Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Updating site info, part of Lightroom 5: 06 Creating Web Galleries.
Once you've selected a template that you'd like to use as the starting point for a web gallery in Lightroom, you might notice that the information that will be displayed on that page is generic. We have here Site Title, My Photographs, and just some descriptive text indicating that this is a gallery that was created by Lightroom. However, we can update all of that information so it applies to our particular website or to the particular photographs that we're sharing in this particular web gallery. Those various options are found in the Site Info section of the right panel within the Web module.
You can see, for example, we have Site Title, the collection title, a description for the collection, as well as some contact information. So, for example, I'll update the site title here. This would typically be something relatively generic to your particular brand as a photographer. So this could be your name, or your company name, for example. I'll go ahead and type Tim Gray photography. And you'll notice, as soon as I switch to the next field, for example, by pressing the Tab key on the keyboard, that not only have I updated the site title over in the Site Info section on the right panel in the Web module, but the preview is also reflecting that change.
So in effect, in the Web module, the preview area here is essentially a web browser. It's giving me a really good sense of exactly what the final user experience will be when I publish this gallery and share with others. And one of the things I really like about the Web module in this respect is that I don't actually have to work over on the right panel. I can actually work directly within the preview area. So, I'll update the collection title here, for example, directly within the preview area rather than on the right panel. I'll just type Italy 2013 since these are images captured in Italy during the year 2013, and then, of course, I can also update the description for the collection of images.
I'll just say, Some photos from Capri and Rome in Italy. So once again, I can update directly within that preview area or using the controls over on the right panel. You'll notice that we have contact information as well. We don't see that on the preview, but if I scroll down to the bottom of the page, sure enough, there is the contact name and it's actually an active link. So, I'll go ahead and update the contact info. I'll just put my name here, for example, and we also then down below have Web or Mail Link as an additional field, and that is the address that this contact information text will actually link to.
So we can include a website address and that would be preceded by http://, then the website address. So, for example in my case, it might be http://timgray.com, but we can also have an email link so that it will open up an email message in the user's default email application. And for that option, we need the mailto preface, and so I'll leave that in place and then simply update the actual address.
So, firstname.lastname@example.org, and now, once I publish this gallery, if the user clicks on my name down at the bottom left of the page, they will be able to send an email directly to me. I can also include an identity plate on the page if I'd like to. I'll go ahead and go to the Edit option by clicking on that preview for the identity plate, and I'll just put Tim Grey Photography, for example. I could specify the font settings, the font face, the style, and the size, as well as the color.
I'll just leave those options as they are. And you can see that now instead of having a title for the website that I've typed in using the fields over on the right hand side, I can actually use an identity plate for that purpose, and then that identity plate can actually link to another page or an email address as well. So in this case, the default is index.html or the main page for the website. Note, of course, that we can also use a graphic identity plate, so if you had a company logo, for example, you could use that as the header at the top of the gallery.
For this gallery, I'll turn off the identity plate option though. So, you can see that I've updated that site information to reflect both my own brand as a photographer, as well as the images that I'm including in this gallery that I'll share with others.
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