Discover how to create a customised, virtual photo gallery, which you can then export or upload to a website using the Lightroom Web Gallery feature.
It’s all very well spending ages editing, enhancing and sharpening your images, but it counts for nothing unless you mean to show them off afterwards. You could go the old-fashioned way and make prints.
But why not build a web gallery instead? It’s an opportunity to select your best shots and display them in a polished, professional way, and it opens up your images to an audience of millions.
Adobe Lightroom has a dedicated Web Module that allows you to produce customised image galleries, which you can then export or upload to a website server.
It’s simple to use and comes with a good selection of templates to start you off. The great thing about the templates is that you can choose a style of gallery to suit your images.
So for a set of moody portraits a dark minimalist gallery might work, while for wedding photos a light, breezy style might be more suited. It’s entirely up to you, and it’s very easy to get started. Here’s how it’s done…
How to use the Lightroom Web Gallery: steps 1-3
01 Choose your images
The easiest way to manage groups of images in Lightroom is with Collections, so begin in the Library Module by clicking the plus icon next to ‘Collections’. Give your collection a name, like ‘Web Gallery’, then simply hit ok and drag photos into it to add them to the collection.
02 Select a gallery template
Head to the Web Module, then click through the list in the Template Panel to choose a gallery template. Notice how the preview box shows an ‘f’ or ‘html’ in the corner as you hover over them. We’ve gone for Charcoal. You can rearrange the image order by dragging frames in the filmstrip.
03 Add site info
Go to the Site Info panel and type in your site title (after this, it’ll appear in the dropdown list for future use). Add a collection title and description, or clear the boxes to remove the sections. Add a contact name and type mailto:[your email address] to generate a contact link.
To add photos quickly to a collection, right-click the collection, choose ‘Set as Target Collection’, then tap B
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