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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fast Photo Galleries

Online image sharing in a few simple steps

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galleriesCreating a good image gallery doesn’t require any special expertise. The process has become as simple as only a few clicks with premade, professional-looking web gallery templates and optimized web formatting.

Whether presenting images to clients, sharing celebrations with family and friends or posting for feedback from a global community of photographers, a visually appealing web gallery can do it all. With that in mind, here are a few of the most popular programs for getting your images up and posted in no time.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 provides the essentials of editing, as well as fun and interactive ways to share images. After making image selections by adding them to an album, click the Share button, and Elements provides a variety of online album styles from slideshows to animated menus.

There are customizable themes like world travel, birthdays, comic books, weddings and more. Other templates offer a more professional feel, with carousel-like browsing, sliding image galleries and page-like book turning of images.

Additionally, you can choose to share with people through the built-in Elements address book. Or a Photoshop.com Plus membership, available as a bundle with Elements 7, will provide you with even more templates, like holiday and specialevent themes that are automatically updated when available, as well as 20 GB of online storage for your photos. List Price: $99 (full version); $139 (with Photoshop.com Plus membership, which is $49 per year).

The Web mode of Adobe Lightroom 2 offers much more comprehensive gallery options for photographers. Web galleries can be made from a selection of images and output to the web in HTML or Flash templates. There are a variety of choices for tweaking the appearance of galleries, with customization of text, headers, menus, and background and foreground color palettes.

The Appearance module designates basic image and thumbnail sizes and layout, and there are also options for sharpening and metadata additions. The Site Info pane adds titling, description and contact information to posted images, and a full gallery preview lets you check edits before final upload.

You must have your own website with a hosting plan to upload to, and once you’ve designated your website and FTP info, Lightroom becomes a very easy and fast uploading program, thanks to storable presets. List Price: $299. Contact: Adobe, (800) 833-6687, www.adobe.com.

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