Output Creations

An Output Creation is a special type of Collection that is specific to the module in which it is created. It stores not only your images, as any other Collection, but also your output settings for that module.

Output Creations are an excellent way to organze your website from within the Web module. Let’s take a closer look at a web-publishing workflow that incorporates Output Creations.

Create a Collection Set

As a first step, in the Collections panel, press the plus icon (+) and create a new Collection Set. Name this set “My Website”, or give it some other appropriate name.

Create Collection Set.

Name the set.

Create an Output Creation

Before creating our first Output Creation, we must select a web engine. When building a complete website using TTG plug-ins, TTG Pages CE2 is the best place to begin. For this example, TTG Pages CE2 will be used for my first Output Creation. At this point, we do not have any images selected.

In the Collections panel, press the plus icon (+) and select Create Web Gallery:

Create Web Gallery.

Give your output creation a descriptive name. Because this output creation will be used for my pages, using TTG Pages CE2, I have named it “CE2 Pages”. You will now have an empty output creation; note the 0 (zero) for image count:

Our new Output Creation.

Notice that output creations are represented by a grid icon in the Collection panel, different from the icon for other collection types.

At this point, you may either begin configuring your web engine OR you may go to the Library to add images to your output creation. It does not matter which you do first, though the Web module does run faster when it does not have to generate images, making this a good time to work on your masthead, navigation and other aspects of page layout and content not dependent on images.

If you have a design already made and saved to the Template Browser, you may also apply your template at this time.

Populate an Output Creation

Populating your output creation is easy. In the Library module, simply drag images from your Library into the Collections panel; drop them onto your output creation. By selecting the output creation in the Library, you may view and reorder its contents. When finished, return to the Web module to see your images joined to your Web design.

You may modify the image contents and order of appearance, or your web configuration/design at any time. Your images and settings will be saved within the output creation.

Rinse and Repeat

In the steps above, we created an output creation for TTG Pages. To create output creations for your image galleries, select a different web engine, and repeat the steps above. For example, let's create a Landscapes gallery using TTG Horizon CE2.

First step, select TTG Horizon CE2 from the Layout Style list, then create a new output creation:

Create an output creation for each of your image galleries.

As before, design your gallery, then go to the Library to add and order images into your output creation. Or add and order your images first, then return to the Web module to design your image gallery.

You may wish to save some time by copying your template settings from TTG Pages CE2.

When finished, you should save a template of your gallery design using the Template Browser. You can later apply the same design to a new output creation, for example to create a Travel gallery. Repeat these steps for each gallery to wish to create.

Updating Existing Galleries

Inevitably, you will want to update your existing galleries with new work. With your published work organized into output creations within your Library, such updates are easily done. Just add new images to your existing output creations, or remove any images you no longer wish to display. Access your output creation via the Web module and export your new gallery. Your gallery settings will have been saved from your previous sessions.

Replace the existing gallery online with the newly updated gallery from Lightroom.

Additional Reading

The workflow presented above begins with output creations. For an alternative workflow that ends with output creations, see Adobe's take.