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Fri Apr 26, 2013, 3:21 PM by SimplySilent:iconsimplysilent:
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Your profile page is the first thing people will see when they click on your name, so it's very important to leave a good impression! This article will provide some useful tips and tricks for both premium and non-premium members who want to convert their profile into their own, unique page. First off, some Do's and Don'ts of profile decoration:

Do:


  • Use dA's profile widgets-- there are lots of great options to chose from
  • Show off some art (that's what people are here for!)
  • Express your personality through colors, stamps, gifs, etc.


Don't:


  • Add so many images that your profile takes forever to load
  • Use garish or headache-inducing colors
  • Make text difficult to read with dark backgrounds


Non-Premium Widgets


While many widgets are restricted or locked for non-premium members, there are still a variety of great widgets that you can add to your profile, even without a membership.

  • Gallery: Featured Deviation*, Newest Deviations*
  • Faves: Favorites*
  • Prints: Wishlist*, Prints*, Featured Print*, I Just Sold...
  • Misc: deviantID*, Critiques*, Donate Points*, Watchers, Friends, Journal, Journal History, Webcam, Groups, Commissions

The widgets marked with a * have a text box that can be customized with thumbs, images, gifs, stamps, plz accounts, and more (all are covered later on in the journal). If you click the pencil in the right hand corner of these widgets, there will be a text box that you can fill up with all sorts of awesome decorations, even if you are a not a premium member!

Wishlist by SimplySilent
^ You can fill this text box with whatever content you'd like!


Premium Widgets


:star: Premium Membership Required

Along with all of the widgets mentioned above, premium members can also use the following widgets to decorate their pages. Once again, widgets marked with a * have a textbox that can be used for adding decorations.

  • Gallery: Gallery Folder*
  • Faves: Collection*
  • Misc: Custom*, Delicious Bookmarks*, Polls, Visitors, Twitter, Shoutbox, Forum


Custom Box Backgrounds


:star: Premium Membership Required

One of the great features that comes with a premium membership is the ability to add backgrounds to your custom boxes. Click the little pencil button to edit your custom box, and copy the following into the text area:
<div class="popup2-moremenu"><div class="floaty-boat"><br><img src="IMAGE URL HERE"/></div></div><div class="gr-box gr-genericbox"><br>TEXT HERE</div>

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Background from gasara.deviantart.com/art/Fest… by Gasara

Please note that custom box backgrounds are called that "custom box" for a reason. Backgrounds cannot be added to regular widgets the same way they are for the Custom Box widget. While the custom box background code will work in all widgets, the background will cover the content of your widget (ie. a background added to a Featured Deviation Widget will cover the featured deviation). Learn more about this in my Profile Presentation: Tips and Tricks article.

Links to get started:


Custom Box FAQ:

My background doesn't completely fill my custom box widget. How can I fix that?
This means that your background has too small of a width. You will have to manually fix that by making your background larger using some image software (Photoshop, etc.) or using a different image.

How can I have an animated custom box background?
You can use .png, .jpg, or .gif images for your custom box background. If you want an animated background, make an animated .gif image, and use the same custom box background code explained above to add it to your profile.


Custom Box Resources


:star: Premium Membership Required

Now that we have our backgrounds, the next place we should visit is the Custom Box Resources gallery folder at CustomizeYourProfile. Here you can get all sorts of neat resources such as content holder boxes and customizable buttons. All you have to do is copy and paste the codes into your custom box.

Big buttons by CypherVisorWhite Content-Holder Boxes by CypherVisorWarning Content-holder boxes (Red N Green body) by CypherVisorFella buttons v1 by CypherVisorColored Text (Custom box) - More colors by CypherVisor



Fonts


Remember that you don't have to stick with the default fonts for your profile. Make your profile more interesting by using different fonts!

To change the size: <font size="#">Text</font>
To change the font: <font face="FONT NAME">Text</font>
To change the color: fav.me/d6i4keq

You can also use <h1>, <h2>, <h3>, etc. to make different headings.

More detailed guide to fonts here:



Images and GIFs


To add images to your profile/journals use the following code:
<img src="IMAGE URL HERE">

The Image URL can be found by right-clicking over any image on the web and selecting the option that is most similar to "Copy Image URL". Please note that the Image URL is not the URL of the page that the image is on.

Image (not clickable): vs. thumb (clickable): Kawaii Button: Commish Open by miemie-chan3 by miemie-chan3

You can also link images so that they act like buttons. For example, if you want to link an image like the one above to a different page (such as your commission journal), copy and paste the following:
<a href="NEW PAGE URL"><img src="IMAGE URL HERE"></a>

Serves as a button to go to projecteducate


To change the size of your image:
<img src="IMAGE URL HERE" width="#" height="#">

You can change either width or height, or both:


Set only width to 200 pixels: <img src="IMAGE URL HERE" width="200">


Set both width and height to 200 pixels: <img src="IMAGE URL HERE" width="200" height="200">



Stamps


Let people know what kind of person you are by adding some stamps to your page! Just copy the thumb codes (:thumb000000000:) onto your profile/journal. Thumbnail Code Help Animated :howtothumb: by MamaELM

I love kawaii by prosaixExtinction Stamp by Kezzi-RoseDay Dreamer Stamp by Sora05


Links to get started:



Plz Decorations


There are tons of plz accounts for decorating out there, such as those that make borders like these:

:iconbummy1::iconbummy2::iconbummy3: :iconfall1-plz::iconfall2-plz::iconfall3-plz::iconfall4-plz::iconfall5-plz::iconcoffeedonut4plz::iconcoffeedonut1plz::iconcoffeedonut2plz::iconcoffeedonut3plz::iconcoffeedonut4plz:

These can be used on profiles, journals, and artwork descriptions by both premium and non-premium members. To use these, copy: :iconUSERNAME:

For example, the first divider can be added by typing:  :iconbummy1::iconbummy2::iconbummy3:

Links to get started:



Dividers


Just copy the thumb codes (:thumb000000000:) onto your profile/journal.

Spinning Bone Divider (Lt Blue w/ Outline) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre Pixel - CherryBun Cherry Div by firstfearPumpkin Divider - Free by etNoir 

Links to get started:



Music/Videos


See CypherVisor's "How to add videos in custombox/journal?" section in his Tips and Tricks tutorial.

Mini Youtube Player embeddable code by CypherVisor


Groups


Looking for more resources? Check out the galleries of these groups which focus on collecting decorations for your page!

:icondazzlingdecorations: :iconcustomizeyourprofile::iconpretty-pages:


:#1: Now go and make your profile pages shine! :dummy:

Good luck, and I'd love to see how you guys decorate your pages! :giggle:


Some tips and tricks to make your profile shine!

Related Articles:

PE: Profile Presentation: Tips and TricksProfile Presentation: Tips and Tricks
Your profile page can say quite a bit about what kind of person you are, and having a well-designed profile page will help ensure that your visitors leave with a good impression of you and your work. And if you do a remarkably fabulous job at designing your profile, people will not only be impressed, but they will also keep coming back to take another look. In this article, I will go over some useful tips and tricks for making your profile look professional but also personalized! :heart:
This article is mostly directed towards Premium Members, but non-Premium members can still use some of these concepts to personalize their page.
:note: In addition, for those who are new to profile decoration, I highly suggest reading my Decorating Your Profile tutorial first, as it goes over important basics of profile decoration. 

Basic Design Concepts

Before we get started, I first
PE: A Guide to Gallery CSSA Guide to Gallery CSS
Learn the basics of Gallery CSS with this easy-to-follow guide! :dummy:
In this tutorial, we'll cover:
Adding gallery CSSCoding gallery skinsSome useful resources

Adding Gallery CSS
First of all, some important facts about Gallery Skins:
Only Premium Members are allowed to add CSS to their galleriesSkins can be added to both the Gallery and the FavoritesSkins can only be added to the Gallery folders and Favorites collections (shown in the sidebar) but not the main page itself
Step 1: Click on one of your Gallery or Favorites folders in the sidebar.

Step 2: Click the button called "Folder Options" or "Collection Options."
This button is located at the top right of
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:iconlevi-sexual:
Levi-Sexual Featured By Owner 2 days ago
What about donation widgets??
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:iconkawaiikundesu:
KawaiiKunDesu Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow this helps A BUNCH!
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:iconkaorichan75:
Kaorichan75 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  New Deviant Student Interface Designer
- Thanks you so much!
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:iconxbunnybunz:
XBunnybunz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
Wow, this is great! Thanks for all the help! <3
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:iconcapellart:
CapellArt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there a standard size for box background image? Or can I scale the image to fit in the box?
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:iconsickenedd:
Sickenedd Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
how do you post images next to the text rather than on the top or the bottom?
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Sapphire---Blue Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
How do I put images right beside the text?
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:iconlattecatt:
LatteCatt Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for this!!

it helped me so much vwv
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:iconvolinfer:
Volinfer Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Came here to see is it legal to put all these gifs and stamps for not premium user. Thank you haha
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nstsw Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Ok I've tried this five times I've typed it in a journal with the url and nothing getting annoyed ,this is what happens

<img src="[URL=s1300.photobucket.com/user/nat…">
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
What's the link you are trying to use? I'm getting an error from photobucket.
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:iconnstsw:
nstsw Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
It's the img url link
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:iconnstsw:
nstsw Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Is it because I'm using my phone or something !?
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:icondragondragoo:
DragonDragoo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it possible for me to embed gifs on my page with a tablet?
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:iconcalderadragunov:
CalderaDragunov Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
this.. took me a long time to understand
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
Could you tell me which parts were confusing for you? I'm hoping to one day rewrite this, so any feedback would be appreciated. :)
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:iconcalderadragunov:
CalderaDragunov Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
all of it
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:iconakkirose:
akkirose Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Student General Artist
this was really helpful!! thank you!
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
:thumbsup:
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Darkblossom12 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Thank chuu soooo much!!1 You saved my DevianART life!!! Taiga and Minori (I miss you hug) [V1] Taiga and Minori (I miss you hug) [V1] Taiga and Minori (I miss you hug) [V1] Taiga and Minori (I miss you hug) [V1] Taiga and Minori (I miss you hug) [V1] Natsuki Shinomiya (Super hug) [V1] Natsuki Shinomiya (Super hug) [V1] Natsuki Shinomiya (Super hug) [V1] Natsuki Shinomiya (Super hug) [V1] Natsuki Shinomiya (Super hug) [V1] Nagisa Bowing Icongood day!Nagisa Bowing Icon 
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
All those gifs. :XD:
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:icondarkblossom12:
Darkblossom12 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
haha sorry but i just love them :3 
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IIWonderWomanII Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much XD
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:iconya-ya2001:
YA-YA2001 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope.  Just, nope.

You took away Webcam from us non-premium members after I just started using and enjoying it, so in turn I finished the job you started and took away absolutely everything else in my profile except for a link to what had been my Webcam. 

At least now when y'all take away some other feature, I won't notice and therefore can't be disappointed. 
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
You can still fake a webcam by linking to whatever image you wanted to use in a widget, if that helps any. :hmm:
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:iconya-ya2001:
YA-YA2001 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't that just for premium members?  I've not found a way to do that yet. 
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
You can use the regular < img src=""> tag. I believe it's up there somewhere in this journal if you need more help. :)
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:iconcheerylollypops:
Cheerylollypops Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
How do I make a DA family chart? Some of my friends have them..
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
Could you link an example to me?
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:iconcheerylollypops:
Cheerylollypops Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
Are you asking about how to create the icon images? You can type :iconcheerylollypops: to get :iconcheerylollypops: :)
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:iconcheerylollypops:
Cheerylollypops Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh! Okay, thank you! :D
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:iconcheerylollypops:
Cheerylollypops Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
So I just copy and paste the stamps and buttons?
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:iconechoingharmony:
EchoingHarmony Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for this! It really helped me out.
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:icontentaclelights:
TentacleLights Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  New Deviant
I don't understand the stamps coding.
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:iconchokiio:
Chokiio Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
when you find the stamp you like, you should scroll down and look to the right until you see two things saying 'link' and 'thumb', there should be a code under the 'thumb', you copy that and paste it onto your page
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:iconkozakana:
Kozakana Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm guessing you can't put gifs on your page when you're not premium... Right? :(
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:iconchokiio:
Chokiio Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you can still put gifs on your page, just not a webcam
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:iconkozakana:
Kozakana Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm okay! Thanks for telling me that! :)
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DragonDragoo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god Anniiiiie
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:iconkozakana:
Kozakana Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! Yes indeed! xD
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:icondragondragoo:
DragonDragoo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay!
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:iconmmoonwalk:
mmoonwalk Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
The picture code doesn't work for me. It just makes it a button to the site.
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:iconsublime-feline:
Sublime-Feline Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question please. I have small seamless tiles that I would like to use to make a custom background widget. Is there a code for making them repeat? Do you mind sharing that code with me? Thanks in advance!
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
There's no way to repeat images in custom box backgrounds. Your best bet would be to make a full image with repeating tiles yourself. :)
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:iconsublime-feline:
Sublime-Feline Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, thanks so much for answering me! I appreciate all of your help!
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:iconstarlightsilver123:
StarLightSilver123 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
<img src=306889140> like this..?
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:iconkittencradle:
kittencradle Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nope, you need to do <img src="TEXT HERE">, and you forgot the quotation marks ^^
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