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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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:iconmissuny:
Is it possible for me to make one of my drawings into a skin?
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes. If you know how to code a journal skin, of course. :)
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:iconmissuny:
I know this might sound silly, but what exactly are the codes?
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck 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:
Oh, ok. Thank you!:)
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:iconpixelpanda42:
Pixelpanda42 Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, that was very helpful!
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serafina-rose Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this
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:iconthalana:
Thank you so much for this !
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:icontwiggyteeluck:
TwiggyTeeluck Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope it helped! :)
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:iconlennythynn:
LennyThynn 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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