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deviantART Customisation FAQ

Wed Jul 23, 2014, 11:26 AM

Your deviantART Identity



FAQ01 - How do I change my username?
FAQ02 - How do I change my username symbol?
FAQ03 - How do I change my avatar?
FAQ04 - How do I change my profile information?
FAQ05 - How do I change my signature?

Profile Customisation



FAQ06 - How do I add widgets?
FAQ07 - How do I remove widgets?
FAQ08 - How do I change the order of my widgets?
FAQ09 - How do I edit widgets?
FAQ10 - How do I add a custom background?
FAQ11 - How do I repeat my custom background?
FAQ12 - How do I add custom CSS to my profile?
FAQ13 - How do I change the font colour?

Using Images



FAQ14 - How do I add images to my page?
FAQ15 - How do I find an image URL?

Using Links



FAQ16 - How do I create a text link?
FAQ17 - How do I create an image link?
FAQ18 - How do I use deviantART thumbs?
FAQ19 - How do I link to another deviantART user?
FAQ20 - How do I embed media?
FAQ21 - How do I find a page URL?

Using Journal Skins



FAQ22 - How do I install a journal skin?
FAQ23 - How do I change my journal skin?
FAQ24 - How do I edit my journal skin?

Using Gallery Skins



FAQ25 - How do I add a gallery skin?
FAQ26 - How do I add a description?
FAQ27 - How do I remove a description?
FAQ28 - How do I change my folder icons?
FAQ29 - How do I hide my folder titles?

Extra



FAQ30 - How do I turn stacks on?
FAQ31 - How do unwatch Scraps folders?

Resources








24-07-2016 All of the FAQ entries have now been updated with new screenshots to bring them inline with dA's (fairly) recent site changes, undergone a bit of tidying up and a few articles have also been improved and expanded upon. As ever, if there's anything else you'd like help with just give me a shout. Cheers all! - Gasara

This has been four long days in the making. This FAQ covers the questions I get asked most frequently about customising deviantART accounts. It includes thirty-one entries (which provide both information about the topic and a how-to guide) and links to other material you might find relevant.

Since I started making journal skins, resources and helping out with dA profiles I've been inundated with questions about how to do certain things as well as requests for help when things go wrong. As you know, I'm always more than happy to help out but sometimes it can get a little overwhelming and, of course, if I'm away your questions can go unanswered for a while. With that in mind I decided to create this FAQ and collection of articles that you guys can refer to whenever you need help. I've tried to cover everything I think you'll need but if there's anything else you would like to see here then please just let me know.

Of course, you're also all still welcome to come to me for any help you might need. I don't want you to think you can't do that anymore! If you can't find your answer here then please don't hesitate to send a note or a comment.

Cheers, guys!
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:iconmarilyndraws:
marilyndraws Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018   Digital Artist
Hello Gasara I was wondering if you could help me out with something?hmmm 
I'm new at prettying up my profile and I can not correctly code my images.
As you can see the images line up vertical but I would like them to be horizontal to each other.
Do you know anyway to fix this? I would really appreciate your help, thank you!

Help by marilynlancasterart  
 
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hiya. I've only got access to my phone right now so can't check the code to see what the problem is. I'd first suggest removing any spaces/line breaks between the two image codes to see if that helps as they should line up otherwise. I'll take a proper look when I get chance though.
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:iconmarilyndraws:
marilyndraws Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018   Digital Artist
I reworked them with no spaces in between but they still seem to line up vertical. I'm not sure why exactly it won't work.
Does the image width and height have to be specific, or does that really matter? Thank you for helping me out!
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Professional General Artist
I've been able to take a look at your code this morning and can confirm the issue is because of the size of the images. Widgets have a maximum width of 386px for content so you have to make your images with that in mind. While larger images can be resized to fit, the ones you are using have a lot of transparent pixels around the edge which still take up space on the page. I've trimmed the images down and resized the width to 180px each so they now sit nicely next to each other. I've added a few extra spaces and breaks to the code to give a nice bit of padding but you can expand or reduce this as you like.

Here's how it looks in my test widget and a screenshot of how the code's written to get this appearance. (Note the   to create extra space between the images)

  Custom Box Test by Gasara   Custom Box Test Code by Gasara


Here's the links to the resized images if you want to use these.

Fb By Marilynlancasterart-dcggs9u by Gasara   Ig By Marilynlancasterart-dcggsa6 by Gasara

Hope that helps. If you need anything else just let me know.:iconcocoloveplz:
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:iconmarilyndraws:
marilyndraws Featured By Owner Edited Jul 7, 2018   Digital Artist
Yay!!! It's working, you're a lifesaver! Thank you so much you've been a really great help!
If I run into something else I'll make sure to note you. :hug:  
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. It was no trouble at all. .:Happy star:. 
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Maiyunbby Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey, gasara, do you by chance have a FAQ or list of the properties you can use in custom boxes and what those properties do? Cause I have no idea half the time what most of the codes do or if they're supposed to go into specific orders. My issue is I just wanna make custom box designs and stuff for people but I have no clue about any of the vast amount of stuff that can be done with them. I know they're all work arounds so their tags and stuff and even orders seem to be finicky. :<
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hiya! The FAQ you've commented on has been designed to explain most of the things you can do. If you have a read through you find out how to add backgrounds, images, links, custom css and the like. At the bottom you'll find (amongst other things) a basic HTML guide which explains the basics of font formatting and alignment.

There's far to much information for me to relay personally but if you take a look at these guides and search for other tutorials on deviantART then you should be able to pick up a lot of tips. As with anything it's all fairly simple once you study and practice a bit.
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DevianPony02 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Am i able to center the text?
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
On your profile page? Sure, just use the code below. Replace sample text with your own content.

<div align="center">sample text</div>
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:icondevianpony02:
DevianPony02 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconbored-tigecko:
Bored-Tigecko Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a picture I want to Div Align left. How do I do this?
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Professional General Artist
The following deviations will be more help for things like this:
Assuming you're posting this image on your profile you'd use the following:
<div align="left"><img src="image url"></div>
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:iconmilkeal:
Milkeal Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just a question,,
do you know a way to change a picture in your page and make it smaller ??
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:iconmint-green-soul:
Mint-Green-Soul Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I wanna start a donation pool but I don't know how to... especially if I can't find the Edit Button page....
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:iconmint-green-soul:
Mint-Green-Soul Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Edit: nevermind...
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:iconstephie-jo:
Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for all the help! This is amazing! <3
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:iconwhovianbron3:
WhovianBron3 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Student Filmographer
Do any of you know how to decrease the size of a journal and still keep it centered? 
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:iconlookitsromii:
lookitsromii Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016
what if a stamp goes UNDER the custom box background and is not visible? what is wrong?
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:iconmolfar-spirit:
Molfar-Spirit Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Please, help
fav.me/dap9jcw
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:iconzhusanna:
zhusanna Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016
Agree with the comment above - this is a lifersaver! Thank you Gasara!! :la:
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:iconiamjollyrancher:
IAmJollyRancher Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Student General Artist
This is a life saverrrr<3
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:iconlalahbug:
LalahBug Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
So I'm trying to learn how to do custom background. When I go to use this an image with the html on my newest deviations and favorites widgets. The deviation basically become invisible/not there. Is there a way to fix that or do I need to use a custom widget and put in thumbnails? I looked a bit online, but maybe I'm being oblivious to something, because I couldn't find the answer. 
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:iconbubbleheart2005:
BubbleHeart2005 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! How can I add buttons on my page?I know that I need to get the "thumb" thing but i dont know how i can put a link in it. (for example: someone clicks on a little facebook icon on my page, and that "button" makes the person go to my facebook page)


*sorry for my horrible english*
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Professional General Artist
FAQ17 - How do I create an image link?

This should help. :)
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:iconbubbleheart2005:
BubbleHeart2005 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! ^^
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:icongisapizzatto:
GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, I need some help to manage my group! Who I have to contact?
I have a group and due to my lack of time I made somebody else founder, now the girl is missing since 2014 and I can't become founder again! What to do ?????
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Professional General Artist
I think it would be best to search the official FAQ for that which deals will all aspects of the site. If you can't find your answer there you should contact the help desk.
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:iconmiss-oli:
Miss-Oli Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
HOW DO I ADD DIVIDERS
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
Dividers are just images so check out the image/thumb FAQ sections.
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:iconpamonk:
PaMonk Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Professional Artist
Awesome Thanks for all this great Info.:D
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Professional General Artist
My pleasure! :iconcocoloveplz:
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:iconlittle-pear:
Little-pear Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thankyou for making a FAQ list accesible without having to search through a dozen tutorials for help :)
But I am having difficulty putting up something on my page: when I put in a background in the custom widget, the try putting an image (not within a content box) in front, nothing comes up, just the bg, not the image. I have looked at the troubleshooting for this problem, and you said to "close off" the image with a div tag, and put it vefore the code for the bg, and I've tried both, but nothing. Is there something I'm not putting in the HTML code?
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Widyadk Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student Artist
Some of them are in the DeviantArt FAQ.
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:iconherobrine564:
Herobrine564 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if you change your email address, is an email sent to the old one?
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:iconsai182:
SAI182 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist
i genuinely thank you for taking your time making this!!!
Runaway Heart 
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PepitoDoodlez Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
awesome
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:iconblackthornrose:
BlackThornRose Featured By Owner Edited Nov 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Do you have issues having your page layout look the same on all three browsers? 
(Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer)

I customize my profile and it looks fine on Chrome but looks funky on the other two. (Mainly because I don't know how to shrink my images) Is there a way to remedy this or is it something that can't be help? Thank you in advance for your time, I found your FAQ and tutorials extremely resourceful :)
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SnowPrincessAllie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you! This really helps!
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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Bakerdezign Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Well,thanks,this is useful.
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconfelizias:
Felizias Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesomeness~
Thanks for doing this. :heart:
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome, m'dear!
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:iconcharcherry:
CharCherry Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
About time someone posts this! Thanks.
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome, m'dear!
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:iconaderiasha:
AderiAsha Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh myyy this helps a lot! thanks!
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome. :hug:
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:iconshedied:
shedied Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
i've always been looking for a decent starting point to customizing ('skinning'). You put this one out and granted my wish in the process! Thanks heaps; you're the best
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ah, I'm glad I could help! :dance:
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