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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="">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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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?
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)
Lion6255 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the info!!
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope it was helpful! :)
Lion6255 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:happybounce: Heart :happybounce: 
olivethomaslives Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are awesome, thanks for this so beautiful visual guide to using skins!
TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm so glad to hear that it was helpful! :glomp:
BACONBLOODSTRIKE Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you install a journal skin
missuny Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Is it possible for me to make one of my drawings into a skin?
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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