This week I’m going to show you how you can create an online image gallery in only a few minutes. Aperture makes this so easy that you can probably create a gallery in less time than it takes to upload it to your server.
Last week while on my way to the MacWorld Expo I made a side trip to a place that is world famous in the geeky world of railroad fanatics (RailFans). The Tehachapi Loop is located (not too surprisingly) in Tehachapi California and it is a section of railroad that climbs through the mountains and at one point makes a fairly tight loop and crosses over itself (also known as a helix) as a means gaining altitude over a short distance. Railfans come from all over to see this place and take train pictures. About 23 years ago my good friend Carlos and I rented a Cessna 172 and I made the pilgrimage to train mecca and spent the day taking pictures … so I thought after 23 years maybe it was time to revisit the site.
Now that I’ve made the return trip to Tehachapi and I’m back home I want to share the photo with my old friend Carlos. So, what better way than to create a web gallery and just send him a link to it.
So, lets get started. Here are the simple steps to creating a web gallery.
1. Click on the library or album that contains the images you want to be in your web gallery.
2. Select the images you want in the web gallery (click on one and then command click the others)
3. While the images are selected control-click (or right click) on one of them and select “New From Selection…” and “Web Gallery” (See image 1 below).
4. At this point you are presented with a new web gallery (See image 2 below). You could actually stop right here and click one of the buttons in the lower right hand corner that say “Export Web Pages..” or “Publish to .Mac..” and be done. However there are a few things you should do first. First I like to change from the default theme to the “Stock Black” theme because I just think it looks cooler. Also you should change the “YOUR SITE TITLE” and “Your site subtitle” text to something a little more descriptive. You might also want to click the tags button a the top (looks like a little tag with a “T” on it) and see what you page looks like more or less info under each photo. For my example gallery I’m going to go with no tags since the information I want to display will be on the photo detail page … and well get to that in just a second. (See image 3 below)
At this point you’ve been working hard at this gallery for almost 2 whole minutes … do not despair, you are almost done :)
5. In the lower left hand corner click on the little detail page thumbnail and the main display will change to show you what your image detail page will look like. The detail page is what the viewer will see when he or she clicks on a thumbnail on the main gallery page. (See image 4 below)
6. Now that you are seeing the image detail page you can select what type of tags you want displayed. For my image detail page I selected EXIF - Expanded. While on this page you might be tempted to change the text above the image, but be warned if you do that it will change the text at the top of all the pages, this text is not unique to this page.
That’s it … you are done. Now all you have to do is publish this gallery to your .Mac account or export the pages and upload them yourself to your web server.
To see the gallery online please click here
Images (Click to enlarge)
Until next time,
Allen Rockwell Photography