Moving photos from Google Drive to SmugMug can be a great way to showcase and sell your images if you are a photographer. Google Drive offers free storage but limited options to display galleries, while SmugMug is tailored for photographers, with customizable galleries and ecommerce. This article will outline step-by-step how to quickly and easily transfer photos between these platforms.
You will need a Google account to access Google Drive where your photos are currently stored. If you don't have one already, visit accounts.google.com to create your free Google account.
You will need a paid SmugMug account to move photos to from Google Drive. SmugMug offers a free 30 day trial so you can test it out. Sign up by visiting SmugMug.com and clicking "Start Your Free Trial".
Log into your Google Drive at drive.google.com. Locate the folder or folders where your photos are uploaded. This may be in "My Drive" or in a specific Google Photos folder.
Browse your photos and select the images you want to move to SmugMug. You can select multiple photos by holding down Ctrl (PC) or Command (Mac) while clicking.
Before exporting, double check the file path and make sure you have chosen the desired high resolution photos rather than screenshots or other files.
With your photos selected in Google Drive, right click and choose "Export". This opens the Export menu.
In the Export menu, change the export type from "Google Docs" format to "ZIP" file. Give your ZIP file a name.
Click "Export" and your browser will begin downloading the ZIP file containing your selected photos. Take note of the save location.
Log into your SmugMug account and access the SmugMug Uploader page under "Sharing & Upload". This is where you will import the ZIP file from Google Drive.
In the uploader, click "Add Photos" and browse your computer files to select the ZIP file you exported from Google Drive.
With the ZIP file selected, click "Upload" to import the pack of photos straight from Google Drive right into your SmugMug account.
In SmugMug, access "Galleries" and click "Add Gallery" to make a new gallery tailored to the Google Drive photos you imported.
Open your new gallery and use the organizer to drag and drop photos into the desired order. You can also assign keywords.
Adjust the gallery layout, highlights, options and ecommerce settings to get your Google Drive photos ready to display or sell.
Under your gallery settings click "View" to access the customizable gallery webpage and generate a shareable link.
Copy the gallery link and paste it wherever you want to share your newly transferred Google Drive photos - websites, social media, email etc.
For further privacy, head back to Gallery Settings and adjust the specific privacy levels, passwords, and accessibility options.
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SmugMug supports JPEG, PNG, TIFF photos up to 200MB each. For best printing quality use high resolution JPEG or TIFF files.
Unfortunately SmugMug does not directly integrate with Google Photos. The photos need to first be exported from Google Drive as a ZIP file.
The photos will remain safely stored in your Google Drive even once transferred. The SmugMug copy essentially acts as a display hub.
Once uploaded, log into your SmugMug account on desktop, mobile or tablet to organize and access the gallery from anywhere.
Yes! SmugMug allows you to easily sell your photos through customizable ecommerce galleries with secure payment options.
SmugMug provides unlimited storage and bandwidth for images so you won't need to worry about exceeding limits.
I hope this guide has helped explain how to smoothly transition your photos from Google Drive over to your SmugMug photography portfolio.
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