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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;}
.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:


5. Adding Padding:

.text{padding:40px 30px 20px 30px;}

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

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;}

background: #4fbcbd;

background: #eee;

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;}

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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Spiritspixels Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this tutorial is great!
i made this!…

i figure out how to change the font and font-size by myself!
Aricy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Do you know how to add images to your journal skin? Like where it's at the top by the heading or at the bottom by the comments thingy?
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
The easy way is to stick the image code in the header or footer part of the journal skin (the top and bottom boxes in the CSS editor pop-up window)

<img src="IMAGE URL">
Aricy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
v-for-vincent Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
BIG question here (and sorry to sound like a dummy but I've just learnt some HTML/CSS):
So, for the DA journal skin, do we require the whole HTML coding with divs, ps etc, or is it just the CSS coding with ids, classes?
I'm very confused :slow:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Not quite sure what you mean? ids don't work in DA btw, though.
MowingAdopts Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  New member
May i ask,how do we add pictures behind? I know i don't have PM,but i want to try out the journal skin
Spiritspixels Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you cant do journal skins without a PM
Honeycrisp1012 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I have a question: I used the Journal Creator to make my Journal Skin and it looks great on my page.
However, when I write a new journal, I notice that the background image for the header and footer seem too small and look like they need to be stretched to fit the page in stash writer, like so: Is there any certain size the header and footer have to be to fit?
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
There's no "best fit" because everyone has different monitor sizes. :) Your options are to:

- Have a header that's fine with any width (your image probably doesn't qualify here)
- Make the header repeating (probably doesn't work either)
- Add a max width to your journal so that it looks the same on everyone's monitor (there's an option for this in my journal creator).
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