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Another way that you can communicate with the client and get some really valuable feedback is by creating an online web gallery. By creating this gallery, what you can do is then email out a link to multiple people so that they can click on the link and then review the pictures. Let's take a look at how we can do that with these photographs. Well, the first thing you want to do, of course, is to select the collection or the folder of images. Next, we'll navigate to the Web module. Let's do that by clicking on the Web module button, up here in the module picker. The next step is to choose a template that's going to fit your needs.
Typically what I do with my clients is I go for a template which is really clean and simple. Let me show you the one that I use. If you open up the template browser and scroll down about three quarters of the way, you'll find a template called slideshow. This one--at least in my opinion--is really clean and elegant. The background is black. You can see the image, and you can click through these images. The advantage of using these type of online galleries is that what it can do is it can help the client view the photographs, click through them, and then make decisions. They'll say, "This is the picture I want. Send me a high-resolution version of picture number six." Here, we can see this is six of 13.
And again, this just helps client communication. Well, once we have created this or selected the template, we then need to connect this to our server and upload it. The way that you do that is you navigate to upload settings. So here, we will click on upload settings. We have an option for our FTP server. This is the host company which hosts our web site or our domain name. Next, we will click on custom settings and choose edit. Well, here in these fields I have already entered my information, because I have done this previously. If you have not done this before, you'll enter in your domain name here in the server field, your username here in the username field, and then your password.
Typically it is a good idea to check this box so that you can reuse these settings if you're going to upload another web gallery at another time. You also may want to define your server path. You can find this information out from your server company, but each server, well, has a particular folder where you have all of your public or web documents. In order to find that, you can also click the browse button and navigate around. Okay. Well, once you have defined these settings, go ahead and click OK. The next thing that you need to do is to determine a subfolder, otherwise this would overtake or replace your main web site.
So here I am going to name this subfolder After and then go ahead and press Enter or Return. So in order to view this web gallery, the full URL address would be chrisorwig.com/actor. All right. Well, that looks pretty good. I have tested out the gallery here by clicking through it, making sure it works, I like it. I like the images which are included. Next step, simply click upload. This will then go through the process of building this gallery. It will also create different versions of your files, and that gallery will select the version of the file based on the monitor resolution.
In other words, these web galleries are pretty smart and they are also color managed so that the color of your pictures will look really good. Well, once the web gallery build is complete, it will then upload the web gallery and that process is now being taken care of, so what I'm going to do is open up my browser and navigate to this gallery. So here in my web browser I'll type out chrisorwig.com/actor and then press Enter or Return. I'll expand this, make this a little bit bigger so that we can see the images. And again, it will pull from the different files based on the size of my monitor resolution, and also how big I have this browser window open.
The great thing about galleries like this is that it does queue loading. In other words, it does the loading of the image, really, behind the scenes so that there isn't wait time. You can click through these pictures pretty quickly in order to view them and to see the photographs that you have. Well, after you have clicked through the entirety of your gallery and you want to look at all the images--make sure that it is perfect. That's really good. That looks great. Next, what we want to do is we want to email this out. So here I'm going to go ahead and highlight this full URL string. You want to highlight everything HTTP://domain name.com/the subfolder.
Keep in mind the subfolder, well, the name of that is going to be whatever you entered into this field here, so these two names need to match. All right. Well, now that those match, what I'm going to do is go ahead and pull up my email program. All right. I'll send myself an email just to test this out. Again, it is always a good idea to do that. I'll name this test, and then I'll press Command or Ctrl+V in order to paste that URL into this email, and then I'll click send. This will then send that message to my inbox, and what I'll do is I will click on that in order to open it up.
And here you can see I have this email. I want to click on this link, and I want to click on the link to make sure that it is active, that it indeed opens up this web gallery--also just double check that the web gallery works, looks like it is working great. The images look good. And then the final step, of course, would be to create a new email and to send this URL to your client.
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