Anatomy of the Web Module

The Web module is divided into into several sections. Here we isolate those sections for closer examination.

The Preview area

The Preview area.

Prominently located in the center of the work area is the gallery Preview. Here, your design-in-progress is shown and updated in real-time as you make changes. On LR/Mac, the preview utilizes Safari to render the page; on LR/Win, the preview utilizes Internet Explorer. It is important to know this, as the preview will only show those things which are supported by your web-browser. For example, Internet Explorer 7 has no support for CSS3; if you have Internet Explorer 7 installed on your machine, then any CSS3 instructions — including rounded borders, transparency, etc. — will not be displayed in the preview. To make the most of third-party plugins, such as those developed by The Turning Gate, you should make a point of installing the most up-to-date version of your operating system’s respective browser.

Web module, left

Web module, left

On Web module left are located the Preview, Template Browser and Collections control panes. The Preview pane shows a thumbnail representation of your template; it is otherwise useless. The Template Browser allows you to manage your web templates, and the Collections pane allows you to access your image collections and output creations. The Template Browser and Collections panes will be discussed in greater detail later in this article.

Web module, right

Web module, right

On Web module right are located the Layout Style, Site Info, Color Palette, Appearance, Image Info, Output Settings and Upload Settings control panes. All of these panes are used to manipulate web engines, gallery plugins for the Web module. In Layout Style, select the web engine you wish to use. The contents of the other panes house the web engine’s various options, and will change according to what web engine is selected.

For the right control panel, the wider the better. To increase the width of the panel, simply grab the edge with your mouse and drag it wider. If you find that your web engine controls are getting cut off on the right side, pull the panel as wide as it will go. ( If you want to make the panel even wider still, you can hold the Opt key while dragging; it gets crazy wide! )

The Toolbar and Filmstrip

The Toolbar and Filmstrip

The toolbar and filmstrip may be used to manage those photos actively being used by your image gallery.

The toolbar’s visibility may be toggled on/off by pressing the ‘T’ key on your keyboard. The square icon on the far left of the bar acts as a “reset” of sorts for the gallery preview; should you ever find yourself in a strange place and unsure how to get back to the front of your web gallery, press the square icon.

The most useful portion of the toolbar, however, is the “Use” selection, which may be set to “All Filmstrip Photos”, “Selected Photos” or “Flagged Photos”. When set to Use: All Filmstrip Photos, the gallery will be generated using all of the photos currently available in your filmstrip. When set to Use: Selected Photos, the gallery will be generated using only those images in the filmstrip which are actively selected; you may select or deselect individual images by holding the CMD key on Mac, or the CTRL key on Windows while clicking the images in the filmstrip.

As you make changes to your web module settings, the preview will periodically regenerate to update with your new settings. The more images actively selected, the slower that preview update becomes. I have found that the easiest way to work in the Web module is to set Use: Selected Photos, then to select 5-to-10 images for my preview. Keeping only a small number of images actively selected helps to speed up the preview rendering, and ultimately saves a lot of time while designing my gallery. At the end of the design process, I then switch to Use: All Filmstrip Photos to load in all of my images before exporting the gallery.

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