Before you start creating the Web gallery, you may want to take a quick look at the completed gallery so that you can understand more about the many options that are available when using the Photoshop 7 Web Photo Gallery Feature.
■ Assuming that you copied the contents of the Companion CD-ROM to your hard drive as recommended in the Introduction, you find the Web gallery in the \48\gallery folder. Using Windows Explorer, double-click the \48\gallery to open it, and then double-click the file index.htm to view the completed Web gallery. The gallery should now be viewable in your default Web browser, as shown in Figure 48.3.
The Photoshop 7 Web Photo Gallery style that was used includes a frame (the independently scrolling box with thumbnails at the bottom of the browser) and it displays textual information found in each image file, such as title, caption, credits, and so forth. The style also displays a clickable e-mail address, which automatically launches the default e-mail client. As you go through this technique, you discover how these user-definable items were automatically placed on the Web page.
Before you run Web Photo Gallery, you must first collect all the images that you want to use and put them in a separate folder. If you want to display textual information about each image, such as title, caption, or even a purchase price, you need to add this information to each image file before running Web Photo Gallery. To read more about how this is done and how to automate the entry of this kind of information, read Technique 13. Technique 3 is another useful technique to use if you want to quickly size, optimize, frame, or add text to each photo.
One other useful technique to use when creating Web photo galleries is Technique 7. This technique includes a Photoshop 7 action that automates the entire process of correcting and enhancing a digital photo for use on a Web page. This action can be modified to meet your specific requirements and it can even include the image sizing and framing action found in Technique 3.
Alternatively, if you don't need or want to enhance your images and display textual information about them, you can use the features in Web Photo Gallery to automatically resize your photos when the Web pages are created as shown in this technique.
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