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Creating a web gallery from Bridge


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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Creating a web gallery from Bridge

If you want to display your photos or other images on the web, the very easiest way is to create a web gallery which is entire website to display images. In the past, you could make a web photo gallery from inside of Photoshop, but if you look for a Web Photo Gallery command or Web Gallery command in Photoshop CS4, you are going to be disappointed because there isn't one there. In this version of the program, the web gallery feature, like the contact sheet feature, has been moved out of Photoshop completely and it's now in Bridge. I am here in Bridge in the Chapter 15 Exercise Files folder and I'd like to make a web gallery out of some of my photos.
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  1. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 4s
  2. 25m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 25s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      5m 15s
    3. Using tools efficiently
      3m 51s
    4. Arranging panels
      3m 53s
    5. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      2m 50s
    6. Saving a custom workspace
      3m 0s
    7. Changing screen modes
      2m 0s
  3. 19m 3s
    1. Touring the Bridge interface
      6m 31s
    2. Opening images from Bridge
      1m 20s
    3. Reviewing images
      4m 42s
    4. Finding images
      6m 30s
  4. 44m 53s
    1. Setting preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Choosing color settings
      8m 11s
    3. Zooming and panning
      5m 27s
    4. Resizing and image resolution
      3m 17s
    5. Adding to the canvas
      2m 2s
    6. Rotating the canvas
      1m 44s
    7. Choosing color
      4m 49s
    8. Sizing a brush tip
      3m 4s
    9. Undoing and the History panel
      5m 0s
    10. Saving and file formats
      3m 29s
    11. Creating a file from scratch
      3m 27s
  5. 37m 58s
    1. Making geometric selections
      6m 14s
    2. Modifying selections
      4m 43s
    3. Combining selections
      3m 16s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      5m 34s
    5. Refining selection edges
      4m 12s
    6. Using Quick Mask mode
      2m 18s
    7. Selecting with the improved Color Range command
      4m 32s
    8. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    9. Using the Background Eraser tool
      3m 7s
    10. Saving selections
      1m 34s
  6. 39m 56s
    1. Understanding layers
      5m 43s
    2. Creating layers
      5m 12s
    3. Working in the Layers panel
      2m 19s
    4. Locking layers
      4m 17s
    5. Working with multiple layers
      4m 6s
    6. Merging and flattening layers
      3m 55s
    7. Adding a shape layer
      4m 43s
    8. Basic layer masking
      4m 23s
    9. Using layer blend modes and opacity
      5m 18s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Cropping
      3m 26s
    2. Straightening
      3m 17s
    3. Transforming
      4m 42s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    5. Using Content-Aware Scaling
      5m 6s
  8. 1h 10m
    1. Reading histograms
      4m 21s
    2. Using adjustment layers and the Adjustment panel
      6m 4s
    3. Adjusting tones with Levels
      7m 49s
    4. Limiting adjustments with layer masks
      5m 40s
    5. Using masks in the new Masks panel
      6m 9s
    6. Limiting adjustments by clipping
      3m 6s
    7. Adjusting with Shadow/Highlight
      5m 7s
    8. Adjusting with Curves
      7m 37s
    9. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 42s
    10. Adjusting with Vibrance
      2m 16s
    11. Removing a color cast
      4m 26s
    12. Using the Black & White adjustment layer
      2m 39s
    13. Using the Dodge Burn and Sponge tools
      4m 11s
    14. Reducing noise
      2m 39s
    15. Sharpening
      4m 42s
  9. 38m 0s
    1. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
      5m 17s
    2. Using the Healing Brush tool
      5m 51s
    3. Using the Patch tool
      4m 52s
    4. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      4m 8s
    5. Enhancing eyes
      9m 29s
    6. Changing facial structure
      5m 0s
    7. Softening skin
      3m 23s
  10. 44m 38s
    1. What's a raw image?
      4m 25s
    2. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      7m 35s
    3. Working in the Basic panel
      7m 54s
    4. Working in the Tone Curve panel
      2m 21s
    5. Working in the HSL/Grayscale and Split Toning panels
      3m 46s
    6. Looking at the other Camera Raw panels
      3m 45s
    7. Using the Adjustment Brush tool
      4m 2s
    8. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 56s
    9. Working with multiple files
      6m 54s
  11. 21m 6s
    1. Using the Brushes panel
      8m 30s
    2. Filling with color
      3m 49s
    3. Replacing color
      4m 14s
    4. Using gradients
      4m 33s
  12. 16m 55s
    1. Working with point type
      9m 59s
    2. Working with paragraph type
      3m 17s
    3. Warping text
      3m 39s
  13. 25m 23s
    1. Adding a layer style
      4m 6s
    2. Customizing a layer style
      3m 35s
    3. Copying a layer style
      3m 5s
    4. Creating a new style
      3m 32s
    5. Using Smart Filters
      5m 22s
    6. Working in the Filter Gallery
      5m 43s
  14. 13m 14s
    1. Auto-blending focus
      4m 47s
    2. Creating Photomerge panoramas
      4m 2s
    3. Combining group photos
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 27s
    1. Creating an action
      7m 16s
    2. Batch processing with an action
      6m 36s
    3. Using the Image Processor
      9m 35s
  16. 29m 20s
    1. Printing
      11m 32s
    2. Making a contact sheet from Bridge
      6m 12s
    3. Creating a web gallery from Bridge
      7m 17s
    4. Preparing photos for the web
      4m 19s
  17. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training
7h 55m Beginner Oct 13, 2008

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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
  • Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
  • Working with Adobe Camera Raw
  • Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
  • Creating Photomerge panoramas
  • Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Jan Kabili

Creating a web gallery from Bridge

If you want to display your photos or other images on the web, the very easiest way is to create a web gallery which is entire website to display images. In the past, you could make a web photo gallery from inside of Photoshop, but if you look for a Web Photo Gallery command or Web Gallery command in Photoshop CS4, you are going to be disappointed because there isn't one there. In this version of the program, the web gallery feature, like the contact sheet feature, has been moved out of Photoshop completely and it's now in Bridge. I am here in Bridge in the Chapter 15 Exercise Files folder and I'd like to make a web gallery out of some of my photos.

The first step is to change the workspace that I'm using here in Bridge. I need to go into the Output workspace. To get there I'll go up to these labels,for each of the workspaces that come with Bridge. I don't have room on my screen to see them all. So I get this arrow instead. I'll click the arrow and I go down to Output. That opens the Output workspace and I have closed the left-hand panel there to give more room to the Output preview area right here. The first step in creating a web gallery is to go to column on the right and instead of PDF, which you would use if you're going to make a slideshow or printed output like a contact sheet, I'm going to go to Web Gallery and that changes all of the controls in this column.

Next I am going to go to the of the Filmstrip view in the Content panel at the bottom of the screen and I am going to click the slider at the bottom and move over until I see the pictures that I want to include in my web gallery. I will click on the first of those this first red tent called light_1, I will hold the Shift key and I click on the last one and the one called light_5. Now I am going to set up my web gallery over here in the column on the right. The first choice is what style I am going to use for my web gallery. I am going to click in the Template field to see the available styles.

Most of these templates are made with Flash and so they are interactive and some have animation. There is only one HTML-based web gallery, this one of the bottom. You can take a look at all of these at your leisure, but for now I'm just going to use the Left Filmstrip template. Then I will come to the Style area and here I can choose the size of the thumbnail images that will be displayed to show each of my selected photos. I will choose Medium. If I want to see the web gallery with the current settings, I will click Refresh Preview and as I make changes here in these controls, every time I want to see how it looks, I need to refresh preview again.

When you click Refresh Preview, you get a preview of the entire web gallery or website over here in the Output Preview panel of Bridge. If you'd like to see the preview larger, you can always choose Preview in Browser and that will open your default web browser to show you what your gallery will look like when it's uploaded to the web. So with these default settings what I get are thumbnails of individual images over here and if I click on one, the larger view in the middle changes and it has that nice animated effect between images.

You can also see that there are controls underneath the main image. If I click the Play button, I get an automatic slideshow. I can pause the slideshow if I wish, and I can use the other arrows to move slide by slide through the images. I am going to close the web browser and go back into Bridge and here I can use these various settings available in the Output column to customize the default template. So for example, I can type a title for my gallery. It will appear at the top of the screen.

I might type something like Kabili Studios and for a caption or a tag line for this particular gallery, I might type Nature Abstracts. In About This Gallery I could type some text that describes what the gallery is. I will just type of bunch of Xs for now, but you get the point. Here you can have any text you want. And here I have entered my name. I can put my e-mail address, and I can put copyright information.

So I am going to press the Option key and the G key on a Mac. That's Alt+0169 on a PC, and I'm going to type my name and the date. By the way, if you're following along with me and using these images, please type my name, not yours, because I am the photographer. Thanks. If I scroll down, I see that I can change the colors for the background here for the menus, for the thumbnails and for the title. I will leave everything at its defaults.

I also can choose to Show File Names beneath each one of these thumbnails if I wish. I can change the duration of slides in a slideshow. If I come down here, I can change the name of the gallery and what this does is change the name that will appear in the title bar at the top of a web browser window. So I am going to change that to Kabili Studios. When I am all done filling in these fields, I would preview in browser one more time, but I'm not going to do that right now in the interests of time. Instead, I'm just going to make sure that Save to Disk is selected and then I'm going to click the Browse button to go out to my Desktop and choose to save my gallery there.

I have another choice here that I want to show you before I save it to my Desktop and that is I can choose to upload the web gallery to the web. The web gallery that Photoshop is going to produce will include HTML files and Flash files and image files, all in a package that makes up a website. If I click here, I can upload the entire website that Bridge is going to be making for me to my web host, but I first have to set up an account with a web hosting service that includes access to an FTP server and hosting of a website.

The information that I would put into these fields would come from that web host. Having the upload capability here in Bridge means that I don't have to use a separate FTP program to transfer my files up to my website. For now I am just going to save to disk and I am going to click Save. Bridge is now creating an entire website for me, complete with HTML and Flash files and image files. I will click OK and I go out to my Desktop to see what Bridge has made. Here is my Kabili Studios gallery.

I'll open that folder to see what Bridge has made and here I can see the main HTML file for the website along with a folder full of resources. In the sub-folder are images and there are SWF files, which are Flash files, and more. So I'm going to double-click the index. html file to open it in a web browser locally. I will say OK at this warning and there is my web gallery with the text that I typed in, as you can see on the top right and the top left, all of my thumbnails, and my slideshow available from here.

So if I uploaded this to the web, this is exactly what the public would see too. The whole process of creating this website took no more than a few minutes of making choices in the Bridge Output workspace. You can see how really great the new templates are. If you've been waiting for a chance to get your own photos on the web, now it's super easy. Give it a try with the Web Gallery feature in Adobe Bridge CS4.

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Q: How can artwork be transferred from Photoshop CS4 to Illustrator CS4 without the background?
A: Save the image in Photoshop’s native PSD format. The background in Photoshop must be transparent, meaning there should be no background layer. (To remove a background layer, move your artwork to a separate layer by selecting and copying the content, minus the background, to a new layer, and then delete the background layer. A checkboard pattern behind your image indicates transparent pixels.) 
 


In Illustrator, select File > Open, and select the PSD file. In Photoshop Import dialog box, select Convert Layers to Objects.

Q: How do I retouch an image I have of an old photograph I scanned?
A: There are a few courses that address image restoration. Check out the Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training course, and for problems dealing specifically with old photographs, watch the Restoration movies in chapter 15 of the Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2. Additionally, learn how to research and date photos with our Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree course.
Q: A client has asked for artwork to be delivered as JPEGs or BMP files in 16-bit format. In Photoshop CS4, there does not appear to be an option to save an image as a 16-bit JPEG. Is there a way to save JPEG files as 16-bit in Photoshop?
A: Unfortunately, JPEGs cannot be saved in 16 bit. JPEGs, by nature, are 8-bit. So if you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS4, you will see no option in any of the save dialog boxes to save the file as a JPEG. You would first have to convert the image to 8 bit (by choosing Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel) and then save it as an 8-bit JPEG. If you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS5, you will see the option to save it as a JPEG in the Save, Save As, and Save for Web dialog boxes.  But the JPEG will not be saved as 16-bit. Instead, Photoshop will downsample it to 8-bit for you  before saving it as JPEG.
 
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