Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Generating a web gallery, part of Photoshop: Automation.
If you need to pool a bunch of images together into your web site Adobe bridge CS6 has some pretty good Options. You will also find this available at some of the earlier versions of Adobe bridge but the word left out of bridge CC. If you don't have access to bridge but do have access to light room you can also find similar Options there. Here is how it works. By selecting a collection of images, you can choose the output workspace. Just click the web gallery button, and you'll find several different templates to choose from.
You have Options that are HTML only or some that use Flash to great effect. This gives you the ability to add a little bit of customization. Choose that background color. And the ability to add captions to the text if you'd like. I'm give this a name, and choose where I want to store it. Here we go.
Additionally, if you have FTP log-in information, you can even go direct to a server. Clicking preview will launch a web browser and simulate how the web site's going to look. In this case, this is a postcard viewer. And this is one style of presentation. The user can click in and out of images or go from side to side, or use the arrow keys to move around and have fun exploring several different images.
Let's switch back to bridge and try another Option, such as the auto viewer. Right clicking play you know get a simple animated slide show that will go from one image to the next. Or the user can use the left and right arrow keys to step through and review each image independently which is pretty cool. The simple viewer. Creates a gallery on the left and the ability to step through. Or you can take advantage of some of the more complex options, such as a journal.
The journal can be very cool because it allows you to include all the meta data with the images which can be useful if someone wants to review how the image was made. So, for example here is all of the information. Now that can be chosen to run as a slide show as well. And you see you have slideshow controls along the bottom that the user can Press play, and just sit back and watch, or step through using the arrow keys on their keyboard or at the bottom of the window.
You also can include all your information for contacts, which makes it very easy for someone to get in touch. For example, up here you'll see the ability to add your name and email address, as well as copyright information, allowing people to get in touch. There are lots of different styles here, including some of the same ones that are included with Lightroom, so you can go through and really customize things. (NOISE) Putting in your contact info, I'll leave my e-mail address out for now, and choose preview.
There it is. The ability for the user to step through and review, or even go more full screen, plus clicking the name will take them to you and allow them to see information about the project. Remember, you've got great controls, and when you're all done You just choose where you want it ot go, and you can save the file. This will create a complete web site in a folder that you can easily use.
You also have the ability to put in the FTP information and directly upload. But what I often will do is take this folder, create a simple zip archive, and attach it to an email. The client could then download it and just double-click on the index file, and they will get a web site running on their local computer which gives them interactive controls and the ability to browse all of your content.
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