I thought it would be fun to challenge you to create and publish your own Adobe Portfolio site. I recently went through the process and found that not only was my portfolio easy to create, it was a great exercise to go back through my images, organize them into bodies of work, and look at the relationship between how I see, experience, and document the world through my camera. If you decide to take this challenge, on the last day, we can all share our new portfolios in the comments plus, you will all have your portfolio ready to share with the world!
What is Adobe Portfolio? If you are a member of Creative Cloud or the Creative Cloud for Photography Program, Adobe Portfolio is included in your membership. Portfolio is a simple way to create a beautiful, personalized, website with galleries of images, specialty pages (such as About, Contact, Awards etc.), social media links, and more. You can select from one of the beautifully designed layouts, which can be customized to match your personal style or, published as is. All edits that you make in the Portfolio editor are live (you see the changes as you make them), and anything you an see on the page, you can edit. Responsive design means that your layout will automatically adapt for best viewing on different devices, and access to Typkit fonts means pairing the right typographic style to complement your imagery. Add to that security options such as password protection and the option to disable right-click to protect your images, optional lightbox presentation of your images, custom domain name usage, and synchronization with Behance projects, and you have one powerful tool to use to share your work with the world (without knowing a single line of code)!
My portfolio. As an example, below is a screenshot of my current portfolio. Click here to view the published site.
Assignment #1 – Preparing your images. I find that the first day is the most difficult because I’m going to ask you to decide which images you are going to use in your portfolio. If you don’t have a lot of time, you can start with a single body of work that contains 8-10 images and additional images in the days ahead. In a perfect world, I would suggest that you try to publish 6-10 different bodies of work to your portfolio. But I don’t want it to get overwhelming, and I know this step can take a lot of time. Don’t worry, any of the galleries (or groups of images) that you publish to your portfolio can be updated at any time. What’s important is that we make a little progress on the site every day – so don’t worry, start small, only publish your best work, and then add to your portfolio as time allows.
Since I use Lightroom to organize and process my photographs, I started by making a Collection Set called “2016 Adobe Portfolios”. Within that Collection Set, I created several Collections of images to be included in my portfolio. (If you aren’t using Lightroom, you can use Bridge or the operating system to organize your images.)
Portfolio’s navigation is based on Galleries and Projects. Galleries are the containers for projects (similar to the way that Collections Sets are the containers for Collections in Lightroom). In my Portfolio, I only have one Gallery called “Photography” and several projects within that Gallery (what i dream, passenger seat, etc.). Even though Galleries and Projects, as well as individual images, can be added to and subtracted from, reordered, and replaced within Portfolio’s editor, I would suggest that you try to be as organized as possible, defining the structure of your portfolio as early in the process as you can.
I find that when publishing a portfolio, “less is more”. Having between 10-15 images is a good starting point for each of your collections of images (or bodies of work). However, you can see that I have included more than that in most of mine (some of my portfolios include dyptics as well). Remember, you’re portfolio is only as strong as your weakest image.
Once I selected my images, I exported them with these settings:
Quick tips. Before we get started, here are a few quick tips to help build a portfolio that gets noticed:
- Keep the design simple and let your work take center stage
- Make it easy to navigate
- Only have a few options (pages)
- Only show your best work
- Showcase the work that you want to do in the future
- The thumbnail should reflect the images in the project
- Keep your portfolio updated with current work – it’s a living document
Tomorrow we will start by selecting the Layout that we want to start with as well as start branding our portfolio using a logo or text.