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In iPhoto '11 Essential Training, Derrick Story offers an in-depth tour of the popular photo management software from Apple, demonstrating its various features for organizing, editing, and sharing images. The course covers techniques to categorize and combine images into custom collections using iPhoto's geotagging, face detection, and Smart Album features, and offers insight on how to perform key image corrections and enhancements. Also covered are tutorials on building customized slideshows and outputting collections to calendars, books, and greeting cards. Exercise files accompany the course.
Even though we have all of these terrific ways to share your images online, there maybe times when you still want to build just an old-fashioned web gallery, put it on your own website, put it on a DVD or a CD, or just have a way to share your images on your laptop. So I'm going to show you how to do that. This has been in iPhoto ever since I can remember and it hasn't changed much. You can tell that when you see the final output, but let's make one so you can see for yourself. I am going to open up the Kauai Vacation and let's say I want to make just a little web gallery of that.
We have 14 photos here. So I am going to just select them all. I am just going to do Command+A. Then I am going to go to File > Export, and I get this dialog box that has a number of tabs. One of those tabs is Webpage, and you get to set the number of columns and rows, and this will be for sort of the homepage. You have two little templates here. Plain or a Framed. You have Background.
We'll do white with black text, and you can set the size of the thumbnails and if you want iPhoto to include the title of the description, you can do that. You can also set the size if you wish of the images themselves when you click on them. One of the neat little features that I like, and this is great when you're showing pictures to other photographers, include the metadata such as the ISO and so forth. Once you have that all set up the way that you want, click Export and it goes, "Well, where should it go?" We're going to send it to the desktop, but you want to create a folder to put everything in because if you don't, you'll get a bunch of parts, and I am sure you don't want those parts all over your desktop.
So we will create a folder called Kauai_Vacation. Then that way, all of those parts will be inside of this folder on my desktop, a little neater, and click OK. Now, it doesn't take long to build these. That's fairly simple. Once the gallery is complete, we will go to the desktop and there we go right there,. There is our folder, and here are those parts I was talking about.
Now, to launch the gallery, all we have to do is double-click on the index.html, and if you copy all these to a CD or a flash drive or something to hand off to someone else, just let them know that to launch the gallery all you have to do is double-click on index.html and that would get them going, and these work on Macs or Windows or whatever. You don't need iPhoto. All you need is a web browser and so here we go. It launches it out. Now, I didn't have any information, but I could have had like title or description here.
I like it sort of clean. However, if you want people to let's say choose one of these images, let's say that you're doing this for people to kind of decide what they want, then you probably want to put the title here with a file number or something so they could refer to it that way. So it all looks very good. Then just like any web browser, you can click on it and it takes you to the larger version, and I included the metadata.
So we can see that the metadata is listed there and we had other options too. You get very simple navigation. You can go to the next photo if you want or you can go back to the homepage, which is a thumbnail page. So again, very simple but it can come in handy. Like I said, you can throw this on a flash drive or a CD, and hand it off to somebody with a Windows computer, and they can see everything and off to the races you go.
So that's building a web gallery out of iPhoto. It's a pretty simple stuff. It's been around for a long time but you know what, sometimes those old techniques come in handy for specific uses.
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