Display Styles: controlling how images are displayed

Gallery display styles make it easy to change the way galleries are displayed on your website, from full-screen auto-scaling slideshows to mosaic tile walls.

A gallery style applies to all galleries using that style.

Gallery styles allow you to display images and galleries in a different way, according to each gallery's purpose.

For example, gallery styles let you:

  • Display the image / video information under the preview, or behind an Info button, as well as select what information (metadata) to display ;
  • Change the quality / resolution of images and videos displayed on your website ;
  • Change the size and positioning of thumbnails ;
  • Let galleries open on thumbnails or on their first image ;
  • Let galleries be viewed as slideshows ;
  • Activate the fullscreen mode ;
  • Hide / remove certain components, like the Search ;
  • Set how many thumbnails are displayed per page ;

To change the Display Style used by a gallery, open that gallery under My Images & Videos, then click on the link displaying the current display style in use, located right below the gallery title.

Default gallery styles

Each theme includes the following default display styles:

StyleWhat for?What it does
PortfolioTo showcase your work with as little visual distraction as possibleAesthetics first: large images, no distracting action buttons or metadata (so it's not suitable for ecommerce or proofing galleries), automatic slideshow, no search box.
ProofingOptimized for client galleries and to select images.Uncropped thumbnails, easy access to proofing features and image information.
StandardGeneral-purpose style, also used for search resultsSomewhere between the Portfolio and Proofing styles, good compromise between usability and aesthetics.
BlogBlog index and blog postsDisplays a gallery like a blog: big previews on the same page, image descriptions readily visible as text, …

Customizing gallery styles


The preview window lets you navigate and see changes as you make them

Enlarged images/videos

This section gives you complete control over how opened images and videos appear in your galleries. This is also the place to adjust slideshow behavior for full-screen auto-scaling slideshows using, for example, the Portfolio style.

It is in this section that you can adjust the size / quality /resolution of the images and videos displayed on your website.

Note that image quality on a website is always a compromise between:
- displayed size on screen
- quality
- loading time (its importance is too often overlooked)

You can adjust various settings in the gallery display styles to maximize quality:
- use a higher size - this will result in longer loading times
- turn upsizing off in the auto-scale settings
- reduce the allowed crop
Also make sure that you upload files that are at least 3000px wide.

Image/video thumbnails

This section controls the thumbnails that open the actual images and videos of a gallery.

Choose from great presets such as the magic mosaic wall tile, or edit small details like whether or not to display download icons on the thumbnails.

Gallery covers

This section controls the cover thumbnails that open sub-galleries, like the main "Galleries" gallery.

For example, you can try here different ways to display the gallery titles on or under their thumbnails.

A notable option here is the Click on gallery cover opens parameter. This will dictate if visitors see a large image / slideshow or thumbnails when they first enter a gallery.

Thumbnails pages

You will find here options that apply to pages of both gallery covers and image/video thumbnails.

Hide components in this display style

This section allows you to hide parts of your design in the galleries that use this gallery style.

See also

Creating a blog on PhotoDeck ›
Custom slideshows as banners and page backgrounds ›
How should I organize my galleries? ›
Adding a link or page to the navigation menu ›
Customizing my website design ›
Using my own logo ›
Choosing fonts ›
Changing your website's frontpage ›
What is a Gallery? ›
Gallery Presets ›
Moving a gallery ›
Images order within a gallery ›
Hiding a gallery ›
Allowing comments and ratings ›
Selling a gallery as individual images, or as a single product ›
Private galleries and free downloads authorizations ›