I recently released an export plug-in for Adobe Lightroom that allows you to upload your photos to drop.io, allowing you to collaborate with your clients and share photos with your family and friends.
I chose drop.io to deliver images to my clients because of the easy to use interface and ability to configure the look and feel of the drop (file sharing location).
Here are the steps I take to set-up a new drop for client use (click to read more).
First step – go to http://drop.io and decide on a name for your drop.
The text box should look something like this:
Skip over the other options for now and click the big green “Create A Drop” button.
This next bit is important – you want to have full control of your drop.
Once you have sorted out the administrator access, click on the settings link in the top right corner.
From the settings page, click Guest password, it is in the Access control section. This is the password you send to your client to access the drop, so make it usable but secure.
Now click on Guest Permissions.
- Hi-res image delivery: comment, reorder, chat and download
- Interactive proof sheet: comment, reorder and chat.
The next step is to customise the drop to match your own branding. Go to Customize and work your way down the options. Remember that this controls how your drop will look to your client, so don’t get too carried away!
- Design: If you have a good background for your twitter account, this may work here too.
- Logo: This is displayed on the top of the right hand sidebar.
- Sidebar: Only show the widgets that you want to use with your client – less is more!
- Description: a brief description of what photos you are displaying or about you and your company
- Navigation: I prefer to use the simplified navigation – once again, less is more.
- Default view: I leave this as Media
And thats it! You are now ready to upload files to your drop and share with your client.
In a lot of cases, 100Mb storage isn’t enough space to deliver those hi-res images, so don’t forget that you can buy a premium code to upgrade your drop to 1Gb of storage for only $10 – a tiny price to provide the extra value to your clients.
If you use Adobe Lightroom then you can upload your photos directly to the drop using the Photo-drop Lr export plug-in. Not only does it upload photos to existing drops, it can create new drops and set the access controls with just a couple of mouse clicks.
Visit www.photo-drop.com and download the free trial now.