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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie, we are going to talk about one of those features inside of Bridge that is often over looked and it's a phenomenal feature. Now let's say that I have these photographs here, I'll go ahead and scroll through them, from Brighton beach in the UK. I want to upload these to my web server as a little web gallery. Well how can I do that? Well, typically what you want to do is start off in one of your basic workspaces like Essentials or Filmstrip. Select one image and then navigate to the Output workspace, this will then take you to this Output workspace and click on the Web Gallery option. Now you have a number of different options here, and you also may be wondering, Chris why have you only selected one image? Well let me show you why. The first time you navigate to this particular workspace, what you are going to want to do is choose a few different templates. Like let's say, I'm going to go ahead and choose Lightroom Flash Gallery. Well in order to see that, I need to click on Refresh Preview. It's going to then create all the different thumbnails for that gallery.
Now because I only have one image, it's going to go much more quickly. In this way, I can go through these different galleries and say okay, well what's Journal about? Refresh Preview. Well here I'm going to see that it's going to be about the image and a lot of information about the image, it's captured with a 5D etcetera, etcetera. Okay, well I don't really want all that information. I want something really simple. I just want a slide show. So I'm to go ahead and choose Slideshow. Now click on Refresh Preview and here I'm going to have this nice slide show on this black background, and now I can kind of see how this works. I don't really see any controls here because it's only a single image, so I'll go down to my filmstrip and I'll add one more image to this and click Refresh Preview.
Now keep in mind that every time you do this, it's not creating anything, it's detrimental, it's just showing you a preview of this and you can begin to see how this functions and then I say okay. I kind of like that, I mean that works for me, it's all in nice and dark tones; it's really about the image. I want to then go and continue to modify this. Well gallery title, Adobe Web Gallery will appear, we will go ahead and type in the title which will be Chris Orwig Photography; Gallery Caption, Brighton, UK; About This, I'm going to go ahead and highlight that and delete it, we don't need that information there.
Contact name, I'm going to delete that as well so have it in my logo; I'll add my E-mail Address, and then let's go ahead and Refresh our Preview. So all I'm trying to illustrate here is that Web Gallery is incredibly easy to use, and a lot of times what you are going to do is you are going to make some modifications and then you are going to click Refresh to see those. Let's close this and the other panels here and I'm closing those by clicking on their name. The reason why I wanted to do that was just to get a hand on what are some of our options. Well you have seen Site Info, right? We can scroll through a few more options as well. We can then close that and go to our Color palette, now here I can control a number of different things, the Background for the Main, for the Slideshow, for my menu, my Bar and my Text. And you can see that I have quite a bit of control over my overall Color palette.
Now for the Appearance, here is where I can control things like my Thumbnail Size, if I have thumbnails, the Slide Duration for the auto play. I click on this option here. There is an Auto play feature there. And I can also choose different types of transition effects : Fade, Cut, Iris, Blinds, Dissolve. Well, let's say I want to try anyone of these, make it a much shorter time there, I'll go ahead and click Refresh Preview. So again just keep in mind that once you have made these, what you are going to need to do is then click on your option, you will see that, and then you can determine if you like it or not. In my case, I don't like that. I want to keep it really simple. So I'll go back to Fade and then click on Refresh Preview there, so I don't have to keep looking at that.
Again, you get the vibe here, right. You get how this whole flow works. Well once you finally customize your web gallery, so you really like it, what you want to do is click on your first image and then scroll over, hold down the Shift key and click on the last image. And then at this final point click Refresh Preview. That will then go through all of those files; you can see it's taking a bit more time here. It will especially take more time if you have really large high-resolution files because it has to resize them. Keep in mind that it is doing some really good resize work, also converting them to sRGB. For the most part you will find your images will look really good in these galleries. Now the last step in creating a web gallery is going to this Create Gallery option. And here I have a few different options. I can either save it to a disc, which means I can save it to a particular folder, or I can upload it my server. Now in my case you can see that I have entered in my Server information. I have my Domain name, I have my User name and Password and then I can save this up to a Folder and let's say I just want to save it to a folder 'UK'. So what I could do then is click on the Upload button. That will then take this web gallery, upload it to my server and then anyone could view it by going to chrisorwig.com/UK.
Now on the other hand, let's say, we don't have our web information and what we want to do is save this to a disk and then we will give that disk to the web person in order to upload this for us. Now in that case, we would simply choose Save to Disk and then I'm going to go ahead and click Browse, and then navigate down to my images_online folder. Inside of that folder I have a sub-folder titled site. I'm going to choose that folder here and then I'll click Save. The reason I want to choose that folder is I want to briefly pull that folder out so that we can see what Bridge has actually done in regards to creating this gallery. All right, well it's created, thanks, click OK.
I'll go back to the Essentials workspace here and in that Essentials workspace, I'm going to double-click on the site folder. Well now he knows that I have this web gallery inside of that particular folder. So I'll go ahead and expand this so that we can begin to see want we have here, we should make that a little bit lower so we can see our different files. We have an HTML file created, we also have images, we have large images and we will click on one of those, 780 by 521, perfect! We have some medium files; this one is 75 by 450. So one of the things we are seeing here is it's actually saving two different versions of our images. Now what's that about? Well I want to point that out because these web galleries are actually pretty intelligent and what will happen is, as based on your monitor resolution and based on how far out you have extended your browser, it will then pick the appropriate images so that you can have the largest view of your images as possible.
So as you can see creating a web gallery is incredibly simple, if you haven't taken advantage of this feature, you definitely want to do so now. And if you do create a web gallery, feel free to send me an e-mail with a link in it to your web gallery because I would love to see it. It will be fun to see some of your photographs and to see how you have implemented some of the things that you have learned in this training title and if you are interested in contacting me, you can always catch me by going to the contact forum on my website, which is at chrisorwig.com.
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