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Creating web gallery collections

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 06 Creating Slideshows and Web Galleries

Video: Creating web gallery collections

When it comes to setting apart or grouping our photographs together in the collections. Typically, we start off doing this, just creating general collections in the Library module. And that's what we've done here. Yet, as our workflow progresses, and as we make our way to the different modules in Lightroom. It becomes helpful to create collections, which are specific to those modules. Like here, in the Web module, we can create a collection which is specific to this module. And the benefit of doing this, is that it will set these images apart, and really to see the full benefit.

Creating web gallery collections

When it comes to setting apart or grouping our photographs together in the collections. Typically, we start off doing this, just creating general collections in the Library module. And that's what we've done here. Yet, as our workflow progresses, and as we make our way to the different modules in Lightroom. It becomes helpful to create collections, which are specific to those modules. Like here, in the Web module, we can create a collection which is specific to this module. And the benefit of doing this, is that it will set these images apart, and really to see the full benefit.

What we need to do is create one of these collections, so that you can see how this works. Well, let's go ahead and do that. You notice that I have my general collection here, Butterfly Beach. I want to select all of the images in this collection. To do that press Cmd + A on a Mac, Ctrl + A on Windows. The next thing that we're going to do is click on our Plus icon. When you click on the Plus icon, you notice that you have the option to Create a Web Gallery. Now, actually what you're creating here is a Web Gallery collection. It's a collection, which is specific to this particular module. So, let's click on that option and open up our Create Web Gallery dialogue. Here, I'll go ahead and name this Butterfly Beach dash WEB. Next, I'll place this in that same area next to the other collections there. No need to turn on virtual copies.

I'll just use these images as they area, and then simply click on Create. Now once you've done this, you'll notice that you have a new collection here in your panel. At first glance, well it's the same images. What's the big deal? Well, what's interesting about this is we have a new icon. And this little Visual icon. Well, it can help us out. And also, there's a little bit of functionality built into this collection. Let me show you what I mean. If we navigate to another module. Say, the Library module or the Develop module.

You'll notice we have our Collections panel. And as we click on those collections, we can then target those photographs. Yet, when we get to this collection down here, something different happens. On the far right, you'll notice there's an arrow, and this arrow shows up regardless of the collection that your in. And that arrow tells us that we can go somewhere. So, not only do we have this small visual queue, this icon which tells us this is a Web Gallery collection. We also have some functionality here.

If I click on this Arrow, what it will do is it will take me to the Web module, and target that collection. So, the reason to do this really, is because what will happen in your own work flow, is you'll have all of these collections. You'll start to have more and more. And by having these collections with different icons, it can be a queue, it can be a trigger, kind of an ear mark to say; oh yeah, that's a collection that I'm using for a Web Gallery. It also adds that little extra functionality, which allows you to quickly navigate the module for which that collection was created.

There's also another way to create collections like this. For example, if we click on one our normal collections here in this case this Mexico one. We can actually convert this to a Web Gallery collection by using a button up here above the gallery. Notice this one is unsaved. You can save this or Create a Web Gallery collection, by simply clicking on this button. And I'll go ahead and name this Mexico dash Web, and then click on Create. You'll notice that will then show up down below, with all of those images active in that collection. And once again, if we were to go back to the Library module, or any of the other modules, we would see that that arrow would show up. And as we go through these collections.

We could then click on that Arrow. It would then jump to the Web module and populate our Online Web Gallery with those photographs.

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  1. 1m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 36s
  2. 20m 52s
    1. Introducing web galleries
      3m 13s
    2. Overview of domain names and hosting
      3m 56s
    3. Using collections to group images
      3m 13s
    4. Renaming and reordering images
      4m 57s
    5. Creating collections of virtual copies
      5m 33s
  3. 30m 42s
    1. Using web gallery templates
      6m 17s
    2. Selecting images with flags
      5m 27s
    3. Creating web gallery collections
      3m 49s
    4. Customizing web gallery site info
      5m 46s
    5. Changing the gallery's color and appearance
      4m 1s
    6. Adding captions and titles
      2m 35s
    7. Saving custom templates
      2m 47s
  4. 19m 14s
    1. Working with JPEG compression and using the Quality slider
      1m 37s
    2. Adding watermarks and sharpening photos
      5m 40s
    3. Uploading HTML galleries
      3m 50s
    4. Uploading Flash galleries
      5m 44s
    5. Exploring online web gallery resources
      2m 23s
  5. 39m 28s
    1. Creating an impromptu slideshow
      2m 56s
    2. Slideshow and collections
      3m 31s
    3. Using slideshow templates and customizing the layout
      5m 27s
    4. Adding slideshow overlays
      6m 39s
    5. Fine-tuning the slideshow and creating custom templates
      2m 40s
    6. Customizing the background
      4m 56s
    7. Adding beginning and ending title slides
      2m 26s
    8. Working with a soundtrack and playback options
      4m 31s
    9. Slideshow playback options
      1m 30s
    10. Exporting slideshows as JPEG, PDF, or video
      4m 52s
  6. 9m 58s
    1. Selecting the video files
      2m 28s
    2. Changing image order and customizing the layout
      3m 27s
    3. Adding a soundtrack and balancing the audio levels
      4m 3s
  7. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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