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PE: A Guide to Gallery CSS

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 9:35 AM

A Guide to Gallery CSS

Learn the basics of Gallery CSS with this easy-to-follow guide! :dummy:

In this tutorial, we'll cover:

Adding Gallery CSS

First of all, some important facts about Gallery Skins:

  • Only Premium Members are allowed to add CSS to their galleries
  • Skins can be added to both the Gallery and the Favorites
  • Skins can only be added to the Gallery folders and Favorites collections (shown in the sidebar) but not the main page itself

Step 1: Click on one of your Gallery or Favorites folders in the sidebar.

Pick a Folder by SimplySilent

Step 2: Click the button called "Folder Options" or "Collection Options."

This button is located at the top right of the gallery.

Button by SimplySilent

Step 3: Click on the blue "CSS" link at the top of the box.

Then click on the link called "Add CSS..." and then click the "OK" button on the pop-up box. You'll end up with a white text box like the one shown below.

Css by SimplySilent

Step 4: Paste your CSS into the box and click "OK" to save.

Your CSS will automatically be added to the folder.

Coding Your Own Gallery Skins

Step 1: Understand the basic layout.

In this tutorial, we'll focus only on the three main parts of the gallery layout: the body, the folder title, and the description. Now don't worry, I promise that it'll be easier than you think! In the pop-up box that you get after you click "Folder Options" or "Collection Options," you are shown several options.

  • Name: Folder Title
  • Text: Description
  • Text Placement: Where your description goes. See the images below to see how these two formats look:

Box by SimplySilent

Here's what you get if you select "Left" for your text-placement:

Folder Layout by SimplySilent

And here's what you get if you select "Right" for your text-placement:

Right by SimplySilent

Please note how I have color-coded the three different parts of a gallery layout.

  • body (blue) covers the entire gallery folder
  • h2 (pink) contains the folder title
  • .description (yellow) contains the folder description

In this tutorial, we'll be working with the Left format, since that is the default option.

Step 2: Changing backgrounds and text colors

The first thing you'll probably want to do is change the colors of the backgrounds and text. Here's the basic format you can copy and edit:

background:#color; }

color:#color; }

color:#color; }

For example, say I wanted a light gray background (#f1f1f1) for the body with a dark blue background for the folder title (h2) and description (#213457). I would type the following code into the CSS text box:




The result would look like this:

Gallery by SimplySilent

Step 3: Changing margins and padding

Notice how the formatting looks rather ugly in the preview above. There's a gap that I don't like above and to the left of the title, and the title is jammed right above to the image thumbs. The text of the title and description also look quite cramped, making them a bit difficult to read. But no worries, we'll fix those up nicely with margins and paddings!

:lightbulb: Remember: margin refers to the space outside of a box, while padding refers to the space inside of the box!

In the paragraph above, I complained about the gaps around the title box (h2). Since that is outside of the box, we'll be dealing with margin. I want less of a gap at the top and the left, while I want more of a gap at the bottom. In CSS talk, this translates to:

margin-top: -15px;
margin-left: -15px;
margin-bottom: 30px;

or, if you are more experienced, you can condense the above into just one simple line :la: :

margin: -15px 0px 30px -15px;

Now, I also didn't like how the text looked cramped in the title and description. Since this is inside the box, we'll work with padding.

For the title (h2), I want a padding of 30px all around, while for the description, I want a padding of 20px all around. In CSS talk, this would be:

padding: 30px;


padding: 20px;

Since we added padding to the description, this makes it become too large and start to squeeze into the image thumbs. To fix this, I'll limit the size of the description to a smaller size of 160px by adding:

width: 160px;

Now we get this much prettier result:

Gallery2 by SimplySilent

Putting it all together, the code looks like this:

background: #f1f1f1;}

background: #213457;
color: #fff;
margin: -15px 0px 30px -15px;
padding: 30px;}

background: #213457;
color: #fff;
padding: 20px;
width: 160px;}

Step 4: Experiment!

For those who are more experienced with CSS, here are just a few of many elements you can use:

  • .folderview-art {} contains all the image thumbs
  • .tt-w {} contains the thumb, title, comments, and artist
  • .thumb {} formats the image thumbs
  • .details {} contains the title, comments, and artist
  • .details .t {} formats the thumb title
  • .details .u {} formats the artist
  • .commentcount {} formats comments

:lightbulb: Tip! Use display:none!important; to get rid of any element you don't want. For example, if you want to hide the comments, type .commentcount{display:none!important;}.

Adding Background Images:

If you prefer patterns or textures instead of solid blocks of color, then you can add background images with this code:

background: url('INSERT IMAGE LINK HERE');

For those with more experience with CSS, you can also work with background color, background repeat, and background position. You can combine all these into one line like so:

background: #color url('INSERT IMAGE LINK HERE') no-repeat top;

To learn about all of the different options you can use, I suggest reading about backgrounds on

Some Useful Resources


Gallery Skins:

Browse through Gallery Skins on deviantART.


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Learn the basics of gallery CSS with this easy-to-follow guide! In this tutorial, we'll cover:

1. Adding gallery CSS
2. Coding your own gallery skins
3. Some useful resources
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YinUkume Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! It was very helpful :3
Great! I'm afraid it's a little outdated due to an update by dA on the structure, but hopefully I'll get around to fixing it back up. :)
Goodnight-Melbourne Apr 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
I need to change the colour and hover-colour of the links (and :dev...: links too) in Description area. How to do so?
dA's gallery code becomes fairly complicated as you try to get into more of the details. I believe the links might be able to be changed through .description a{} or .description small a{}. If all fails, you can always use Inspect Element on your browser (right click somewhere and click the option most similar to Inspect Element) to identify the right selector.

However, do note that some things cannot be changed for the Firefox browser. I've been attempting to find a way to work around it, but some of the links will not change color when viewed in Firefox.
Goodnight-Melbourne Apr 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
.description a{} and .description a:hover{} worked.
Thank you :)
Well look at that, I actually remembered that code from way back. :XD: Glad it all worked out. :aww:
Goodnight-Melbourne Apr 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
yeah :D
Thanks to you.

Just I dont understand....maybe devianart's gallery layout changed after this journal or something else. Because the description placement is not at there anymore where you showed.
Yes, dA's format changed, which means that this guide is rather outdated. I am currently working on fixing some of my journal skin tutorials, but after those are done, I will try to get around to updating this one. :) 
Goodnight-Melbourne Apr 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
Not entirely outdated. dA included that big "Submit here" button there just - that can't be removed.
Your journal skins are pretty nice :)
Good luck tweaking them.
Haracchii Mar 14, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Nnngg-- How to know the CSS? I don't now-- ._.)
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