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Although there are other news articles on this subject, it is still unclear to a lot of people how and what to suggest for a DD.
i will guide you through the process step-by-step


What kind of images should i suggest?

no absolute answer here, but you should suggest something that stands out from the crowd. Something with either an unique concept, quality or beauty.
Browsing the DD section for a while could give you an idea, though art and taste is subjective.
It is ok to suggest a friends piece, but don`t do it just because its a friend, do it if the piece is excellent.


Who am i gonna suggest it to and what should i write?

help.deviantart.com/18/ has the list of all the gallery directors and what category they are "attached" to, all you need to do is check the category the image is in, and take it from there.

Under the image you want to suggest is a thumb code ( under page views )
copy that.

Lets say you want to suggest 0005 by darthenjoy for a daily deviation, you copy the thumb code, see that it is in the Animals & plants - landscape, and that the right person to suggest it to would in this case be :iconkkart: kkart.

Now you send a note to kkart with the subject title ` DD suggestion`.
In the note you paste the thumb code and write why you think this piece deserves a DD.

Example of a photo i suggested that got featured:
The Friendship by Healzo `There is something magical about the relationship between animals, and this is the first time I've seen one between a dog and bunny. Not only is the capture magical, but the highlights and black and white combined with the shallow focus makes it very artistic.`

As you can see, i gave a good explanation as to why i think it should get featured. If you only write ` AMAZING ` it does not tell much, it should be more in-depth.
What story it tells, how the light and contrast is, the composition e.t.c


There is no gallery director for the category the image is in?

On the list, you can see that some have All areas or Ringmaster next to them, that means that you can suggest any piece to them, but first check if there is any other director thats main of the category the piece is in.

Why should i suggest an image for a DD?

Being an artist is not just about creating art, it is also about seeing the beauty and appreciate other peoples artworks.
As one of the biggest art community in the world, this place would stop if people did not support each other, and DD suggestions is one way of doing that.


Other Facts:

- Some directors have special rules on suggestions, so it is wise to read over their journal before suggesting.

- Both known and unknown pieces can be suggested

- it only takes a couple of minutes

- Doing journal features and news article features are both great ways to feature other peoples work

- Don`t stop suggesting even if it takes a while before one of your suggestions get featured

- where are the DD features? today.deviantart.com/dds/
Right next to the browse

- Any other questions, just ask :aww:
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:iconthedamin:
thedamin Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great HowTo! :clap:
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:icontofu-samu:
Tofu-Samu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Can I suggest literature deviations?
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:iconchia-pet-girl:
Chia-Pet-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Thank you so much for this wonderfully helpful guide!!! (:
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:iconkvornanthelafesta:
KvornanTheLafesta Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful :)

I think this journal entry deserves a DD itself! :D
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:iconswatches-of-purple:
swatches-of-puRple Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dang it, are there no photography DDs that are not of sexy women? :(
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:iconbongomancan:
Bongomancan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Is it a bad idea to suggest the same piece for a DD to more than one director if there are more than one director that is applicable to the image? I havent seen anywhere if this is ok.. so sorry if its somewhere and i overlooked it!!
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:iconsortvind:
Sortvind Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
it is not written on the help section i think, but the admins do not like it, due to it might be a mix up somehow. so a general rule is to wait a while if you want to re-suggest it to another GD. :aww:
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:iconbongomancan:
Bongomancan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
ok no problem! thanks for getting back to me. :D
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:iconsorindanut:
SorinDanut Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
i suggested a lot, but nothing happened.

once i suggested and one user send me to another user... and so on... saying he.s not the big kahuna in that section... and, nothing happened

i found this disturbing

and many dd.s are .... i don/t have words to say about those junks..

i feel good now :ninja:
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:iconsleepymiguel:
sleepymiguel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
To whom do I suggest:p
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:iconmehreenfreed:
MehreenFreed Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
These are the gallery moderators which can and will select your suggested deviation if they want to.Just send it in a note to
:
[link]
:butterfly:
Have a great day.
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:iconsleepymiguel:
sleepymiguel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Thanks!
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:icondumdodoor:
Dumdodoor Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah this is useful. ^,^
Thank you for that wonderful advice!
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:iconcapnjon:
CapnJon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice info to hold on to!

Thankies for the article!!
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:iconmeljoy68:
meljoy68 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Good information to hold on to. Thank you for sharing it!
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:iconanj3l:
Anj3L Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
This was very helpful to me, thank you!
I'll be suggesting some DD's in the near future. :D
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:icondarkraidreams11:
DarkraiDreams11 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
really helpful! ^o^/ i've always wondered how to do this sort of thing, so thank you! ^^
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:iconsarahredhead:
sarahredhead Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Thank you!! I recently recommended a piece that caught my eye, but I don't think I did this right. Now I know!!!
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:iconsassyasslilbich:
SassyAssLilBich Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
I think this article should get a DD :D there are so many "news" articles these days that are nothing more than features with no explanation longer than their color theme...

very helpful and useful :D
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:iconkahiro-suzuki:
Kahiro-Suzuki Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
My dream is to reach DD
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:iconcantus-j-fraggle:
Cantus-J-Fraggle Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Mine too. I'm starting to think it's broken...
:(
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:iconkahiro-suzuki:
Kahiro-Suzuki Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
You shouldn't say so! We should hope and modify ourselves!
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:iconcantus-j-fraggle:
Cantus-J-Fraggle Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Or get a different fanbase comprised of people that would actually think of nominating us for DDs. As, thus far, none of my friends/occasional visitors about these parts seem to have even contemplated such a thing. It's either that or the whole process is broken.

Hence my original statement...
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:iconkahiro-suzuki:
Kahiro-Suzuki Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
=____= How miserable...
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:iconcantus-j-fraggle:
Cantus-J-Fraggle Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I see you've thoroughly enjoyed perusing my gallery...
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:iconkahiro-suzuki:
Kahiro-Suzuki Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
I like your galery) It's cute. Really cute!)
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:iconcantus-j-fraggle:
Cantus-J-Fraggle Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Cute as in good, or cute as in you only saw the cartoony images and assumed that was all I have in there?

Only I'm thinking about rearranging everything in the gallery - due to people seeming to miss the paintings that took me weeks, and only seeing the cartoony ones - and I'm trying to get opinions from various peoples on the subject.

You seemed like a good various people to ask ;)
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:icona-line-in-your-book:
a-line-in-your-book Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Student
same here lol xD
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:iconkahiro-suzuki:
Kahiro-Suzuki Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
:aww: We'll do it, doc! XDDD
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:iconmismatched:
MiSmAtChEd Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
The problem with these articles is that those people who don't know these things, those who are the target audience, who would *need* to read these things,
are also the people who for some reason are unable to:

1) read the FAQ,
2) read news articles,
3) read Artist's Comments,
4) read comments what so ever.

Someone should make a visual guide, too many people seem unable to read at all ...
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:iconcantus-j-fraggle:
Cantus-J-Fraggle Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I expect your solution is more practical than mine; hit them til they either understand, or leave.

Though maybe we could combine the two? I have a stick...
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:iconmismatched:
MiSmAtChEd Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
lol, sticks are best used to beat dead and smelly horses, didn't you know? ;)
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:iconcantus-j-fraggle:
Cantus-J-Fraggle Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Not all sticks. For instance I have a very expensive pair of sticks that light up and I whirl and twirl them about me, producing a myriad of pretty patterns and colours...

These sticks, however, will not be used for the beating of stupid and obstinant dA users :D
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:iconmismatched:
MiSmAtChEd Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Oh no ;) We'll reserve those purdy sticks strictly for private use.
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:iconcantus-j-fraggle:
Cantus-J-Fraggle Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Not for public? Only I tends to use them in large, wide open spaces... Generally near groups of like minded folks :)
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:iconmismatched:
MiSmAtChEd Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
*lol* they're yours, do what you please!
I'm just not a very public person...

:ninja:
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:iconcantus-j-fraggle:
Cantus-J-Fraggle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
OK well you stand over there in the shadows...

Lucky thing they work their best at night. Then you have lots of shadows to loiter and lurk in :)
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:iconanoya:
Anoya Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009   Photographer
Looks like you've helped a lot of people understand how to suggest a DD!

I hope the GM's get a lot of new (and good) suggestions! :aww:

Nice article! :thumbsup:
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:iconsortvind:
Sortvind Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Thank you :aww:
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:iconanoya:
Anoya Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009   Photographer
Welcome! :aww:
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:iconhoshi91:
hoshi91 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
I love you.
Thanks for this :heart:
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:iconwendy-pan:
wendy-pan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
thanks for this. This will be helpful in the future. very helpful. :clap:
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:iconfullmetalmono:
FullMetalMono Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I was getting a little worried, since I wasn't quite sure if I was understanding the FAQ, and I saw this at JUST the right time!
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:iconnusquam-vir:
Nusquam-Vir Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Still cannot find the specific director listings.
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:iconanoya:
Anoya Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009   Photographer
FAQ #18: Who selects the Daily Deviation and how is it chosen?

What are you looking for exactly? =)
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:iconnusquam-vir:
Nusquam-Vir Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
You answered it thanks :D ... I was simply wondering where it find the list of moderators for each specific catagory.
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:iconanoya:
Anoya Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009   Photographer
Ah, glad I could help then! :giggle:
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:iconsortvind:
Sortvind Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Glad you found it, there is a url to it in the article though, right under who am i gonna suggest it to :aww:
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:iconnusquam-vir:
Nusquam-Vir Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Lol, it figures I'd miss that... D'oh!
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:iconsummend:
summend Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
thanks for the advice :dance: now I finally understand :D
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