Four easy steps to making the most out of Bigstock's lightbox feature. A Bigstock lightbox is a free, helpful tool for saving a collection of Bigstock images in one place. (If you used our old site, you might remember we used to call them galleries.) Lightboxes are great for sharing images with clients and friends, and since each one has a unique URL, you can post them on blogs and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Bigstock photographers and illustrators sometimes use lighboxes to collect all their best work in one place.
Below, we’ll take you through some steps showing how you can create a lightbox, e-mail the link automatically using the Bigstock site, or copy and paste it into a social media site to share with friends.
1. Start a lightbox.
First, make sure you’re signed into your Bigstock account. You can start a lightbox anywhere you see an “Add to lightbox” link, including Bigstock search results pages and image detail pages.
For our demonstration, let’s suppose we’re creating a lightbox of pictures of cute baby animals. Search for “baby panda,” find an image we wanted to add, and click the “Add to lightbox” link below it. You’ll be given an option to create a new lightbox. Think of a name for your lightbox and click the “add to lightbox button.”
2. Add images.
You can repeat the above process for any image. Since you’ve already started a lightbox, you’ll see it listed when you click any “Add to lightbox” link.
3. View and edit your lightbox.
You can view a list of your lightboxes by clicking on the “lightboxes” link at the top of the Bigstock site. From there, you can view or change the settings of a lightbox, including whether it’s public or private. (Lightboxes are public by default.) You can also open a lightbox and remove any images you don’t want to keep.
4. Email or share a lightbox.
On every lightbox, you’ll see a link that says, “email this lightbox.” Click on it and you’ll have the choice to send the lightbox to up to ten e-mail addresses. You’ll also be able to copy a “Sharing URL” that links directly to this lightbox.
With a Sharing URL, you can copy and paste a link to the lightbox in your favorite social media site. We decided to share our baby animals lightbox on the Bigstock Facebook page. You can also share it on Twitter, your blog, a personal web site, or anywhere else. Here’s a link to the lightbox we created and shared.
Lightboxes are one of the many ways you can use the Bigstock site not just to upload and download images, but to share pictures and get social. Have fun!