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Add Hyperlink to Photoshop Elements 11 Image

How do I Add Hyperlinks to Photoshop Elements 11 Image? - could be text box or logo image layer. The enhanced photo will be used with SmugMug.

i.e. Photo Credits: Jordan Max Photography and JAMAR Associates
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BillDL

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Jim Lacey

Thanks, it is as I suspected...
BillDL

Thank you MARSPATH

There is one gallery creation software title I recall that actually modifies the copies of the images that are used.  I couldn't remember the name of the software, but it came back to me.  The last version of the free unregistered version of Visual Lightbox (http://visuallightbox.com) I used "branded" the image gallery and slideshow with the company name and a hyperlink in one corner of either the thumbnails or main images, or possibly both.  What it does is physically adds a little lightened cut-out in the bottom right corner of the images and writes Visual Lightbox into that light area.  When viewed in a web page, clicking on that area takes you to the site.  You may have seen something similar and assumed that the text was actually a link, when in fact it was just that specific little area on the web page that corresponded with the placement of the embedded "text" in the image that was made to act as the hyperlink.

Generally image gallery creation software will have basic HTML (web page code), CSS (the layout stylesheet), and JavaScript (the active scripting machine) files which, depending on what template and layout you choose, are dynamically customised and saved alongside the images you chose to use for the project.  So your HTML web page loads the CSS and JS files, and together these all dictate very specific placements and behaviour of the elements rendered on the page.  It is easy to then have clickable areas line up exactly with specific areas where each image will sit on the page.

Writing text into an existing image is not very difficult at all, and visible "watermarks" are commonly used by image libraries and photographers to make their pictures useless to those who might choose to download and re-use them for free.  Command-Line driven applications like ImageMagick (http://www.imagemagick.org/script/index.php) allow you to quite easily write text into any image, and it will be similar technology used in such applications as the unregistered version of Visual Lightbox that I mentioned above.

If you were so inclined and had a reasonable knowledge of CSS and JavaScript, you could probably modify the files created for an online image gallery to change the target of the hyperlink, and then replace the images for "unbranded" ones.  I managed it on a few occasions, but it was just for my own personal amusement rather than trying to "unbrand" something I had not paid for ;-)

I haven't examined the SmugMug pages because I can only see demos, but I would be surprised if they do not use similar methods to optionally overlay text and links on image gallery browsers and slideshows.

Bill
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