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What are thumbs?


"Thumb" is short for "thumbnail" which is basically a miniature version of a deviation (merely a nickname used to describe a particular piece of art that has been submitted to deviantART1) and on deviantART, a thumb is clickable and leads to the original piece of art. Thumbs can be used in various places throughout deviantART such as features and forums.




A thumb and its code


This is a thumb:
Ordine by TwiggyTeeluck
Go ahead, try it out and click on it. :D

To display a thumb, you're going to need a thumb code. A thumb code looks like this:
:thumb243332259:
And they can be found on the right side of a deviation:
thumbcode by TwiggyTeeluck
To display a thumb, simply copy and paste the deviation's thumb code where you'd like the thumb to be displayed.




Where can thumbs be displayed?


Thumbs will not work everywhere on deviantART. Thumbs can be displayed in various places on deviantART depending on whether or not you have a premium membership. If you're unsure about whether or not you're a premium member, just go to your profile page and look at the top. If it says "Need Premium Membership", you're not a premium member.


Chat networks

:bulletgreen: Available to all members.

FAQ #511: How do I post thumbnails of my art on the Chat Network or Forums?
  1. Find a chatroom in chat where you'd like to participate.
  2. Be sure to read the rules of the chatroom first before posting any thumbs!
  3. If permitted, post your thumb.
    chat1 by TwiggyTeeluck


Custom boxes

:bulletblue: Available to premium members only.

Custom boxes are boxes that can be placed on your profile. They're considered 'custom' because you can put practically anything you want in them, including thumbs!
  1. Go to your profile and click on the "Edit Page" button which is located in the top right.
    custom1 by TwiggyTeeluck
  2. Find "Custom" under the list of widgets. Click on it.
    custom2 by TwiggyTeeluck
  3. Click the "Edit" button, which is located on the top right of the box.
    custom3 by TwiggyTeeluck
  4. Copy and paste the thumb codes of the deviations you want to feature.
    custom4 by TwiggyTeeluck
  5. Click on "Save and Preview".
    custom5 by TwiggyTeeluck custom6 by TwiggyTeeluck
  6. Click on "Install Now".
    custom7 by TwiggyTeeluck
  7. Move the box to where you want it to be displayed on your page.
    custom8 by TwiggyTeeluck
  8. Click done.
    custom9 by TwiggyTeeluck


Deviations

:bulletblue: Available to premium members only.

Thumbs can be displayed in the description of deviations, as seen in this deviation.
  1. Copy and paste the thumb code into the description.
    deviation1 by TwiggyTeeluck
  2. If you hit preview, you should see the thumb.
    deviation2 by TwiggyTeeluck
  3. Fill out the rest of necessary information and submit the deviation.


Forums

:bulletgreen: Available to all members.

If the creator of a forum thread has allowed replies to display avatars and thumbnails (and most of the time, they will), then everyone can use thumb codes in that forum thread.
Take this forum thread as an example. It's located in the Deviation Thumbshare forum.
  1. Scroll down to the reply area.
    forum1 by TwiggyTeeluck
  2. Copy and paste the thumb code.
    forum2 by TwiggyTeeluck
  3. *Note: If you hit the "Preview" button, the thumb code won't be displayed as a thumbnail. However, once you click on "Add Comment", your thumbs will be displayed.
    forum3 by TwiggyTeeluck


Journals

:bulletblue: Available to premium members only.

Thumbs can be displayed in journals, like this.
  1. Go to your journal.
    journal1 by TwiggyTeeluck
  2. Click on "New Journal Entry".
    journal2 by TwiggyTeeluck
  3. Copy and paste the thumb codes.
    journal3 by TwiggyTeeluck
  4. Click on "Publish Entry".
    journal4 by TwiggyTeeluck
  5. Admire your work. :D
    journal5 by TwiggyTeeluck


News Articles

:bulletgreen: Available to all members.

:faq687:
:faq209:
:faq886:
:faq887:
  1. Go to the news section located here and click on the "Submit News" button located in the top right.
    news1 by TwiggyTeeluck
  2. Copy and paste the thumb codes.
    news2 by TwiggyTeeluck
  3. Optional: Hit "Preview" just to make sure you copied and pasted the thumb codes correctly because once you hit submit, you can't go back and edit it. =]
    news3 by TwiggyTeeluck news4 by TwiggyTeeluck
  4. Fill in the headline/ title, summary, and select a topic. Then hit "Submit News Story".
    news5 by TwiggyTeeluck


Notes

:bulletgreen: Available to all members.

Thumbs work in notes to both members and groups.
  1. Go to your notes and click on "Create a New Note"
    notes1 by TwiggyTeeluck
  2. Copy and paste the thumb codes.
    notes2 by TwiggyTeeluck
  3. If you hit "Preview", you should see the thumbnails.
    notes3 by TwiggyTeeluck
  4. Click on "Send".
    notes4 by TwiggyTeeluck


Polls

:bulletblue: Available to premium members only.

Thumbs can be included in the answers of polls only.
  1. Click the "New" button on your poll widget. (If you're a premium member and you haven't added the poll widget yet, refer back to the steps on using thumbs in a custom box on your page. Simply click "Edit Page" on the top right of your profile and search for the poll widget in the list of widgets.)
    poll1 by TwiggyTeeluck
  2. Fill in your question and answers. Thumbs will be displayed only in the answers of the poll, not in the poll question itself. Multiple thumb codes can be used in one poll answer.
    poll2 by TwiggyTeeluck
  3. Click on "Save".
    poll3 by TwiggyTeeluck poll4 by TwiggyTeeluck


Widgets

:bulletblue: Available to premium members only.

Thumbs can be used in the "Description" area of the following widgets:
  • Collection
  • Critiques
  • deviantID
  • Donate
  • Favorites
  • Featured Deviation
  • Featured Print
  • Gallery Folder
  • My Prints
  • Newest Deviations
  • Screenshot
  • Wishlist
Thumbs can also be used in the "Introduction" area of the Delicious Bookmarks widget.
  1. Click on the "Edit" button in the top right of the widget.
    widget1 by TwiggyTeeluck widget2 by TwiggyTeeluck
  2. Copy and paste the thumb codes into the "Description" area.
    widget3 by TwiggyTeeluck
  3. Click "Save".
    widget4 by TwiggyTeeluck widget5 by TwiggyTeeluck





Where won't thumbs work?


Thumbs won't work anywhere else but the places mentioned above. Unless commenting on a forum which allows replies to include thumbs, thumbs cannot be used in comments. That means thumbs won't be displayed in comments on the following:
  • Critiques
  • Deviations
  • Deviation submission processes
  • Favorites collections
  • Galleries
  • Journals/ blogs
  • News articles
  • Polls
  • Shoutboxes
  • User profiles
If it wasn't already mentioned, thumbs won't work anywhere else either.



Hopefully this article is useful. My sincere apologies if any information is missing or incorrect! :heart:



1FAQ #15: What is a deviation?
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:iconmagicalpouchofmagic:
MagicalPouchOfMagic Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Filmographer
I'm trying to post thumbnails in the description of a deviantation and they won't show

It worked for a bit and I was able to put others but then thumbs just stopped working all together
When I put the thumb code in the description, the picture pops up but when I press preview or I update it, it just shows <da:thumb id="#########"/>. Why is this?
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:iconthegurch:
TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
:thumb462989983:

seriously saddened my my thumbs won't work coz I'm a pauper with non-premium membership...that sucky suck sucks! :( 
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thumbs don't work in comments, whether or not you're a premium member. :)
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:iconthegurch:
TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
oooh I see...thank you very very much :) Da aint so bad after all. 
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:dummy:
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:iconartisticmusicwolves:
ArtisticMusicWolves Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student General Artist
ive seen others post thumbnails in comments but i cant seem to get mine to show once posted....
they always look like this:

:thumb455813029:
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Unless you're posting in the thumbshare forum, generally, thumbs won't work for non-premium members. :(
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:iconartisticmusicwolves:
ArtisticMusicWolves Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh ok, thanks for letting me know :)
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:iconpoki-grzyb:
Poki-grzyb Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hello, do you know what is the command for sharing 5 thumbs at once, like, most popular, least popular, most favourited, etc?
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I didn't even know such a code exited, so no, I'm afraid I can't help you. Sorry!
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