Tips Using Images and Galleries

Clay Gordon
@clay
01/16/15 10:02:52PM
1,680 posts

Ning (the old software) had the concept of Albums. Jamroom (the new software) uses Galleries and they are much more powerful and much easier to use at the same time.

When your images were uploaded, any album associations you made were lost, and the decision was made to upload all of the images into a single gallery that was named the same as your user name. This could cause some confusion, so I recommend changing the name of the gallery to something easy to remember. I used Loose Images.

To Rename a Gallery

  1. Go to your Profile Page by clicking on your name in the top nav.
  2. Click on Galleries in the menu to view all of the galleries. Immediately after import there is only one and it has the same name as your member name.
    (( If you can't see Galleries in the menu it means you are still in the Unassigned member quota. You will have to go to your profile (hover over your name in the top nav and select Account Settings, it's in the Profile tab) and change that first. ))
  3. To the right of the bar with the Gallery name in it is an icon with a gear in it. Click it to bring up the Gallery edit page.
  4. All of the images in the Gallery will be displayed and you have the ability to edit each image (detail) and delete images from this view.
  5. On the page is a text box with the Gallery name in it.
  6. Type in the new Gallery name you want to use (e.g., Loose Images).
  7. Scroll down to the bottom.
  8. Uncheck "Add to Timeline" (unless you want to tell everyone on TheChocolateLife that you renamed the Gallery).
  9. Click Save Changes and you're done.
  10. Other things you can do from this page include adding one or more images directiy into this library.

To Add a Gallery

  1. Go to your Profile Page by clicking on your name in the top nav.
  2. Click on Galleries in the menu to view all of the galleries.
  3. In the bar that says Image Galleries, click on the plus sign icon.
  4. Type in the name for the Gallery.
  5. Upload images (if you want to - it's not necessary at this time).
  6. Uncheck "Add to Timeline" (unless you want to tell everyone on TheChocolateLife that you renamed the Gallery).
  7. Click Save Changes and you're done.

To Rearrange Images in a Gallery

  1. Go to your Profile Page by clicking on your name in the top nav.
  2. Click on Galleries in the menu to view all of the galleries.
  3. Click on the name of the Gallery you want to rearrange to display it.
  4. Drag and drop the pictures into the order you want.
  5. That's it.

To Edit an Image


Editing an image (for now) means editing the data associated with the image. This includes the title and the description as well as the gallery the image is in.

  1. Go to your Profile Page by clicking on your name in the top nav.
  2. Click on Galleries in the menu to view all of the galleries.
  3. Click on the name of the Gallery that contains the image(s) you want to edit.
    (( If you prefer, you can click on the Images:### button in the Stats area to see all of the images in one view. If you have a lot of images this could take a long time to download. ))
  4. Click on the image you want to edit. If you've opted to view all of the images, you might want to right-click and open the image in a new tab so you don't have to keep re-loading the Images page.
  5. To the right of bar above the image (it may contain the gallery name), click on the gear icon to edit the image details.
  6. If you want, you can upload an image to replace the current image.
  7. Add or edit the image title.
  8. Add or edit the image description.
  9. Add the image to an existing Gallery (select from the pop-up list) or enter a name for a new Gallery.
  10. Click on Save Changes.
  11. Repeat as necessary.

Helpful Hint ~~ While you can see the title of each image when you mouse over it, you can't see the image title when you are moving back and forth through the images in lightbox mode. For that reason, I copy the image title into the image description field - even if it's the only thing in the description field. What's in the description field is displayed below the image in lightbox mode. So - no matter what - your visitors will know what the image is about.

Other Things You Can Do When Looking at Images

  • The numbers to the right (2,3,4,6,8) refer to the number of images shown in each row. Click on a number to resize the images ~~ without reloading the page!
  • Below each image should be five stars. These are used to rate images. All of the ratings for each image gets averaged.
  • When looking at an image on its page, scroll down below the image.
    • You can Like it (use the thumb). However, you cannot like images that you uploaded. You can only like other members' images.
    • You can also share the image on Facebook, Twitter, etc. The first time you decide to Share something you will be asked to give permission to link that service with TheChocolateLife using a service called ShareThis.
  • When looking at an image you uploaded you can add a tag. Tags can be some descriptor that's not in the title or description already. Tags will be added to your Profile tag cloud and to the Community tag cloud on the home page.

Have a Question? Is Something Not Clear? Have a Tip of Your Own?


Add it in the comments below.




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updated by @clay: 04/11/15 06:35:49AM
Clay Gordon
@clay
01/22/15 08:33:23PM
1,680 posts

How to make Photoblog using Image Galleries


While it is possible to embed images into posts and comments, if you have a photo-intense travel story, think about creating a Gallery with the images from your trip. You can post  the setup and some short narrative in the Travels and Adventures Forum category, and then link to the Gallery. The effect is best when members look at the photos in the Lightbox in a slide show.

The key to making the slideshow work is to have a short, descriptive title, for each image. Then copy that title into the description field and keep the description fairly short. Under 200-300 words is ideal. The title will be visible when anyone mouses over an image in any view but Lightbox, and the description will be shown under the image in Lightbox mode.




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