You'll be pleased to know it's really easy to do.
Open Bridge, and navigate to your images.
Either place them, or make a copy of them, and place in their own folder
Now simply drage them into the order you want them.
Select all the image files
Tools > Batch rename
Give meaningful name > set counter to 1 > set digits to a figure according to how many images to ensure you have preceding zeros.
Well, my problem is that after "z" it will become aa.
Then the order I want them has gone if I make a contactsheet.
I'd like to have them like: aa, ab, ac, ad, af, etc.. az and then ba, bb, bc, bd etc, bz and the ca, cb,cc etc.
If you make a contactsheet then. It will be right.
I hope there maybe will be an easy answer for this too.
thanks for helping me out.
How are you making the contact sheet? If with the old Photoshop script, then it's several years since I last used it, but IIRC you just need the files to be in the right order, and tell it how many rows and images per row. I don't remember anything about the file names needing to start with a letter.
So what version of Photoshop? What are you using to create the contact sheet? How many images, and how do you want to format them?
Goodness. I just checked and it was more than six years ago. This was done by choosing not to flatern the Contact sheet so I could use Free Transform and layer masks to overlap the images. It took me ages!
I'm using CS6.
File, automate, Contactsheet II.
I use 25 to 36 photo's. I make it for a estate agent who sells houses.
It's the front of a cd.
So you can image that it's important to have it in the right order/direction.
You can try it. Then you will see what happens if you use numbers instead of letters.
Or I do something wrong maybe. I hope so.
I think in CS6 photoshop flattens the contactsheet itselves.
Beautiful colors by the way.