Join Chris Converse for an in-depth discussion in this video About the exercise files, part of Create an Interactive Photo Gallery with jQuery and Dreamweaver.
When you download the exercise files, there's going to be two folders contained inside of that download: an Art Templates directory, which is going to contain all of the source Photoshop files we're going to use to create the assets for our photo gallery, and in addition there's going to be Photos for Gallery, which is going to contain all of the higher-resolution photography we're going to use to load inside of the Lightbox. This is going to be the highest-resolution previews we're going to offer though our web gallery. The page_template.psd contains all of the artwork we're going to use for the outer shell to create the design of our gallery.
And then lastly, inside of the images directory we're going to have a template directory, which is going to contain all of the artwork that's going be used in the outer shell and design of our gallery. And inside of the gallery directory itself is going to be all of the photography that's going to be used in the gallery. Every one of the photographs is going to have three different versions. We're going to have a full-size version, which is going to be the graphic we load into the lightbox. We've got the preview graphic, which going to be the graphic on the far right. And then we've got the thumbnails which are the small graphics we're going to have on the left-hand side of our design. Let me close up these folders, and the first thing we're going to do is start from one of our Art Template directories inside Photo Galleries, and we're going to create some folders on the desktop and start our project.
Download a copy of the finished web site here.
- Preparing gallery photos using Adobe Bridge
- Adding and linking thumbnail images
- Creating the layout in HTML and CSS
- Downloading and adding jQuery to the project
- Creating preview images from anchor links
- Implementing the preload functionality
- Building a customized lightbox with the Fancybox plug-in
- Styling the zoom and contact links
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: The finished state of the interactive photo gallery in this course shows a clickable preview. When you click on the preview image, or on the view larger icon, a larger lightbox image appears. Chris's example has a close button and border surronding the large image, but mine doesn't. Did I miss a step?
Q: This course was updated in April, 2013. What changed?
A: Since the release of this course, Internet Explorer 9 and 10 have been released, and sometimes these browsers do not activate interactive HTML content. To remedy this problem, the author has added a movie to Chapter 10 that will show you how to:
- Update the HTML to HTML5
- Update the version of jQuery
- Use the Google html5shiv to keep compatibility with Internet Explorer 7 & 8