How to organize my designs

I have 100’s of files of designs that I have don’t even have downloaded yet because I am wanting a way to organize them. I use CorelDraw and windows 10 if that helps. I have them all dumped in download folder and when I need something I just wind up purchasing a new design…Any help appreciated

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aa85ca5f03f000831f1df48b48ef6c90 – Perhaps this thread from April 2020 will help. 1c4c8b59cb8dbc26396bdb48e3fb9598

I replied to that thread and it’s the same system I use today. I also use Adobe Bridge as it allows me to add keywords, print contact sheets if I want thumbnails of certain designs, etc. Hope this helps!

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Paula, I guess my answer to your issues woudl be a bit of a hybrid of BJD’s use of JPG thumbnail images, but I would also make a library folder that holds a folder for each of the categories you have in images, you can even add folders within each of those category’s folders for sub-classifications you make by whatever personal filtering process you like, With thumbnail images of each file within those folders, you can quickly see whar you have available to you without having to open larger, more memory demanding files. You can print out composite pages made up in Draw, Word, etc., of those thumbnail images, or save those composite pages as PDF files so that you can see multiple images at a glance. Folders themselves take no or little memory/disk space so that you don’t have any worries on that end of things. I would add a note or initials to each thumbnail’s name to tell you where you purchased the image(s) from. This gives you an easy way to retrieve fresh versions of your images should they become damaged or corrupt.

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904e8bcb691b401558f8618e03798214 – Yes…folders and sub-categories help immensely. And annotating where you got the image will save some time and headaches in case of a tech malfunction. Unfortuately, I know this all too well!

My reply to a similar, older thread includes screenshots of my folder system, but I have since incorporated Bridge too. LIke you, I appreciate having the thumbnails for a quick visual. Glad I started my “system” several years ago when my collection was somewhat manageable. Thanks to $1 Deals and the PLUS membership, I have lots of design resource goodies now. :slight_smile:

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I use Eagle and I love it! It even shows svg files.

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05a27b6ab9e377bf10f8e126f56a1a0a Thanks for sharing! I’ve never heard of Eagle; they offer a 30-day free trial so I’m going to try this program.

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this is a new one for me.I will check it out .thank you…

Thanks for sharing, never heard about it before

I learned about Eagle software from these forums and boy am I glad I did! I have over 20,000 SVG files that I’ve collected over the years. Also, a similar amount of clipart and several thousand fonts. It took a bit of time, but I’ve got it all organized in the Eagle software and it sure does make searching for a file easier! After just a week of playing with it using the trial, I bought it because I was so impressed. Good luck to you in organizing !

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Does Eagle pick up the keywords that were added to PNG files by Bridge? I’m looking for a Bridge substitute, but I’ve spent tons of hours keywording all the graphics, and I don’t want to have to do that all over again!

I am fixing to take the plunge and try the one month free,I can’t wait to see how it is going to work.I think i will have a lot of over lapping tags for some of my designs.May I ask ,Do you have your computer backed up ? i also need to do that…what did you use ? if you don’t mind?thank you

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I hope it’s as helpful to you as it is to me. Yes, I sometimes apply multiple tags to each item. Very quick and easy to do if you select a bunch of similar items and apply the tags all at once. I also have separate libraries for SVG cutting files, Clipart PNG and JPEG files, and fonts. Yes, I have all of my digital assets backed up on two external hard drives. Good luck to you!

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Sounds like me :blush: