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How to create a lightbox on Alamy

Creating a lightbox is a great way of saving all the awesome images you find whilst browsing the Alamy site, keeping them in one place so they’re ready to use when you need them. How often do you stumble an image that really grabs your attention and think to yourself “I want to save that for later”? Well, a lightbox lets you do just that. Learn how to create one with our quick and easy guide…

1. Make sure you’re registered 

To start adding images to your Alamy lightbox, you need to make sure you’re registered. You can do this quickly and easily by clicking the ‘Sign Up’ button on the homepage, and selecting the ‘Buy Images’ option. Pop in your details and you’re all set!

2. Create your lightbox

Once you’re logged in to your account, it’s really simple to create a lightbox on Alamy:

1. Go to the homepage, select ‘My Alamy’ in the top right-hand corner and click ‘Lightbox’ from the drop-down list
2. Select ‘Add a Lightbox’ and give it a name in the first line. You can add a description to your lightboxes, which is a great help if you’re working on a few things as it lets you easily tell the difference between them.

Add Lightbox

 3. Click ‘Save’ and you’re ready to start adding images!

 3. Start adding images

Go to the homepage, and enter your search terms in the search bar. From the search results page, there are 2 ways to add images. These are:

Option 1: When you find an image that you like, hover the mouse over the image and click on the icon on the left, the first of the four that appear:

Add to Lightbox
Add to Lightbox

Once you click the icon, a bar will appear at the bottom of your screen, where you can select which lightbox you want the image to be added to, expand it, or navigate to it to manage your images.  This option also means you don’t have to leave your search results page and can carry on adding images for as long as you like.

Lightbox toolbar

Top tip: You can double check the image has been added by hovering over the image and checking the icon has changed:

 Lightbox icon change

Option 2:When you find an image you like, click on it and you will arrive at the image page. From here, you can click on the ‘Add to Lightbox’ option that’s shown under the image.
You’ll know it’s been added as the icon will change to a tick, like this:

   Added to Lightbox

Top tip: This option will add the image to the last lightbox you had open, so make sure you’ve selected the right one before you start adding images!

Learn how to create a lightbox on Alamy in our great vlog:

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