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Building or designing effective online web galleries, is about more than learning about how to use the controls. It's about having a vision, or a strategy, for what type of story you want to tell. And many times this means selecting, or deleting pictures, or reordering your photographs, or possibly even renaming them. And here we are inside of the Exercise Files folder. We notice that our images are just out of sequence. But if you want to change that sequence, we will try to click and drag, but when we do that we'll get this dialogue. Custom order was not supported on this folder, because it contains sub-folders. Well, our work around is to use a collection.
If we click on the Collection, we can reorder these images. It's simple as clicking and dragging. And as we do this, I'm just going to re-order these, so that there kind of similar in regards to the type of content, or the way that the subject looks, or the color palette in the photographs. And so I'll move through this collection, dragging these pictures around, just trying to group them again by their color or tone. And once I've done that, what I might want to do, is embed this new order in these files. And let me talk about that a little bit.
What's great about this user order, is that Lightroom will remember this. If I navigate away from the collection here, and then come back, well it will remember my custom user order. I can choose that from the Pull Down menu here in the Toolbar. I can go ahead and select file name, in order to change the sorting, or go back to my user order. Well, one of the problems with my user order, is that my images or the image or file name, is out of sequence. And I might want to use that file name in my online web gallery. There's some web galleries that allow you to include that in them. Well, in this case, it just would be strange, because image number four say, would be photo-seven.
Again, in situations like this, we want to correct that. We can do that be renaming these pictures. To rename a set of photographs, we would press Cmd + Down on MAC, Ctrl + A on Windows. And then the F2 key, this will open up our rename dialogue. And I'm going to go ahead and rename this Jeff Johnson dash, and then a sequence. You can choose different file naming options from this pull down menu here. In this case, custom name and sequence will work well. We'll go ahead and click OK. Well, now I visually kind of like this.
It starts off with sepia tones, black and whites, and then moves to these color images here, and then down the line. Yet as I get down the line, I notice some problems. If we double click this image to go to the loop view, you may notice that the photo right next-door to it, well it's the exact same picture. In other words, I have a duplicate of this. I don't want to have that in my slide show. In order to remove this picture from this collection. The good news is, is that all you have to do is to press the Delete or the Backspace key, and it's gone. We can also do this with pictures say, that we don't really like that much. Perhaps, this is one of those that we don't want to include. We can delete it in the loop, or if we go back to the grid view, we can delete it there as well.
Again, by simply pressing Delete or Backspace. Other times you may have pictures which are similar. Let's look at these two. Here's one where the eyes are out of focus, and then another one where the eyes are in focus. And with these pictures, I actually like the one where it's out of focus a little more, just kind of has a different mood or feeling. So, I'm going to delete this picture by pressing Delete or Backspace. Next, I'll go back to the grid, where I've kind of created a problem for myself, haven't I? The problem is that these images or the image name is now out of sequence, because I deleted some of these photographs from this collection. I should also point out if you aren't familiar with Collections, that I haven't actually deleted the files from the hard drive.
They still exist in that main folder. We could go back to the Exercise Files folder. You can see that those two files with the glasses. Well, they're there. They're just not part of the collection. So, the collection gives us this really nimble flexibility, which is important. Especially, when it comes to designing effective online web galleries, right? Alright, well back to my problem, my problem of renaming. What I need to do, is I need to once again rename these files. So, let's go ahead and Select All. Do you remember the shortcut? Cmd or Ctrl + A, then we'll press the shortcut to open up the rename dialogue, that's F2. Here, I'm just going to name these Jeff, I'll shorten my name, and then dash and a number and click OK.
Well now all of these files have this order built into their file name. And in a sense, I have this tighter or more selective group of pictures. Which I'm now ready to turn into an online web gallery.
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