With the rapid growth of online shopping in the 21st century, the demand for online photo galleries has increased. Product demos, company milestones, and other kinds of marketing presentations are often best served by a well-designed online photo gallery. Whether you’re a digital marketer, product manager, or a freelance graphic designer, there’s an online photo gallery solution for you.
But what if you want to bring a little creativity to your online photo galleries? What if you want to put a little spin on your marketing images? What if you want to try out some new software, or maybe experiment with a different design style?
In this article, we’ll explore four photo organizing tools that allow you to creatively display your work and play around with different design styles and interactive features.
We started with Piccolo, a fast-growing online photo gallery that’s part of the Litho platform from Printful. With Litho, you get a free domain and you can install the Piccolo plugin, which gives you a quick and easy way to set up your online photo gallery.
If you’ve used Lightroom, then you’ll feel right at home using the Piccolo plugin to manage your photos. You can either click on the camera icon to bring up your library of images or type in a search term and start scrolling through your images. Once you find the one you want to use, click to enlarge it and then click on the blue pencil icon to make some minor adjustments to the image, or the gray area around the image (the canvas). You can add a border, change the photo’s angle, or move it around to see how it’ll look in the overall design.
If you’re new to graphic design or simply want to try something different, you can use the free trial of Piccolo to launch your creative career. With the help of the community of designers on Piccolo, you can showcase your work and gain confidence, while also learning new skills. Even if you decide that designing for print isn’t your kind of craft, you can still use Piccolo for the pleasure of creating a unique online photo gallery that will be a source of inspiration for your peers.
2. Canva Photo
Moving on to Canva, the next tool on our list. Canva is a free online photo album creation tool that’s built around the concept of collaging. That means you can put together a digital album (think of a beautiful box that you’ll want to store your photos in) by simply dragging and dropping images onto a canvas. You can also upload your own photos from a computer or phone and add text, shapes, and borders to individual elements on the photograph.
While Canva is a fantastic tool for creating photo collages, putting together an album of photos for a wedding or other special event can also be a painstaking and time-consuming process. If you’re looking for an easy way to collect your photos in one place and want to be able to showcase them in a beautiful and creative way, then Canva is the tool for you.
Shutterfly is one of the popular mail order printing companies that also provides an online photo gallery solution. All you have to do is upload your photos to their website and then choose whether you want to have them printed and framed, or just displayed online on a computer screen (if you’re using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer, you don’t have to worry about printing them at all).
If you opt for the former, you can choose from a variety of frames and mats and have your photos printed and delivered to your doorstep in no time. Most businesses that provide photo printing and framing services will have one or two locations that they serve from, so it’s best to call ahead to make sure that the store is able to accommodate your needs.
The downside to using a print shop is that you’ll need to wait until your prints are done before you can enjoy them. Also, if you want to have personalized photos, you’ll have to pay for that as well.
In a similar fashion to Canva, Pixly is a free online photo album software that we mentioned earlier. However, Pixly collages your photos in an artistic way, applying fun and unique effects across the entire image, rather than just on the edges. So if you like colorful and artistic effects, or if you want to try out some new software that can add an artistic flair to your work, then Pixly might be the solution.
All things considered, these are four absolutely fantastic tools for online photo galleries. While some might prefer one tool over the others, it’s often a matter of personal preference. One thing is for sure, though: you’ll find a photo gallery solution that will work perfectly for your needs.