I’m sure many Inside Aperture viewers have already taken advantage of the Web Gallery features in Aperture. I finally decided to take the time (three minutes) to create one, and it reinforces for me, the value of this amazing program.
How can you make more money with Aperture? One way is to get your work out there to people who pay to use it. Outputting images to the web is a great way to communicate privately or publicly; with you in control.
From my recent trip to Rwanda, I wanted to get some work from a memorial I visited there, out to some editors I thought would be interested. The heart wrenching Murambi Memorial contains the mummified bones of hundreds of the almost one million victims of the Genocide in 1994.
It could not have been easier for me to place these images into a Web Gallery, and I had the selects up and online in minutes.
I just selected the images I wanted to post, and clicked the New Web Gallery button. Then I added some words, quickly changed the order a bit by dragging and dropping, changed the theme to “Stock Black” and was ready to click “Publish to .Mac” and that’s it. Photos are up and on the web and ready for editors to choose images they are interested in. I just email the URL, or link it from a web page.
If you want to make a gallery from scratch, make sure nothing is selected, then click the New Web Gallery button and Aperture creates an empty gallery that you simply drag images into from any project or album.
I chose quality over load speed, so I used the “High Quality Setting” when prompted, since I know the people viewing my work will have high-speed connections. You can easily customize how the page(s) will look, number of columns and rows, shape and size of the images as well.
As many ways as you edit your selects, using ratings, albums and smart albums, you can also use these functions to create Web Galleries.
In future posts I will delve deeper into the possibilities. But in the meantime, if you’ve yet to use this powerful feature in Aperture, you now know how easy it can be. It’s a fast and professional way to query editors with new work.
I like the themes it provides and inevitably, the feature set and customizability will improve with future versions.