I just installed Photoshop Elements 11 and want to use the PSE 11 Organizer to manage my photos. I currently have about 45,000 photos on my harddrive organized in folders. The filenames of the photos in these folders are whatever the default naming convention is for my camera - IMG_00001.jpg etc. So you can imagine that the possibility of having the same filename for different photos is quite high.
My problem is that when I want to import all these photos into PSE 11 I get an error saying there are duplicate photos and the duplicates are not being imported. I have a lot of these conflicts and I can't seem to find any option to allow the files to be imported. Are there any workarounds to this issue that don't involve manually renaming all the conflicting files? What are my options here?
PSE will normally recognize the differing camera exif data so it can’t simply be a question of the same file name. Are some genuine duplicates or have they been created by another device e.g. a scanner? If so you may need to separate them into new folders or sub folders.
some are duplicates but for the most part they are not. The images are created from different cameras but sometimes the same camera but with same filename (since you can reset the counter in the camera or it just rolls over).
Also the files are already in subfolders or separate folders and there are no conflicts in the OS with regards to the filenames.