When creating graphic arts or paintings what type of system do you use for sorting everything? My next project is to get better organized. I originally started using a system of folders for different software program native formats and then sent copies of .bmp's, jpg's, and others to separate folders. There seemed to be an advantage to this method since all my jpg's, bmp's etc. would have thumbnail images, while native program formats did not. If I wanted to look for a particular image I would go into a format that had thumbnails available through Windows Explorer and a complete listing of thumbnails would be available (with a few exceptions for different reasons related to damaged images).
I seem to have lost the progression steps of each piece this way in a maze of confusion. I have in reality hundreds of painting, and graphic images to organize. After years of accumulation I am beginning to believe that I should have created a folder for each different piece, and kept every progression stage of the image in it's native format along with any export images in the same folder. I guess my accounting and bookkeeping experience slanted my discretion here, I have a tendency to start new folders each year and close one years out for each native program format and compatible with other program formats. This was also suppose to help with copyright registration done on a yearly basis, whereas I would be able to find the images easily. Anyone have some good suggestions?