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What is the Gallery Folders Feature and how do I use it?

The Gallery Folders feature can be found on your Gallery page and allows you to organize your deviations based on the criteria or your choice. For those who are Premium Members you will also have the option to create Subfolders of your Gallery Folders.

Creating Gallery Folders

To create folders in your Gallery you will first need to visit your gallery. Once there you can either select the "New Folder" button located near the top of the page if you don't currently have any folder or at the bottom of the sidebar to the left or right of your gallery page. Once the New Folder button is clicked a new folder will appear and you will automatically be placed in to name mode for that folder. You can simply type the name of the folder, or leave it as the default and then press 'enter' on your keyboard. If you have a Premium Membership you can now create Subfolders. To do this, you must open the folder, and then follow the same instructions as creating a regular folder. Please note that you may only create a maximum of 160 folders this includes Subfolders.

Once you have created a Gallery Folder you can begin adding your art to it. Simply hover over the deviation thumbnail you wish to move and click the edit pencil icon that appears. After you have clicked on this button you will be presented with options to move or copy deviations around between folders. Once you've selected to move or copy a list of all your available folders will appear and you can click one and your deviation will automatically be moved or copied to that folder. Please note that if moving to a Sub Folder please make sure to click the arrow to reach the Sub Folder directly within this menu. You can if you desire have deviations featured in multiple folders.

"Move to..." will take that thumbnail and move it to that folder, removing it from the featured gallery. "Copy to..." will make a copy of that thumb and place it in the folder, leaving the original in your featured folder.

In order to move multiple thumbnails at once you can click on the empty space next to a thumbnail, hold your left mouse button down, and drag a selection over multiple thumbnails. Likewise, you can ctrl + Click (or command + Click on a Mac) to select or deselect multiple thumbnails individually. Once you have the deviations you wish selected you can click the edit pencil icon on one of the selected thumbs to copy/move those deviations to a folder

Removing/Renaming Gallery Folders

You can remove or rename a folder at any time by visiting your Gallery page, hover over the gallery folder, click the pencil icon, and then 'Delete this folder...' or 'Rename this folder'.

Customizing Gallery Folders

Once you have created some folders you can add things such as a Custom Icon and description to your folder pages. You can also change the order in which your folders appear on the side bar and if you are a Premium Member or Senior Member you can even have CSS control of your folder pages.

Arranging Gallery Folders:
You can arrange the order of your Gallery Folders any way you like by visiting your Gallery page, once there simply drag and drop your gallery folders in the order you wish them to be displayed.

Please note that it is not possible to turn Subfolders into top-level folders or vice-versa.

CSS Controls:
This is done by utilizing the CSS feature. To use CSS in your Gallery Folders you will first need to have a Premium Membership to deviantART or be a Senior member. If you fall under one of these categories read on.

To add CSS to your Gallery Folders you will need to visit the folder you wish to style and click on the 'Folder Options' button, this will pop up the options dialog. Once this dialog pops up click on the link entitled 'CSS'. Clicking this link will switch to the field where you can enter your CSS code in to. After you're finished adding in your CSS code you will need to click on 'OK' to apply your changes. Please note that only gallery folders have the option of being customized. You cannot customize the style of your Featured Gallery.

Please be advised since CSS is an outside coding source the Help Desk will not be offering CSS support. If you have questions regarding CSS, please feel free to ask them in the Programming Forum.

User Guides: Gallery CSS Reference Sheet

Custom Icons:
To add a custom icon you will need to visit a folder that you have created, once inside click on the 'Folder Options' button, a dialog will then popup allowing you to add a custom icon under the section entitled 'Icon'. Once under this section click on the 'Change Icon' button. After you have added your Icon you will need to click on 'OK' to save your changes. To finalize all of the changes you have just made to your gallery you will need to click on the 'Done' button, located next to the 'Edit' button.

To edit a custom icon simply follow the steps above for uploading a new icon.

To remove a custom icon you will need to visit a folder that you have created, once inside click on the 'Folder Options' button, a dialog will then popup allowing you to remove a custom icon under the section entitled 'Icon'. Once under this section click on the 'Reset Icon' button. After you have removed your Icon you will need to click on 'OK' to save your changes. To finalize all of the changes you have just made to your gallery you will need to click on the 'Done' button, located next to the 'Edit' button.

Important Note Ė When uploading your new folder icon please make sure the characters in your file name do not exceed 10 characters. Folder icon images can be jpg, or png and must be no longer than 152 pixels wide by 400 pixels tall.

Description:
To add or edit a gallery folder description you will need to visit a folder that you have created in your gallery tab from your profile page. Once inside the folder you wish to edit please click the "Folder Options" button near the top of the page. This will open a new window inside your browser and the "display" options will automatically be selected. Here you will see the text field options "Name" and "Text". If you write in the "Name" text field it will rename your folder. Directly below this, in the "Text" text field, you can write a description for your gallery folder.

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