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How to create links on deviantArt
(by Tobias, Mar 12, 2004)
There is a variety of options how to create links on deviantArt .. there is nothing special involved, just typing certain codes and standard HTML (don't worry if you don't know what this is, I'll get back to that soon).


Text Links

First of all, you can create a link to another deviant, refering to them, by simply typing

:devDeviantName:

where as DeviantName is the deviant you want to link to, and the "dev" is because you want to create a text link.
Note that there must not be any spaces between the colons and the devDeviantName).

for example:

if you type :devtobyf: on deviantArt in any posting, note, description or journal, this will become *tobyf (tobyf is my username on deviantArt).


Avatar Links

If you write "icon", instead of "dev", you will not get a plain text link, but the avatar of that deviant - just type :iconDeviantName: (again without spaces).

:icontobyf: - for example - will become

icons, however, do not work in signatures, by the way. also mind that you shouldn't overuse the icons in your journal, there is no official limit but more than 64 icons is definitely considered abuse by quite a few staff members.

and of course you can use the standard HTML hyperlinks too:


HTML Links

for these, you start with

<a href="http://www.deviantart.com">

whereas the http://www.deviantart.com is the link from your addressbar, you want to link to, then write the text you want to be displayed to the other deviants, and finally finish with

</a> (don't forget this - otherwise all of the remaining posting will become a link as well), so:

<a href="http://www.deviantart.com">this is deviantArt</a>

would become

this is deviantArt

You can simply type out the address too: if you just write "http://www.deviantart.com" somewhere, deviantArt will convert this to [Link]. If you write something in brackets directly after an address, deviantArt will make that a link as well. So, if you type "http://www.deviantart.com (deviantArt)", it'll change to "deviantArt" after you submit it.

If you want to write out a link, such as http://www.deviantart.com and not have deviantArt convert it into [Link], you put a :link: before the address and a colon after the address, so if you write

:link:http://www.deviantart.com:

it will stay the non-clickable text "http://www.deviantart.com" and will not be converted to [Link]


Thumbnail Links

last but not least, if you are a deviantArt subscriber, you can easily create links to other deviant's art in your journal, by typing :thumb5784659: .. whereas you replace 5784659 with the number of the work you want to include - you can see this number in your address-bar, when viewing the submission.

:thumb5784659: would, for example, become a shaded thumbnail looking like that:

Also, you can use :print12345: to link to to a print on deviantArt. Just use it like the :thumb5784659: code, with the same deviation-ID, to get a link to the print of that deviation (this obviously works only if the deviation has, in fact, a print).

Note that this last feature (thumb and print codes) only works for subscribers, and only in their journals. The :thumb5784659: also works in the thumbshare forum, so you can go there and show other deviants your work.
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Jing
Mar 27, 2004 
hey, this is very helpful! thanks
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ikari
Apr 8, 2004 
this helped a lot, thanks
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scalamia
Apr 23, 2004 
Thanks much! this is very helpful! :D
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Wyrin
May 30, 2004 
Thank you so much! This helped alot.
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Tobias
May 30, 2004 
thank you - glad to hear it helped ;)
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Debbi-TheFlawedOne
Aug 5, 2004 
Thanks for posting this! I was just looking for something like this yesterday!!!
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Cherlyn
Oct 20, 2004 
Thanks for all of this help; I have been wondering about all of this stuff and how to do it.
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Alysa
Nov 22, 2004 
Thankyou so much! ive been trying to figure out how to send links to other users that isnt the :iconDeviantArtID: format! i didnt know how everybody else could create links that consisted of a sentence!! thankyou!
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Nicki
Dec 20, 2004 
thank u!! i looked 4ever on how to put ppls avatars on mine!! ^_^ glad i found u!
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wendiliona.deviantart.com
Sep 4, 2005 
oh,hello!How do you put images hosted at other sites? =)
for example photobucket...?
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Tobias
Sep 4, 2005 
Hiya ^-^

You can use the <img src="..."> tag for that, but it will only work if you have a subscription - just have a look here for other stuff you can do with a subscription: [link]
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eduardofrench.deviantart.com
Sep 22, 2005 
many thanks for such a nice tutorials :)!!
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Tobias
Sep 22, 2005 
You're welcome, and if I can be of any help, just drop me a note or such ^-^
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Lutearina
Dec 31, 2005 
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I finally know how o do this! ♪
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Tobias
Dec 31, 2005 
Awesome, glad to hear! ^-^ If you have any other questions, just ask ^^
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daf-Shadow
Jan 8, 2006 
nice guide, thx

clean,structred and informative *thumbsup*
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Tobias
Jan 9, 2006 
Thank you! ^-^
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wolfartrules
Mar 21, 2006 
Help I'm still not getting any thumbnails on my journal, please see what am I doing wrong...please, my Deviantart user is wolfartrules
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Tobias
Mar 21, 2006 
Will do ^-^ Basically, you need to be a subscriber if you want to put pictures or thumbnails in your journal, if you don't have a subscription though, you can still link to the pictures just fine ^-^
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theviolin
Oct 10, 2006 
You rock!
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Tobias
Oct 10, 2006 
Aww, glad you like it ^-^ Let me know if you need more help with those codes :3
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Rhapsody
Nov 9, 2006 
Thanks a lot. It was really really helpfull. dA is great!
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Tobias
Nov 9, 2006 
Hiya!

Glad it helped you ^-^ And yup, it's definitely a great community, with grand people on it ^-^

Take care,
Toby
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Bip
Apr 11, 2007 
Thank you so much!
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Twilightxmoon
May 20, 2007 
yeah i wanted to know how i could create one to go on my other website that would link someone to my deviantart. do you know how i could do that?
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Tobias
May 20, 2007 
Well, depending on where you host your website, the codes might differ - but if you need the HTML format for a link to your devArt page, it's like this:

<a href="http://_______.deviantart.com">Visit me on devArt!</a>

Hope that helps!
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milokata
Jun 5, 2007 
This is helpful man wicked awesome
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Shinely
Jul 20, 2007 
And how can I get the pattern in my journal?
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Tobias
Jul 21, 2007 
You mean, like a background? Try going to this CSS test page, put your background pattern in the "Journal Background" field and select "Tile" in the dropdown box next to it ^^
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ShuroChan
Aug 6, 2007 
Thanks so much for posting!!!! I finally know how to make links, thank you!!!
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Kyla
Dec 1, 2009 
you did very well at describing dis but I can't figure out the adress of my work.
Is it just da title? plz help I'm so confuzed
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Tobias
Dec 1, 2009 
I'm not quite sure what you want - do you want to create a link to a piece of work you submitted to deviantArt?
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YukiLovesMetal
Feb 7, 2010 
I´m so happy,that you made this!!!!It helped me alot!!!!
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Tobias
Feb 19, 2010 
Anytime ^-^
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Caedeince
Feb 18, 2010 
Good Lord. THANK YOU! this is the only place thats told me how to put icons in my journal. <3
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Tobias
Feb 19, 2010 
No problem ^-^
(It's actually in the FAQ as well, buuuut I'm glad it helped anyway ;P )
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courts
Mar 28, 2010 
how do i do a link to my journal?
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Tobias
Mar 28, 2010 
You have to use an HTML link for that ^-^

Go to your journal, copy the address that shows in your browser's address bar (the one with the "http://" at the beginning). To link to it, just type

<a href="http://__________">My journal!</a>

and replace the ___________ with the address you copied earlier ^^

Hope that helps!
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Zarinebashire on DA
May 12, 2010 
Hey! Thanks for the info. I couldn't make heads or tails of DA's instructions but your explaination was much much better.
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Tobias
May 17, 2010 
You're very welcome <3 Glad it helped you ^-^
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Jay
May 16, 2010 
Thanks a lot !
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Tobias
May 17, 2010 
You're welcome - glad it helped ^-^
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Sunny
May 26, 2010 
So how do I get pictures into my artist comment? I see so many people who have linked picture in their comment. The :thumb#: doesn't work there... =/ any suggestions?
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Tobias
May 27, 2010 
They probably linked an avatar in the description with the :iconusername: code - but just to make sure, show me a page where they did link a picture in their comment, and I'll tell you exactly how they did it ^-^

Edit: Just a little note to anyone having a similar question, it turned out that :thumbXXXX: does work in the artist comments box, but only if you are a "Premium Member" (as in, have a subscription).
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Fluffy of Death
Aug 10, 2010 
haha thanx soo much, this was helpful
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Tobias
Aug 10, 2010 
You are very welcome ^-^
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Danni
Dec 21, 2010 
Thanks! I've been trying to figure out how to make the icon links work!
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Tobias
Dec 31, 2010 
You're welcome! ^-^
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theninjabox
Jan 11, 2011 
THNX! this was great help for a dA beginer
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Tobias
Jan 14, 2011 
Any time - glad it helped! ^^
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Saeryiee
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Mar 28, 2011 
How do you post a pic on your journal?? not the thing where it says link but an actual link?
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Tobias
Mar 28, 2011 
If it's a link, you can use the <a href="">...</a> code from this post, if it's image already in your gallery, use the :thumbXXXXXX: code.

In case you want to include an image that's posted elsewhere, the code is <img src="XXXX" />. Replace the XXXX with the address of the picture - but remember that it must be the address of the picture itself, not just the address of the page that contains picture. ^-^

If you want to have a picture that's also a link, nest both codes. For example,
<a href="http://www.icyworlds.net/picture/2018/"><img src="http://www.icyworlds.net/img/pictures/3_keepgoing2.jpg" /></a> would give you a clickable picture, leading you to this gallery page.
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Zero
Apr 30, 2011 
hey thx this helped me alot!
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Tobias
Apr 30, 2011 
Any time! ^-^
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Kai
Sep 10, 2011 
thanks a bunch ;>
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Tobias
Sep 11, 2011 
No problem!
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chris
Mar 29, 2012 
how do i make links to youtube
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Tobias
Mar 29, 2012 
I don't think you can embed videos, so I would use something like

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch/...."> The text you want to appear!! </a>

If you are writing that in your journal, and you are a premium member, you could be fancy, take a preview picture, upload it to TinyPic.com and then link it like this:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch/...."> <img src="http://i44.tinypic.com/15z4dcl.jpg" /> </a>

(replacing the tinypic link with whatever they give you under "Direct Link").
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KawaiiPikachuHugs
Mar 9, 2013 
What if you wanted to make a link on dA that lead you to watching someone?
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Tobias
Mar 9, 2013 
I'm not entirely sure that's allowed; but if you're positive it's okay, use the code in the HTML Links, and link to the same address as the +watch button does.
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