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PE: Decorating Your Profile

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 3:21 PM by SimplySilent:iconsimplysilent:
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Community Week

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>

4 by SimplySilent
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 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>

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:


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!

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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
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In this tutorial, we'll cover:
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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
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Rainxoxo Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
This is so helpful. Thank you~
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Melanie-kitty9678 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
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MudSlinger077 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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RealDaringDo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  New member
Very helpful :D !
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Casuallyironicknight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh my goodness this has been infinitely helpful, I'm so glad you exist, wow.
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UxieWriter Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
omg...thank youu! This was really helpful!!! >w<
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NeviathaNoiz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Everytime I try to add an external image, it keeps putting a link instead. What am I doing wrong? :/
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Send me the Image URL you want to use,
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NeviathaNoiz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I had figured out how to do it, I had omitted the quotations ^^;
Thank you for responding and posting this useful information :)
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