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Journal Skins for Dummies Part 1 by SimplySilent Journal Skins for Dummies Part 1 by SimplySilent
Here is Part 1 of Journal Skins for :dummy:s. Sorry it's so obnoxiously long. ^^; Here's the Live Version of the journal.


:star: Do make sure to check out miontre's Do-It-Yourself Journal Skin article as well as ginkgografix's Old vs Gruze Journal guide. The layout we're using in this skin is the gruze layout, so be sure to take a look at that one.



Step by Step


Here is all the code used in the tutorial. Only the new codes that are added with each step are shown, and the final journal skin with everything put together is at the bottom.

1. Getting Rid of the Junk:

* {background: transparent; border: none; margin: 0; padding: 0;}

.gr-top img {display: none;}
.gr {padding: 0 !important;}
li.a.f {background:transparent;}


2. Adding Background Colors:

.gr-top{background: #4fbcbd;}
.gr-body{background: #eee;}
.text{background: #fff;}


3. Changing Text Colors:

.gr-top h2 a{color:#fff;}
.gr-top .timestamp{color: #fff;}
h1{color: #4fbcbd;}
h2{color:#4fbcbd;}
.commentslink {color: #4fbcbd;}


Note! If you want to be fancy, you can also add .gr-top h2{color:#ffffff} to your code. This makes the title white when you type it into your journal.

4. Formatting Text:

.gr-top{text-align:center;}
.list{text-align:center;}


5. Adding Padding:

.gr-top{padding:40px;}
.gr-body{padding:30px;}
.text{padding:40px 30px 20px 30px;}


Note! Alternative way to do padding (these can be in any order btw)

.text{
padding-top: 40px;
padding-right: 30px;
padding-bottom: 20px;
padding-left: 30px;
}


6. Adding Margins:

.text{margin-bottom: 20px;}
.list{margin-top: 20px;}




The Full Skin:


Mostly in order of how the tutorial progressed. This can be copied and pasted straight into the CSS box in the journals for you to use and modify as you wish.

* {background: transparent; border: none; margin: 0; padding: 0;}

.gr-top img{display:none;}
.gr {padding: 0 !important;}
li.a.f{background:transparent;}

.gr-top{
background: #4fbcbd;
text-align:center;
padding:40px;}

.gr-body{
background: #eee;
padding:30px;}

.text{
background: #fff;
padding:40px 30px 20px 30px;
margin-bottom: 20px;}

.gr-top h2 a{color:#fff;}
.gr-top .timestamp{color: #fff;}
h1{color: #4fbcbd;}
h2{color: #4fbcbd;}
.commentslink{color: #4fbcbd;}

.list{
text-align:center;
margin-top: 20px;}




Journal Creator


Is all the code making your head hurt? If you're more interested in creating a custom journal skin rather than actually learning the code, you can try my DeviantART Journal Creator. Just plug and chug, and you'll have your very own skin!


Got any questions? Feel free to ask below! :giggle:
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:iconbirdycrossing:
BirdyCrossing Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
This is the first time I've ever had CSS explained so simply, and I really can not thank you enough haha<33!
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:iconmikomikisomi:
MikomiKisomi Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Is there a way to increase the distance between each line of text? For some reason the journal skin I'm using now has the words all squeezed together, as you can see here: mikomikisomi.deviantart.com/jo…
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Add line-height within your text:

.text{
line-height:20px;
}
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:iconmikomikisomi:
MikomiKisomi Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! It looks a lot better now! ♥
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:iconcogwurx:
cogwurx Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Excellent resource.
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner 4 days ago
:heart:
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:iconmissabbeline:
MissAbbeline Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Is there any way to get the text to be centered? I've tried the usual code, but it doesn't seem to work.
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
You would typically use text-align:center; :)
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:iconblazingshimmer:
BlazingShimmer Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YE IM A DUMMIE :dummy:
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
:highfive:
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