Final: extra tips

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A. Tips I Llama (en/es)Hello!
[You gave me a llama. I give you a llama back.] (this is not for everyone getting here).
You are encouraged to use the icons I adapted to deviantart to show which tool, software, company or social web you used in the making of a deviation, in a journal, status post or comment. :) (Smile)
I also doing some stocks.
If you use a tool, software or social web (or credit a character or company) I don't have the icon for, please tell me.
If you want 16x16 icons, you can search in my gallery by using the media menu and adding ultramini to the name of the software/etc you are searching.
There are currently 5 sizes: big (very few ones yet, greater size than 50x50), normal (50x50), mid (35x35, not all has this size), mini (21x21) and ultramini (16x16). There are also animated icons. Animated icons are done only on request.You can also add a minus before the te
. Those are tips for doing searches. They are valid for all users, but the examples are focused into finding my icons. You can ignore the part about llamas.
B I do requests of code/composition of descriptionsI can do requests of templates of descriptions. With a template a description looks better and is easier to manage.
I can also improve the look of a description and add format and also, teach how I did so you can modify for yourself.
I do this without any charge, for free.
All requests will be shared through pastebin so with a URL shortener you can have a template in a webpage very accesible.
For example if you have a facebook, youtube, twitter, tumblr,, patreon, instagram, vk,, artfight, etc etc I can make a description that looks fancy with all of those links.
Example 1 (all links are void):
Facebook Icon hq ultramini Facebook Youtube (text version) Icon ultramini Youtube Twitter Icon ultraminiYoutubeTumblr Icon ultramini Tumblr 

C Progams for Painting/vector/photomanipulationI tried to order them from most interesting to less interesting ones, thinking as the drawing ones as most interesting and photomanipulation ones the least interesting (also, there are a lot of more photomanipulation apps than drawing apps). For me open source is a strong point in favour while commercial is a strong point against.
All icons should include a link to the official page. You can report to me if not. Also, take a look to Alternativeto (black) Icon ultra. Painting programs
The list is not complete, obviously. If you know about some software not listed here, please tell me in the comments.
Krita Icon Krita. Most people talk wonders about it. Open source. Free.
MyPaint Icon My Paint. Open source. Free.

Real tips start here.
1. You can press control+e in any text field and that will let you access to the HTML mode. You can use HTML tags. You can see more here:  [DA] TIPS+TRICKS: TEXT CODE GUIDE 01 by Phoenaxis and  dA Basics - HTML by PandaProjectile and  dA: HTML Formatting
What is HTML?
HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It's used when making a website, and available to use on deviantART to customise what you are writing.
Once you memorise the HTML, it's pretty easy and fun to use.
You can find some codes on the deviantART FAQ #104, but they don't give you all of them.
You can use the codes I am about to give you in artist comments, journal entries, blog entries, profile pages, and more importantly comments!
Literature pieces have less codes available to use than what I just mentioned, but there's still a fair few you can play around with. :)
especially everyone's favourite emoticons. :giggle:
Place at the beginning of your sentence and at the end for it to appear in bold.
Example: Bold turns into Bold.
You can also use instead of .
Example: Strong turns into Strong.
Place at the beginning of your sentence and at the end for it to be underlined.

2. You can search by "title:example". The results will show only deviations with "example" in the title:
A. stock
B. title:stock

This is better explained in Operators explained IOperators explained II

(the examples are from Jixyn-Tan as I did this part as a reply to this user)
3. Any deviation has a number and a code. That code is important for thumbnails or the
For example in Rial's Inner Side this number: 565241222. if you combine with thumbnail you will obtain :thumb565241222: and that is the code for making thumbnails of that work. Also you can combine with the standard http:// and will also redirect you to that work of yours. It works also replacing the last part of anywork with those numbers. For example: Dress my girl persona up (I replaced the last numbers and left the rest of url, but it redirects to the deviation of the numbers).

4. this maybe won't be useful for you, I don't know, but dA has implemented a timeout for downloads, so you can face a lot with 404 pages. Can also happen that you are searching in google images and you end in a deviantart image withouy the by-author at the end.

So, in those cases you can search in the URL and look for the alphanumeric combination: For example in this image:…  you can go directly to the page where it is by taking the alphanumeric code: d9b52ck  and adding it to the standard link

5. Sometimes icons in descriptions disappear. I think is a bug. But for those times and for a lot of things more, I use a lot Control+Z. To re-do sometimes is Control+Y, sometimes is Control+Shift+Z. 
You have take in mind that code it gets almost instantly saved, while rich text it can take a couple of seconds. So if you change from rich to HTML too fast you can lost some editing.

6. This web is a must for artist who fear to have works that have been stolen:

Operators explained I
Operators modify the results of a search.

Operators are:  OR AND (in mayus) "(example)" [the ""]  - [minus] title: by: and I think there are more.

OR is a logic operator that means if you search:  a OR b it will show you those deviations that have "a"  or "b". I don't use it a lot because normal search tend to do that. It is useful in complicate search terms.

AND is also a logic operator and means that with the search a AND b it will show you those deviations that have "a" and "b" this can be useful in certain situations.

The "" operators is very useful when you want to search a phrase. If you search:  this is a phrase, the search engine of deviantart it will understand something like this OR is OR a OR phrase, while you don't want that. So, "this is a phrase" will show you the deviations that have all those words in the very same order. :) (Smile)

- operator let you exclude a word from a search

by: operator let you select the deviant artist you want to search.  by:kumiko-shiva will search only in your deviations ;) (Wink)

title: operator let you search in the titles only of the deviations. So, title:linux by:linux-rules will have a different result that linux by:linux-rules

Operators explained II (another try to explain with other words the same thing)

when searching you can use operators. There are different opperators:

"AND"  "OR" "by:" "title:" and "-" are operators. And even ""

normally AND and OR are not neccesary and the results are not very different. So I'll explain the rest:

by: allows to search filtering by a deviant artist. So by:name-of-artist will show all the deviations of that artist. Example: by:miu-senpai

title: allows you to search deviations that have a certain word in the title. Sometimes is useful. Example (of mine Aww): by:linux-rules title:linux. This allow me to search deviations that has "linux" in its title. Without that (by:linux-rules linux) the result would have been a lot of different cause all my deviations point to "linux" as I have in the username.

- is the operator for exclusion. If you do a search and you want to exclude something use -.  Example: adobe -photoshop by:linux-rules.

"" are used to search literal things. All the things inside the "" will be taken as one word. Example: "octopus hybrid". Compare it with: octopus hybrid
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