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So you've decided to join the biggest online art community - now what? It's all a bit big around here, right? Quite a lot of people, and even more deviations! Well, let's try and make this experience as awesome as possible!

1. Getting Started


First of all, you probably want people who come to your page to actually stay on your page and browse your gallery. So it's best to let them know a bit about you and present yourself as an active user. You can easily do this by uploading an avatar, setting up user page, editing your Devious Info, etc.
To find out more, watch the following awesome video
or read the following Frequently Asked Questions:
:bulletblue: FAQ #662: How do I create an Avatar, to display on my User Page and next to my Comments?
:bulletblue: FAQ #90: How do I customize my profile page?
:bulletblue: FAQ #4: Which options can I control under the Edit Settings page?


Now when you start uploading your art, you might be just a little overwhelmed by the amount of galleries and subgalleries. Just to give you an idea, the photography gallery alone consists of 16 subgalleries and another 64 subcategories! So it is important that you KNOW your art!
Check these easy to understand tutorials on how to submit to the correct gallery:
Submit to the Right Gallery by joannastar :thumb111017399:
or read these FAQs:
:bulletblue: FAQ #79: How do I submit art?
:bulletblue: FAQ #816: How do I upload a collection of images or files, such as brushes, wallpapers or other?
:bulletblue: FAQ #78: Where do I submit to if I'm not sure?
:bulletblue: FAQ #208: Can I suggest new submission categories to be added?



2. Linking on deviantART


When commenting, replying to comments or sending notes to other deviants, you might sometimes want to link to another deviant. You can easily do this by typing ":devusername:" which will come out looking username.
Furthermore you can display people's avatars by typing ":iconusername:" which is going to the user's avatar like this: :iconusername: - both the icon as well as the username will create a direct link to the deviant's userpage.

As you can see, there is indeed a user with ther username "username" :lol: Also, you can see there is a * in front of his/her name. Is there a reason for this?
YES, there is! FAQ #106: What are the symbol next to each deviant's username?

By the way, you can also link to...
:bulletyellow: FAQs, by typing ":faqxxx:",
:bulletyellow: chatrooms, by typing ":#nameofchatroom:"

A quick summary of how to link - FAQ #81: How can I create links to other deviants, deviations, or websites?


3. Thumbnails


This section would actually go in "Linking on deviantART", however thumbnails are a bit special. They serve as small preview pictures that also link to the actual deviation. The so-called thumb code can be found underneath every deviation and looks like this: ":thumbxxxxx:" (instead of the x's you would find a series of numbers).

Thumbnails can be posted in...
:bulletyellow: notes: no more than 5 though. Should you add more thumb codes to a note, the first 5 will show as actual thumbs, the rest will display the code.
:bulletyellow: news articles: Currently there is no limit on how many thumbs can be posted in articles. However, browsing can be incredibly annoying when you come across an article with 100 or more thumbs because: the more thumbs, the longer the site will take to load. I can only imagine how annoying this must be for someone who does not have a highspeed internet connection.
Also most articles with a lot of thumbs serve as a feature, which I will discuss a bit more in depth later. To me, it makes more sense to feature 20 awesome deviations, instead of 200. It is simply impossible to give the same amount of attention to so many deviations.
:bulletyellow: chatrooms and the forums: Thumbnails can be posted in chatrooms where the owner of the chatroom has enabled that priviledge.
There are two forums available where you may post thumbnails of your deviations and one forum where you can post thumbnails of your prints - the  Deviation Thumbshare forum, the subscriber-only Subscribers Thumbshare forum, and the Prints Thumbshare forum.
:bulletyellow: journals: Oh but wait! Sadly, you need to be a subscriber in order to post thumbs.
:bulletyellow: user polls: again, this is a subscriber only feature!


A quick recap:
:bulletblue: FAQ #511: How do I post thumbnails of my art on the Chat Network or Forums?
:bulletblue: FAQ #63: What sort of things can I use for Preview images?



4. Subscriptions


Before you read on I would like to add that subscriptions aren't a necessity in order to enjoy deviantART, and I support both subscribers as well as non-subscribers. No one forces you to buy anything or pay for services you don't want or need. :) I would still like to quickly explain what subscriptions offer you and how you can become a subscriber!

Let's take a quick look at the benefits of becoming a subscriber: Experience All deviantART Has to Offer With Premium Access. Again, whether you need these 'extras' or not is absolutely up to you!

So should you decide you DO want to be a subscriber, how are you gonna go about it?
You have three methods of payment to choose from: Credit Card, PayPal and deviantDOLLARS. To find out more, read the following FAQs:
:bulletblue: FAQ #28: What are the benefits of becoming a Core Member?
:bulletblue: FAQ #531: What is an Official DeviantArt Beta Tester? How do I become one?
:bulletblue: FAQ #824: What is the difference between a Prepaid Core Membership Package and a Billing one?
:bulletblue: FAQ #148: What methods of payment are accepted for purchasing DeviantArt Core Membership Packages?



But this is not the only way you can receive a subscription!
deviantART admins as well as regular members constantly hold contests offering subscriptions, features and many other things as contest prizes! Considering the size of this website, it should be pretty hard to find out about contests right?
Well not at all! karemelancholia, a wonderfully helpful deviant, submits monthly newsletters listing most (if not all) ongoing contests - take a look here: Contests Around dA! Monthly NewsLetter! Feel free to add her to your watchlist by clicking the "+deviantWATCH" button on her page, and you shall always be up to date about contests!



With this being said, I would like to end the first part of deviantART 101. This is, by far, not a definite guide and it is subject to change. I hope some of you might find this helpful though. Feel free to let new deviants know about this, and also let me know what else should be covered. I currently have a list of what I want to explain in part two but I am always open for suggestions! :)

:peace:, :heart: and stay deviant!

:bulletblue: deviantART 101 - Part Two
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:iconchewedkandi:
ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for these... I've passed them onto my bf to use to help him with dA as he's just joined today :eager:

Keep up the good work :hug:
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vhartley Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome, and I even picked up a few bits of information that I hadn't learned yet. I definitely like the information that you included. I spent a while trying to figure out how people were putting dev icons in comments, journals, etc. when I first joined. :)
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Nekoori Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
Another great read Jules. :heart:
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XenoPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
thanks for sharing, its almost like mine!
http://news.deviantart.com/article/83207/
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confucius-zero Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
great article!
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:thanks:
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:icontristan-the-dreamer:
Tristan-the-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
THANK YOU! MAGNIFICENT! :w00t:
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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Sophia-Jonquille Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
I'm fairly new in this community, and although I've learned most of this stuff by now, I still found it very helpful! Something that I would like to see explained are the different areas of the site. I know that there is the browsing section for art (really the main part of the site), but there is also news and chatting and forums, the FAQ section, userpages and other areas that I probably haven't found yet. ^^; It would be helpful to know how to best navigate these different areas.

It would also be helpful to see the different aspects of the site explained and how a user can best utilize this website and its searching tools (I heard that there was a new seach engine coming out soon......?)

Thanks for the article! I've been hoping for something to this effect.
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the feedback. I hope Part Two answers some of your questions! :hug:
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LineBirgitte Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome article, Jules!!
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Novembermeisje Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
great article!
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. Taught me a good deal of things that are necessary for maximum growth for this site. I'm sure even newer members will love and appreciate your post! Thanks again!
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad it helped! Currently working on part two so keep your eyes open! :eager:
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:iconbonnyjohn:
BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Definitely! Thanks again!
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bdwfh Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
nice work! :icongdjobplz:
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:thanks:
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bdwfh Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
:iconbowplz:
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pookerskull Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
:clap:
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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Docali Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009   Traditional Artist
Awesome article :thumbsup: :love:

I needed some time to know all this info when I was newbie here, and it was very difficult with my bad bad English too..

In the next parts can be links to the list of Gallery Moderators. Practically all of them have determinations for proper galleries and subgalleries in their journals. And in general, greater part of important info we get from GM journals like news, changes, contests etc

And this script [link] and few of other is very useful :love:

Some info about resources. DA have really great resources and everybody need to know that is resources and that is not resources (do not steal art) and how to credit and etc

About a ban and what actions can get to deviants ban.

And probably a little about DA Police also and where it can be found.

oh! that very much actually and you can ignore it though ^^'
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the feedback! I'll try and include all of your suggestions :hug:
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:icondocali:
Docali Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009   Traditional Artist
Glad if it a bit helped and Thank you :blowkiss:
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
obviously I already know these things... but I faved to get the news article more popular :D
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You rock! :D
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cocod-or Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Great article ! And it's still useful to retrieve some advices and informations like these even for the no more newbies (or not? ;) )
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Trust me, I'm still learning here too :slow:
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LifelessAlarm Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Very helpfull =)
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad :hug:
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bright-nature Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:dalove:
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nidhi-rathish Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
This is awesome!! :#1: will link this to all new deviants that i find :aww:
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you sweetie! :love:
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artemisa-69 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent article, great for new users, you're truly a wonderful active member of the community :hug:
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww thank you so much, that means a lot :cuddle:
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GaioumonBatou Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Excellent, great initiative, Jules! :#1:
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darthmarlan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Hehee, and to think i stumbled in here from being a mad computer-hardware forum poster... 6 years later, still hanging about :)
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NKVGBD Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
:thumbsup:
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siskin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It's a very useful summary, although I've been a deviant for years :giggle:
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rjonesdesign Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:highfive:
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mandalamker Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
good job:)
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :hug:
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enigmatico Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Great job. I´ll link this article to any new dd asking for help!

I think a good idea is to explain about clubs and dd in part two.

hugs!
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm kinda shying away from saying to much about clubs, coz I'm not sure how this whole group thing is gonna go on :lol: but yeah, I should mention them at least!
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enigmatico Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Do u know if dA will have a club system? is it planned?
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Raishuu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Yes it is, it's probably going to be launched in a few weeks. $Heidi and $spyed are currently travelling round the world to give out information on groups, the new search system and portfolios, all coming soon. You can have a look at #hq for more info and pictures of the last meetings :aww:
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enigmatico Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Hey, thanks a lot for this info, well, things will improve a lot with this new system!!! ^^
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Oh yes!! :eager:
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photonig Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Great, Jules. really well presented. A really useful item.
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Kelly63 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009   Photographer
Great job Jules!
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jenepooh Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
You are fantastic! Great job Juls! :blowkiss: love: Adding it to my journal! :hug:
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