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Selecting and Customizing Gallery Themes

It is Easy to Theme and Customize your DPW Gallery Website
 
 
 
 
The Ways to Customize your Gallery Website
 
1. Create Categories to Organize your artwork - read
 
2. Select a Gallery Theme and Customize It  - read
  
Your Artist Tools Menu
 
When you are signed into your DPW account, you will see a three horizontal line button for the  Artist  Tools  slide-out   menu  up at the top of your gallery. It is from this menu you can select the options for customizing your gallery.
 
 
 
Add Categories to Organize your Artwork
 
Without categories, your gallery presents a solid wall of artwork to the viewer organized, by default, by the date published, or perhaps, in the order you may have arranged them.
 
Instead, you can organize your artwork into categories, letting you present your work just as you want and making it easier for your visitors and buyers to find what they are looking for.
 
Important: You don’t put  artwork in a category, instead you create a category that includes artwork based upon the artwork’s genre, media, sold status, or keywords. In this way a given work of art can appear in more than one category.
 
Once created, you can drag and drop your categories in the Categories window to set the order in which they will appear in your gallery.
 
 
 
There are two types of categories:
 
1. Predefined Categories
2. Custom Keyword Categories
 

Predefined Categories  

Predefined categories include All , Available , Sold , and Genre and Media -based categories, such as Still Life and Oil .
 
For example, if you create a predefined category with a Category Type of Genre - Still Life  then all artwork in your DPW Gallery website with that genre will appear in that category. This is true whether the Category Type is a Genre, a Media, or sold status based, such as All, Available, or Sold.
 
 
Keyword Categories
 
It is with Keyword categories that you are able to make your DPW Gallery truly yours!
 
A Keyword category collects your artwork based on the keywords you have assigned to your artwork (see below). For example, if you create a Keyword category named Dogs and assign the keywords dog and puppy  to it, then all your artwork with any of those keywords will show up in that category. Please note the use of the word any . If you have the keywords dog and watercolor assigned to a category, then all the artwork with the keyword dog and all the artwork with the keyword watercolor will appear in the category, which isn’t what you would want if you just wanted dogs. Instead, in that case, you should only have the keyword dog .
 
 
Setting the Keywords on your Artwork
 
There are three different ways to set your keywords:
 
1. Pulled in from your blog, if you have set up your blog feed.
2. In your Keyword column of your Art Tracking Grid .
3. With the Artwork Wizard  dialog.
 
The Artwork Wizard Dialog
 
To quickly edit your artwork and set its’ keywords, just mouse over a thumbnail of your artwork and click on the little pencil icon that appears.
 
 
When you click the pencil icon, the Artwork Quick Edit dialog opens where you can quickly change your artwork’s image and information.
 
It is an easy and convenient way to change which paintings are in which categories. Just bring up a category in your gallery and you can quickly change the genre, media, and keywords of the artwork in the category, as needed. This approach also lets you have a painting in many categories, if you want.
 

 

  Select a Gallery Theme and Customize It
 

Along with organizing your artwork into custom categories and creating custom store, event, and print (reproductions) pages, you can change the look and feel of your DPW Gallery Website to personalize it to your style.

 

 Open the Gallery Theme Slide-out

Click the little tab with the cogs icon  in the upper left corner of your DPW Gallery Website. It is only visible if you are signed into your account.

 

 Select a Starting Theme

You can select any theme from the  Starting Theme  drop down list or you can leave the default "DPW Classic" theme selected. This will be the starting theme for your DPW Gallery Website.

Feel free to try any and all of the starting themes.  Only you will see the new theme until you publish it.

 

 

 Customize Your Theme

Now that you have a starting theme you like, you can click the  Customize  button to change it so it is perfect.

No worries - any changes you make are only visible to you until you publish your theme. So be sure to experiment and have fun with your theme!

Keep in mind that if you have customized your theme, changing the starting theme will lose your customizations.

 

 Publish Your Theme

When you have your theme just as you would like it you can click the  Publish  button so everyone else can see it, as well.

Once you publish your theme, feel free to chose another starting theme or customizing your theme, since your changes will only be visible to you until you publish your theme again.

Note:  the  Publish  button is enabled only if you have changed your starting theme or customized your theme.

 

 Cancel the Preview

You can cancel your theme preview at anytime after you have changed your starting theme or customized your theme by clicking the  Cancel Preview  button. When you do, you will once again see your DPW Gallery Website as everyone else does.

Note:  the  Cancel Preview  button is enabled only if you have changed your starting theme or customized your theme.  button is enabled only if you have changed your starting theme or customized your theme.

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