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  • What is is a new system for submitting art to dA. You can find the link in your 'submit' menu.
  • Why use it?
Main advantages are that you can submit deviations faster, from more places (currently with apps for androidiPhotomaciOS, etc., as well as from email and FTP) and you can keep them private if you want. You can then share it only with those people you want - for example to ask their opinion before submitting it to your gallery.
  • How to submit?
Submitting basically happens in two parts.
  1. Upload the file
    • Image- and other files
Submit files from your computer by clicking Upload to (choose the file from your computer in the popup). Most browsers (at least Chrome, Firefox, Safari) support selecting multiple files at once here, that will then upload one by one into a new stack.
These browsers also support drag and drop for one or more files; open in one window, open your folder with the file(s) in another, and drag the file(s) from the folder to
    • Literature
For literature, there's Writer ("Write to"). It's a WYSIWYT editor (What You See Is What You Type); this means you can choose if you want to use HTML codes or rich text (or both). In the writer, you can choose to write up your deviation and use the formatting buttons, or paste rich text from somewhere else - say, the Word file where you wrote it. You can also add html codes manually. All formatting in the original file should be transferred over.
    • Muro
There is no option to submit a muro drawing directly to yet. You can however draw in deviantART muro, choose "export image" (under "File"), save the file to your computer and submit it like any other file.
  1. Edit and Publish
Once the file is in your and uploaded, the next you do is edit it! Hover over the thumb in, then go over the title and click "edit". Now you can choose a title, category, licence, etc. In the right hand menu choose whether you want to publish the piece to your gallery and watchers, or leave it hidden as a (untick "my deviantART Gallery" etc.). You can also submit it to a group right there (also allowing you to submit exclusively to a group) or if it has the right specifications, as a print (also allowing you to submit a print without a [public] deviation attached).
  • Stacks
When you submit a bunch of files at once as described above, it automatically becomes a stack. You can also merge deviations into a stack by dragging and dropping a file on top of another, or selecting several files and use "File > Merge Selected". You can also click "Upload Files" on the stack page to add new pieces. To remove a deviation from a stack, go with the mouse over the thumb, and choose "Move to".
  • Sharing
Before publishing, you can share a deviation by giving them the "Quick share" link to the top right of the deviation page. You can also share an entire stack the same way.
  • It doesn't work right! D:, and especially writer, are relatively new and in development still. So some hiccups can happen! To report it contact the Help Desk.

Updated 21st March 2012 Visit your

See also the FAQs on;
FAQ #440: What is
FAQ #441: How do I upload to my
FAQ #442: What is the storage limit of
FAQ #443: What happens when I reach the storage limit for
FAQ #444: What happens to my items when my subscription runs out?
FAQ #445: Can I upload anything to
FAQ #446: Why can't I drag & drop files to my like other users?

I originally wrote this tutorial in Open Office (also to test the copy-paste from there to stash writer:dummy:) and this tutorial is so concise that it fits on one A4 page there :P (though I did make some edits since)

If you want to give your opinion on the feature please do so on one of the Site Update Blogs at #hq so that your voice will be heard :D But feel free to comment on the tutorial here, or ask me questions if something isn't clear ^^;

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(And I'm aware it says 1. twice - that appears to be a bug :B)
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The 'Simple Stash Tutorial' is a concise and comprehensive usage guide describing the new (beta) Stash Feature in dA. The procedure, as outlined, is written in clear, understandable terms. The amount of detail neither under- nor overwhelms the reader (of English). The author has demonstrated that he has a working knowledge of the process and an understanding of the audience this piece addresses.
Tha author has taken care to proof the document for spelling and syntax errors. (suggestion: substitute "once" for "when" in the opening sentence under 'Edit & Publish'). The style is comfortable and flows easily from beginning to end. Written at an intermediate comprehension level that will not challenge or insult the reader.
Anyone who is minimally familiar with uploading should be able to achieve success with a single reading.
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bonefish Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks much for making this tutorial. I have one question I haven't yet been able to find an answer to, and perhaps you'll know whether this is possible or not. I understand that one can move a submission from to their dA gallery, but is it possible to go the other way, i.e. move an existing piece from a gallery into
bonefish Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually! Disregard my question, I just scrolled down the comments and found my answer here.
Izabella2016 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question. I'm trying to find a picture of a friend's, but they submitted it to their stash. My friend show me and a few other friends this picture through a, and I need to find it for something I'm doing for all the people that were a part of that Since I didn't actually get the link to the stash, would I be able to find that picture?
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Did you visit it? Your best bet is your browser's history. ^^ try to search for "" and their username! Otherwise, you'll probably have to ask them.
Izabella2016 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No, they should us a picture of it through a 
And alright, thanks you (:
LusaBearLikesFries Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It won't let me do italics or bolds >.<
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Oh, what happens when you try?
LusaBearLikesFries Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It doesn't listen to my simple commands... Pretty annoying, so I just copy/paste from Word and there are a bunch of weird spaces in between paragraphs... Eh, oh well. If I'm dedicated enough, I'll actually TRY to edit it :P
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Yeah, copying and pasting rich text can cause some problems still ^^;
ZimCat8038 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how can i find an item thumb on on stash or can i make one?
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