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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
So far, we have taken a look at how we can manually prepare files, so that we can include that in an e-mail, or post it on a blog, or a Web site. Well, there is also another feature included in the Adobe Bridge, which actually allows you to create a Web gallery. These Web galleries are really helpful for posting images for others to see, whether for a client to review or to simply share images with other people. All right. Let's take a look at how we can take advantage of this particular feature. Well, one of the things that we need to do first, of course, is to organize images into a folder.
Here you can see I have a handful of photographs that I captured in the UK inside of the Chapter_25 folder. Next thing that we want to do is change our workspace. You can do so by clicking on the Workspace button and then by selecting Output. Now when we go to this Output module, it may be a little bit awkward at first glance. For example, you can see we can output to PDF, but we can also output to a Web Gallery. Now before we do that, we want to select the images we want to include in this gallery. In this case, I will click on the first image, scroll over, and then click on the last image, so that all of these images will be included in the Web Gallery.
Then from here, I am going to click on Web Gallery. This now gives me some different options, which I can choose from this pulldown menu here, and I'll choose the Postcard Viewer. Next up, is going to be to click Refresh Preview. Now anytime you make changes in any of these different panels, you are going to need to refresh this preview. Now in this case, it is showing me how this particular gallery would work. I can click on an image to zoom in. Click again to zoom out. I can also, once I'm zoomed in, use my arrow keys. In this case, I am pressing my arrow keys to scroll around and view different images, kind of a nice and interesting way to view content.
Now not all of the galleries are this complicated. Some of them are really simple, for example, like the Slideshow one. Let's go ahead and select that and then click Refresh Preview, and here you are going to see a very different type of Web Gallery. In this case, we simply have a black background, and we can click through images with a nice dissolve. All right. Well, just for the fun of it, I am going to go back to that other gallery that we looked at which was called the Postcard Viewer, and then I'll click on Refresh here in order to refresh this view, so that we can go back to the same kind of fun, little flash gallery that we have.
Well, the next thing that we will need to do is to go through these different panels and make any changes. Now all of the panel options are really quite intuitive. So I am just going to skim over what we have here. We can add a title. We can change our background color, change the way these images are organized, add captions; We can also work on the file size in regards to the dimensions of the image, the quality, again, that's a compression. And then again, we can create also a gallery name. Well, the interesting thing about this is way down here at the bottom, we can actually enter in our FTP information and then upload this to our server.
Now of course, in order to do this, you need to have a domain name, and you need to have hosting, and then you can tap into that and post this particular gallery up there. Now if you are not familiar with domain names and hosting, there are plenty of titles on the lynda.com Library that cover this topic. If you are a photographer, and if you haven't picked up a domain name and hosting, I definitely recommend that you do so. For one, it's a great way to share your work, and two, it is an incredible way to grow to simply get your work out there in a cohesive and simple way. Well, if we had FTP information, what we do is enter our domain name, our username and then our password.
We could upload this to a particular folder, and then in order to put this online, we would simply need to press the Upload button. Now I have actually already uploaded this gallery, so I am going to go ahead and open up my Web browser, just to show that to you. Here it is at chrisorwig.com/ps_demo/ site, and here we can see that exact site that we were just working with, and we can see how it functions. We can click through this, either with our arrow keys or by simply clicking on the images.
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