Organizing Your Digital Files
As digital scrappers we tend to collect a lot of goodies and if we aren't organized, things are hard to find and quickly get out of control. Here are a few tips to organize all those goodies and not let our hard drive and CDs become a mess! To see the transcript of our chat, click here.
First off I suggest you download a couple of free programs that I can't live without!
- an image viewer. Fabulous for quickly viewing images files and
batch renaming or converting/resizing. Downside - doesn't handle
Organizing Your Photos
First off, lets discuss photos. Everyone has their own way of organizing their photos, some better than others. You need to find a way that works well for you whatever it is. I'm going to share with you the way I do it, which works well for me.
I organize my scrapbook pages in pretty much the same manner.
I put the original PSD files in the year folder and then JPGs for printing and web in their coordinating folder.
Now these directions are all wonderful and great to do from here on out, but how do you organize all those files you already have? Using Picassa have it find all of your files, then just start adding keywords. This morning I organized almost 2000 embellishments I had collected that were on a CD (Picasa remembers items even if they aren't on your harddrive) in under 2 hours.
First I went through and highlighted all of the eyelets and added the keyword "eyelet" to all of them. (In Picasa you can add keywords to an entire batch of selected items.) I then did a search for eyelet and it gave me all of the eyelets. I then went through them and highlighted all of the round eyelets and added the keyword "round" then I did "square," "hearts," etc. Then I went through and added other keywords like "metallic" and different colors. I did this with all the different kinds of embellishments (tags, charms, etc.) and just kept adding keywords.
It can seem like a daunting task, but well worth the effort. You may want to try the powerscrapping approach and just set aside a certain amount of time each day to work on it or doing a certain number of folders each day. Just remember to keep doing the new stuff as you get them and eventually you'll get all caught up! Then all of your files will be easy to find when you are ready to scrap. Just go into Picasa, search for your file, select it and hit CTRL-ENTER and it will open up windows explorer so you know where the file is located. Happy Scrapping!
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