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.
Capture One will prepare a preview of the contact sheet.
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.
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.
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.
This will generate a link, which you can send to your client, similar to this one.
To complete the process, your client just needs to copy it into their web browser to view.
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.