The pro designer’s guide to photo organization

There’s nothing quite so frustrating as knowing that you’ve got the ideal image for a design job, tucked away on your computer’s hard drive somewhere, but when you go looking for it you can’t remember what the filename was, or which folder you stored it in. Most designers will amass a library of hundreds or thousands of digital photos, vectors, video and other assets in a short space of time, and it can be tricky keeping track of all these files in such a way that you can easily lay your hands on them again.

If you store files according to project, but have cross-over between projects, or if you store by client name but have multiple clients within an organization, it can quickly become impossible to maintain a sensible filing system. Not to mention that if you buy stock images you might not be able to decide whether to store the images under the project, in a separate stock folder, or a combination of the two.

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