How to add a photo gallery to your website
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Creating a Photo Gallery
To show highlights of each type of activity Mountain Jacques offers, you decide to display photos of previous trips. Using the NetObjects Fusion Photo Gallery tool, you can create a professional presentation with little effort. In this chapter, you set up a gallery that features photos of a Yosemite hiking trip.
To follow the steps in this lesson, you must have created the Mountain Jacques site described in Tutorial 1, “Creating Your First Web Site.” Download sample images here.
This tutorial shows you how to:
Adding Pages for the Photo Gallery
Each photo gallery includes two types of pages: a thumbnail page, which displays a small image of each picture in the gallery, and photo pages, which display one image to a page. You add the thumbnail page and NetObjects Fusion automatically creates the photo pages for you.
Its a good idea to start in the upper left corner of the Layout to allow as much room as possible for the images. You can adjust the position later, if necessary.
NetObjects Tip: If photo galleries are already associated with the site, you may see a larger dialog. If this happens, use the Create a new Photo Gallery option.
NetObjects Tip: Before you begin to add photos, it's a good idea to organize the pictures you want to include into a single folder so you can find them easily.
You can select one, all, or as many files as you like. For this tutorial select all 4 images.
The files you selected are listed in the File Name column and the highlighted file is shown in the Thumbnail Image Preview.
You can give each photo a title and/or caption or just let the picture speak for itself.
You enter the captions later, directly on the photo page.
You use the Output Settings on the bottom Thumbnail Image and Photo Image tabs to balance display quality and download time so your site visitors are not waiting a long time for your photos to appear. For this lesson, the default settings are fine.
Formatting the Thumbnail Page
The thumbnail page shows a small preview of each image in the gallery. Site visitors click a thumbnail to go to the photo page. NetObjects Fusion includes a variety of templates you can use to display the thumbnails. For example your pictures can appear in a Polaroid.
Note the additional options. Each thumbnail template has options consistent with its theme. As you change the settings, the result appears in the Preview window.
Since you have four images in this photo gallery, this will arrange them in two rows of two.
The thumbnails are bounded by a green border. You can change the order of the images within the green border, but you cannot move individual templates outside the green border.
The files are displayed in the order in which they are listed in the File Name column. You want to change the order to put the scenic photos first.
Use the red arrows for guidance as you drag.
Formatting the Photo Pages
Each photo page can contain an image, a title, and a caption in a layout that you choose. You also select a frame template for the photo that will be displayed in a pop-up window and format the photo title and caption text. The layout and text formats you select on the Photo Page tab are reflected on all photo pages. Changes you make directly on a photo page apply only to that page.
In each sample layout, the square with the X represents the photo, the bold line represents the title, and the text block represents the caption. The pictures in this guide use the default layout, but you can experiment with other layouts.
The layout you select applies to all photo pages.
NetObjects Tip: When selecting a layout, consider the shape of your photos and the amount of text you want to include in the caption.
The Object Format dialog appears.
NetObjects Tip: The text format should match or compliment the SiteStyle.
On the tabs of this dialog you select text formats for all the photo pages. As you make changes, the new format is displayed in the preview window.
The text formats you select here for the title and caption apply to all photo pages. Next, you select a frame template for the photo.
You use the Save Profile option at the bottom of the Photo Gallery Properties Editor to save the settings associated with a specific photo gallery so it can be used for the next photo gallery created. For this lesson, we will not create a profile.
Look at the Site Navigation palette. NetObjects Fusion added a page named Yosemite to the site. The new page icon shows multiple pages and has the same name as the photo gallery. This icon represents the photo pages. The actual number of pages adjusts to accommodate as many or as few photos as you add to the gallery.
The first photo page appears.
You use the navigation buttons on the control bar to move to the next and previous photo pages, and to add or delete a page. The three navigation buttons below the banner provide a way for site visitors to move to the next or previous photo, or back to the thumbnail page.
This centers the objects on all photo pages.
Your photo gallery is complete.
Where To Go From Here
You just learned how to put your digital images on the Web using the NetObjects Fusion Photo Gallery tool. Our next tutorial will help you to add an e-commerce store to your website project.