Welcome to day three of the 10 day Portfolio challenge! Today we are going to add our first project (set of images) to our Portfolio. And don’t worry about making mistakes, we will also learn how to make edits/update a project at any time.
Start by clicking the Add Project icon (or click the Add Content icon on the left side of the window and choose Project).
Click “Find Files to Upload”, navigate to and select your images (up to 15 images at a time), and click upload. If you want to add additional images to the project, click Upload Files from the “floating remote”. You can also use this remote to embed media, add text, and add images synchronized via Lightroom or that you have stored in Creative Cloud.
To reorder images, click-drag the grabber handle icon (the three lines to the left of an image thumbnail). When finished, click Save New Order.
If you want to add a caption to an image, click the pencil icon next to the desired image and choose Add Caption. From the same list, you can also choose to change the width, alignment, and margins, or to replace or delete an image from the project.
When finished (don’t worry, we can return to this project at any time to make changes), click “2 Cover” at the bottom of the window. Select a Project Cover Image from the files in the project or click the Upload icon and select an image. Use the slider to zoom and drag within the window to reposition the image (the aspect ratio depends on the design in your chosen layout but even this can be changed later using the Customize option). When done, click Crop & Continue.
Add the project title, description, date, and creative fields (the more common fields are at the top, then additional fields are listed alphabetically), keywords, and any additional information in the custom filed area. By default, different layouts show more or less of this information. (Both the content as well as what information is displayed can be customized.)
When publishing a project to Portfolio, the default is to also publish the project to Behance. It’s up to you to decide if the projects that you publish to Portfolio are going to be the same as the projects that you publish to Behance (see yesterday’s post for more information about what types of projects I publish to Behance vs Portfolio). If you don’t want to publish the project, uncheck the box and click Create Project.
Portfolio creates the project, but your site isn’t live until you choose to publish it.
If you decide to share the same project on Behance as well as Portfolio, be sure to fill in any Co-Owners and Credit options and click Next. Then, in the Behance Project Settings, choose the appropriate visibility, license type, and content options.
Click Return Home to view your project, then click the arrow in the upper left to return to your home page.
Making Changes. It’s easy to make changes to your project. Hover your cursor over the project cover, click the Pencil icon and choose one of the following:
- Customize — to change site attributes such as fonts, colors, rollovers, styles, margins and width (and more), for items in the project such as Cover Images (corner style, overlay, and rollover options as well as Aspect Ratio Options), Project Titles, Dates, Custom Field, Descriptions, Creative Fields, and Text Container. Of course you don’t have to edit all (or any) of these options. I found that the default layout attributes looked great and needed very few (if any) changes.
- Edit Cover Image — to replace the cover image or change the crop. Note: the cover image aspect ratio is controlled in the Aspect Ratio Options (see the Customize option above).
- Edit Info — to change Project Info including Title, Date, Description, and Custom Field.
- Edit Project Content — to edit the images, reorder, add captions etc. Clicking anywhere in the project cover (the thumbnail for the project) will edit the contents of the project.
Adding Multiple Projects. If you are ready to add additional projects, click the Add Project icon and repeat the same steps as we did above.
That’s it for today. Tomorrow we will start organizing our projects and galleries and learn how to customize the navigation.