Web Module 101

The Turning Gate’s various web engines offer a wealth of features, but — as plugins — also piggyback on Lightroom’s internal functionality. Before we begin designing our image galleries or pages, it is important to understand how to use the Web module in a more general sense. In this series of articles, we look at the Web module in an effort to:

  • provide an overview of the Web module and related topics;
  • examine those features which are inherent to the Web module;
  • demonstrate ways in which Web module features may be used together with web engines in a web-publishing workflow.

The concepts covered are fairly basic and should not be difficult to grasp, even for the neophyte Lightroom user.

The Web Module

The Web Module

Using the Web module, we can bring a selection of images from the Library and produce various kinds of web image galleries and pages using plugins called web engines. Lightroom 3 comes with fives web engines built-in: Airtight AutoViewer, Airtight PostcardViewer, Airtight SimpleViewer, Lightroom Flash Gallery and Lightroom HTML Gallery. A variety of third-party web engines may be downloaded or purchase from various sites on the Internet.

The Turning Gate is proudly one of the most prominent developers of third-party web engines, having been recognized by Adobe, Photoshop User Magazine and prominent photographers such as Terry White and Lee Varis; The Turning Gate has also been featured in a variety of magazines and books, both in the United States and abroad — including The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening, and French photo magazine Le Monde de la Photo.