Join Justin Reznick for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the gallery options, part of SmugMug: Tips, Tricks, & Techniques.
- [Instructor] It's time to explore the meat of this site now, which in a photography situation is probably going to be your actual images, right? The galleries, that's what we want to build. Now, I'm going to admit to you right upfront, this is the most challenging aspect of our build, but I'm going to take things slow. We're going to break it down. And so follow along, and I think you'll do a great job here. Now, we've added a New Zealand gallery. Remember, when we first started, they said, "Hey, give us some images," and we uploaded New Zealand and we created that gallery. But for the purposes of showing how this works, I really need to have more than one gallery, so we're going to come over to Organize and take a look at what we have here.
So, there's my site. I've got a New Zealand gallery. I have a Slideshow gallery, remember, this is unlisted, and a Private gallery that's unlisted. So those are images I need to build the site, but they're not images that a viewer is going to look at. So what we're going to do is hit the Create button. The Create button brings up three things: folders, galleries, and pages. We're going to use all three eventually, but let's start with gallery. When I upload or create a gallery, I need to title it. So we have a New Zealand one.
I'm going to do New York. We're going to keep that new theme going there. I can add a description if I like. This can be good for keywords, say images from the city of New York, something to that effect. And I can even create a custom URL that I can direct people to. It usually creates a pretty standard one based on the title. Okay, there are more settings that we're going to look at, but I want to get this uploaded first. We're going to hit Create. And then I'm going to click on it, double-click, and it says, "This gallery need photos." So we're going to go to Upload photos, go to Browse Computer, and on my desktop I have a folder called New York, and we're going to select those images and upload.
This images are prepped at 1,200 pixels on the longest edge. Now I've mentioned Tony Kuyper Sharpening a couple of times, and its a Photoshop series of actions and to get more in depth on exactly how that works, definitely check out my course on Lightroom and Photoshop for Landscape Photography, and there's a chapter on saving a master file in Photoshop where I go into detail on how that works. So now we have two galleries, we have New York and we have New Zealand. Now what we're going to do is create an organized effect to how this lines up.
And we're going to come over, highlight my name again, and hit create. This time we're going to make a folder, okay? Now, a folder is going to host galleries. Now oftentimes what we'll find is that you may photograph different things, or have different categories. If you're an event photographer, you'd have, you know, each individual shoot separated. For me, I shoot landscape, so architecture, wildlife, so there's a way to organize all this, and that's through the use of folders. So I'm going to start with a landscape folder, so I'm going to call this Landscapes, and hit Create, just like so.
Within that folder of Landscapes, that's where I want to put New Zealand, right? That's my landscape shoot. So now I'm creating this, basically a system to organize everything. Now, we're going to come back to my name, hit Create, and have another folder, and this one's going to be Architecture. And so you can see what I'm doing here, I'm separating and organizing the types of images that I like to photograph. So we're going to take New York and slide it into Architecture. Okay so I'm opening these up so you can see what's going on.
The gallery symbol are three images stacked, and the folder symbol is exactly what you think, it's a folder. Now, I need to create a parent folder for all the galleries that I hope to show, okay? And so we're going to create another folder, and we're going to call this My Galleries. This is where everything's going to live. And hit Create. And then we're going to take our Architecture and our Landscape folder and any other folders I may build and put them in there.
Okay, so, let's start again and take a look. We have our Galleries folder. Within the Galleries folder we have Architecture, and Landscapes, and within those folders we have our actual galleries. Now, let's say you only photograph landscapes, that's all that you have. I may be able to go Galleries, and then instead of having more subfolders I might just have Galleries, New Zealand, Australia, Southwest, whatever galleries you may have. So, you use as many subfolders as necessary and in some cases you may just be able to go Galleries, right into your individual galleries there.
Now, this is looking pretty good so far in terms of how I want this to look. Now, we've got to come back to that Nav Bar and make it come all together. So I'm going to hit Done, and I'm going to go to Home, okay? And, when I click on Galleries, what happens, well it goes straight to New Zealand, that's where I had it set up last. And what we want it to do is lead to all the galleries that we're making. So, I'm going to go to Customize, Content and Design.
We're going to click on the Toolbar, Links, Galleries, and we want it be called Galleries, perfect. It's going to link a page that I choose, and I'm going to pick Galleries. This is a folder, in that folder, is a folder called Landscapes, with New Zealand, and a folder called Architecture, with New York. Just like the structure I set up. And I'm going to hit Done, like so. And Done one more time, and Publish.
Okay, now let's see if it works. So I'm going to click on Galleries, and what do I see? Architecture and Landscapes. If I click on Architecture, where does it go? New York. Look at that. Let me go back to Galleries, and if I click on Landscapes, where does it go? New Zealand. So I was able to organize the structure and now through the Nav Bar I'm able to get to the individual galleries. Now let's take a look at how to customize the appearance of the galleries themselves.
- SmugMug plans and services
- Choosing a new site design
- Experimenting with custom options
- Customizing the site name and logo
- Customizing and cleaning up the galleries
- Setting up the About page
- Setting up services on your site
- Selling prints
- Additional SmugMug tips