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:lightbulb: What are journal skins?


Journal skins are premade, installable layouts that allow you to customize the look and feel of your journal.

Here are a few examples:
Sleepless by TwiggyTeeluck Nature Journal Skin by MissCelia Swirls by TwiggyTeeluck Earth Day by TwiggyTeeluck




:lightbulb: Who can use journal skins?


Only premium members on deviantART can use journal skins.
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.




:lightbulb: How do I use journal skins?


  1. Find a skin that you like. You can browse for one here, the Installable Journal Skins category.
    JournalSkinsFAQ1 by TwiggyTeeluck
  2. Pick a skin that you like.
    JournalSkinsFAQ2 by TwiggyTeeluck
  3. Before you install the skin, scroll down and read the comments. Many journal skins will require you to copy and paste some text in order for the skin to perform properly. In my journal skins, you need to copy and paste the div cods. To make your lives easier, you don't have to know what those are to use them. :lol:
    JournalSkinsFAQ3 by TwiggyTeeluck
  4. Once you've read the comments, install the journal skin.
    JournalSkinsFAQ4 by TwiggyTeeluck
  5. Now you should be taken to your journal where the skin is ready to be used.
    JournalSkinsFAQ5 by TwiggyTeeluck
  6. Copy and paste those div codes.
    JournalSkinsFAQ6 by TwiggyTeeluck
  7. The codes may look messy, but if you want to see what they'll look like, just hit 'Preview'.
    JournalSkinsFAQ7 by TwiggyTeeluck
    JournalSkinsFAQ8 by TwiggyTeeluck
  8. Type up your journal and add whatever you'd like to it.
    Here are a few hints (when using my journal skins):
    • The 'regular_box' is meant for normal text.
    • The 'feature_box' is meant for showing off thumbs. Don't know what a thumb is or how to use it? Go here)
    • The 'scroll_box' is a box with a set height that scrolls.
    JournalSkinsFAQ8 by TwiggyTeeluck
  9. You can hit 'Preview' just to see what it looks like so far.
    JournalSkinsFAQ9 by TwiggyTeeluck
    JournalSkinsFAQ10 by TwiggyTeeluck
  10. Change the customizable links.
    Many journals will include customizable links to personal pages. For example, I include these in the header of the journal. To do this:
    1. Click on "Edit skin".
      JournalSkinsFAQ11 by TwiggyTeeluck
    2. Click on 'Accept'.
      JournalSkinsFAQ12 by TwiggyTeeluck
    3. Now it should look like this.
      JournalSkinsFAQ13 by TwiggyTeeluck
    4. Change the links in the area titled 'Skin Header'. Do not touch anything else.
      JournalSkinsFAQ14 by TwiggyTeeluck
      If you're unsure how to change the link, this might help. A link code basically looks like this:
      <a class="u" href="PLACE URL HERE">TITLE OF LINK HERE</a>
      So if I wanted to add a link to my deviantART profile, it would look like this:
      <a class="u" href="http://bloodpromiser.deviantart.com/">deviantART</a>
    5. When you're done, click 'Apply'.
      JournalSkinsFAQ15 by TwiggyTeeluck
    6. You should see that your changes have been applied.
      JournalSkinsFAQ16 by TwiggyTeeluck
  11. Add your title.
    JournalSkinsFAQ17 by TwiggyTeeluck
    JournalSkinsFAQ18 by TwiggyTeeluck
  12. Scroll down and click on "More Options" to add what you're currently doing.
    JournalSkinsFAQ19 by TwiggyTeeluck
    JournalSkinsFAQ20 by TwiggyTeeluck
  13. When you're done, you can submit your journal entry!
    JournalSkinsFAQ21 by TwiggyTeeluck
  14. Admire it on your journal page . . .
    JournalSkinsFAQ22 by TwiggyTeeluck
    . . . And on your profile page! :aww:
    JournalSkinsFAQ22 by TwiggyTeeluck





I hope this has been a useful tutorial! If you've got any questions, feel free to ask! :heart:

A step-by-step tutorial on how to use journal skins.
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:iconsiiverquili:
SiIverQuilI Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
How do you do PROFILE skins?
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
What do you mean by profile skins? The last time I checked, we could only customize journals with journal skins. :)
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:iconsasukimimochi:
SasukiMimochi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
idk if anyone asked you already but i am trying to change the size of the header text into something bigger, like the original journal is suppose to be. u know enough about coding to know where in the coding to change it but the only text size that changes to get bigger is the body and sub-headers. is there something else i can do to get it larger?
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MidNightMagnificent Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I was wondering if we have to keep the journal skins installed after posting a journal for the skin to stay on those published entries? I removed a few recently and noticed them disappearing from my older journals? Just wondering if I need to keep already used journal skins in my "cache" or can I safely delete them? Thanks.

(I was just wondering if I could get any opinions here before I start a ticket with the Help Desk. :D)
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:iconlion6255:
Lion6255 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the info!!
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope it was helpful! :)
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:iconlion6255:
Lion6255 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:happybounce: Heart :happybounce: 
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:iconolivethomaslives:
olivethomaslives Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are awesome, thanks for this so beautiful visual guide to using skins!
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm so glad to hear that it was helpful! :glomp:
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:iconbaconbloodstrike:
BACONBLOODSTRIKE Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you install a journal skin
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:iconmissuny:
missuny Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Is it possible for me to make one of my drawings into a skin?
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes. If you know how to code a journal skin, of course. :)
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:iconmissuny:
missuny Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
I know this might sound silly, but what exactly are the codes?
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
CSS codes are those nasty little codes that are used to create a journal skin. They resemble this blog.terapad.com/resources/611… :)
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:iconmissuny:
missuny Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Oh, ok. Thank you!:)
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:iconpixelpanda42:
Pixelpanda42 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, that was very helpful!
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:iconserafina-rose:
serafina-rose Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this
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:iconthalana:
Thalana Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Thank you so much for this !
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope it helped! :)
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:iconlennythynn:
LennyThynn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Hi! I'd like to know if I would be allowed to change the background image of Swirls? I wouldn't be changing anything else, I'll leave the credits as they are, just the background URL. I'll understand if you wouldn't want me to :meow: I just love the way the rest of the journal looks, it's only the background image that's clashing a little with the rest of my page.
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
As long as you leave the original credits, that's fine. :)
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:iconlennythynn:
LennyThynn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!<3
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:iconfrostedshorelines:
FrostedShorelines Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I don't understand how to change the URLS at the top of your journals, can you? Or can you not? o:
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:iconicefire8521:
icefire8521 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Section 10 explains that. Basically, you click edit skin, go to the header, and you'll probably see something like this:
<a href="INSERT YOUR LINK HERE">INSERT TEXT</a>
It might look different because the person who made it may make it have used special code to make it look a certain way, or used pictures. Or they might not have put them in at all.
You can use the code for any link, for journal skins, in comments, etc.
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes you can. I thought the instructions were pretty clear, what's confusing you? :)
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:iconmunkfeavor76:
munkfeavor76 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
This has been very helpful. thank you for posting this.
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm so glad to hear that. Thanks! :love:
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:iconmunkfeavor76:
munkfeavor76 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
no problem
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:iconcolonel-motivation:
Colonel-Motivation Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for this, I just got my premium and was wondering how to do this right :D
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope this helps! :lol:
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:iconcolonel-motivation:
Colonel-Motivation Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It did! I just installed one :D
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:dance:
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:icondanielapierce:
DanielAPierce Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
your very organized. well done.
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. :)
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:iconblacksand459:
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. This does seem to make more sense. I'm afraid I still don't understand how to use the feature box or the scroll box. Here is a link to my journal: [link] See if I'm using the feature box or not.

I'm sorry. I just am very uneducated in computers.
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're using one of my older skins and it doesn't have a feature box, but it does have a scroll box. Just copy and paste this to use a scroll box:
<div class="jcustomscrollbox"><div class="titles">YOUR TITLE HERE</div>
JOURNAL TEXT HERE JOURNAL TEXT HERE JOURNAL TEXT HERE
</div>


Let me know if that helps! And, don't apologize. It's perfectly okay. :)
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:iconnayrufaroredin:
NayruFaroreDin Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely done! <3
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :glomp:
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:iconpurpletartan:
PurpleTartan Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was very helpful, Thank you! :D
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So glad to hear that. :dance:
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:iconlexxii:
lexxii Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well Done :) :iconcip15:
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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:iconlexxii:
lexxii Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome :) :iconcip15:
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