The smarter way to share your Web Contact Sheets

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Want a smarter way to send the Web Contact Sheets to your clients? Use a cloud based sharing service like Dropbox and avoid having to send larger volumes of data to your client, navigating hosting interfaces or using FTP.

Capture One Pro 7 has a very useful feature to create a Web Contact sheet based on a selection of images. Capture One builds a “website” from the images selected, which you can then upload to your hosting service to integrate with your website, or zip and mail to the client for review of a specific job.

Share smarter and more elegantly

However another, easier and more elegant method of sharing can be used by taking advantage of the functionality of a cloud based sharing service like Dropbox.

You can use a service like this to quickly and easily share any file you like. It doesn’t involve sending large volumes of data to your client, just a simple link generated by Dropbox to deliver to them.

Visit Dropbox.com to download the free application that comes with an allocation of storage space. Once installed it operates like any other folder in finder. Any content written to this location is also synced to your corresponding cloud account/space.

Building a Web Contact Sheet

First select the images in Capture One Pro 7 that you wish to include in a Web Contact Sheet.  You could always drag and drop them into an Album, to make that easier.  Then choose File > Make Web Contact Sheet.

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Capture One will prepare a preview of the contact sheet.

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Adjust the parameters of the contact sheet on the left hand side.  For more information on these options, watch the YouTube tutorial on Presenting:

Click on Export, and Capture One Pro 7 will generate the following files.

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Note we have made a contact sheet with a HTML compatible name: It is best to avoid . and spaces in the folder names for example.

Next we transfer the whole Portfolio folder to the Public folder in the local Dropbox folder.

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This will also copy all the data to the cloud server. Wait for the sync icon to turn to a green tick before continuing.

Now we need to share this with our client who wishes to see the contact sheet. As the web gallery is stored on Dropbox we don’t need to have our client download all the information – we have effectively hosted the gallery online. To view, they only need a link to the index.html file, which will then present the rest of the files Capture One Pro 7 created.

Right-click on the index.html file and choose Copy Public Link.

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This will generate a link, which you can send to your client, similar to this one.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2849451/Contact%20Sheet/index.html

To complete the process, your client just needs to copy it into their web browser to view.

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This method avoids having to send larger volumes of data to your client, navigating hosting interfaces or using FTP. You still have to upload the data to the Dropbox server, but this is not at the expense of your client’s time. Additionally the public links can be embedded in any website page using <a> tags for easy gallery building using the Capture One contact sheets.

Please note – Specifically for Dropbox, this will only work if you have a folder designated as ‘Public’ in your account.  For more information see here

Disclaimer: Phase One is not affiliated with Dropbox, and the workflow outlined in this tip can be adapted to used with similar services.

 

Best regards,

David

David Grover

David Grover

David Grover is part of the Capture One marketing team based at our head office. He runs our weekly webinar series on Capture One 8 and produces the video tutorials on Capture One too.

19 thoughts on “The smarter way to share your Web Contact Sheets

  1. Matt Timmons

    Many thanks for posting this tutorial. I’ve been using Dropbox for a couple of years now and it’s been a problem for clients sending me the wrong selects because Dropbox displays the image sequence number below each photo such as 57/354 rather than the file name like Bob_45. I think this will clear it up and make it easier to see the file name below each photo for choosing selects.
    Cheers-
    Matt

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  2. Edward Landreth

    I tried this using OneDrive instead of Dropbox, but can’t get it to work. Windows Explorer has a OneDrive folder in it that automatically syncs with the cloud, and when I export the contact sheet here and double click on index.htm in Windows Explorer, it works.

    However, when I open up my OneDrive account in a web browser and double click the index.htm file, it simply opens a browser window with lots of software code. This page of coding is also what opens when someone else clicks on a share link generated for index.htm by OneDrive.

    So the contact sheet is working when accessed internally from my computer, but it doesn’t work when I try to access it through the cloud account. Any ideas how to fix this? I routinely use my OneDrive account to share photos since it acts similar to a contact sheet automatically.

    Note: I don’t know if it matters, but the index file created by Capture One for me was .htm, not .html like in your example. Manually changing the file extension to .html had no impact on the results above though.

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    1. David Grover Post author

      Hi Edward,

      I guess its a limitation of OneDrive or how it is setup?

      The same will happen in Dropbox if you don’t use the ‘Public’ designated folder. i.e. You just get the .html file to download and it won’t link to the actual images.

      David

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      1. Edward Landreth

        I also tried this with Box.com, and the contact sheet doesn’t work there either. This might be a feature exclusive to Dropbox.

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        1. Alex

          That’s correct. Dropbox loads the HTML file as a web page, while Box and other such cloud services simply allow you to download the text file. It’s a question of how the service handles the file, and it seems like Dropbox is alone in offering the ability to view HTML files as web pages rather than text files.

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          1. Marius

            Is there any alternative provider, handling index.html similar to dropbox, so that it shows the contact sheet as planned (=website) instead of just the file with a download button?

          2. David Grover Post author

            Hi Marius,

            Good question. In my limited knowledge of that field I don’t know. I tried ‘Copy’ but without any success but its not to day others won’t work.

            David

  3. Edward Landreth

    Web Contact Sheets are changing the colors of my photos. In the preview when creating the contact sheet, before ever exporting it, the colors are super saturated and don’t match the photos in the viewer right beside it. This extra saturation carries over into the exported contact sheet as well. The colors are fine in the processed photos output by Capture One, but for some reason the Web Contact Sheet isn’t accurate.

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  4. Fabio

    I have used this method before, thanks for refreshing the process David.

    As an improvement – which is what most ppl I hear are doing with alternative services – it would be great to have a way to allow clients to star/tag images on that HTML page. So that the photographer or anyone else involved can see the selects and perhaps further narrow it down by also tagging/starring.
    Right now some ppl are doing this with Lightroom and smugmug. Would be ace to have it all in one with C1! ;)

    Thanks,
    Fabio

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  5. Rupert

    +1 for what Fabio said. It’s kind of pointless to make a web preview and showing it to people when they can’t select anything.

    This would be _the_ killer feature for me.

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  6. Don J J Carroll

    Hi David!
    I have just been watching the Luminous Landscape Capture One Pro 7 video tutorials in which you and Ken Raber and Michael Reichman were the “presenters”

    I have several questions about C1P7, can I e-mail you my queries or is there another e-mail address to pose those questions?
    Don J J C

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      1. Don J J Carroll

        Great David, OK here are my queries, all related to Capture One Pro 7 (C1P7):

        1. Does C1P7 offer “History States” like Lightroom 5 does? Not just going back to the last edit step but offering the ability to go back to any edit step in a session?

        2. Does C1P7 offer “Snapshots” as in Lightroom and Photoshop? I do not mean creating virtual copies or variants (C1P7 speak)

        3. Re Process recipes: Love C1P7’s recipes, i.e. the ability to output a specific image file to several image sizes of the same image, ex, a 800 pixel size and a 1024 pixel size, etc.

        Q: Is there any way during the C1P7 Process stage to “divert” different image sizes to different directories or folders. By this I mean to have all the output 800 px images go to a Folder called 800PX Images and have all 1024px images go to a separate folder, called 1024px Size images.

        As I have tested Processes, with two different output sized images, the images all end up in one folder (the one I indicated in the recipe). I then have to figure out a way to move each image to their respective folders; not bad when one has 1-2 images, but let’s say I have 20+. I have been using an App called “A Better Finder Rename” to do this for now.

        David I am sure that I will have more questions as I move along in the LuLa C1P7 Video Tutorials.

        Don J J C

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        1. David Grover Post author

          Hi Don,

          Currently there are no history states in C1P7. The main rationale being that as Capture One is a raw converter the process is non destructive so changes can be made ad infinitum with no damage to the image. Therefore you are free to go back and forth as you please. You are correct in that we offer Variants as a form of snap shot.

          Yes – process recipes are very handy! You can do what you need by naming a folder in the Sub Folder field in the File tab in the Process Recipe tool.

          Feel free to ask more!

          David

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  7. Dave Green

    I have been using this exact method for a while now. Works great!

    However, it should be noted that earlier this year Dropbox stopped offering the “Public” folder for all new accounts. Previously made accounts still have it, though. So anyone making a new account to try this may have to work things a bit differently.

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