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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.
One of the things I appreciate about the Web Module in Lightroom, is that as we're making changes to the settings. For example adjusting some of the settings over on the right panel, we can actually see those changes in real time in the preview. That's helpful as were making changes. For example if I have made a typo in one of the settings, I'd probably notice it a little bit more because it is included within that preview. And it is an interactive preview, so I can change things right on that preview if I like. And in fact this preview is so helpful that sometimes I'll even hide all of my panels, I'll press Shift tab for example, to hide all of those panels maybe even press T to hide the toolbar.
So that I can navigate among this gallery with a little bit better sense of exaclty what its going to be like on my website. So this allows me to go through the images and just make sure that everything looks exactly the way I'd like it. I can then of course press Shift tab once again to bring back my panels, and T to bring back that toolbar. But in additon to being able to preview right here within this preview area, we can also preview the gallery in our web browser. I'll go ahead and click the Preview in Browser button at the bottom of the left panel in the Web Module. And then Lightroom will process my images.
It will create all of the images for me, for the Web Gallery. And it will generate the pages that are needed etcetera, and then it will open that gallery in my web browser. So now I can see the real experience of what it will be like to browse this gallery on the Internet. Of course at the moment, I'm just browsing it on my local computer. But this still gives me a much greater sense of exactly what that gallery is going to be like, when it's being viewed in a web browser. So this capability allows you to get a trial run of the website to make sure that everything is absolutely perfect. If there's anything you'd like to change, you can go back into Lightroom and make any adjustments you'd like.
One thing you might want to do once you've previewed your gallery and you've decided that it's ready to publish, is to save that gallery, so you can get back to it very easily in the future. To do so you can click the Create Saved web Gallery button at the top of the preview area. We'll give this a name, I'll call this Ice in Alaska gallery. I'll include that as a top level collection. I will include only the photos actually used in the gallery, but I will not make virtual copies. So that way if I make changes to the images optimizing them a little bit, those changes will be reflected in this saved project. So I'll go ahead and click the Create button, and now at any time I can get back to my Ice in Alaska web gallery just by clicking it in the Collections panel. If I'm in the Library module, I can also get back to that Ice in Alaska gallery using the collections section of the left panel.
If I click on the collection itself, I'll see the images that are included in that Web Gallery. But I can also go directly to this gallery in the Web Module by clicking the right pointing arrow button to the right of the collection itself. So I'll click that button, and that gallery is open for me in the Web Module. So I can fine tune it as needed, or use it as the basis of another gallery. So as you can see the ability to preview your Web Gallery, either directly here in Lightroom or in your web browser. As well as the ability to save your gallery so that you'll have it for future reference, enable you work with confidence while creating Web Galleries in Lightroom.
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