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Gallery to create photo Web sites to display images to clients — and I'm amazed how good a job the Web Photo Gallery does. It's a built-in Web-site generator within Photoshop — and a quick way to show off your photos on the Web or create custom sites for clients.

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Web Photo Gallery is part of Photoshop, but it's also accessible through Bridge, where its easier to browse for images you want to include in your Web site. Here's how to create a Web site using Web Photo Gallery:

1. Select images in Bridge to include in your Web site.

If you followed the image-management workflow described in Chapter 4, you have a group of images in an Output folder, awaiting their shot at the Web. As a best practice, process your images in Photoshop, and then convert each image in a format that's Web-friendly. Images shown on the Web should be processed in the RGB working space and saved in the JPEG format at 72dpi. Figure 13-25, for example, shows images in an output folder I created for Web images selected in Bridge.

Figure 13-25: Selecting images in Bridge for your Web site.

2. Start Web Photo Gallery.

Choose ToolsOPhotoshopOWeb Photo Gallery.

3. Browse styles by clicking the Styles selection box (shown in Figure 13-26).

Web Photo Gallery offers a variety of templates you can use for your photo Web site. When you browse the styles by selecting them one at a time, you can view the style in the preview area located on the right side of the Web Photo Gallery window.

4. Select source images and destination.

Figure 13-26: The Web Photo Gallery window.

In the Source Images section of the Web Photo Gallery window, make sure Selected Images from Bridge is chosen in the Use field. Click the Destination button and choose a folder to store your Web site files in.

Figure 13-26: The Web Photo Gallery window.

5. Click the Options selection box and choose Banner.

Fill in the Site Name, Photographer, Contact Info, and Date fields. Web Photo Gallery uses this information as a header on your Web site.

If you want to change the color scheme of the style you've chosen, click the Options selection box and choose Custom Colors to change the foreground and background colors of your Web site. Figure 13-27 shows you a sample Web site I created using Web Photo Gallery.

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Figure 13-27: Completed Web site.

Uploading your site to a Web provider makes it available to the world. Free Web providers are readily available on the Internet, or your Internet service provider may already offer Web hosting. Many Internet providers such as Comcast offer subscribers free Web space. If you want to get fancier and set up a Web site with your own URL, try services such as Yahoo Small Business or Geocities; both offer low-cost solutions. However you go about it, no excuses — get your images up there on the Web now!

Creating a Fine Art Poster

Do you ever walk into someone's office, place of business, or home and see those beautiful photographic posters framed and hanging on the wall? Do you see the works of Ansel Adams or other famous photographers, in the form of fine art posters, and ask yourself, Why can't I do that? Well, you can — using Photoshop!

1. Choose a photo that you'd be proud to hang in a large poster frame.

Make sure that the image has enough resolution to print clearly at a size of about 11x14 inches. If you shoot with a 6-megapixel digital SLR (or an 8-megapixel compact digital camera), you may have the resolution in your photo needed to achieve good detail at that size — about 300 pixels/inch. I've chosen the photo in Figure 13-28 for the poster.

2. Add a thin black line around the image.

Create a new layer and choose EditOStroke. Add a 3-pixel black line on the inside of the image.

3. Choose SelectOAll.

Selecting the entire image will let you copy it easily to the new poster canvas you create in Step 4.

4. Create a new document in Photoshop.

Choose FileONew. In the New Document window shown in Figure 13-29, make these settings:

Figure 13-28: Photo chosen to use for a poster.
Figure 13-29: New document window.

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