I just helped shoot a wedding for the first time for some friends, and I'm going to burn a DVD for them.

Ideally, I want a DVD which contains both full-sized images and thumbnails, along with some kind of unbranded viewer that links the two. That is, like an HTML site would do where you get a page/screen of groups/folders, which when clicked display thumbnails, which when clicked display full-sized images. Where the full-sized files are stored in regular folders for easy copying or viewing directly with other tools. Multiple-size scaling would be nice too, but not necessary.

I guess this would be equivalent to what a good photo hosting site provides, only offline.

I have Lightroom 4 and attempted to use the Web module for this, but it doesn't seem to allow me to specify "full-sized", or to support folders in the output. (I'd also ideally like to create those groups on the DVD differently than how they're organized in LR, but I realize I can use some LR tools to create multiple organizations internally if necessary.)

I did search around the web and here, but haven't yet found anything that does what I'm envisioning. I'm primarily on Windows 7 but also have a Macbook in the home, so either platform would be acceptable.


You best way to go for this is using an actual website. Put the images in 3 folders:

  • thumb resolution
  • screen resolution
  • print resolution

Make a HTML file that has - for example- a chain of left-floating divs or a table if you prefer that.

<div style="float:left;"><a href="\screen\img1.png"><img src="\thumb\img1.png"> <a href="\print\img1.tiff">Full resolution</a></div>

Make it autostart with a autostart software

That way you have full control over the layout and everything else. The user does not need to run any software, and can copy the folders just like that

  • Yes, that's an option, but I was seeking something that wasn't all manual like this would be. – dbreaux Dec 20 '12 at 19:43
  • You can create an excel file where you put every image in one line and everytime you have a image file name you change to the next column. like that you can make a HTML file in 15 minutes. – uncovery Dec 21 '12 at 1:18

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