In Windows, it is possible to view thumbnails of most bitmap images, such as JPGs. Right mouse-click in a folder to see the View option, then pick a size.
Unfortunately, Windows typically does not display thumbnails of vector format files and layered Photoshop documents. A generic icon is displayed instead.
Adobe Bridge, included with Photoshop, has a familiar interface. Move around from folder to folder or drive to drive. Click on a folder and then view Contents.
When viewing the Contents of a folder in Adobe Bridge, actual thumbnails are displayed. Double-clicking any file launches the program associated with the file type. .AI files, for example, should open Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.
The original files in this folder were named 1.jpg, 2.jpg, 3.jpg, etc. I used Easy File Renamer to give the files more descriptive file names.
Easy File Renamer is great for renaming large numbers of files with only a few clicks. In this example, I renamed all of the original images, adding a number at the end. The program also allows for adding information such as a prefix, suffix, or replacing a string of text.
AllwaySync works wonderfully for backing up or mirroring drives and folders. Pick the two drives or folders, let the program analyze the two, then hit the synchronize button to begin. The program looks for any changes from the primary drive to the secondary drive.

Organizing and backing up your clipart and photos

By Mike Jackson

Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

More than likely, you have a large inventory of clipart you’ve purchased over the years. But, there’s a catch. The more you buy, the harder it is to find what you need!

In earlier days, clipart came with a book or booklet to make it easy to find the contents of the collection. Purchasers usually got a disk and reference guide they could hold in their hands and store on their bookshelves. Over the past decade, most clipart has been sold as digital downloads. Entire collections can become virtually invisible—stored within various folders inside our hard drives.

In this article, I’ll attempt to supply some guidance and suggestions. You may have already solved the issue, and your solution might be entirely different than mine, but all attempts to organize clipart collections probably face many of the same dilemmas.


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Mike Jackson

Mike and Darla Jackson operate Golden Era Studios in Jackson, Wyoming, and do a variety of sign-related projects. Mike’s website is www.goldenstudios.com. His email address is golden@goldenstudios.com. You can see more of Mike’s photos at www.tetonimages.com and www.goldenstudios.com.