After each dance competition, we process our photos with a watermark and upload them to our dedicated dance website: tmmdance.com
Web Procellator Script
For the Synergy 2009 upload in April of 2009, Tim wrote our second version of our "Web Procellator" for Adobe Photoshop. To run the script, follow these steps.
If the script is not installed on your computer:
- Close Photoshop
- Download the script here (Updated May 11, 2009)
- Unzip it into C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Presets\Scripts\
To run the script:
- Open Photoshop
- Go to FILE | SCRIPTS | WEB_PROCELLATOR2
- You will be prompted to select a source folder. Choose the Photo Library from the competition
- You will be prompted to select a destination folder. Create and select a new folder called "Web Photos" in the project folder
- Stand back and wait. It will take a while for massive amounts of photos.
Larger preview images on the website are all embedded with a watermark, as seen on the right. This helps deter people from stealing images, and if they do anyways, it works as advertising wherever they show it. *cough* facebook *cough*
For the Synergy 2009 upload in April 2009, we created a progress bar function that we can call on in the future to track the progress of the upload:
To call the function, simply add the code:
Where synergy_dance_2009 is the folder name for the competition, and 371 is the total number of album folders that are being uploaded.
There is also an option to sign up your email, which simply logs their name and email to a text file found at http://www.tmmdance.com/scripts/cyan/emails.txt. When the upload is complete, check this log and send a BCC email to all people who signed up. The default email should read as follows:
When the number of folders existing in that folder reaches the number that was input for the total number, the progress bar will disappear and will display a short message with a link, saying the photos are online!
The bottleneck for the upload of photos is our limited upload speed from our residence. This forces the upload to take approximately 20-24 hours for 20,000 photos.
If we were to incorporate the processing of the photos and have an internet connection on-site, we would have the ability to stream the photos to the web while we are still on location at the competition, and all the photos would be online by the time we packed up and went home.