HowTo: Creating Sets in Flickr

A friend of mine has expressed a concern that there does not seem to be simple howtos on Flickr for beginners and computer novices. So here is my attempt to set that right.
It should be a series of articles that will be available using the flickrhowto tag on this site.


Creating the set.

In your Flickr account, select the organize link in the second line of links at the top of your screen.
This will take you to Flickrs wonderful picture organizer called, strangely enough, organizr.
Organizr allows you to completely manage all your pictures that you have uploaded to Flickr.
It is seperated into two sections.

The section on the left allows you to see all your pictures. Either using a timeline on the “Browse” tab or using a more traditional “Search” tab to view your pictures.

The section on the right part of Organizr also has two tabs. The first tab contains, or will contain, all you “Sets”, the second tab contains all the “Groups” you belong to.
To create a new set make sure the “Your Sets” tab on the right hand section is selected and then click the “CREATE A NEW SET” button that is visible at the bottom of the section.

The section is replaced by the “Create Set” section.
It is quite helpful and descriptive.
Click on sections that tell you to click on them and fill in the Title and the Description for the set.
With this information filled in you can now add photos to the set. [Warning: You can not save the set yet as it does not contain pictures]

As described earlier there are two ways to select pictures in the left hand section.

Using the timeline “Browse”r to add photos

The “Browse” tab section contains thumbnail prictures of your most recently uploaded pictures.
Select the “Use date taken instead of uploaded” checkbox at the bottom left of the section if you want to change the timeline view to the actual date taken. [Tip: This is usefull if you are uploading lots of snaps all at the same time and want different events to be located in different sets]
Drag the leftmost bar on the timeline to include, and exclude, earlier pictures.
Drag the rightmost bar on the timeline to exclude, and include, later pictures.
The dates are show in the timeline bar, and the timeline selected is shown at the bottom right of the section.

Drag and drop the thumbnail of the picture you want from the “Browse” tab section to the “Set” section where the text “This set has no photos. Drag some here to begin” is located.
The first picture added will also be the picture used to represent the set. [Flcikr calls this the “primary” photo.]

Using the timeline “Search”r to add photos

Likewise the Search tab contains a timeline over which you can search.
It defaults to include ALL the photos you have uploaded. Ever.
By typing in the text into the search box and hitting the Search button Flickr will search ALL you photos for any picture whose title, description or tag contains the text you entered.

Drag and drop the thumbnail of the picture you want from the “Browse” tab section to the “Set” section where the text “This set has no photos. Drag some here to begin” is located.
The first picture added will also be the picture used to represent the set.

If you are unhappy with the selected primary photo, Drag and drop a picture from the “Set” section, on the right, onto the picture representing the set, left of the save button, to replace the primary photo.

Once you have the bunch of photos in the set you want you can save the set by clicking the Save button on the Set section on the right.

Changing the permission on your set

Select the set from Set tab.
Click the Permissions link next to the primary photo, under “Batch edit”, and set the permissions you want for this set.
If you make it Private then ONLY you will be able to see the set!
If you make it Private but Visible to Friends, then YOU and ALL the contacts you have set as friend will be able to see the set.
If you make it Private but Visible to Family, then YOU and ALL the contacts you have set as family will be able to see the set.
If you make it Public, then everyone in the world can see the set.

Troubleshooting

You can see the set but someone else can not.
Check the permissions. It may be private only.
If you want it private but also for friends, or family, then make sure that your friends, or family, have the friends, or family, attribute set.
Check this by clicking on the “People” link at the top of the page.
Your contacts will be listed on this page and will be placed into three sections.
Family, Friends and Contacts.
If someone is not in the right place then move the mouse pointer over their picture and click the pop-up text that appears. You can make a contact a friend or a relative in the next screen!

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