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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 apriclty

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:

Part II: More tips and tricks

Want more decorating tips? Check out the next article for more profile tricks and examples of great design!

Add a Comment:
Sugoi-Princess Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
how do you get your profile to only have one comment shown?
Joelsweet Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question: How do you put a phrase under your username at the top of your profile?
SimplySilent Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I believe you can edit the tagline in your account settings.
Joelsweet Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
SimplySilent Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Actually, never mind. If you go to your profile page and click the area where the tagline is, it will automatically tell you how to edit it. :)
Joelsweet Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ^^
Vermillion-Nuanced Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Click the button where it says your name, your hobby, what kind of artist you are, etc.
Click the little pencil button and then type in the tagline whatever you want.
Joelsweet Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I mean the veeery top of the profile on the left.
Vermillion-Nuanced Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
click that pencil button-
then type in the 'tagline' bar
Joelsweet Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ~<3~<3
AwesomeStarr Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this. I needed this because my page looks bland compared to others and I've always wanted to put these things on my page to make it look cool. ^\\\\\^
SimplySilent Featured By Owner 3 days ago
:thumbsup: Glad it helped.
TheQueenOfLionsPL Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got a question about 'image url': must it be url or url from another 'image sharing' page or can it be 'fav' link? (fav link doesen't work for me...)
SimplySilent Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Fav link won't work. It should be the url that you get when you right click and image and select Copy Image URL.
TheQueenOfLionsPL Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thank you! It really helped me! <3
Autumnique Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  New Deviant
I'm not sure if my profile page looks good or not ;;n;;
AntiqueEngineer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist
I've needed to find something like this for a while, my page is rubbish compared to others I've seen. 
Snowflakebottles Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
Still pretty confused about everythign tbh 

im new at core lmao
SimplySilent Featured By Owner 6 days ago
It definitely takes some time getting used to, especially with all the new design changes DA has been making recently.
PurpleShnerples Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very helpful! I never knew you could do so much even without upgrading to premium (or core, which is what I think it's called now)
Shinhoyo Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this tutorial, this'll be very helpful
AriesPancake Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, this helps a whole lot.
Crystal-The-Pony Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
This helps a lot because i just got core c:
Bakagummi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Good ^^
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
white-drop558 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
do you have to use the < and > or no? 
The-SweetShop-FC Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Student Artist
so i can use any of the links like background link and stamps link that's written on this journal?
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
BuddiBae Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
Dot Bullet (Light Blue) - F2U! Thank youuuu!
Pokeshimovic Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm having problems with that 

When I put a new background in my profile, the text is deleted
FuryFan0309 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
This really helped me!
xAkira8x Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  New Deviant
Thank youLa la la la 
Iheartpokemon672 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
so...many....steps... :slinky: 
NadiaWolf240 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The back ground for the custom box isn't working for me. Am I doing something wrong? I want to use this image for my background. What would that code look like?

background image:
Arcamira Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist…
Did you use the page url instead of the image url?
NadiaWolf240 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah but I have already figured that out a long time ago and it's already fixed. Thanks anyways though :) I posted this a while ago and I guess your the first to answer
Arcamira Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^; I feel a bit silly now
But thanks for replying :)
NadiaWolf240 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!!! I appreciate the help 
Arcamira Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, I'm glad you do thanks :3
NadiaWolf240 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Levi-Sexual Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
What about donation widgets??
KawaiiKunDesu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow this helps A BUNCH!
Kaorichan75 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student Interface Designer
- Thanks you so much!
XBunnybunz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
Wow, this is great! Thanks for all the help! <3
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?
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?
Sapphire---Blue Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I put images right beside the text?
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