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Another place online to which you can upload photos directly from your Elements Organizer is SmugMug. SmugMug is a photo sharing service that gives you your own Web site to display and share your photos, and it also offers the possibility of selling your photos at Pro account levels. So a lot of professional photographers like SmugMug, but hobbyists use it too. Let me show you how it works. From here in the Organizer, I'll select some photos to upload to SmugMug. Then I will go to the Share menu, and I'll choose SmugMug Gallery.
Element prepares my files for upload, and it opens this window, where I can log in to my SmugMug account. If you don't yet have a SmugMug account, you can get a free trial account by clicking this green button. I already have an account, so I will just enter my login credentials here, and I'll click Log In.
Now, the way SmugMug works is that it gives you a URL, a Web site, and on that Web site, you can have multiple galleries, or collections of your photos. I don't have any galleries yet, so I will click Create Gallery. I want to make a gallery for just these photos that I took in Belgium, so I am going to title this gallery Belgium, and I'll choose a category for this gallery. As you create more and more galleries, categories just gives you a way to organize them on SmugMug. I am going to scroll down, and I'll choose Travel as the category.
Next I can choose an initial theme for this gallery, and this controls the way the gallery will look. There are lots of choices here, and it doesn't really matter what you choose, because you can change it later, so I'll just go with the basic black. Here you can choose whether your gallery will be available for the public to see, if you would leave Yes selected, or whether you want to make it more private. I'll just leave it Public, and you can see here that you'll be able to access additional security and privacy settings after you create the gallery. To create this gallery with these photos, I'll click Create Gallery, and that begins the process of uploading my photos from Elements Organizer to my SmugMug gallery.
Of course, I need to be online for this process to take place. It may take a while, depending on how many photos you're uploading, and the speed of your Internet connection. When the upload is complete, you see this windowm and if you want to go and see your photos in your SmugMug gallery online, click View Gallery. That launched my Web browser, and takes me right to my SmugMug gallery. Here you can see the path to this gallery.
It's in my Travel category, and up here you can see the URL to my SmugMug Web site. And yours, of course, will be different. With the Basic gallery theme that I chose, viewers can click between the photo thumbnails to see larger versions of the photos over on the right. So you can see that SmugMug is really set up to show your photos off to their best advantage, and it gives you lots of options for displaying your photos.
So here is a menu of styles that you can select. For example, you might select these slideshow style, instead of the SmugMug basic style, and you have options for how fast your slideshow will run. There are a number of tools here that allow you to crop photos, for example, or copy photos here online, and lots of other options in this menu.
I am going to stop that slideshow by hovering over it, and clicking the Pause button here. The Themes menu allows you to switch your theme. You remember that I chose this Basic theme when I created this gallery, but I can choose something else instead. Maybe from the Elegant category, I'll choose something like SmugMug gradient, and that gives me this gradient background. I will go back and change my Style out to the SmugMug default.
In the next menu, you have lots of options for sharing your SmugMug gallery with others. Now, keep in mind that SmugMug is a subscription site, so if you do create a trial account, when your trial ends, you will be given the option to cancel it, or to enroll for various SmugMug subscription levels. Some of those levels even allow you to sell your photos from here on the SmugMug site. I'm done viewing my photos here on SmugMug, so I am going to log out, and I'll close my Web browser, and back in Elements I'll logout again, I will click Done, and I am back to my Elements Organizer.
So if you're serious about your photos, consider sharing them directly from Elements Organizer to a SmugMug gallery.
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