Getting Started 2: Create Your Portfolio

After you have submitted your Profile, the next thing to do is create your Portfolio. Each member may have up to three distinct portfolios, but only one portfolio within any one Portfolio Category (like Art Director/Designer, Photographer, Web Design/ Development, etc.).

Once you have logged in to the C3 site, you will be forwarded to the dashboard. For those of you who are new to WordPress this is where you will create web content.

Step 1.

From the left select: Portfolio > Add New. You will go to a new Portfolio page. In the text field at top where the cursor is blinking, title your portfolio. If you are going to only have one, your name would suffice. If you are going to having multiple portfolios, differentiate your titles, such as John Smith – Illustration and John Smith – Graphic Design. Once you have titled your portfolio, click the Save Draft button at upper right. As usual, save as you go. Your portfolio will not be publicly visible until you click the blue Publish button at right.

Step 2.

Under the title area is the content edit window. Mouse-over the icons to see what their function is, although most should be familiar from other applications. Click your mouse in the edit window. To add text, you can either type directly in the window, or paste. If you are pasting from Word, it is important to click the Paste from Word icon in the middle of the bottom row and paste into the window that opens. This will strip out formatting and other bloat from your Word text. DO NOT paste text from Word directly into the Edit window. You can use the other icons by clicking on them to make various adjustments to your text, including styling and coloring. To review, Save Draft and click the Preview button at upper right.

To add a photo or graphic (in .JPG, .GIF or .PNG format), click the Upload/Insert text or icon right above the two rows of icons at the top of the edit window. From the Add Media window that opens, either drag & drop or select the file from your computer to upload it. Alternately, you can click Media Library at the top of the Add Media window to insert a photo or graphic you have previously uploaded.

CLICK IMAGE TO MAKE LARGER.

It is best to use a photo at its file size, so resize your photos to the desired pixel width before uploading. Alternately, you can upload a photo at a larger size (say 1200 pixels in width), place it in your Portfolio at a smaller size (medium is suggested), then when a viewer clicks on the image, it will open in a separate window at the larger size.

Text typed into the Caption field will create a caption under the image.  Alignment is text wrap (or not). If you have resized your image to the desired size, use Full Size in the Size selector. You can add your image to a Media Category (in this case – Portfolio under Member). Click Insert into Post and your image will do just that. If you click on a graphic in the edit window you will reveal icons to Edit or Delete the image.

If you want a photo to appear with your Portfolio excerpt (what shows when a viewer searches for a creative), you can do so by adding an image to the Featured Image window at lower right.

Your Profile information is automatically added to your portfolio, and appears in the right-hand sidebar. In the Edit area, it shows up under your content window as Custom Fields. If you have made changes to your Profile after you have created a Portfolio, you will need to also make those changes in the Custom Fields area or it will still show your original information or image.

Using the Photospace Gallery
If you would like to use the gallery with a featured image and thumbnails to the left that users can click through, follow these simple steps:

1. Enter a blank line after your text in the visual editor box
2. Type the word “photospace” – Include  a square bracket on either side of the word “photospace.” This is the shortcode that activates the gallery.
3. Click Upload/Insert
4. Upload images
5. Save draft or publish

The Photospace plugin automatically inserts your images into the post gallery style. You do not need to click “insert gallery.” If you do accidentally, you’ll insert a photo into your text. It can simple be deleted from the visual editor and it will still remain in your gallery.

That’s the basics. Play around. Have fun showing off your work!

 

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