MacMost Now 711: iPhoto Independent Web Galleries

One of the export options in iPhoto will let you export a set of photos as a web gallery, but not tied to any specific Internet service. You get a set a files that can be uploaded to your independent web host to your own site.

Video Transcript
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today's episode, let's look at a slightly hidden feature of iPhoto that allows you to create these independent websites that you can upload to just about any web server. So iPhoto has the ability to upload picture galleries to MobileMe, which will soon be going away. The iOS version of iPhoto has the ability to do something similar with iCloud. I think we'll soon see that in iPhoto on the Mac. But there's also this hidden functionality on iPhoto to be able to create a simple little gallery that's just a bunch of web files. And you can upload them to your own web server, completely independent of any service like iCloud or MobileMe. So here we are inside of iPhoto. And let's just select a whole bunch of pictures here. I'll select these first eight. You can go here to File, Export. And in File, Export, you can go into, there's a whole bunch of different things depending on the options you've got, you can go to Web Page. Now, the cool thing about Web Page is that you can create a bunch of different options here. You can title it, number of columns and rows for this gallery you going to put there, you can do it framed or plain, you can set background colors, thumbnail size, image size that's going to be there, so a whole bunch of different things. You can even choose whether or not to bring in the title, description, and other things, including location. Then you can select Export and it will export this. You can set it to wherever you want. It will default to the site's folder. But you could go to the desktop folder here and say OK. And it will create a bunch of files here on the desktop. So you're going to end up with a whole bunch of different folders here. It's probably best maybe to put these into a folder here. Maybe I should have done that probably when I exported them in the first place. So now you've got in here this index page and then images, page, resources, thumbnails. You can see in Resources, I've got a bunch of different things for place holders...some HTML stuff, thumbnails and the actual images there. If I just double-click on this and look at it in Safari, I can actually see the gallery here. And I can, you know, manipulate it, go through it, use these arrow keys here. So it's a pretty simple, but very functional little photo gallery. And then if I were to go in and simply upload this gallery folder to any website I've got, then this index.html page should become the index for that folder. And I can have this cool little gallery and it's independent of anything. So I can sign up with any web host I want, stick this folder there, and have this gallery to be there forever. It won't be something that will be shut down when Apple changes its mind again about photo galleries. There's a quick look at using this neat feature inside of iPhoto to create these independent photo galleries. It's great if you don't want to tie your photo galleries to any service, like say Flickr, iCloud, Bumblebee, something that may change in the future or you just don't want to use for this particular project. Hope you found this useful. Til next time, this is Gary with MacMost Now.

Comments: 9 Responses to “MacMost Now 711: iPhoto Independent Web Galleries”

    5/18/12 @ 5:03 pm

    I’m constantly learning new things from your videos. Thanks for continuing to provide the best Apple content on YouTube.

    5/20/12 @ 9:10 pm

    How do you handle multiple galleries?

      5/20/12 @ 9:26 pm

      With this technique, you would just put one gallery in one web directory and another gallery in another directory.

    5/24/12 @ 1:04 pm

    I use blogger, how would I upload this to a page?

      5/24/12 @ 1:08 pm

      You wouldn’t. This would be for people that have regular web server accounts — with FTP access.

        5/24/12 @ 1:30 pm


    5/24/12 @ 6:03 pm

    Gary: great tip. I plan to put them in the photos folder of Dropbox. The I’ll have access to the photos on all my devices.

    6/29/12 @ 2:05 pm

    I am using 10.7, What is the best way to share photos, iWeb, iCloud etc?

      6/29/12 @ 2:22 pm

      iCloud dosen’t have Mac galleries yet (iOS, yes, and coming soon to Mac I’m sure). I would use Flickr, Picasa or DropBox.

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