Create a Website with Lightroom Classic and Lightroom

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Using Adobe Portfolio you can easily create an amazing and professional-looking website in 10 minutes. Plus, you can also update it in a split second. This is ideal for people who aren’t webmasters and want a website to represent their work without paying an additional subscription! 

Step One: Synchronize Lightroom Classic with Lightroom 

The best way to get organized in Lightroom Classic is by creating collections in the Collections panel to categorize your photos. Plus, you need to sync your desired collections with Lightroom (the cloud version) in order to use Adobe Portfolio. So start by making sure you’re logged in to your Adobe Creative Cloud account, and then click on the cloud icon at the top right of Lightroom Classic. If the button at the bottom of the drop-down menu says Start Syncing, click it to turn on syncing for your catalog. 

Step Two: Sync Collections with Lightroom 

Now decide which collections you want to sync with Lightroom in order to put them on your website. In the Collections panel in Lightroom Classic, you’ll see an empty box to the left of your collections. When you hover your cursor over one of those boxes, it will turn into a symbol that looks a little like a lightning bolt. Click that icon to turn on syncing for that collection. The lightning icon will remain to indicate that collection is now synced. Turn on syncing for all the collections that you want to include in your website. 

Note: If you create a new collection in Lightroom Classic, there’s a checkbox for Sync with Lightroom in the Create Collection dialog so the collection will automatically sync with Lightroom. 

Step Three: Launch Lightroom and Organize Albums 

Now that you’ve synced your collections in Lightroom Classic, launch the cloud version of Lightroom on your desktop. You’ll see your synced collections, which are called Albums in Lightroom. You can go through the photos in your albums and delete any photos that you don’t want to appear on your website (just Right-click on an image and choose Delete 1 Photo). You can also rename your collection the way that you want it to appear on the website by Right-clicking on the album and choosing Rename Album. Please note that these changes will be reflected back in Lightroom Classic since these albums are synced. 

Step Four: Create a Folder in Lightroom 

It’s a good idea to create a new folder in Lightroom for organizational purposes so it’s clearer which albums appear on your website. Click on the plus icon to the right of Albums and choose Create Folder. Give your folder a name and click Create. Now you can drag-and-drop all the albums that you want on your website into that folder. 

Right-click on one of the albums and select Share To>Add Connection. In the dialog that appears click the Add Connection button for Adobe Portfolio, and then close the dialog. Right-click on the Album again, and you should now see Adobe Portfolio as an option. Choose that option. 

Step Five: Set Up Your Website 

Once you choose Adobe Portfolio, you’ll arrive on a webpage where you’ll see the album that you selected. Go back to Lightroom, and select Share To>Adobe Portfolio for each album that you want on your website. 

Now go back to your Adobe Portfolio page in your web browser to get started with your website. Click on Pages near the top left of the screen, and you’ll see all your albums. You can activate or deactivate them with the switch to the right of each, and you can also change the sequence of your albums. 

Step Six: Change the Cover Images of Your Albums 

Now that all your albums are laid out, you can change the cover image for each of them. Click on your name at the top of the page to view the homepage, and you should see all your albums there. Hover your cursor over one of the albums, click on the word “Page” that appears in a blue box at the top left of the thumbnail, and select Edit Cover Image. Select the image that you want viewers to see for that collection. 

Step Seven: Select Your Website Settings 

Click on Settings on the left and go through each category (like a checklist) and decide which keywords you want to add for Search Optimization, your website title, your favicon, your social media sharing photo, etc. The key thing is for you to buy a domain and to include it on your website. 

Step Eight: Add Photos to Your Website 

If you want to add photos to your website, you need to go back to Lightroom Classic and drag-and-drop the photos you want to add into the appropriate collections that are synced with Lightroom. Then, to make it appear on your live website, you need to click on Pages in the web browser, and click on the settings icon (gear) for the collection where the new photo lives. Select Reset from Lightroom, follow the prompts, and the new image will now be on your website. 

Step Eight: Retouching Photos on Your Website 

To retouch a photo that’s already live, you need to edit it in Lightroom Classic (which is already synced with Lightroom), and then use the Reset from Lightroom method described in the previous step. 

Step Nine: The Final Touches 

To tailor your website, you can click on the blue plus sign to create a new page, album, or gallery, and even link to an external page. You can also change the overall look of your website very easily by clicking Themes and choosing a different template. (I just stayed with the default template.) Go through the other settings to customize your website to your liking. Once you’re happy with the site, you can click the Publish Site button. 

Step 10: Editing a Live Site 

Once your site is live and you want to make changes, back in Lightroom (the cloud version), expand Connections on the left, click on Adobe Portfolio, and then click on one of the View Project buttons to the right of the albums that appear. Make your changes in the web browser, and then click Update Live Site to publish your modifications. You can click here to check out my finished site. 

You now have a live website running with your best photos. If you’re planning on using this as your main website, I highly suggest you post only your best 20 photos per album. This will make your site look much more professional, as people get to enjoy your absolutely best work. You can easily update your site so that it always shows your latest pieces of art. I hope this was useful, and that you have a better understanding of how to work with Lightroom Classic, Lightroom, and Adobe Portfolio. Have fun!