you last topic, why do you want to renumber the photos? There is the Export facility which enables you to copy the photos to an new folder and you can apply a sequence number.
Hope that the above was helpful
Thank you very much.
Your hint to switch to Display Options did the trick. I had renumbered because I had merged a group slideshow with source images from at least 6 people…all cameras set to various times/dates – many of them wrong. So I put them in the right order with filenames and renumbered with a batch program.
But each time I imported them into Organizer, I was getting tripped up by the original metadata…
I might have been able to do this within PSE, but also wanted to make the reordered set of photos available to the group in a normal file directory… so I had to renumber for the general purpose.
I appreciate your help… wish Adobe had made it easier to figure this out (like context clicking on the set of images in organizer to see the display options right there)
all worked you said....burning a slideshow to disk already!