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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the great things about working with the Web galleries is that you can choose them as a nice starting point and then can make a few modifications in order to customize the way they work. Now one of things you will notice is that as you choose different templates or different layout styles, these panels here won't change. We will see an updated view of that particular gallery, but these all stay the same. What changes are the contents inside of the panel. For example, with this Lightroom Flash Gallery, the options are to change the Large Image and the Thumbnail Image size.
Well, in contrast if we choose a different style, say like Airtight PostcardViewer, all of a sudden we have a completely different Appearance option. Now here what we can do is change the number of columns. I will go ahead and increase that. You will see that it will then change that particular layout style and it will update the gallery accordingly. So the thing to lookout for is just the changes inside of these panels and that being said, once you make your selection, you will simply want to walk through these different panels and modify the options which are most relevant to the task at hand.
Let's go ahead and choose something simple like Lightroom Flash Gallery and let's start off by opening up Site Info. What I can do is add a Site Title here. So I will go ahead and type out Chris Orwig Photography and one of the problems with this is that it's pretty big, and I can't really control it very well. I can't control the type. But I will go ahead and include that anyway, and then I will include the name of the family. In this case I will just call it Beach Family. For the description, I'm not going to include anything. I'll delete that. Contact name, I will enter my name there and then for the Web or Mail Link, I will highlight the e-mail address there and then replace it with my own.
Make sure you leave the mailto;. All right, well now that we have done all of that, we can see it is updating this information up top here. Next, let's make our way down. Here we will close Site Info and go into Color Palette. Well in Color Palette, there's a lot that we can do. For example, we could change things like the background color. Here I will choose something different. Now we have that bright white in the background, or I can go back to a nice dark gray here in order to change the overall mood and look look of this particular gallery.
We can do so with all these different fields here by simply clicking on this little color chip and then making our color selection accordingly. The great thing about this is we can click through our images, and as we click through the photographs, we can get a feel for how the gallery looks and feels. We can scroll through this and really see, you know what, do I like this particular layout, does this work with this color palette and these photographs. Well in this case I would say, yeah I think it looks okay. All right, let's go ahead and close Color Palette for a moment and let's go down to Appearance.
Now with this particular layout style, we have some options for our layout, and this has to do with those thumbnails. In this case, we will leave them on the Left. What about Identity Plate? What you can do here is actually replace what you are seeing up top and I will do so by turning on Identity Plate. I will click on my pulldown menu and choose Edit and here I will simply type out my full name, plus the word Photography because that would seem to make a little bit more sense, and then I will click OK. Well up top you will see that it will then update this.
I am just going to turn this off and on in order to bring that back and you can see it now says Chris Orwig Photography up there. All right great! Well, so far so good. We can also control our image size. In this case we have a few options, Extra Large, Large, Medium or Small, and then our Thumbnail Size. Sometimes with thumbnails you want to take this down a bit, especially when you have a lot of thumbnails. So I will go ahead and choose a smaller thumbnail size, and you can see we have smaller thumbnails over here. Now if those are too small or if any of these changes we don't quite like, all we need to do is simply make that change and then choose another option.
Well this case you can see we are really customizing this and we are changing the way that this looks. Let's close Appearance and after Appearance, we are going to get into Image Info. In Image Info, what we can do is we can include title or captions that we've added in our Metadata panel, and we would do that over in the Library module. Now there are certain galleries like this one that takes advantage of this information. This can be especially helpful if you're a journalist and if that caption is really important or if you are submitting images to a particular client and they need to know a bit about the scene or the scenario.
Well in those cases, you can include that information. Well these files don't have any of that metadata so I will just turn that off. Next, we will go down to our Output Settings. Well here in Output Settings, we need to decide how do we want to actually control the quality of the files. Now because this is a Flash Gallery and because it is going to do all this queue loading for us, we can actually err the side of having a higher quality file than we typically would. Here by default that's showing us 70. We can even crank this up a little bit if we wanted to, again depending on our overall size that we have chosen for the image.
But in this case I am going to go with something more like 75 here and then I think that will be good. Metadata. We can include different types of metadata, all of it or just copyright. We can also add a watermark to our photographs. This is really helpful in those situations where you absolutely need to protect your photographs. In those cases simply turn on this option and then click on the contextual menu and what you can do is choose one of these. I will go ahead and choose one of them that I have created previously and here you can see my copyright is right in the middle of the photograph.
The great thing about this is that as I click through these images, I can preview all my images with that copyright. Now if you don't have a watermark, all you need to do is to click on this menu and then go to Edit Watermarks. That will then open up this dialog where you can modify your watermarks or create others. You can do so by typing text, or you can also use images. This can be helpful if you want a logo to appear on top of your photos. Well in this case, I think a simple text field looks nice. I will just click and drag that out to make it a little bit bigger and then click Save, Chris Orwig - Web and then hit Create.
All right, well the other thing that we want to do here is we want to dial in an appropriate amount of sharpening. Sharpening is really essential especially if these are raw files. What we want to do is apply sharpening which is relevant to the overall file size here. Keep in mind Lightroom is doing a lot in the background. It's resizing the photographs. We then need to apply an appropriate amount of sharpening in this color space at this particular size. Here we have a few options: Low, Standard or High. What I found in my own workflow is that 90% of the time, Standard works well.
All right well now that we have dialed in all of these different options in order customize this Web gallery, we are ready to upload this to our server and let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.
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