Pick a Size-Gallery Updated!

Another subtle update to the Gallery feature has been pushed out. This update brings to the Edit Gallery screen the ability to select image size, which was previously available only by directly editing the Gallery shortcode in the Text tab of the Post or Page Editor.

When you open the Media Manager’s Edit Gallery screen, beyond Link to, Columns, Random Order and Type, you’ll now see an additional drop down menu which allows you to select Gallery image size- Thumbnail, Medium, Large or Full Size. While I have not had an opportunity to experiment with all the Gallery Types, in the past these image size choices have been relevant only for the default Thumbnail Gallery and not the “mosaic” type of Gallery.

Your image size selection should also influence the number of columns you select to use. If your theme has a particularly narrow posting column or even a full-page template, you may need to experiment a bit with image size and number of columns to get the best result for your theme.

And here’s the bonus: you can now easily insert even a single image which will be displayed in a Gallery and then, by default, the Photo Carousel. If you wish to align your single image to the left or right and have text wrap around it, you’ll still have to get your feet wet in the Text tab of the Editor, but it’s a grand start!

Photoblogging Made Easy: Exploring Gallery Types

Featured Image -- 3963If you’ve spent any time on my site, you know that I seriously love the Gallery feature. It’s an elegant and easy way to make photos look good on any site and just about with any theme. Combined with the Photo Carousel, the Gallery really makes your photo displays stand out.

However, due to the way the new Reblog currently works, reblogging a post that contains multiple images has an unexpected and decidedly unwelcome side effect if copyright is a concern. Right now all the images in your post are copied and transferred to the reblogger’s Media Library, regardless of how many images are used in the actual Reblog itself. In spite of a Staff reply in the forums to the contrary, I very much hope this is a bug and will be addressed. You can read more about it and some additional complications in the comments on wpcommaven The New Reblog, Part 2-Images Gone Awry.

Reblogging gone awry- how did those images get in my Media Library?

What does the new Reblog function mean for me personally? For a short moment, I considered watermarking my images, but wholeheartedly dislike them. So the only real recourse I have is to upload fewer images at lower resolution. I want to believe that people will be honest and abide by my CC License if they choose to use my images, but also know that I tend to wear rose-colored glasses.

The WordPress.com Blog

Photographs capture moments and bring life and color to our blogs, websites, and portfolios. In this age of digital storytelling, images are key elements in our narratives. With over 200 themes in the WordPress.com Theme Showcase, some designed for photography, there are many ways for you to tell your stories.

Photographers and photo bloggers can choose from a number of versatile premium themes to take their passion to the next level. But you don’t need a premium theme, or even a photoblogging theme, to display your images in polished, professional layouts. Let’s take a look at gorgeous image showcases on free themes that are great for personal blogging and writing, created with the built-in gallery options in your Media Manager.


Square tiles gallery on the Bushwick theme

First up is Bushwicka lightweight blogging theme we launched at the end of December. While ideal for bloggers…

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Attachment Pages, Images and Carousels! Oh My!

Or: First the WordPress Gallery Had Attachment Pages, Then It Had The Photo Carousel. (But, really, it still has Attachment Pages.)

This is a bit of a “Red Pill/Blue Pill” post and assumes you have a good understanding of the underpinnings of WordPress.com’s image handling and the Gallery feature. Even if you do, you might want to keep headache relief nearby. After going down the rabbit hole, you’ll learn how you can use the Gallery feature to display your single images in the Photo Carousel.

Every image you upload to your WordPress.com site creates a corresponding Attachment page. You can check this out yourself by uploading an image directly to your Media Library and then clicking on the “View” link for that image in the Media Library.

Read the full post on Gallery-A Demo Blog

Official Gallery Widget-at last!

Imagine my delight today to find that WordPress.com has added an official Gallery widget that you can add to any widget area on your site (sidebar or footer). Have a look below to see the new widget in action.

While there’s no official Support doc yet, adding and using the widget is pretty straightforward. Just add it to a widget area, open it and select “Add Images” to choose images from your Media Library and create a new Gallery. Select which Gallery type you want displayed and what the images should link to and save. Couldn’t be easier!

Thank you WordPress.com!

(and Thank You Google Alerts!)

Update: The official Support document is now available!

Comments and Images

One of the lesser-known improvements (to me, anyway) that WordPress.com implemented at the end of November 2012 was the ability to manage Discussion Settings on images, in addition to Posts and Pages. As a result, you now can allow or disallow comments and pingbacks on images almost as easily as “Likes” and Shares”.

Comments are enabled by default on your site globally (under Settings>Discussion Settings>”Default article settings”), meaning that commenting is available on Posts, Pages and images, whether in Attachment pages or in the Photo Carousel. And, of course, if you’ve disabled commenting globally on your site in the same Discussion settings, then commenting will be disabled on images as well.

Thanks to the Discussion module, which has been available for a long time on the Post Editor or Page Editor screens, as well as newly available in the Edit Image screen, you can fine tune even further where visitors can leave comments.

Discussion Module
Discussion Module

Enabling or disabling commenting on individual images can be managed either in the Media Manager screen or from the Media Library. If you are in the Media Manager, click the “Edit Image” link or from the Media Library, click the “Edit” link.  Remember to click the “Refresh” link or the “Update” button if you make changes.

Media Manager
Media Library

If you don’t see the “Discussion” module in the Edit Image screen, click the “Screen Options” tab in the upper right corner of the Edit Image screen and check the box next to “Discussion” and the module should appear.

Another subtle but very welcome improvement. Kudos!