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You can take the greatest photos ever captured, but it probably won't mean much until you get them out there where people can see them. In this workshop from digital imaging guru Tim Grey, discover how to use Adobe Lightroom 4 to share your images with the world. Tim begins with the basics, like selecting images for sharing and working with collections, watermarks, and identity plates. Then he shows how to publish your photos to the web, whether you want to upload images to Facebook or Flickr or create your own web galleries. Tim also covers creating photo books and slideshows and offers advice on getting the highest-quality prints.
There are many ways to share your images online. And in fact, Lightroom includes options for sending your images automatically to your Facebook page or Flickr page. And of course, there are also other publish services available. But in addition to those capabilities, you can also create web galleries in Lightroom and then upload those to your website. Let's take a look at the basic process of getting started with the web gallery. First, we need to choose which images we're going to include or that we might include in the web gallery, so that those images are available on the filmstrip, and thus, available in the web gallery itself.
In the Library Module, on the left panel, I'll go ahead and scroll down. I can choose among a folder or a collection, of course. In this case, I have a folder that contains some images that I would like to include in a web gallery. Once I've navigated to the location that contains images, I could, of course, filter them. But for the moment, I'm going to leave these images just as they are. I'm not going to apply a filter. So I have currently, 28 photos available for the web gallery. But you might notice right from the start that I have flagged some of these images as well.
I'll go ahead and switch to the Web Module, and we can see right away, I have a preview of a web gallery based on the images that are currently available in the filmstrip. And it's worth noting, right off the bat, that this is an interactive preview. I can click on any image, for example, to see a larger version of it or go back to the Index. I can navigate through the images. You'll see in this case, I have multiple pages of images, so I could go the previous page or the next page as applicable. But obviously, this is just a preview based on the default settings. Let's take a look at the options for selecting the basic gallery type.
Over on the left panel, you'll see that we have a Template Browser. And there are a variety of templates that are included with Lightroom, and of course, you could also create your own templates. You'll notice that as you mouse over each of the options, each of the templates here on the list, that you get a preview at the top left here in the Preview section. As I mouse over, you might also notice that some of those previews show a Script F in the bottom left corner and some of them show the letters HTML. And those stand for Flash, Adobe Flash technology, which can be used in these web galleries, as well as your standard hypertext markup language here, typical basic website language. You can obviously choose between these two options, you can produce a Flash gallery or an HTML gallery, and enlarge part, the decision focuses on cool feature versus compatibility.
Many of the Flash galleries include interesting features, for example, in this case, you'll notice that I can have a slideshow built into the web page. The problem is that Flash is not universally supported. It's supported by most computers, most web browsers, but its notably absent from some devices such as the iPhone and the iPad. So you might want to take into account the fact that there may be some compatibility issues, some users may not be able to view your gallery if you use the Flash option. In addition to the templates, which can be either HTML or Flash, we also have some additional options.
The Airtight AutoViewer, the Airtight PostcardViewer, and the Airtight SimpleViewer. Each of these provide some unique features, so in this case for example, we can navigate among our images moving left or right as we want. With the PostcardViewer, we'll see our images arranged out as though they were postcards laid out on a table. And if we click on one of the images, we will zoom in to that image and click again to zoom back out. So, a fun and interesting way to share your images. And then, the SimpleViewer, also from Airtight, allows you to quite simply click on a thumbnail in order to view an image.
We can press the right or left arrow keys to navigate among those images. So, some interesting options obviously and the key is to find a layout that you're happy with that you feel suits your own style and perhaps is suited to the images that you'll be sending. We can also specify which specific images we want to include in the gallery. At the moment, I have the All Filmstrip Photos option selected. And so every single image, in this case, only 28 of them, but every image on the filmstrip will be included in the gallery. I can change that option if I click, I can choose Selected photos.
At the moment, that's only one photo, but if I select additional images, they'll be included in the web gallery as well. And I can also choose Flagged photos, and in this case, I have flagged some of the images. And so, we can see that those images then are the only ones being included in the gallery. So in this case, nine images that I had flagged. With a basic work of selecting which images you'd like to include and choosing a template, you can then fine-tune the appearance of your gallery so that it's ready to be posted to your website.
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