Take Advantage of Web Gallery Templates in Lightroom
Using web gallery templates
One of the ways that you can speed up your overall web module work flow is by working with the web gallery templates. Let's take a look at how we can work with these templates, and let's also explore some of the options when working with them. Well first, we need to make a selection of pictures, because we need something to populate the templates. So that we can evaluate, or determine if one template will work for us. Well lets go ahead and select these pictures which we have in a collection. To do that, we can press Cmd+A on Mac, Ctrl+A on Windows. And then next, lets navigate to the web module.
Well once in the Web module, you may notice that there is a Template Browser over here on the left-hand side. You may be tempted to think well that would be a great place to start for working with templates. Well actually it isn't the best place to start, and here's why. The best place is the panel on the right. It's the Layout Style panel and here you have five options. These options give you a really nice starting point You notice by default the Lightroom HTML gallery is selected, and here I can view that gallery and actually click through it.
I could click on an image in order to see it bigger, click next or previous in order to work with this. In other words, the view that we have here in this web gallery, it's completely functional. Now, this isn't online or live. It's just demoing this for us so that we can get familiar with it. We can also click on an option, say like this one here, Lightroom Flash Gallery. One of the things that's great about these now, which is new in this version of Lightroom, is that these are now color managed, the Flash galleries. In other words, it will give you more accurate color representation of your files.
And again here we can click through the images. We could use the thumbnails or the scroll bar in order to see how this particular gallery works. And all of these buttons while they're active, and that's the great thing about viewing the images of viewing these templates in any way. Well next, we have three airtight templates. These are much more creative. The Lightroom, Flash, and HTML, well those are pretty typical. These, they're anything but typical. Let's try the Simple Viewer on for size. This one gives us this really kind of sparse and clean and kind of modern looking layout.
We can click through the pictures and then use these arrow keys in order to select the next set of thumbnails. And again, this is why we want to have all of these images selected. So that we can start to see how these templates actually operate. Let's take a look at another. What about the Airtight Postcard Viewer? Well, this gives us a different view of our images. We've seen this one before clicking in and out on the photographs in order to evaluate those. And then the last one, I want to highlight here from this panel. Is the Airtight Auto Viewer this is again a really nice and clean version of the template.
We can click through the photographs one by one or do a slide show. And it will auto advance, now with all of these templates, we can always customize things. In other words later we'll look at how we can change the background color or the thickness of the boarder or the edge around the pictures. Yet initially, what you're thinking about is how can I find a template which kind of fits what I'm going for. You can also go back, say, to something more simple. Let's go back to the Lightroom HTML gallery, and then start to think about, what are some of the other options.
Let's say I want to go for something That is HTML, but I want to see what else, I can do with this. Well that's when you're going to go to the Template Browser. When you open up the Template Browser, you'll notice you can scroll through a huge range of different types of templates. We could choose something like this one here, pure Black HTML. As I hover over it, the Preview appears, in the Preview window above. If I like the way that looks, well I can click on it in order to choose that option. And there are different options that we can choose here, and we can click through these options in this Template Browser panel.
And again you can see these various options that I am selecting. Or perhaps we could go for something which is Flash. Now at first glance it might be a little difficult, to kind of figure out, well what is Flash and what is HTML. Yet as you make that selection, you'll notice that the layout style will change. It's now highlighting, Lightroom Flash gallery. As I make these choices, it will stick with that until I choose an option which is HTML. So in other words, if you don't see dash HTML, you know it's Flash. You can click on that and then you can evaluate this, and of course, it's active and you can go through it to see how it functions.
Now, why would you want to choose Flash versus HTML? Well, sometimes Flash, it just has really nice transitions. It also does this thing which is called, Queue loading. So if we click on the option, say for Slide Show, what will happen is it will load in the first image. And then, as you click through the images, all of those will already have been loaded in. So there is no wait time for the photographs. So Flash just has some technology, which can deliver images really well. What's the down side? Well, the down side, of course, is that Flash is not supported on mobile phones or smartphones or on tablets like the iPad.
So you want to think about theses different templates and also, who's going to view your images. And then try to decide which one will work best. And initially it's just about experimenting, it's about seeing how do your images look in different environments, say like with this environment here. Well in my opinion, it's just way too cluttered and it's way too colorful. If I have colorful pictures I can't surround those with other colors. Sometimes, removing color or going to something darker with these tones might look a little bit better.
But again, those numbers, well, they're too distracting if I want to showcase work. And if I'm looking to create a web gallery which is functional, it just gives someone a glance. To kind of scroll through images quickly and then say, you know what? This is the one that I like, and they can go back and forth between that view, well then that template might work. Of course these scenarios, well they're endless. But my hope here is that by taking a look at these different template, it can give you some insight into how you can use these templates to speed up your workflow.
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