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Video: About the exercise files

When you download the exercise files, there's going to be two folders contained inside of that download: an Art Templates directory, which is going to contain all of the source Photoshop files we're going to use to create the assets for our photo gallery, and in addition there's going to be Photos for Gallery, which is going to contain all of the higher-resolution photography we're going to use to load inside of the Lightbox. This is going to be the highest-resolution previews we're going to offer though our web gallery. The page_template.psd contains all of the artwork we're going to use for the outer shell to create the design of our gallery.
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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Previewing the project across browsers and devices
      5m 32s
    2. About the exercise files
      2m 19s
  2. 9m 49s
    1. Renaming a series of files in Adobe Bridge
      3m 7s
    2. Using GREP for more intricate file renaming
      6m 42s
  3. 29m 5s
    1. Creating and linking HTML and CSS files
      1m 32s
    2. Save For Web & Devices in Photoshop
      7m 2s
    3. Creating empty CSS rules
      3m 55s
    4. Create, nest, and class DIV tags
      6m 0s
    5. Adding CSS properties for main container
      4m 28s
    6. Adding CSS properties for content area
      4m 0s
    7. Adding CSS properties for headings
      2m 8s
  4. 15m 55s
    1. Adding and linking the thumbnail images
      2m 32s
    2. Styling the thumbnail links with CSS
      5m 15s
    3. Downloading and adding jQuery to your project
      2m 42s
    4. Overriding the browser's default link behavior
      5m 26s
  5. 11m 10s
    1. Creating preview images from anchor links
      1m 52s
    2. Changing the preview when clicking thumbnails
      5m 59s
    3. Changing the caption when clicking thumbnails
      3m 19s
  6. 12m 0s
    1. Adding an image preload plug-in for jQuery
      2m 22s
    2. Setting a dissolve transition between previews
      4m 31s
    3. Implementing the preload functionality
      5m 7s
  7. 15m 20s
    1. Adding a lightbox plug-in for jQuery
      2m 2s
    2. Creating a custom function for lightbox properties
      7m 38s
    3. Setting links to activate the lightbox feature
      5m 40s
  8. 3m 40s
    1. Initializing the gallery on page load
      3m 40s
  9. 5m 11s
    1. Adding icons and styles to the zoom and contact links
      5m 11s
  10. 2m 40s
    1. Activating a gallery automatically in IE9 and IE10
      2m 40s
  11. 2m 43s
    1. Some ideas for further enhancements
      2m 43s

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Watch the Online Video Course Create an Interactive Photo Gallery with jQuery and Dreamweaver
1h 55m Intermediate Apr 27, 2011

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In Create an Interactive Photo Gallery with jQuery and Dreamweaver, author Chris Converse develops an interactive photo gallery for a web site using HTML, CSS, and the open-source JavaScript library jQuery. The course begins with tutorials on extracting different-sized images sets from an original photo collection, designing the site layout, and constructing the HTML and CSS. Then, following the progressive enhancement strategy, Chris utilizes JavaScript plug-ins to include lightboxes and other types of interactivity while maintaining backwards compatibility with older browsers and devices. Exercise files accompany the course.

Download a copy of the finished web site here.

Topics include:
  • Preparing gallery photos using Adobe Bridge
  • Adding and linking thumbnail images
  • Creating the layout in HTML and CSS
  • Downloading and adding jQuery to the project
  • Creating preview images from anchor links
  • Implementing the preload functionality
  • Building a customized lightbox with the Fancybox plug-in
  • Styling the zoom and contact links
Subjects:
Developer Photography Web
Software:
Dreamweaver jQuery
Author:
Chris Converse

About the exercise files

When you download the exercise files, there's going to be two folders contained inside of that download: an Art Templates directory, which is going to contain all of the source Photoshop files we're going to use to create the assets for our photo gallery, and in addition there's going to be Photos for Gallery, which is going to contain all of the higher-resolution photography we're going to use to load inside of the Lightbox. This is going to be the highest-resolution previews we're going to offer though our web gallery. The page_template.psd contains all of the artwork we're going to use for the outer shell to create the design of our gallery.

And the two Photoshop files-- preview_sizes and thumbnail_sizes--are going to be the custom cropping that we're going to use to get the optimal design and cropping of each of our photographic images for our gallery. Inside of Final Project is going to be all the files we're going to create by the end of the class. We're going to be creating the file index.html, but I've also included the non-JavaScript version and the non-JavaScript and non-CSS version. When we looked at the introduction video, we saw how this particular technique is going to progressively enhance our user experience.

But I wanted to include these files so you could take a look at these and see what the site would look like on a browser that doesn't support JavaScript or CSS. Inside of the includes directory we're going to download a copy of jQuery 1.5. We're also going two download two additional plug-ins. We're going to get a copy of Fancybox, which is a jQuery plug-in which allows us to add a lightbox to our gallery, and a copy of far IN space, which is a plug-in that allows us to target a particular div and preload all of the images inside so that we can preload images before we do our fade-up and fade-down of our preview images.

And then lastly, inside of the images directory we're going to have a template directory, which is going to contain all of the artwork that's going be used in the outer shell and design of our gallery. And inside of the gallery directory itself is going to be all of the photography that's going to be used in the gallery. Every one of the photographs is going to have three different versions. We're going to have a full-size version, which is going to be the graphic we load into the lightbox. We've got the preview graphic, which going to be the graphic on the far right. And then we've got the thumbnails which are the small graphics we're going to have on the left-hand side of our design. Let me close up these folders, and the first thing we're going to do is start from one of our Art Template directories inside Photo Galleries, and we're going to create some folders on the desktop and start our project.

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Q: The finished state of the interactive photo gallery in this course shows a clickable preview. When you click on the preview image, or on the view larger icon, a larger lightbox image appears. Chris's example has a close button and border surronding the large image, but mine doesn't. Did I miss a step?
A: The functionality you describe is part of FancyBox plug-in we use in this course. It's a custom lightbox tool, which I've included in the exercise files and also available for download at fancybox.net. It's free and highly customizable.
 
By default, FancyBox adds a border to images (at least in the version of FancyBox we're using), but there are many options that can be turned on when you set up your fancybox initialization script, including the close button, which is invoked using the showCloseButton property. This is all covered in the "Creating a custom function for lightbox properties" movie.
 
If you want to customize your gallery further, look at the list of the customizable properties at http://fancybox.net/api.
Q: This course was updated in April, 2013. What changed?
A: Since the release of this course, Internet Explorer 9 and 10 have been released, and sometimes these browsers do not activate interactive HTML content. To remedy this problem, the author has added a movie to Chapter 10 that will show you how to:
- Update the HTML to HTML5
- Update the version of jQuery
- Use the Google html5shiv to keep compatibility with Internet Explorer 7 & 8
 
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