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dA's Guide to the Galaxy pt. 1

Sun Aug 28, 2011, 6:09 PM

Hello Everyone!

Please visit the deviation version of this guide here, and :+fav: it to come back to it easily! Try to spread the word if you can!

So one night I was trolling *clears throat* browsing dA and I decided I wanted to polish off my already stellar HTML skills by making myself a little HTML guide I would save to my drafts in notes. But as I worked, an idea took shape in the back of my head: "How about I made a giant guide for EVERYONE on dA?" Far fetched, eh? Obviously not, 'cause I did it!

August 29th, 2011- As suggested by jorobins, I have added a short description to each of the categories!
October 2nd, 2011- New deviation file made by Badass Motherfucker EmmaL27
October 3rd, 2011- Added stafflist to the DD section of the guide.
October 4th, 2011- Removed the list of Muro brush packs. Replaced it with a guide by Gashu-Monsata.
October 4th, 2011- Made the llama groups :dev links instead of :icon's for ease of seeing the bullets.
October 4th, 2011- Added the "Llama Trading Game" to the Llamas section.

And so, without further ado:


Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

Hypertext markup language, better know as "HTML", is an essential part of dA's galaxy. Quoted from "HyperText Markup Language: a set of standards, a variety of SGML, used to tag the elements of a hypertext document. It is the standard protocol for formatting and displaying documents on the World Wide Web." So basically it makes things a lot more organized, eye-catching, and appealing. Like this guide! It's absolutely chock full of HTML formatting!

Llama Badges

Llama badges, added to dA April 1st, 2010, are what I feel like brings the dA community together! You find an artist, like his work, give him a llama badge! Of course, it isn't really like that anymore, people just do the llama trade now. "Give a llama, get a llama" is the llama code that most people adhere to. And of course, collecting llama levels is incredibly amusing! I have listed a llama levels guide below as well for those of you who want to know. So, it is a very cool badge, and I recommend you all check it out ASAP!
  • Glittercandy made an excellent tutorial of all things llama, found here.
  • If you'd like a more direct approach to llama levels, MrBurnZ has a complete list as well as the number of badges required for each.
  • Want moar llamas? Follow CigsAce's tutorial to llama trading success!
  • You can also offer points for llamas via dA's official Llama Trading Game!
    • Just click this to find the game or do it the hard way by going to your badge page, and looking at the bottom-right hand corner. There should be a picture of points, an arrow pointing to a llama, and "Trade points for Llamas?" next to that.
    • You can click on that and then it will redirect you to a page that will tell you all about the game. It's just basically where you can offer any deviant a certain amount of points for a llama. Since it's global, you get llamas nearly instantaneously.
    • People who are offering will be listed on your badge page, but be quick! Offers go fast!
  • Here's a listing of current llama-based groups over 100 watchers on dA, ordered in descending by number of watchers(some avatars aren't working for some reason);

:bulletgreen:= General llama-trading groups.
:bulletred:= Specific types of llamas.
:bulletblue:= Points for llamas type groups.
:bulletyellow:= Custom llama badges.


If it comes to anyone's attention that there are more llama groups than the ones listed, please note me, Shroomkin!

Emoticons and PLZ Accounts

OK, I'll start with emoticons. Emoticons are known everywhere as ways to express an emotion or feeling without the need to type it. They're very fun to use and sometimes hilarious. For example, if someone said something like, "The first president of the United States was Calvin Coolidge." You could just type out, "I am holding my face in my palm right now." But that wouldn't be nearly as funny as the emote:
People design all types of emotes all over dA, as I'll show you below! So now let's discuss plz accounts! Plz accounts are basically avatars of unused accounts made by deviants to give people some extra ways to convey a message without speaking! They usually have "plz" in the account name somewhere to show that this is a plz account. You can also chain together plz accounts to make dividers and things like that. I'll show you the plz account version of facepalm here:
  • Emotication is a :groups: that specializes in all things emoticon. Tutorials, information and resources for all levels of emoticon artists can be found here.
  • Display your newfound emote artistry skills at Emoticiety, the largest emoticon group on dA! Check out their affiliates for others!
  • dA's Emoticon FAQ tells you where to find the "Emoticon Legend", and how to use it as well as all other emotes.
  • Gallery moderator FantasyStock published a news article March 16, 2011 that has everything you need to know about PLZ accounts.  She also lists one of the largest dA PLZ databases on the net,
  • Here's a few more databases, this time, in-site.
  • Here's some more emoticon-based groups, in no particular order:

News Articles

I've already explained this in the bullets! ;)
  • The best help I can give you on this one is search "News" in dA's "Help and FAQ" section, found here.
  • But I can offer you some help myself. Although I am not an avid "News-Poster", I can tell you the basics;
    • News articles are made to advertise an event, contest, project, and anything else dA related!
      • People post news articles in categories of all types (find the categories and sub-categories by clicking around in the news page, here.)
      • If you're looking for a contest, news articles is by far the best place to find and post them!
      • Another cool thing about news articles is the ability to :+favlove: them! With this wonderful power, you can go straight to the article you faved just by clicking on it in your Fave News widget! Fantabulous, right?
    • If you have any more information you think would be useful for this section of the guide, don't hesitate to contact me or comment below!

Daily Deviations (DD's)

Daily Deviations are given to artworks of outstanding quality or are extremely helpful. Basically deviations that receive a DD are the best of the best. I tell about the process involved in receiving or suggesting a DD below.
  • As with news articles, the best place to find information concerning DD's is found by searching "Daily Deviations" in the "Help and FAQ" section, here.
  • If you want to find the daily Daily Deviation (lol "daily daily") listing, look here.
  • You can do that manually by clicking on "Daily Deviations" under "Find More Art" in the drop-down menu next to dA's logo at the top-left corner of your web troller *clears throat again* web browser.
  • The only two groups that you need to know for this portion of the guide are the unofficial (but totally official) ones:
  • The only way to receive a DD is to have someone suggest it. Your suggestor will see your fantabulous work of art and exclaim, "Wow, that's amazing!" They will then click on over to the gallery moderator responsible for the category of your deviation, note him/her with your deviation linked or thumbed, give a short explanation as to why they chose your deviation, and then, if you're lucky and your work of art is truly badass, you will have yourself a DD! The DD certificate will appear below the description of your deviation along with the suggestor's explanation!
  • If you want to find an updated gallery moderator listing, check out stafflist! He has complete and updated listings for every administrator! You can find Community Relations administrators (gallery moderators) about half-way down his homepage.

Shroomkin, explain the "pt. 1" in the title!

Well, basically I ran out of ideas for things that deviants would be confused on and/or want to know more about! That's where you come in! I need you guys to comment below, note me, comment on my profile page, WHATEVER! Just gimme some more ideas! Once I have accumulated enough ideas, I'll make a part two, and then both parts will be combined into one gloriously awesome guide! Oh, and all the people who had guides, groups, or otherwise participated in the guide will be acknowledged in pt. 2!

For those of you who are wondering what the picture is, it's a photo I took in Gran Turismo 4's Photo Mode and it's of a Fiat 500R.

Thanks so much!

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XxSeroliousxX Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist could add, How to put buttons on your profile? I don't know how too...
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really cool to see all in one place!!! Nicely done :) looking forward to seeing more! and I love that you added descriptions :)
Shroomkin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Do you happen to have any suggestions for the next section of the guide or something I could improve upon in both?
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I really appreciate the extra explanation heading before each section I think that will help to explain things to newer deviants :) The little bits of history and information are amazing :) If I think of anything else to improve on I'll let you know!
Shroomkin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
OK, thank you again $Moonbeam13! :la:
Shroomkin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
OHMYGOSH MOONBEAM COMMENTED ON MY GUIDE *composes himself*. Thank you kindly, $Moonbeam13. How did you find my guide? Oh, that's right, I noted you! So do you think there's anything that you and the staff can do with helping me advertise this? I think it would be useful to everyone from dA noobs to veterans!
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll be promoting it :)
Shroomkin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
How will you be doing that? (just so I know what's up)
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll be posting it in my next Pimps and Whoas article :)
Shroomkin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
It just went live!
Shroomkin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
OK! Thanks! I'm almost done with the 2nd and final part of the guide; it should be finished today!
JakeRomano Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
WOWOWOWOW. I thought I had a firm grasp on all-things-DA but phew! I guess I have a LOT to learn! Thanks so much for taking the time to post this!
Shroomkin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Haha, yeah I thought I knew a lot about dA too, until I found all these guides!
Thanks for the comment, Jay! :la:
JakeRomano Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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