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Getting Started on dA (v4)

Sun Sep 26, 2004, 12:44 AM

so youv arrived at dA, choosen a wicked user name (ok, your first choice was taken, but still its pretty cool!) but now what?
hopefully i can give you a few little hints and tips to get you started on your way to becoming a fully productive member of DeviantArt!

first things first. the first thing i recommend doing is to change your avatar from the standard green dA one you were first issued with. Your avatar is the icon that shows up beside any comments, deviations and news articles you post on deviantART. As well as personalising your site, an interesting avatar is important to attract visitors to your page.
choosing your avatar

the image you choose for your avatar is totally up to the individual! you can pretty much choose anything aslong as you abide to DeviantArt Etiquette policy
many deviants choose something personal to them, whether that be their favourite cartoon character or band member, a piece of their own art, a portrait of themselves or whatever is personal to them. *Remember a good avatar is often key to attracting deviants to your art and it should express something about you as a deviant.
avatar requirements

It must be a 50x50 GIF image that is less than 15 KB (15,360 bytes). Animated GIFs are allowed, as long as they do not go over the maximum filesize limit. To create a GIF image, when saving your chosen image simply chose GIF from the dropdown format list.
uploading your avatar

once you have chosen the image you want for your avatar you can upload it via settings. Dont worry if the new image does not show up straight away, this sometimes happens.
You can change your avatar as often as you like

your devious information displayed on your main page tells other deviants a little bit more about you. Fill it in via settings > userpage . Dont worry if you dont want to fill it all in, not many deviants do, just fill in what is relevant to you! I recommend doing this as other deviants like to get to know you, and you can find common interests outside art with others =)

ah yes, the best part of dA, sharing your art! really easy to do! simply go to the submit button at the top of the page and dA will guide you through the submission process - i would read the gallery descriptions carefully to avoid misplaced devations.
If you are uploading an image, i would double check the size of the image first to avoid upload h-u-g-e images which take ages to load or lil baby images where you can not see the details!

Titles and Descriptions

always try and make titles sound interesting and attention grabbing! More deviants will visit a piece of work which sounds really good opposed to a piece that just says 'a doodle' or 'cat'. When describing your work, other people often like to know what medium you have created it in, how long it took and why you did it. If your proud of what you have done say so! no one want to look at a piece described as 'a crappy doodle i did in biology today'!
Right, so now you have personalised your page, got some art on show, and now you wantsome feedback? no problem...

To get comments you have to give them away! never expect people to just know you exist, you have to let people know by interacting in community activities like commenting on others work!
the unspoken rule is that you should never really ask someone to comment on your work in return, many people see  'iv commented on urs comment on this now' a bit rude. Of course there are exeptions, for example in the 'thumbshare forum'

the Thumbshare Forum

described as 'the special forum dedicated to sharing thumbnails of your deviations' . if you are in need of some comments or critique this is the place to take your work. Just leave a link* to your chosen deviation in the many threads offering comments (note: some threads ask for commnts in returns and such like, always remember to do this to keep everyone happy!). simple as that =)

To recieve comments it is important to get exposure. see here for some of the places on dA offering this service

Not sure what to say in a comment? you really like the piece and dont know how to say it? want to know how to critique tactfully? for more info see: how to give better comments written by ZirTuan

looking for some new art to comment on?

you are browsing dA but you keep coming across the same artist again and again? no problem. this is what the random deviant button is for (located along the left handside of the main page)  taking you to a new deviant everything you click it. dead easy.

under every deviation you view there is a bar with various icons on it. The +fav button looks like this :+fav:. By clicking this button, the deviation you are looking at will automatically be added to 'your favourites'. Every deviation you add to your favourites will be displayed on your main page under your recent deviations.
You can removed deviations from your favourites by simply returning to the deviation and re-clicking the :+fav: button.
You may have noticed on the main page and the today page a section called 'Todays Favourites', these are simply thumbnails of the recent deviations which have received the most :+fav:s in the last day.
You can have as many favourites as you like, but be warned, the more you have the less special they will become. I always appreciate a :+fav: far more from someone who has a low number of favourites compared to a :+fav: from a deviant whom when you visit their page to thank them, the deviation +faved has been replaced by 10 others within a few minutes,  something to bear in mind.

'friends' '+DevWatch' :+devwatch: 'deviant watch'

It all means the same, referring to the action of adding a deviant to your watch list. You can add any deviant to your list by clicking the '+deviantwatch' button on their page. You will be taken to a page similar to this, where you can select whether you want to be informed when the deviant you are adding to your watch submits things like journal entries, scraps etc. Hit submit and the deviant will be added to your watch. You can removed any deviants from your Friends list by visiting the same page again (located at the bottom of your list of friends on your main messages page) and selecting the 'remove' option before hitting submit again. The full list of deviants you are watching is listed on the right hand side of the main page under the opinion poll and above the shoutbox.

joining a club is a great way to meet new people on deviantArt with simerlar interests. Here is a great list of all th clubs i know about to help you find the ones that suit you best!

:bulletgreen: Anime and Manga
:bulletgreen: Cartoons and Comics
:bulletgreen: Countries and Nationalities
:bulletgreen: Fantasy/Mythology
:bulletgreen: Furries/Anthro
:bulletgreen: Game Followings  
:bulletgreen: Help and Promoting Deviants
:bulletgreen: Movies/ Books
:bulletgreen: Music Followings
:bulletgreen: Nature and Animals
:bulletgreen: Photographers
:bulletgreen: Specific types of artists
:bulletgreen: Special People
:bulletgreen: Writers
:bulletgreen: For Everything Else

:heart: thank you to communities for providing these lists :heart:

=) :D :XD: emoticons :aww: :heart: :(

find the emoticons legend at the bottom right hand side of the dA main page


:bulletblue: dA user name - lucias-tears :devlucias-tears:
:bulletblue: dA icon:     :iconlucias-tears:     :iconlucias-tears:
:bulletblue: standard link -… http ://
(URL - devArt will automatically change and URL ad. in to a [link] )
:bulletblue: HREF tags - Example  < a href=" Image URL address "> Name of Image</a >

using italics, bolds and underlining

:bulletpurple: to put words in italics , type < i > before the section you want to alter and < / i > after it.
:bulletpurple: to put words in bold , type < b > before the section you want to alter and < / b > after it.
:bulletpurple: to underline words, type < u > before the section you want to alter and < / u > after it.
:bulletpurple: to use small font , type < sub > before the section you want ot alter and < /sub > after it.
(all with no spaces)

i hope this has been some help to new deviants! its just all stuff i would of liked to be told when i joined.

for additional help
help forum

* please let me know if this was useful to you and offer me any suggestions for change! i want to make this as useful as possible *

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SkinnyGreenKiller Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse me, but I seem to have forgotten how to edit the message that appears under my username on my page? xD
For the life of me I cannot find an option to edit the text! I really want to update it.. please help ^^'
reddragon122 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you put a message under your avatar?
Alien-i Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks  ! this helped ALOT :)
Green-Garnet Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This was really helpful! Thank you so much!
Muzicx Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student Photographer
This helped alot :) Thanks for helping me and the other new DeviantART Users :3
Dove-Staar Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Dove-Staar Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I have a friend completely new here. Can you help her?
:iconbellastar35g: I sent her here.
EPICninjaSAUCE Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I've done this before, but I totally forget what this is called,

If you go to my page, there should be a message under my avatar that says:


How do I edit that again??

RedTearRiding Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you scroll over that little info box under your avatar on your profile then it'll change to say 'About'. Click on it then on the edit button. Then edit your tagline :)
XxLoneShadowxX Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
How did you add that in the first place... o_o
EPICninjaSAUCE Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I honestly don't remember!!


//oh!!! Awesome icon btw!!! :D
AllyGal123 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist

deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
AllyGal123 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist

deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
b0yamora Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
Rozara Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so handy. ;__; Why didn't I read this earlier?
XxLokowolfxX Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
</sub> thankez
XxLokowolfxX Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XxLokowolfxX Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg thanks so much i love writing small
Ask--Rei Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
cool thanks
GoldenFlowerBabe Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
natkinz5 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Oh thanks :3
aliensnaestrada Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This was really helpful, thank you! :lol:
LissiDollxCocoLoco Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i don't know
0LeSaba0 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yush dB< i bet you cant read this
cuz i type small smaler than evaa dB<
ChildofDestruction Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Artist
i could read it
HyliaBeilschmidt Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Please tell me how do you do it!
natkinz5 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Like this
HyliaBeilschmidt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist
What do you put in before and after the text? (You can send me a note if you don't want to spill the secret to everyone)
natkinz5 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
< sub > < /sub >

Without the spaces :iconnyaplz: And you repeat it for it to get smaller and smaller :D
HyliaBeilschmidt Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you so much!
Mossheart45 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can read your typing, because I've got special eyes!
n-42 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep small writing
so so small
really small
BlairBearPresents Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
I know this is an old post but I'd like to know how I can make my photos uncorrupted? ._. (They are all mine) and they are in a jpeg format
naomie123456 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
How do you put the line through the words?
Cryztina Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
< strike > (at the beginning) and < /strike> (at the end)
Without the spaces ofc. =)
Example: How do you put the line through the words?
See it's pretty simple ^^
naomie123456 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OH i see

thank you very much!
Cryztina Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Np, I'm glad that I could help you ^^
I-Am-Starscream Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
how do i put the words on the bottom of my comments like example: -----I like transformers------
how do i do that???
something-small Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
great article really helpfull....i but i still dunn how to add the emoticon on the right....but thank you
GrimmReap Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Isn't there another way to write small, that everyone does in their casual comments and journals? I think there is... eue
xSavichan777x Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you put words in giant form? someone told me it was <h1> but it doesn't work right see :
PlCHU Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
this is sooo tiny X3
MidnightNekoNaru Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
how. do that O:
PlCHU Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Keep doing < sub > without the spaces and it will get smaller
first one
2nd one
third one
fourth one
fifth one
sixth one
seventh one
MidnightNekoNaru Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Lol yeah I figured it out. Thank you :D
animefreakoutgirl Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you put non-uploaded (in DeviantArt) pictures in your journal?
EnseiChii Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Ooh~! Domo arigato gozaimasu! Hmm... Nyan. Hopefully that worked.

Can I ask something though, how did you put the "/ / / / / /" under your name at the top of the profile, beside the profile picture?
JustForSumer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
zivallh Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
this is so helpful , thank you ;)
Nalytia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh, thank you so much for doing this! thanks you you, i can do this now!! and this too!!
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