The Heroic Road Back to Comic-Con
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Literature Deviation TutorialdA Literature Tutorial: reading and submittingLiterature Deviation Tutorial4 years ago in Journal and Gallery Tutorials More Like This
Reading Literature on DeviantART
Each literature deviation is displayed within a box (there may also be a preview image displayed above it). The first line in this box is always the deviation title, as a first-level heading. The second line has the word "by" followed by the author's username (as a link). The rest of the deviation has been written by the author.
At the top, right-hand corner of a literature deviation, you may see five buttons, depending on the category. These buttons will be my main focus for this part of the tutorial.
at the moment, I think the categories are a bit buggy- as of December 9, 2012, or possibly earlier, this seems to have been fixed. But sometimes the buttons won't load right and the page needs to be refreshed)
Adjusting the font size
The first button shows a picture of two letter A's, side-by-side. It's used to toggle the size of the font,
Proofreading Tips #2 Semicolon Conjunctive AdverbsProofreading Tips #2 Semicolon Conjunctive Adverbs2 years ago in Writing More Like This
...Wow, that's a mouthful! These suckers are used to attach two independent clauses as one single sentence. Many people have confusion about when to use commas, semicolons, and colons. Semicolon conjunctive adverbs are helpful to emphasize the relationship between two thoughts (as opposed to separate sentences). Here is a list of words commonly used for this:
Some examples in sentences include:
"She arrived to school late; consequently, the teacher did not accept her homework."
"Man could not overcome the demon army; thus, the age of darkness was born."
"He forgot his lunch; additionally, he had no umbrella for the rain."
Note that these are different from conjunction words such as "and," "but," and "or." These attach two independent clauses with a comma.
Proofreading Tips #3: Indefinite PronounsProofreading Tips #3: Indefinite Pronouns2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Why are these important when proofreading? It's knowing when to use a singular or a plural verb. The "indefinite" part of these pronouns refers to the fact that the subject is undefined.
Many writers fall into the grammar trap by assuming that because the pronoun is referencing multiple entities, it requires a plural verb. Often it just "won't sound right" otherwise. But when these entities are referred to as a collective, a singular verb is the word you'll want to use. Examples of singular verb indefinite pronouns include:
Here are some examples of what I mean by a sentence "not sounding right" but it really is technically correct:
"Neither of the students wants to join her for lunch."
See that? Neither is actually the subject--"neither wants"--but because we add clarification that we are referring to students, it doesn't sound right. This can
Let's code! Background PropertiesIntroductionLet's code! Background Properties2 years ago in Journal and Gallery Tutorials More Like This
Custom shapes and images are an integral part of any journal skin. They can include buttons, icons, header backgrounds, dividers, textures - sometimes the whole design is one big, sliced image artwork with a text area so one can rightly call it a journal skin. Other times the custom image usage is low or non-existent, and you wouldn't believe how coders make their skins rock anyway (or because). In this Let's code! I'm going to address the different background properties and their values.
1. The Background Property: Structure
+ a nifty tip
1.6 Shorthand Form
1. The Background Property: Structure
Proofreading Tips #1: RedundanciesProofreading Tips #1: Redundancies2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Have you ever thought about how redundantly we speak in every day conversation? Sometimes this passes into our writing. For graduates especially, we are unfortunately trained to add extra "padding" into our text to reach a desired word count.
Word redundancies (known as pleonasms and sometimes given the nickname of "baby puppies") are one such way. Here is a list highlighting such phrases--avoid using these at all costs:
advance warningalter or changeassemble togetherbasic fundamentalscollect togetherconsensus of opinioncontributing factordollar amounteach and everyend resultexactly identicalfew in numberfree and cleargrateful thanksgreat majorityintegral partlast and finalmidway betweennew changespast historyperfectly clearpersonal opinionpotential opportunitypositively certainproposed planserious interestrefer backtrue factsvisible to the eyeunexpected surprisesurrounded on all sidesnull and voidpoisonous venomfilled to capacityreason is becausenatural instinctpast e
Contacting the deviantART Help DeskContacting the deviantART Help Desk2 years ago in Other More Like This
The unofficial tutorial
Franšais: Contacter le service d'aide de deviantART.
Suomi: Yhteydenotot deviantARTin Help Deskiin
Other language? Watch #InternationalFAQ Can you translate? Please feel free!
Where to find the Help Desk?
On any dA page, go to the very bottom and click "Help & FAQ" (which looks like this).To the left, click "Contact the Help Desk" (
All About Points :: Beginners Guide to PointsAll About Points :: Beginners Guide to Points3 years ago in Other More Like This
All About Points
Everything you need to know about points
Points: Virtual money of deviantART.
What are points used for?
Points are used for a variety of things. You can share points with friends, save up and purchase items from the deviantART shop, or buy commissions and adoptables from your fellow deviants.
How can I get points?
Collecting points isn't too hard depending on the way you get them. Points can be earned by:
► Asking for points from point donors or other deviants on deviantART, like me.
► Participating in contests hosted by deviantART or by other deviants.
► Selling art for points (Point Commissions/Adoptables).
► Playing the llama game.
► Buying points.
How do I buy points?
Points can be purchased by going to http://www.deviantart.com/account/points/ and choosing the amount you wish to buy.
One USD = 80 Points
What is the Llama Trading Game? What does it have to d
Colon, Semicolons, and Hyphens Trouble often arises when dealing with combining sentences. It's good you're taking a look at this - very good. How many of you have wondered how to use a colon? A Semi-Colon? How about a Hyphen? Well, this piece of literature will keep your head spinning for a while. Not because you are going to be confused, but because there is a rather large amount of information. However, you shouldn't let that stop you from becoming a better writer, right? So, let us continue with the lesson on:Colon, Semicolons, and Hyphens7 years ago in Other More Like This
The main use of a colon is when you want to link a lead-in(a sentence that can stand alone but will be used to bring in two or more primary subjects) with the items(subjects) that will be introduced by the lead-in.
Confused? Well, look at the sentence below:
I ordered many items on the list(Lead-in): tomatoes, chips, b
=Shimeji for Mac Tutorial==Shimeji for Mac Tutorial=3 years ago in Other More Like This
Shimeji for Mac Users Tutorial
...a compiled amount of resources in one easy-to-understand instruction packet.
Here, I will walk you step-by-step for all you Mac users to access the cute/fun world of Shimeji
without the use of Wine/Parallels Desktop or other Windows transferring programs that could slow your Mac down.
- What is Shimeji?
- Where can I download one?
- What you need to have installed already on your Mac.
- Choose your Shimeji, and download.
- Download the Shimeji Mac template.
- Transferring documents.
- Common issues, and how you can fix them easily.
- Final Notes.
What is Shimeji?
In a nutshell, it's a desktop sitter that is fully customizable. Each 'sitter' is often represented by an icon or character, and they usually just run around your screen, crawl up the windows, etc. For example, you could have a Pikachu shimeji that runs aro
CSS Tricks: Fonts and Text BasicsToday I want to talk about fonts in journal skins You probably saw this one coming And maybe you also saw coming that this will be a rather long tutorial There is just a lot to say about this! Actually this will only be the first one about fonts and text. This one will cover the basics of working with fonts.CSS Tricks: Fonts and Text Basics1 year ago in Journal and Gallery Tutorials More Like This
I will start by talking a bit about web-safe fonts and the concept behind a fallback hierarchy. Further down you'll find a selection of properties that can be styled with examples and explanations.
So, let's go!
The standard web safe fonts
A font is defined as web safe when it is installen on a great number of user's computers. They are also called system fonts, and can vary depending on your PC. Fonts on a Mac OS are not necessarily the same as fonts on a Windows OS.
Here's is a little example: on the left side is an image, an image created in PS on the right side. If both sides look the same, or at least very similar, it means they a
25 Prompts Challenge Version 31. Out In Public25 Prompts Challenge Version 32 years ago in Literature Templates More Like This
2. Magically Appear
3. Huge Favour
4. Chance Meetings
5. Back Off Now
6. Height Of Fame
7. Without Help
8. Under The Weather
9. Peace And Quiet
10. Rhetorical Question
11. Thinking Out Loud
12. Neither Of Them
13. The Unusual Pretender
14. Sport Competition
15. Good Camouflage
16. Tight Chest
17. Chauvinistic Creep
18. Noble Guy
19. Road Crew
20. Eons Ago
21. Play Fight
22. Silver Medal
23. More In Need
24. Coffee Table
25. Last Birthday
Add Links to DeviantArt TextsHere's what you need:Add Links to DeviantArt Texts5 years ago in HTML & CSS & Scripting More Like This
You have three ways to make a link:
Use DA's Media toolbar (codefree method):
If you're commenting or editing an artist's description, click on the "+Add Media" button on the bottom of the text field that looks like below, to start the Media toolbar:
Click on the following Link button in the Media toolbar on top of the page, highlighted in pink below:
Type in the Full_Website in the URL box, and Shown_Text in the Title box. Press OK when you're done:
It will look like: Shown_Text
OR Type code:
Your template that you type keystroke-by-keystroke is:
It will look like: Shown_Text
Understanding Basic CSS ...Understanding Basic CSS ...4 years ago in HTML & CSS & Scripting More Like This
Understanding Basic CSS Structure
Here's a breakdown of CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) coding. I won't go over every single possible property and variable, but I will cover some of the basics to try to give an understanding of the structure and how to write a skin using this. Once you understand the simple layout of how the code works, then everything else will come very easily. If you know what CSS is, and what it's for, go ahead and skip to Writing the CSS. Or skip down to Adding properties and values to the code. Alternately, don't read anything, just look at the examples: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3, and Example 4.
What is a Cascading Style Sheet?
Simply put, it is the s