Creating Web Galleries and Web Journals

Aperture web galleries offer a way to showcase your images on the web. You have a number of options for designing these pages. You can choose the type of information to accompany each image, such as name and rating. You can also specify the number of columns and rows you want on each page.

Web journals provide a great way to mix images and text to chronicle trips and explain images on the web. You can manually add and arrange images and text in your web journal.

Creating Webpage Albums

To create a web gallery, you must first create a webpage album that holds your web gallery images. The easiest way to do this is to select images you want to appear in the web gallery, create a webpage album, and have Aperture automatically place the images on the web gallery pages. Aperture creates as many webpages as necessary to hold all of the selected images.

To create a new webpage album from selected images
  1. Do one of the following:

    • In the Browser, select the images you want to place on your web gallery pages.

    • Select an item in the Library inspector.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > New > Web Page.

    • Control-click in the Library inspector, then choose New > Web Page from the shortcut menu.

    • Choose Web Page from the New pop-up menu in the toolbar.

  3. In the dialog that appears, give your webpage album a name, select a theme, then click Choose Theme.

    Note: Make sure the “Add selected items to new web page” checkbox is selected.

The new webpage album appears in the Library inspector containing the selected images.

Figure. Aperture main window showing a selected webpage album in the Library inspector and the Webpage Editor displaying the album's images.

You can also create an empty webpage album and then drag images into the album.

To create a new, empty webpage album
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > New > Web Page.

    • Control-click in the Library inspector, then choose New > Web Page from the shortcut menu.

    • Choose Web Page from the New pop-up menu in the toolbar.

  2. In the dialog that appears, give your webpage album a name, select a theme, and make sure to deselect the “Add selected items to new web page” checkbox.

  3. Click Choose Theme.

A new, empty webpage album is added to the Library inspector. You can drag the images you want into the new webpage album from the Browser or from other items selected in the Library inspector.

To make changes to the web gallery pages, you use the controls in the Webpage Editor. For more information, see Web Gallery Controls.

Creating Smart Web Page Albums

You can use the Aperture Smart Album feature to gather images from the library or from projects and place them on web gallery pages automatically. Smart Albums gather images based on search criteria that you specify. For example, you can create a Smart Web Page Album that gathers your select images from across the entire Aperture library. Then each time you rate an image Select, Aperture automatically adds it to your Smart Web Page Album and to its web gallery. You can then update your MobileMe account with pages of your most up-to-date select images or post them to your website.

Warning: After June 30, 2012, you will no longer have access to your web galleries and web journals published on MobileMe.

Note: The Smart Album feature is not available for web journals.

To create a Smart Web Page Album of your images
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > New > Smart Web Page.

    • Control-click in the Library inspector, then choose New > Smart Web Site from the shortcut menu.

  2. Enter a name for the new Smart Web Page Album in the Library inspector.

  3. If necessary, click the Smart Settings HUD button (with a magnifying glass icon) to the right of the Smart Web Page Album name to show the Smart Settings HUD.

  4. In the Smart Settings HUD, specify the search criteria for the Smart Web Page Album.

The Smart Web Page Album is created and filled with the images that meet the search criteria.

You can change the search criteria, thus changing the contents of the Smart Web Page Album, at any time. For more information about working with Smart Albums, see Grouping Images with Smart Albums.

Creating Web Journal Albums

To create a web journal, you must first create an album that holds your web journal’s images. The easiest way to do this is to select images you want to appear in the web journal and create an album. Aperture creates a web journal album that contains the images you selected, and the Webpage Editor appears. The Browser contains the selected images, which you can then manually place on the webpages.

To create a web journal album from selected images
  1. Do one of the following:

    • In the Browser, select the images you want to place on your web journal pages.

    • Select an item in the Library inspector.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > New > Web Journal.

    • Control-click in the Library inspector, then choose New > Web Journal from the shortcut menu.

    • Choose Web Journal from the New pop-up menu in the toolbar.

  3. In the dialog that appears, give your web journal album a name, select a theme, then click Choose Theme.

    Note: Make sure the “Add selected items to new web journal” checkbox is selected.

The selected images appear in the Browser. You can then manually add images to your web journal pages from the Browser or from other items selected in the Library inspector.

To create a new, empty web journal album
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > New > Web Journal.

    • Control-click in the Library inspector, then choose New > Web Journal from the shortcut menu.

    • Choose Web Journal from the New pop-up menu in the toolbar.

  2. In the dialog that appears, give your web journal album a name, select a theme, and make sure to deselect the “Add selected items to new web journal” checkbox.

  3. Click Choose Theme.

A new, empty web journal album is added to the Library inspector. You can drag the images you want into the new web journal album from the Browser or from other items selected in the Library inspector. To make changes to the web journal pages, you use the controls in the Webpage Editor. For more information, see Web Journal Controls.