How To Create NextGen Gallery and use Gallery Templates
A NextGen Gallery is a way of grouping images. It is a usual practice to create gallery of an event and place all photos of the event in that gallery. You can watermark, resize and rotate any one image or all images in a bulk. You can visit our post on resizing bulk images in a gallery. NextGen provide number of ways to displaying a gallery or an image through shortcodes. [nggallery] shortcode is the most commonly as it has a pretty handful feature of gallery templates.
In this tutorial, we will show you how you can add a gallery and use Flux slider template as an example to customize the gallery. We assume that you have already installed NextGen Gallery.
1. Click on Add Gallery from left Menu under “Gallery” menu.
2. We have several options to add gallery. Lets go with “Add Gallery” tab and click it. Specify a name to Gallery and Click “Add Gallery
3. Please browse and select single or multiple photos. Make sure your also select your gallery from the drop down. Press “Upload Images” button. You will see a progress screen and notification when it is completed.
4. Now Click on “Manage Galleries” in the left menu under “Gallery”.
5. Please note down the Gallery ID in the first column. This what you are going to use in the [nggallery] shortcode. Click on the title of your gallery to edit or view it.
6. You will now see all of the images you have uploaded. You can apply operations (watermarking, resizing, rotation etc) on them and specify title, tags and description that can later on be used by gallery templates.
7. To use the power of gallery templates, you need only two things ID of the gallery to show images from and Template to apply. You can find the Gallery ID from point (5) above. Lets use the flux slider template
7.1. Install NextGEN 3D and 2D Animated Flux Slider Template plugin from WordPress Repository
7.2. Use the following shortcode in your posts or pages.
[nggallery id=”2″ template=”3dfluxsliderview”]
where “2” is the ID of our gallery (see number 5 above).
7.3. That’s it.