Last Updated on 20th November
Four years ago I created my account and literally was lost, I had many doubts, and in those years I discovered many things and decided to do a special blog with such useful information for beginners because every day brings new members who are also lost, then I am posting this to try and help in some way some beginners
Start in the community in a good way.
Be an active member and try to participate and be part of the community, participate in contests, events, make friends, make journal feature, it is always good to see people sharing works, it does not matter if you still do not have many watchers, it's always good to see works being sharing and helping promote. Post your work in groups so that people can see your art and promote yourself, and always try to thank the comments and accept critics in a positive way. Always be correct and honest person, do not steal, copy or something this way, follow a good way
What You can use in your Manipulations
Not use any image on your work, many who are at the beginning make this mistake, and use any image from any site.
Find stocks on Deviantart:
To find stocks on deviantart, you have to go to, Browse > Resources & Stock Images.
and put a keyword in the search field to find what you want.
some people at the beginning, careless and use images that are not stocks, use images posted as photograph or another, but just you look at category posted, below the title of the post you will find the category submitted:this subject is a bit long, then you can find more information here.
If you're ready to do commercial work, it is very important you read the rules of the photographers, have many here on deviantart that authorization, stocks that can be used in commercial works are cited as unrestricted, or use stocks from public domain sites or paid sites, you can purchase photographs in high quality.
Stocks from other sites:public-domain-image.com
| stockphotosforfree.comyou can see some here Free Stock and Resources outside dA
Stocks from Paid sites:depositphotos.com
| thinkstockphotos.comAnother detail important is always credit the stocks used, always put a link to the stock (or the owner of the stock) used in the description of your work.
How to Submit a Print
When submitted, you will click on the option |Submit as Print|.
and a page will appear with various printing options, and now you will click on the option |Adjust Image| and a small window will appear with the option |Upload Larger Image|, click this option to send a version of your work in large size and without watermarke , and I recommend that you send a version with lighter tone, because deviantart does not accept image in CMYK (format is recommended for printing), I upload a version with more clearly tone for when printed will not too dark.
This is the basic information, and then you will do this same process to add other print products, but you do not need to send the image again in large size because it keeps saved, you just click again in |Upload Larger Image| to find.at the end of the page you will find some information, as in this image, to add watermarke in the preview.
FAQ #620: How do I submit print products?
FAQ #138: What file types are accepted by Prints?
FAQ #136: Should I submit print images as RGB or CMYK?
Always study to improve your skills
Accept critics in a positive way
Is very important you accept criticism in a positive way, because with the criticism and honest opinions, you will know what needs to improve in your work. If you just like to get feedback as "beautiful work", you can be sure it will not help you, how you will improving your abilities if you do not know what is wrong? or what has to be done better?, then accept the criticism because you have to know what has to be improved in your work.
What is a good critique?
- One honest review with a useful opinion,
- You say the positives and negative aspects, both together, highlighting what can be improved.
- You give some advice to improve technique or something done at work,
- Your give suggestion and opinions in a way that helps improve the ability of this artist.
What is not a good critique?
- Only say what is wrong or what is bad made,
- Give a negative personal opinion,
- Not give suggestions to improve the ability of this artist,
- Giving a harsh opinion, for the artist to feel down,
- Say "I do not like" or "I hate it".
because you do not know the personal preference of this artist.
- Say for example "I do not like red", or something that you do not like, something personal,
Protect your Work
At the beginning when I started, I did not cared about this detail and i posted my works in full size and super easy watermark to be removed and I started to realize that would make it easier stealing, I discovered many of my works was reposted, modified without my permission, then I started to pay attention on this detail, and add a tag in my works and not put in large size.
some people do not like watermark, then it is optional.
If you care about this detail, I recommend you post your works with watermark
(example of how I use the watermark
), and I usually post my work in a small size (for example 1000 x 1000),
If you want to show details, you can post a separate image (example
), or with the work (example
).FAQ #814: Should I put a signature, watermark or copyright notice on my art before submitting it?
By signing your work prominently, placing a watermark which is difficult to remove and by placing a copyright notice directly on your work you can discourage copyright infringement by those who view your work.
What I can do when my work is stolen (reposted, modified without permission) on Deviantart ?
you will open the content you want to report and click on the option:
and this window will appear:
and you will click on the option |My Intellectual Property|and you will be sent to this link, and follow all information
once you have done this, you will wait a few days (2-5 days), and the content will be removed (when the owner of property, reports, the complaint is accepted quickly).
What I can do when my work is stolen (reposted, modified without permission) on Facebook ?
Find all the information here:
How to Report a Copyright Violation on Facebook.I'm not very often on Facebook, what most I do there, is post my arts and give some "like" to posts of my friends, but don't do it every day, sometimes I get many days without going there. Facebook isn't part of my life as Deviantart is.
But almost always I see copyright infringement from arts of my friends, and I will now explain with a step by step how you will remove YOUR work from other profiles. I explained that to some Deviantart members before, who had their art stolen, and all they did, works 100%!
You must follow this instruction correctly, ok?
1st: The best "report infringement" should be made by the original owner of the artwork.
THE PAGE TO REPORT: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/208282075858952?rdrhc
Reporting a Violation or Infringement of Your Rights
------FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?FAQ #2: Where can I find the official deviantART Copyright Policy?FAQ #155: How do I report a deviation which I think breaks the rules?
Journals & Skins
Others small Doubts
if you are not premium look here some tips: Tip to add links.
- Add thumb in the description works only for Premium Member,
- Thumbs can work normally in comments (for everyone).
For example: @ wesley-souza (no space: Wesley-Souza )
- To mention a user, you can put (@) at the beginning, before writing the name.
to add the icon, you put at first (: icon:), example> :icon wesley-souza: ( no space: ).
- If you are receiving spam messages you can block the user,
Settings > general > Blocked Users
clicking on General you will find on this page the option Blocked Users
- If you got something undesirable in a comment, you can simply click on a button that is on top, that these options will appear:
choice and done. (You can delete the comment, block, or even feature.).
you will click on the button |Edit| and you will have all options to edit.
You can edit your submission (after submitting)
you can edit the file if you want you can change the main file.and you can edit the rest, including: edit the description, edit category, edit groups, remove shared, receiving comments and other things.
Create a portfolioThe deviantart, giving you the opportunity to create a portfolio for free. you go on:
More > Portofolio >
and you will find all necessary information. you can see an example
You can change your username by visiting the "Change Username" section of your Settings
-To change your username, you must have an active Premium Membership
-You cannot change back
to your old username.
-You may only change your username once every six months
-All visitors to your old username URL will automatically be taken to your new username URL.
this journal will be updated if someone has some doubts, and I will add here to have more information for people who are now starting in the community.