August 29, 2008
This is the second post in an ongoing series where I take you through the creation of a basic web gallery in Lightroom.
As mentioned in the opening post, galleryInfo.lrweb is the heart of the gallery. It’s what gives us the look of the panels and the controls that are accessed by our HTML file. For my editing I use TextWrangler or Taco HTML Edit, depending on whether I’m looking at code, or copying and pasting between files. TextWrangler has coloured highlighting for Lua code, which is very handy. Of course any text editor will do. So let’s start from scratch with a superbly basic file.
August 27, 2008
Lightroom HTML galleries used to be written in a mix of XSLT and XML. The simpler coding in Lua makes it a pleasure to create HTML galleries with. You can write Flash galleries in Lua, but because IE doesn’t allow plugin loading on PC Lightroom, you can’t see them in the preview window. Hence 3rd party Flash galleries use the old method for cross platform compatibility.
Lua galleries were introduced in Version 1.3 and have matured somewhat with V2.0. The new syntax is much tidier and more compact. In fact Matthew Campagna shaved 500 lines off one of his galleries for version 2, and my new website in a gallery LRB Portfolio managed close to that also. Much kudos to Andy Rahn for this.
So what comprises a Lua Gallery? Well the absolute minimum a gallery can contain is 3 files: galleryInfo.lrweb, manifest.lrweb and a HTML file. Let’s look at them in a little more detail:
August 17, 2008
Following on from the recent demos of what’s new in Lightroom 2, here is a tip on working with Lightroom and Photoshop, where I suggest how Lightroom can be used at the front end and back end of your image processing workflow, leaving Photoshop to do what it does best, for carrying out all the tricky retouching in the middle.
August 10, 2008
Tom Hogarty is the product manager for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. To coincide with the recent official release of Lightroom 2, Lightroom-news carried out an interview with Tom to find our more about the thinking behind Lightroom 2 and his role in it’s development.
August 6, 2008
Just as you can use the Lens Correction sliders to remove a vignette, you can use them to apply a vignette too. I often like to deliberately darken or lighten the edges of a photograph and use the Lens Correction sliders as basic dodge or burn tools for the corners of a photograph. Here are some suggestions as to how you can extend the vignetting options when working with Lightroom 2