In today’s Lightroom Thursday video, we look at how to create a public Web Gallery using the Cloud version of Lightroom. This has become one of my favorite features of Lightroom Cloud. Transcript is below.
So today, we’re going to create a public web gallery using Lightroom Cloud and you might be surprised just how easy it is. So stick around!
Well, hello friends! My name is Roger and today, we’re going to work with a Web Gallery. So in the Cloud version of Lightroom, you can create a public Web Gallery of your favorite albums and images that you can share with others.
It’s easiest to first create one or more albums in Lightroom that contains the images that you want to use for your gallery. And you can have a gallery of more than one album of images. So galleries are a great way to share photos from a specific family event, for instance. Or images from a vacation.
So I have several albums of images here. So once we’ve added the images that we want to use, in the appropriate albums, we then need to navigate to lightroom.adobe.com. So let me switch to Safari and I will navigate to that website. So that was lightroom.adobe.com.
Then we want to click the Shared icon — and that’s over here in the left panel bar — and then we want to click Gallery.
So here, you can modify your gallery settings by adding your name, a description of your gallery, choosing whether to allow downloads, comments and likes, as well as choosing which metadata to display. So right now, we see that I have two albums added: the summer-vacation album and an album named animals. And to remove an album from your gallery, just click the little minus icon and that removes that album from this particular gallery. So now our gallery is empty.
So let’s add a folder of images. So to add an album to gallery, we click the Add Albums button. And here’s a list of all the albums that we have in Lightroom. I want to add the Animals album so we’ll select animals and then click “Add Album.” We see that that album has now been added to our Lightroom gallery.
Let’s add another one. So we’ll click Add Albums again and this time, I think I’m going to click that “!For Instagram” album. So now that one is selected in addition to the animals album. Then we’ll click Add Album. Now both of those have been added to our gallery.
Now you can also choose a custom cover image for your gallery. Right now, I have an image of a little dog, here. So to choose a different image, we click the Browse button. Then, we navigate to the location where the image is located. I have an image on my Desktop here named Duck so I’m going to select that and then click Choose. It takes a moment for it to update — and now the cover image for our album has now been updated.
So once you’ve added your albums to your gallery and updated any information, you’re ready to preview your gallery. And to do so, we click the little link on the upper-right corner of the window. And this is the link that you’ll share with others; and the easiest way to do that is to click the little clipboard icon and that copies the link to the clipboard. And then you can paste it in an email or a text message or even on a website. So let’s click the link to have a little look-see at our gallery.
So in the left pane here, we have all of the albums that make up this gallery. So if I only wanted to see images — let’s say in the animals album — I would click animals. Now we’re only viewing images from that album. I could also click the !For Instagram album and again, now I’m viewing images from that particular album.
To view a specific image, I could click directly on the image and we get a bigger version of it — it fills up our screen. And here we have a couple of options. We can click the little three-dot menu in the upper-right corner of our screen and that allows us to download the image to our computer. And that will only be allowable if downloads are enabled for this gallery, which I do believe we did enable them.
You can also view information about an image. This tells us what camera this was taken with and that’s because we had the metadata option displayed so we see some various metadata about this image — such as the camera, our camera settings, etc.
This icon underneath the Info icon displays all comments that were left about this image. And right now, we don’t have any comments. And we can actually leave one. “Great cats!” and now we have a comment added to the activity area of this image.
So let’s close this.
You can also display the images in an album in a slideshow by clicking the little slideshow button. And notice that after so many seconds, it switches from one image to the next and we can just tap Esc to exit the slideshow. Again, you can click “Show All” to display all of the albums that make up your gallery.
I think I’m finished with this gallery so I’m going to click the little “x” on the tab here to close the tab and that brings us back to our main Lightroom window.
Again, you can share this gallery by just copying this link to the clipboard and then sharing it any way you like.
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