Lightroom: How To Use Web Subdirectories

For users that work with web images, Lightroom 3 allows them to easily create web directories and subdirectories. This flexible tool allows users to create a main directory with its own subdirectories on web servers. Further, the web output (FTP) allows users to upload both RAW and regular images.

Step 1: Importance of Using Web Directories

For anyone that has a large number of images on web pages, they need to create online galleries on their FTP servers. If not, the images could be randomly uploaded to different areas of the site, and it would be nearly impossible to find them.

Image directories and subdirectories are also needed to ensure that the website can find the images. If the link to the picture is incorrect, usually nothing or perhaps even just an X will show up on the front of the site. Web directories allow users to easily manage and find all of web images.

Step 2: Using Lightroom 3 to Create Web Galleries

Lightroom 3 has a separate Web module, and, within this module, users can define settings for their online directories and subdirectories. For example, if a user wants to use a preset template, they would follow the below steps:

  1. Go into the Web module, and go to the Template Browser.
  2. Select a template from the list of preset templates.

When a user selects a template, the Layout Style panel will display whether or not it's meant for a Flash or HTML image. Users should select a template that matches the type of images with which they will be working.

Users may also make their own custom web directory templates. This can be done by following the below steps:

  1. Go into the Template Browser.
  2. In Windows, right-click on the place where the new folder should be. In Mac, users will have to Control-click on the area.
  3. Give the folder a name.
  4. Hit OK.
  5. Select a drag a template to the name of the folder.

Now, images, text and the like can be added to the folder. Subdirectories can also be made by following the same protocol, but moving the folder within a main folder.

Step 3: Uploading Photo Directories

Once the web directory and subdirectories are created, users should follow the below directions to upload the gallery.

  1. Go into the Web module.
  2. Hit the Export button.
  3. Go into the Save Web Gallery menu, and create a name for the gallery.
  4. Within the same box, users should designate to where the files should be save, and then hit Save.
  5. Now, users need to go into the Upload Settings panel. A FTP Server pop-up will appear. Here, users need to select one of the web server presets.
  6. Next, users need to check the box for Put In Subfolder and actually type in the name of the web output folder.
  7. Hit the Upload button.
  8. A pop-up menu will now appear asking for the password to web server. Enter the password, and then hit Upload.

The user's directory and subdirectories will now be uploaded to the web.