It's been fairly quiet around Flickr since it was taken over by SmugMug but now the image sharing platform has announced a major update to its galleries section. The new Flickr galleries come with a redesigned user interface and a number of new tools to "facilitate your creativity."

In a post on the Flickr Blog the company says that "Flickr’s galleries have long been one of the tools available to our community for visual storytelling, though they have gotten dusty over time as the rest of the site progresses.”

The new layout has been designed for larger screen sizes and resolutions than the previous version and the maximum number of photos in galleries has been increased from 50 to 500. To facilitate work with large numbers of photos you now batch add them to a gallery directly from your Favorites.

“By explicitly connecting Faves to gallery creation, we’re making your workflow simpler when you’re curating your favorite works from other Flickr members,” Flickr says.

On the galleries list page you'll now find a triptych of photos for each gallery (the cover photo and the two most recent images), plus some metadata.

You can still select any image from the gallery to use it as the cover, edit title and description and reorder images. Galleries can also be shared "with an intuitive share sheet that will improve the presentation of your galleries on other social networks.”

If you are a Flickr user, head over to the Flickr galleries page to check out the redesign and new features.