Corel AfterShot Pro includes powerful renaming formats for photos. You can use renaming formats, also called renaming variables, to generate descriptive names for your photos. The photo name can include dates, times, image data, job sequence data, and other information.
There are four categories of renaming formats:
• Date/Time — specifies variables that use the date and time data from your camera.
• EXIF — specifies tags that use shooting data applied to the raw image from the camera.
• Original File — specifies tags that use the original image naming data applied to the image by the camera.
• Special/Sequences — specifies custom job naming and image numbering tags that can be based on user input at the time the image is processed.
Basic Naming Formats
A basic renaming format might include the original name that was applied to the photos by the camera. For example, one default renaming formats looks like this:
• [oname]— represents the original file name (from the camera)
• [ext] — applies the file extension for the file type you want to output to. For example, if you are outputting JPEGs, this variable applies a .jpg extension to the file name.
In addition, you can use constants to add information to the name. For example, a renaming format that uses constants might look like this:
In this case, the prefix "MyPics" is added to the beginning of each image name. While adding information to a renaming format in this way can be helpful, Corel AfterShot Pro provides more powerful ways to apply specific names to processed images.
Job Name and Numbering Sequences
The job sequence renaming variables let you specify a job name and a counting sequence associated with a particular job. Since the value of the job name variable is input by you as you process images, it is possible to use one Output Batch to process images for several jobs simultaneously. For example, suppose you are processing images for the following two jobs: SmithWedding and JonesWedding. You can use these renaming variables to process images for both jobs:
In this case, the [jobname] variable prompts you for a job name. If you are processing images from the Smith wedding, when Corel AfterShot Pro prompts you for a job name, you can enter SmithWedding, and the image processes using that name. The [jobseq] number is a counter that counts the processed images associated with the job name. The counter starts at 0. So, the name of the first image processed for the Smith wedding job will look like this:
The name of the second processed image for the Smith wedding will look like this:
Using the same batch queue, you can also process images from the Jones wedding. When Corel AfterShot Pro prompts you for a job name, you can enter JonesWedding, and the image processes using that job name. The [jobseq] variable checks the number of images processed under this job name and starts the counting sequence accordingly. The name of the first image processed for this job name looks like this:
Corel AfterShot Pro lets you specify a padding constant when using renaming formats. For example, if you wanted the sequence number to be a certain length, you can add a constant to the rename variable to specify the amount of padding needed. For example, suppose you want the numbering for the Smith and Jones wedding images to be 4 places long. When you add a padding value to a renaming variable, the renaming format looks like this:
In this case, the [4jobseq] variable will generate sequence numbers that are four characters long. For example, using this job sequence definition, the name of the next images processed for the Jones wedding look like this:
JonesWedding-0001.jpg, JonesWedding-0002.jpg, JonesWedding-0003.jpg ...
Note: The placement of the padding value determines where the extra characters are placed. When the padding value is placed before the variable, the additional characters are placed before the rename value. If the padding value is placed after the variable name, the additional characters are placed after the rename value.
Rename Case Conversion
You can instruct Corel AfterShot Pro to force rename variables to be either all lower case, all upper case, or leave the case in it's original form. Use "<" before the variable name to force lower case, and ">" before the variable name to force upper case. For example, the [model] variable for Canon's 20D digital SLR is “Canon EOS 20D”; using [model] in the formats below:
[model] results in: Canon EOS 7D
[>model] results in: CANON EOS 7D
[<model] results in: canon eos 7d
And you can combine this rename formatting with the padding constant discussed above:
[model3] results in: 7D
[>5model] results in: CANON
Persistent Sequence Numbering
Corel AfterShot Pro's renaming formats include a persistent sequence variable that enables you to track the number of images processed by Corel AfterShot Pro. This variable counts all processed images in order, and saves the number when you quit Corel AfterShot Pro. This variable ensures that a unique sequence number is applied to each processed image. For example, the following renaming format uses the persistent sequence variable to append a unique sequence number to the processed image:
In this case, the [seq] variable looks up the saved persistent sequence number saved by Corel AfterShot Pro and adds to it when processing the image.
You can include the rename variables below as part of a batch destination folder. For example, selecting 'Relative' as the destination type and entering “[queuename]” as the path will create a new folder under the RAW file's location with the name of the queue used to create the output images.
Reference tables of renaming variables
The job name entered by the user
The number of items processed under the job name
Batch Queue name
The name of the batch queue
Batch Queue sequence
The number of items processed by the batch queue
The total number of files processed by Corel AfterShot Pro
The number for images being renamed using the Context Menu Rename function (Right-click > Rename)
The suggested file extension for the file output type
Original File Items
The full name of the original file
The name of the original file with the extension removed
The name of the version within Corel AfterShot Pro. This defaults to the master file name plus the revision number. For example, a second version of the master file IMG_1234.CR2 would have an [vname] of IMG_1234-2
The extension of the original file
The file number of the original file. For example, the RAW file IMG_1234.CR2 would have an [onum] of 1234
Master File Path
Full original folder path for the master file
Single Folder from the Master File location
Single folder found at N folders deep from the master file. For Example, if a master file is at
Then [opath-1] would be "My Photos" and
[opath-2] would be "Pictures"
The number of stars assigned to the selected Version
The Color Label assigned to the selected Version
The Flag state of the selected Version
Date & Time Items
The year, month, and day the image was exposed.
The year during which the image was exposed
The month during which the image was exposed
The day on which the image was exposed
The hour, minute, and second the image was exposed.
The hour during which the image was exposed
The minute during which the image was exposed
The second during which the image was exposed
The sub-second during which the image was exposed
Example: Monday, Tuesday
Short Day name
Example: Mon, Tue
Example: January, February
Short Month name
Example: Jan, Feb
Full Text display of date & time
Example: Sun Sep 13 03:40:13 2016
ISO Format Date & Time
Date & Time
Example 2016-09-13 03-40-13.700
AM or PM
EXIF Data Items
Width (in pixels) of original image
Length (in pixels) of original image
Software used to convert image
Exposure (shutter speed) expressed as a decimal
Max aperture for the lens used
IPTC Data Items
IPTC image name
IPTC image priority
IPTC image category
IPTC image byline
IPTC image byline title
IPTC image caption
IPTC image City
IPTC image State
IPTC image Country Code
IPTC image Headline
IPTC Image Title
IPTC Job Identifier
IPTC Creator Items
Creator's Region or State
Region or State
Creator's Postal Code
Creator's phone number
Creator's website address