Posted on June 3, 2013 by PJ McGhee
I often don’t need a title for a node displaying an image. the image is the title. the text title just gets in the way. Use the Exclude Node Title module to clean this up. But be careful with the permissions – see the issue that I have copied from the drupal.org web site that I opened.
I have a Views Slideshow that shows the images titles at the top of the SH for authenticated users but not admins. I don’t believe that it is the view itself. I have tried several different methods for troubleshooting (deleted view, readded, added the image field, made sure that the title field isn’t listed anywhere in the view) All to no avail.
I have a couple of screen shots. This is bizarre. I have been troubleshooting this for hours with no success. the attached ss show the main page of the site, where the slideshow is displayed via a panel page. even the preview for the view doesn’t show the title field. of course, that is as an admin too.
https://drupal.org/node/2010204 – link to the issue with permissions on hiding the title on a node.
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Posted on May 23, 2013 by PJ McGhee
I have been struggling for days to get an image gallery solution that will work for me and I think that I am just about there. Gallery Formatter is the latest piece of the puzzle. This post is a WIP, so here are a few bare bones details:
http://drupal.org/project/galleryformatter – module
http://drupal.org/node/1086962 – documentation
http://drupal.org/node/1271064 – readme
Overview for my approach
- Custom Content Type for images – one for members of my site one for admins
- Gallery Formatter – for the format at the Content Type level
- ME Alias module for replacement patterns, like Token, uses Token, I believe
- Views/Panels (of course)
- Multiupload – module
- Colorbox – module
- Field Formatter Class mod – Module – Helps define CSS classes at the content level
That’s it for now. I hope to put this to bed today if I can.
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Posted on May 22, 2013 by PJ McGhee
I have been back and forth with different options on how to approach building an image gallery in Drupal. And I am getting closer to really seeing what will work well and what won’t.
I use Views. For many things. Views and Panels are the backbone of my site. So I really want to use Views for my Galleries. I found this great tutorial from James Tombs on how to create galleries that will be displayed via colorbox from a custom content type AND, how to use Views to build some really cool flexibility into the galleries. Basically, his tutorial will show you how to create three (or more) galleries, then have the first image in each gallery serve as a link to the rest of the gallery from a View. So the View will give you a nice way to show a top level grouping of galleries based on content type and an image specific to that gallery.
Check this out. Follow it step by step. I learned some cool tricks about Views that I never would have figured out on my own.
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Posted on May 21, 2013 by PJ McGhee
I hate to have to go back to this. I really do. But I have tried all sorts of different ways to approach images galleries and I believe that Colorbox is the best way to go. And I have tried other ways. Lord, have I! All the modules have good points and bad points and all of them are well put together but I believe that this is the best.
I found this three part series on Colorbox on Vimeo from FRJO, (Drupal Handle) the guy who wrote Colorbox. This is a good series and he does a fine job explaining the rather cryptic subject of creating image galleries in Drupal. Check it out at:
Also, make sure to check out part II of the series, which explains how to integrate the Insert module with Colorbox…
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Posted on May 21, 2013 by PJ McGhee
This is something that I am surprised that more people don’t seem to use.
I have modules like IMCE and Plupload to help me upload multiple files simultaneously. There is always a need for that. But I have had some trouble getting the multiple file aspect of the upload to work so I also downloaded the Multiupload Module. This is a really simple module that enables a widget in the image file or image field type of a content type. clear as mud, huh? 😉 look at the ss to see what I mean. This is the content type called Bulk Media Files that I created for this operation. And the widget that I am using is the Multiupload widget. This will allow me to upload multiple files to that content type at the same time. But, what I wind up with is one node with a bunch of images in it. I need a way to upload multiple images to individual nodes at one time. And I found a great module called Bulk Media Upload.
All you have to do after you install the mod is to configure where you want the files to go. You have some good options too. You can set it to Node, Tax. Term, OG group and more. Then you can choose where to put it within that Entity. A finally, you can choose the field to place the file in. It must be an image or file field or you will get an error. So here, I have the Node, then the Bulk Media Files (a custom content type that i created for this. And then Image, which is a field in the content type that I added.
Go to Content, Bulk Media Upload and you will get this screen. This is the main area, where you can choose replacement patterns for the about-to-be-created nodes. Choose your files, upload and….
You will see a summary of all the newly created nodes, each based off of an individual file. Quite helpful for me. The replacement patterns will be helpful in giving you flexibility in Views when presenting your images.
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Posted on April 19, 2013 by PJ McGhee
I don’t like graphic design. Mainly because I am not good at it and it is hard. But there are a few things that you probably need to be able to do in GIMP. Don’t get me wrong; it (GIMP) is a great program. Complicated though. Like Drupal
Being able to take an image with a white background and isolate it so that it
sits on your background unobtrusively is a great thing to be able to do. Here are a few hints how to do this in GIMP to go from this on the right to the image below. And because I have integrated images using the linking feature (look it up in the earlier post, it is under LinkImage module) it is also a link to the sponsor’s site. Very nice.
This is not a step by step for GIMP; these are the highlights.
- In Gimp create a background layer that is transparent.
- add the JPG or whatever it is as a layer above that.
- Use the Magic wand to isolate all the white part of the top layer, the white being what you don’t want to see in the final image.
- as you delete it, you will see the transparency layer show through as the checkerboard. it will begin to look like the image at the bottom
- when you have removed all the extraneous white, export the image to a png. it will now show as a float over the background that you have and will appear as seen on the left. this is a great thing to be able to do to process images. and the wand tool will work with other colors if you play with it a bit.
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