How to: Margin + PaddingFor this tutorial series I am explaining different elements you can create or modify with the help of CSS. The level of experience that is needed to be able to understand the tutorials can differ and will be in no order.How to: Margin + Padding2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
However I will try to explain the things as simple as possible. Upcoming questions should be left in a comment directly to this blog so that people with similar problems can look them up later as well.
The tutorial series is based on the gruze-structure of journals. If you are still using the old structure or have a journal installed that used it, things won’t work the same way like explained below.
For simple skins the old structure is fine, but the more features you add, the more I would recommend using the gruze-structure. You can look up the differences here: http://ginkgografix.deviantart.com/art/Old-vs-Gruze-Journals-112772369
It seems like a lot of people are struggling with the usage of margin and padding. In the end it doesn’t matter ho
Feature: Custom WidgetsEveryone likes a fancy profile and with the help of default dA codes it is possible to style those pages to make them unique and more interesting. Below you will find a mix of tutorials as well as code snippets that will help you to customize your widgets.Feature: Custom Widgets2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
More can be found here: http://ecssited.deviantart.com/gallery/36985399
Custom Background Box - Cloudy Night by Stickaroo i kno u luv rainbows just TAKE IT by MyaMisguided Halloween Custom Box Background by Heltinde
Keep in mind that you can't style the widgets the way you would style a gallery or journal area. It also requires a Premium Membership as well.
Starting with dA CSSBack when CSS was allowed for journals for the first time there had been only a few deviants like ClaireJones, Lilyas or kuschelirmel-stock who provided free skins for everyone. Through the time more and more people enjoyed working on CSS skins and we also got the chance to skin our galleries.Starting with dA CSS3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
These days, and thanks to the great resources about journal and gallery CSS that have been created, it is possible for nearly everyone to code their own skins and/or to share them with others. Still there are many people who struggle with some basic things, which is why we want to focus on some of them here.
Where can you use CSS/HTML
On deviantART you can only use HTML and CSS on your journals, group blogs, your custom gallery folders, as well as your groups' galleries.
When you customize your profile widgets you can't add CSS or HTML like you can for journals/galleries. All you can do is using existing dA code that can be re-us
PE: CSS3 101 - Transition AnimationsPE: CSS3 101 - Transition Animations2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Table of Contents
This article has four main topics:
- Works in dA for All Members
- Doesn't work in dA for Premium Members
- Works in dA for Alpha Testers at devBUG
What is a Transition?
This time, I'll explain with an example. Let's take this awesome emote by jahw.
When I see that emote, I'm imagining it saying "CHAAAARGE!" and running forward! So I want to make the emote do that, but instead of opening it up in Photoshop to animate (which I'm not allowed to do anyway since it's not my work), I'm just going to add a simple code that will do the animation for me! Hover over the emote below to see this magic in action!
KnowledgeThese Are the Best Web Pages About Art. We hope that they Helps you to Improve yourSelf More.Knowledge4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Common Misconceptions: Digital ArtCommon Misconceptions: Digital ArtCommon Misconceptions: Digital Art3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hello everyone! This is the second installment of the series of “common misconceptions” surrounding different areas in art. This blog will cover the most prevalent myths that surround the medium of digital art. (it's chock full of super sweet images, check out the wonderful artists!)
Digital Art requires less skill than Traditional art
This is probably the top ranking myth. There is no “shortcut” when it comes to making good quality art period. It is not any easier to paint a beautiful image on a computer than it is with a brush and canvas. Most people who make that argument don’t really have any personal experience with creative software or they chalk up digital art as simple drawings in MS Paint.
Digtial Art requires less practice, anyone can do it
Like any skill out there, digital art needs the same amount of practice as you would need with a pen and paper. A
Let The Light In: Daily Deviations:icongood-intention:Let The Light In: Daily Deviations3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
'Let The Light In (LTLI) is a new tutorial series from the group Good-Intention that will focus on the hows and whys of committing good deeds around the deviantART community. The first article can be found here: LTLI: Art Features
The second edition of this series will focus on the topic of Daily Deviations, and how you can contribute to the community by suggesting them!
What Is A Daily Deviation?
A Daily Deviation is a one-day feature of artwork from various galleries that is chosen by a Community Volunteer (CV). These are showcased at the bottom of most pages on deviantART, as well as displayed in a chronological archive.
There are many misconceptions regarding Daily Deviations, from users believing they're given away as prizes, or given only to friends and popular users of the community. My aim with this article is to help to shine a light on Daily Deviations, and h
Mastering TypographyMastering TypographyMastering Typography3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Typography is a rather obscure field, which is quite odd because typography is in everything you read. As such, it’s very important for a graphic designer to know everything there is to know about typography and preferably also the history and anatomy of typefaces. Bad typography is usually only consciously noticeable by type geeks (like me), however even someone who knows absolutely nothing about typography will find text with bad typography harder to read. In this article you will learn some basic principles and features to advance your typography.
Before we have a look at the features to improve your typography we have to select the right software. A few features which will be discussed in this article can be used pretty much regardless of the software but for most things you have to use genuine design software, so a program like Microsoft Word won’t suffice. You can achiev
Did You Know? - Subscribe to 'deviantART Status'Subscribe to "deviantART Status"Did You Know? - Subscribe to 'deviantART Status'1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Whenever you are part of something bigger bugs and glitches will always appear - for various reasons.
In such cases it is always good to be up to date. Even if a bug or glitch doesn't affect you now, it might could happen in the future. Or in case you experience it already you are aware that someone will take care of it then.
To get the latest dA updates go to the Help & FAQ page.
You will find a link at the general footer or at the menu (when you hover over the little arrow icon next to the dA logo).
But you can also use the direct URL help.deviantart.com.
Beside several other important links and information (that we might cover at a later time) you also have the "deviantART status" section directly at the top.
Recent Issues will give you a quick overview of
Project Educate: Abstract and Surreal Photography Abstract and SurrealProject Educate: Abstract and Surreal Photography3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
"Surreal photography would be more about creating a world or image which goes beyond the physical world as we know it. It usually shows something which would be impossible in real life or tampers with the line defining what is real and what is imaginary. Surreal = beyond the real." - Shalora Former Community Volunteer
DianaCretu has a gallery that explores the boundaries of many different types of art. In terms of surrealism however she has some intriguing and mystery pieces that help explain the limitations and broadening horizons that can be met whilst exploring surreal photography.
Blurs, angles, shapes and shades all can combine beautifully to create surrealistic pieces of photography.
Digital Hacks #1: Rule of Thirds GridHi and welcome to Digital Hacks! Digital Hacks is an education based series that aims to make your life as a digital artist easier by providing you with education, tips, and tricks of the trade. In this article, I will be using Adobe Photoshop CC, discussing the Rule of Thirds, and I will show you how to create a Rule of Thirds Grid using Photoshop. Let's get started!Digital Hacks #1: Rule of Thirds Grid2 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Overview of Tools
Adobe PhotoshopPhotoshop Grid FeatureKeyboard (PC or Mac)Difficulty Level: Easy
Rule of Thirds
Before, I show you how to turn your Grid Feature into a Rule of Thirds Grid let's discuss what the Rule of Thirds actually is and why it is beneficial to digital artists.
The term Rule of Thirds, is more commonly known to photographers and it pertains to photographic composition. The Rule of Thirds is one of the very first things photographers learn about as it teaches them how to achieve well-ba
PE: Seniority, What Does It Mean?Senior WeekPE: Seniority, What Does It Mean?5 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Seniority on DeviantArt is that cool thing that gives a user a pretty medal next to their username. Today I'd like to shine a bit of light on what seniority actually means.
Before we dive into all of this though I'd like to start out by quoting :faq29:
"So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognize their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community.
Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endeavour, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be reco
FF-02: Critique Theory + TechniqueCritiquing SystemsFF-02: Critique Theory + Technique3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Here are a few techniques + approaches to improve
the quality and helpfulness of your critiques!
Critiquing could almost be an art form in and of itself! It's complex, but needs to be accessible. It can be approached from many different perspectives; there are no right answers. In essence, critique is like collaborative problem solving!
You as critic work with an artist to identify a problem (maybe one that they themselves are unaware of), then you work together to find a solution to it. They communicate through their existing body of work, and the technique they've developed or concept they've expressed. You communicate through your observations, impressions, and suggestions!This guide is designed to give you some new ideas about how you might approach your critiques from a different angle! It contains questions for you to ask, as well as tec
Chat Tutorial #10 - Anatomy of a chatroomThis should have been the first articleChat Tutorial #10 - Anatomy of a chatroom3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Ez a Tutorial magyar nyelven is elérhető!
So I noticed that when I try to explain certain things about chatrooms for helpees, they have no idea where is the title, topic area of the chatroom or if that even exists. I'd like to help with that.
I made a screenshot of my chatroom, cropped out certain areas and marked them with words
I'll write down some things about those areas and I'll try to include some tips as well.
So here we go.
a - Chatroom tab
This is a very useful thing. Why? Because instead of one million browser windows, you can have one window open and have as many connections to dAmn chatroom as you want. You can close one as well but without leaving the other rooms as well.
b - Title of the chatroom
Area is empty when you first enter your own ch
Artist's Toolbox: Social Media WebsitesIn this day and age, with the internet at just about everyone's fingertips, social media is making a big boom and is useful for so much more than just socializing with others. Each day more and more businesses jump on the social media bandwagon to help market and promote their goods. For artists this is no different, as these websites are an excellent tool to market yourself, your skills, and of course your art!Artist's Toolbox: Social Media Websites1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Benefits of using Social Media Websites
Starting out brand new on any social media website can be a bit daunting and building watchers/followers can take time though there are ways to get noticed faster if you are willing to put the time and effort into it. Some time ago I wrote an article about gaining exposure. While the article is geared towards gaining exposure on deviantART, a lot of the same concepts apply to other websites as well. Do take a moment and give it a read.
PE: Hosting a Chat EventThis article was written by bradleysays and neurotype for projecteducate.PE: Hosting a Chat Event2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
1. Know how dAmn works.
If you want your chat event to be successful, you need to know how to utilize the chatrooms. This includes promoting/demoting, changing the topic and title, /kick-ing people, etc.
Here are some FAQs to get you started:
2. Make the announcement.
After you've learned the basics of chatrooms you are now ready to announce the chat event.
Things you should include in the announcement:
The chatroomThe date and time*What will be happeningPrizes^
*When listing the date and time, keep time zones in mind. timeanddate.com's Event Time Announcer is the easiest way to let people know when the event i
History of Roman typefacesHistory of Roman typefacesHistory of Roman typefaces3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Typefaces are our instruments to construct words and sentences. Of course this very article couldn’t be written without type other than writing by hand and scanning it in, but I wouldn’t know how to save the file or how to access the website to upload it to if I had no access to typefaces. Of course I don’t have to say where type can be found; it’s absolutely everywhere. However, most people don’t consider where typefaces come from. Most of my life and even the first 5 years or so of my design career I was absolutely ignorant of where typefaces came from. I mean, they were just "there" on the computer and I never considered someone actually had to make typefaces for us to use—letter by letter. In this article I will discuss the history of Roman typefaces; how it progressed during the ages, how each style can be recognized and how to select typefaces consciously and logically r
Let's Talk about DDs!Hey everyone,Let's Talk about DDs!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
the other day I posted a poll asking your opinion on whether or not you'd prefer it if I replied to all of my DD suggestions with a generic thank you.
I have to say that the responses I got were not quite what I was expecting (I really thought the masses would scream YES PLEASE SEND ME NOTES BACK YAYAYAYA).. So I thought it might be a good idea to open up discussion about DD Suggestions and DDs in general.
Before I open the floor, I wanted to discuss some of my personal thoughts in regards to DDs as I experience things as a CV who accepts suggestions from the community and is able to feature art as DDs.
A few months back I posted a journal expressing that I am not so busy that anyone should worry that they are wasting my time/overwhelming me/being a bother etc by sending me DD suggestions. The reality is that there are days when I get 0 (zero) suggestions at all
Community Week Wrap UpHello everyone!Community Week Wrap Up3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The Community Week scheduled for December 17th to December 23rd is now over! We would like to help everyone involved for their effort and dedication they put into these sensational articles
Here is the recap of this Community Week:
Interview with Madspeitersen by lintu47
History of Typefaces by MartinSilvertant
Interview with Community Week Superstars by Arichy
Suggest, Suggest, Suggest -What we look for! Daily Deviations WeekSuggest, Suggest, Suggest -What we look for! 6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
With muchos changes to the Community Volunteer team over the past while, it's good to remind everyone of who the Photography CV team is, where to send your suggestions and a few personal things that we all look for!
Myself and 3wyl look after General Photography which means everything within the Photography Galleries that is not currently covered by a volunteer. At present this means the following:
Animals, Plants and Nature
Commercial Photography (Fashion Commercial Photography goes to Mrs-Durden or Pixel-Spotlight)
People & Portraits (Excluding those mentioned below!)
[Bullet; Pink] Street
[Bullet; Pink] Transportation
[Bullet; Pink] Urban and Rural
3wyl and I plan our Daily Deviations car
Tutorial Showcase #17DeviantART is a great place to find not only art but also some awesome tutorials. It doesn't matter if you are interested in photo manipulation or writing, usually there is a tutorial for that. But at the same time there are so many great tutorials outside of deviantART and most deviantART users might never find them unless someone shows these tutorials to them. So I'm happy to introduce you a new journal series called "Tutorial Showcase" which features some awesome tutorials outside of deviantART. System is pretty simple. Every showcase journal showcases five tutorials from a specific category and this category changes with every new journal. There's no special placement, all of them are equal. So here we go!Tutorial Showcase #173 weeks ago in Art Features More Like This
Theme for this time is:
Summer Text Effects
3D Summer text
This first tutorial by Tony Aube is a great example of a great summer text - beach, palms and umbrellas - awesome. In this tutorial you can learn how
PE: Textured brushesThis article is an introduction to textured brushes in digital art painting. I'll cover making your own brushes as well as the use of textured brushes. You'll also find some great art and brush sets at the end of this article. This is my first time writing for projecteducate, so I hope you'll find this helpful!PE: Textured brushes2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Textured brush vs. texture
First of all, what is a textured brush? And why should you bother with it when you can just slap a nice texture over your painting to make it look more interesting?
Alright, let's start at the beginning. "Textured brush" is a brush created out of a texture, so basically a texture in brush-form. Whether it's made with help of a pre-existing image (see texture above) or some wild scribbling on your tablet (like the example brush above) doesn't matter. Texture + select + define brush = texture
PE: CSS3 101 - Conclusion + Trivia and ContestPE: CSS3 101 - Conclusion + Trivia and Contest2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Lucky for you guys, this will be my last article for this week's CSS3 101 series! No more spam of unintelligible code from me...
... for now
For those that were keeping up with the series, thanks so much for reading and providing feedback! I know I might have left out some info here and there, but you have to understand CSS3 is quite an extensive topic to break down and explain at beginner level, so really thanks to those that also reminded me about the few things I might've missed out. It's even more difficult to explain since I don't have CSS3 privs available to show live examples of cooler animations, but hope you were all able to understand and follow along anyway
Unfortunately, had to cut the series short due to time constraint I initially had more topics in mind for this series, namely Transform, Animation, Attribute selectors and more Pseudo-classes, but had some personal iss
How to design a typeface (Part 2)How to design a typeface (Part 2)How to design a typeface (Part 2)2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Sans serif — Italics & weights
In the previous article of the typography series I presented some of the basic principles of type design and we started designing a geometric sans typeface such as Futura. In this article we will expand that typeface and add italics and alternate weights. Or rather, I will show you how to design italics and briefly present how you can modify your regular weight typeface to create alternate weights rather than having to re-draw the whole letter.
Before we start
If you haven’t read the last article/tutorial but you want participate in this one, you can download a pack of resou