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PE: Decorating Your Profile

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:


  • 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.


  • 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… 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


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:

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">


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:


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:


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

Mini Youtube Player embeddable code by CypherVisor


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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xCruor Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, but how do you code it so there is both a bg and coloured text?:OO Its not working for me...
CatIsACar Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Sorry but where do I use the image/gif code? I know its in any widget but I still need a little help ;-;
Daiipan Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if I wanted to change the size of my clickable buttons would I put the size changer AFTER the clickable buttons or somehow merge the two codes? ;__;
Cinnamon-fluff Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  New member
I really really need help!
So I see people who has fancy backgrounds on their profile and animated images, normal pictures and their friends. Like their friendds icon displayed. Anyway how do I dp that? Please help!
TRlF0RCE Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  New member
Those people usually have PM's 
a PM allows you to have fancy backgrounds on custom boxes
and if you wish to have a user name or an icon on your page
copy this :
:dev _____: <- that will look like this TRlF0RCE
but just delete the spaces and write their username by the 'dev'
for the icon copy this:
:icon ____: <- :icontrlf0rce:
i hope this helped!
Cinnamon-fluff Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  New member
Thanks! Also how do you actually you know, post it? It only shows my favourites adn I want it to show my status and type a bunch of stuff
TRlF0RCE Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member
Sorry that I didn't mention this earlier but,
you actually have to edit the box 
there is a tiny pen on every single box
you click on it and you will see a white box there,
you can type anything you want :'D
Cinnamon-fluff Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member
I still don't get the display icon thing? sorry!
TRlF0RCE Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member
/ o \ i'm really not good at helping haha
um try reading some tutorials ; )
maybe they'll help
Veml Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a way I can use purple text?
Assqueen Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried to put images in my custom box with dA's "" URLs, but they aren't loading. What should I do?
WeabooArtFetish Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Right click on the image and select copy image url
melimoo230 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
How do you get the custom box right at the top of your profile?
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
The one I have is actual a DeviantID, not a custom box. :)
melimoo230 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
Linedrop Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there any way that I can get around having to upload a profile picture?
My idea to use a single, clear pixel to get dA to stop nagging me failed, due to the fact that it gets resised, so now there's just a big, right-angled shadow and a space. T-T
RaptorClaw333 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was so helpful, thank you for this <3! But I have one question. The text in one of my custom boxes looks a bit smushed to one side of the box. It's not too big of a problem, but is there any way I can fix it?
Forte-Escape Featured By Owner Edited Apr 9, 2015  Student
Thanks for the journal, now my profile looks amazing! :dummy:
MrDataTheAwesome Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is really helpful thanks!
XxXItNeverEndsXxX Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
My computer doesn't copy URL codes of images or gifs. Is there aother way to do it?
Rainiaka Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Try CTRL + C for copy, and then CTRL + V for paste.

Have you tried that?
Hope-Fire Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for all these truly helpful tips!
SummerLakes Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you add multiple custom boxes?
I keep seeing people with 4 or 5 and I cant figure out how ;n;
LatteCatt Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go to "Edit Page" and click on Custom. Then you can open another one and edit it c:
SummerLakes Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh ok :D
I had already figured it out by this point but thank you for your response
LatteCatt Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh whoops! Haha I thought that since it was so recent you hadn't figured it out yet.

But... uh... You're welcome, I guess! ♥
SummerLakes Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its ok X3
LatteCatt Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Uh... Have a good day ma'am! XD
SummerLakes Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You too =w=
LatteCatt Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol thank ya >w<
bo0bo0-sheep Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The letters go under the picture instead of on it..
StitchUpMisfit Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Put the code before the letters, then you should be fine. In the box, put the code first, then press enter and underneath do your text. Worked for me :)
KyuremGirl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would really like to use this as my webcam, but can't seem to get it to work...
Any ideas?…
shuzutrap Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Umm,DeviantART Removed The webcam widget,Due to low Income(Something like that)
I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

KyuremGirl Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohmygosh, really?!
That's too bad...A lot of people are going to miss that.
shuzutrap Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yeah I know,My friend here are pissed off BECAUSE Of that xD
ChanMiJinHeecandraw Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Wow thanks, this is helpful!!! :happybounce: 
Queenwolfiey Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love this! Thank you very much!
SunSweetSara Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! My profile looks great now :)
Makcake Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Forever grateful <3
Huskeh-h Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student General Artist
ahh, thanks for making! Now I can actually get productive with my page >w<
CoolioHorse Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student General Artist
Yesh this helps Tankwooo :3
CupcakeKittehz Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm confused about the image URL for the page skin..
gus-ms Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is really helpful! Thank you!
Edscratch23469 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a way to make picture from my favorites as my id I got permission from the artist I just need make it my Id if possible?
disneynumber1fan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my favourite guide to decorating my profile and I always refer to it. Thank you! :)
Kirby-4-ever Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Maybe you can add "Don't create so many GIFs that it can cause others computers to lag when they load your page." I ran into a page that has like over 50 GIFs on it and my internet lagged so much that it's hard to do much on there.
christycameasromans Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I started re-doing my profile. This brings back my myspace memories! :lol:
DaKoTaStArR Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015   Traditional Artist
how do u get the buttons on your page?
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