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Hello and welcome to my little html tutorial. I've been working with html codes for a couple of years and I'm going to teach you what I know about using some basic html on deviantART. This won't make you a html expert or something and I'm not an expert myself but it will give just enough knowledge to make your journals, comments, news articles and other neat and lovely looking. :)

deviantART actually has FAQs about html but I still wanted to do this because they look a bit unorganized, in my opinion. Also, why would you want to look for those FAQs when you can just open this news article where you have everything in one place? :dummy:

You may already know some of these, but I hope you'll find at least something helpful in this news article.

Some basic html



:bulletorange:Bold text: <b>insert text here</b>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletyellow:Italic text: <i>insert text here</i>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletorange:Underlined text: <u>insert text here</u>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletyellow:Strike: <strike>insert text here</strike>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletorange:Subscript: <sub>insert text here</sub>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletyellow:Superscript: <sup>insert text here</sup>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:pointr:Also, it's good to know: You can use <sup> and <sub> as many times you want to make your text even smaller. <sub><sub><sub><sub>insert text here</sub></sub></sub></sub>
:pointr:Result: Tiny text

:bulletorange:Small text: <small>insert text here</small>

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments and notes.

:bulletyellow:Blockquote: <blockquote>insert text here</blockquote>

:pointr: Result:
Example text

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletorange:Centering text: <div align="center">insert text here


:pointr:Result:
Example text

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs and news articles. It won't work in notes, comments and artist's comments. It used to work in artist's comments, but for some reason, it doesn't any more.
:pointr:Also, it's good to know: you can replace "center" with "right" ("left" would be useless since it's default.)

:pointr:Result:
Example text

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles.

:bulletyellow:Horizontal line: <hr>

:pointr:Result:

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles and notes.

Font size - headings



:bulletorange:Headings:Since you can't actually change the font size with normal font size html codes, you'll need to use headings. There are 6 headings types:
<h1>Example text</h1>
<h2>Example text</h2>
<h3>Example text</h3>
<h4>Example text</h4>
<h5>Example text</h5>
<h6>Example text</h6>

:pointr:Result:

Example text


Example text


Example text


Example text


Example text

Example text



:new::pointr: This code will work in (premium) journals, news articles, artist's comments and special boxes on user's profile. It will not work in comments.


:bulletyellow:Code: Used for defining computer code, but deviants just use it to change their font. <code>Insert text here</code>

:pointr:Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work pretty much everywhere, I think. I don't use it that often so I'm not sure, but considering the popularity of it, I think it works everywhere.




Links and photos



:bulletorange:Including links to pages: <a href="insert url here">text that will be clickable</a>

:pointr: Result: Here's a link to deviantART
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, but will not work in group notes.

:bulletyellow:Including photos: <a href="Insert link to the page where the photo is originally coming from"><img src="Insert link to photo"></a>
:pointr:This html code will work in: Premium journal entries, Super group blogs, custom boxes.

:bulletorange:Using big thumbs: <a href="Insert link address here"><img src="Insert Image URL here" width="Insert the desired width of the photo"></a>
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries (for premium members only), Super group blogs and custom boxes.

:pointr:To copy a link address, you need to go to the page of the photo you want to link and copy the address in the address bar of your browser. To copy image URL, you need to right click on the photo itself and select Copy image location if you use Firefox or something that implies that you're copying the location of the photo if you're using other browsers. The maximum size of a dA thumbnail is 150×150 which is rather small. Using 300 or 400 or even 500 pixels won't ruin your profile page if you're planning to use this in a journal, but bigger sizes will. The photos might even be cropped, depending on the size of your monitor and the size of the thumb.

:bulletyellow:Description pop-up:You can also include little pop-up text to your links by using this code:
<acronym title="popup text"><a href="insert url here">text that will be clickable</a></acronym>

:pointr:Result: deviantART




Combining codes



:bulletorange:You can also combine as many codes as you want. Let's say that the letter A is a start code and /A is the end code, and B is a different code that ends with /B, the same thing goes for C - /C and D - /D. The correct closing order goes like this: A B C D insert text here /D/C/B/A.
For example; here's a subscripted text that's bold, underlined, strike, italic, centerd and contains a link:
This won't be easy to read, but you get the point. Here's a link to dA again.


My code for this was:
<div align="center"><sub><b><i><u><strike>This won't be easy to read, but you get the point. <a href="www.deviantart.com/">Here's a link to dA again.</a></strike></u></i></b></sub></div>

I just wanted to show you all how ridiculously long and confusing this looks but it's really, really easy so don't be afraid of it. :nod:




Special characters



Here is the link to the special characters that you will probably use rarely. On the other hand, if you're ever planing to create a plz account or if you need to demonstrate html, these are the most common ones that you'll use:

:bulletyellow:Less-than sign: &lt;
:pointr:Result: <

:bulletorange:More-than sign: &gt;
:pointr:Result: >

:bulletyellow:Colon &#58;
:pointr:Result: :

Thumbs and username and icon tags



This isn't really html, but you'd be surprised how many people doesn't know how this works.

:bulletorange:Usernames: :devusername:, e.g. :devshaplz:
:pointr:Result: Shaplz

:bulletyellow:User icons: :iconusername: (that's how the plz accounts work), e.g. :iconshaplz:
:pointr:Result: :iconshaplz:

:pointr:You can also use these for linking groups.

:bulletorange:Thumbnails:Including thumbnails is very easy because all you need to do is copy the code located on the right side of each deviation. It's under "Share" part of the deviations, below groups and above "Details" and "Statistics".
There is a "Thumb" box with the code that usually looks something like this :thumb208669995:
:pointr:Result: Example by ScarletteDeath

Remember


:bulletyellow: It's very important to close your tags with "</>" because the rest of the text will have the same effect like the one you wanted to point out.

:bulletorange: Also, always hit "preview" button before you post a comment/journal entry/etc. no matter how sure you are you got it right.

:bulletyellow: If a deviant gets carried away with <sub> or <sup> tags, remember to


keep calm
and
zoom the page



:bulletorange: Remember that nobody knows all the tags by heart so don't be afraid to fave this article and visit whenever you need. ;)

:bulletyellow: If you ever need some help with html, remember that Google is your friend.

:bulletorange: If you know some other html codes that can be used on dA, feel free to share them. I never said I knew everything about this, I'm just here to share my knowledge. :aww:

I hope this helped! :wave:

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:iconjoe-royalblood:
JOE-ROYALBLOOD Featured By Owner Edited 4 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
I feel like you wielded me a godly weapon known as "Thee HTML" OuO... I getting chills from empowerment O~O.... thank you ^w^
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:iconhobbyist-leonita:
Hobbyist-Leonita Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For some reason the links i've put on my profile such as the commission one and the contact section in general just don't send to the desired page
I checked and they are closed with < /a>  but i can't click on them!
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:iconmayabelakova:
MayaBelakova Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks

thecookieisalie
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:icondaydreamotaku:
DaydreamOtaku Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
:iconthanksplz:
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:icondragoncat2000:
DragonCat2000 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
:iconshaplz:
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:icondragoncat2000:
DragonCat2000 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
Why doesn't it work?
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:iconrabbitsazuki:
rabbitsazuki Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
O u O
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:iconleyuen:
leyuen Featured By Owner Edited Jan 18, 2015
how do i make smaller text? I seen people make even smaller text
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:iconxxsuperduckxx:
xXSuperDuckXx Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
aaah!! This helped soo much!! Thank you!! ;^;
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:iconloosloo:
LoosLoo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Is it possible to divide the custom box into two sections?
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:iconcherrymint72:
CherryMint72 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
with the <hr*>
remove *

it ads a line in between boxes
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:iconloosloo:
LoosLoo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconcherrymint72:
CherryMint72 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
No ^^ problem 
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:iconlovelyblush:
lovelyblush Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
This is so useful! Thanks :3
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:iconmagicbirdie:
MagicBirdie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hum, do you know how to make a link that goes to the page of whoever clicks on it? I've seen them before, and I've always wanted to know how they're made :P

Thanks!
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:iconannacstansfield:
AnnaCStansfield Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hello! This is so useful, thank you! 
I do have one question though. I'm linking to some images offsite, and the images are a bit large. Is there a way I can make them smaller and still link to the page with the larger image? 
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:iconscarlettedeath:
ScarletteDeath Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It's explained in the tutorial under "Links and photos" (using big thumbnails). :)
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:iconannacstansfield:
AnnaCStansfield Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oh geeze. Silly me, I should have looked more closely. Thank you! 
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:iconlindseystyles:
LindseyStyles Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
<h6>Example text</h6>
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:iconrandsanity:
Randsanity Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
this is really helpful and I could fully understand hwo it works, i could add cool HTML on my literature
thank you :)
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:iconhawthorneintuitive:
hawthorneintuitive Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Thank you! Exactly what I needed as a total HTML newbie.
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:iconcoyotekiller1:
coyotekiller1 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
now i understand life
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:iconth3c00ki3monst3r:
Th3C00ki3Monst3r Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
u all r gay
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:iconloosloo:
LoosLoo Featured By Owner Edited Jan 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thats enough <subs> my friend 
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:iconserrajea:
serrajea Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
this is helpful! thank you :D
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:icontiny-little-lisa:
Tiny-Little-Lisa Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Thank you. This is great and really informative. :hug:
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:iconsewing0109:
SEwing0109 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank-you for this! It's really helped me!
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:icondamulion:
DamuLion Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you put a scroll box on your custom boxes on your page?

Whats the code.
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:iconscarlettedeath:
ScarletteDeath Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconkiwibirdx3:
KiwiBirdX3 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 24, 2014  New member
Thanks! This really helped for my comic! :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconkiwibirdx3:
KiwiBirdX3 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 24, 2014  New member
Lemme try a different one

text that will be clickable
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:iconscarlettedeath:
ScarletteDeath Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:w00t:
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:iconfaridjoss:
faridjoss Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  New member
Thanks SO much, this was extremely helpful! lampu led motor  Sweating a little... 
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:iconkiwibirdx3:
KiwiBirdX3 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 23, 2014  New member
Why isn't mine working? Did I do something wrong?
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:iconscarlettedeath:
ScarletteDeath Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
it seems like you didn't use the whole code. include less-than and greater-than signs as described in the tutorial and everything should work fine.
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:iconkiwibirdx3:
KiwiBirdX3 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  New member
Ok, I get it now! Thanks!
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:iconbluevelvetwings:
bluevelvetwings Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You also need < at the beginning, not to mention </*a> (without the *) at the end~
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:iconkiwibirdx3:
KiwiBirdX3 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  New member
Oh okay, thanks!
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:iconredstringtied:
RedStringTied Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
I'll try to give a link to a picture in your profile

picture in scarlettedeath's profile
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:icondamulion:
DamuLion Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconanichan7:
anichan7 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Testing >w< 
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:iconkiyokoto:
kiyokoto Featured By Owner Edited Dec 21, 2014  New member
thank you
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