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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
Once you have downloaded a web gallery that seems interesting to you, what you want to do is locate the folder and simply open up the folder. Here, we can see we have one of the web gallery files here, one of the web engines. Now to install this, it's actually pretty easy, although what will happen is we are going to have to reboot, or relaunch, Lightroom each time we install one of these. So let's go ahead and install this first one here. To do so, I will double-click this icon. It says, "Hey do you really want to do this?" Sure. I will click Yes. That shows me that it's installed this, or copied this file to this little location. Well, if I go back to Lightroom, it says, "Hey, you have to Restart Lightroom." No big deal.
I will click OK, and I will skip my backup this time, and that will then re-launch Lightroom with that with that particular layout style installed. You can see that right here. So if I click on that option, I can then use that particular gallery. Okay, well let's hide Lightroom for a moment. Well the next thing that I am going to do is go ahead and go to my other web gallery, in this case the SlideShow Pro web gallery. I will just make this window bigger so we can really focus in on the task at hand. Go to the Install folder. In this case, I want to install the plug-in for Lightroom 3. That's the version of Lightroom I'm working on. And here again, we'll double-click that. And it's telling me do you really want to install this.
You are going to have to reboot Lightroom. Well that's fine. And we can go ahead and do that this way. Now, you could of course find the folder where these web gallery engine files are stored, and you could simply copy those files over to that folder. Let me show you what I mean for a moment. If we clean this up a little bit, here is the folder where my web gallery files have now been relocated to. On a Mac, what you can do is go ahead and search for this folder. You can start to see that on a Mac it's in your Library/Application Support/ Adobe, and then you can go through the line and see its Lightroom web galleries, and then there are those web galleries.
Now that being said, it may be a bit confusing to find the right location, so you can always double-click the file. Yet, the other side of it is that if you have another gallery you want to install, well, all that you need to do now is to select that one and then drag it into that location. Of course, you'll need to restart Lightroom to recognize that, though. Okay, well now that we have installed that particular file, what we want to do next is go back to Lightroom. Now, we have already started to see how we can work with this. And this one is really fun because we have these images inside of these little Polaroid files.
And again, what we can do is go through these different settings here and then choose a subfolder. And I will go ahead and call this subfolder "demo." And I am going to turn off a couple more things here. No captions there. Don't really need a page title. I am going to delete that, and just remove a few other items, and then I'll click Upload in order to upload this to my server. So, we will have that one as demo. While that's uploading, let's demo another, or different, version. Here we will go to SlideShowPro for Lightroom.
Now, when we select SlideShowPro, it will take a second for this to queue up. And this is a demo version so it has a logo. The final version won't. And here I can click through this, and I can show these different images. And there's also a couple of different ways you can organize your files and have albums that you can access. But let me upload just a demo of this, so that you can check it out if you're interested. Again, I'm going to scroll all the way down. You'll see here there are quite a bit of options. A lot of customization there. And I'll call this one "demo2," and then upload that to the server as well.
All right. Well, what's the whole point here? Well, the point is that working with external templates is really quite easy, and once you've installed the template, you can take advantage of it and continually use it. The other point is that there's always lots of customization. Typically, you want to customize it so it works at your own context. But most importantly, don't customize it so much that you never actually upload it. The point of a web gallery is to get your photos up there to get them out there. All right, well now both of those uploads are complete.
Let's go ahead and take a look at these. I am going to pull up my web browser here and go back to my domain name. Remember, we put the first one in a folder titled demo. Here you can see that loaded in really quickly, and we have this nice file that we can move around, with all of these interesting images. Each time we visit this site, as I refresh the view you can see it's a randomized layout there. Now, the other file was demo2. And here as I go to demo2, you can see these images in this particular layout.
Now keep in mind that all that I'm doing really is scratching the surface. I am just starting to expose you how to work with these. You can customize these settings in so many incredible ways. And if you dig around a bit, you can even find some Lightroom galleries that you can integrate as portfolio sites that work to really showcase all of your photographs. All right. Well, in closing, I hope that you picked up a few valuable tips here, which will help you get more out of the Lightroom web galleries.
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