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Deep Blue Journal Skin by Thewinator Deep Blue Journal Skin by Thewinator
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Deep Blue CSS
Free for everyone to use when adding the required footer.

That is free for everyone to use.
You don't need to ask for my permission because everyone is allowed to use it.

:pointr: Live journal example
:pointr: User guide
:pointr: More free Journal Skins/CSS's

I appreciate all and any critique on it.

Shell stocks by ~huomennastock, ~chop-stock and ~hatestock

:wow: a DD! My second for the dA related gallery!
And I was already proud to be on the 5th most popular.
This tops it off completely, that you very much !DCZed! :boogie:
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Daily Deviation

Given 2009-07-01
Deep Blue Journal Skin by =Thewinator is everything you need in a CSS - stylish, practical, easy to use and with the perfect amount of gradients. What more could you ask for? ( Featured by DCZed )
When looking at this there is not much that really needs some critique. I think the journal itself is very well balanced and it's easy to concentrate on the content. With the rather plain structure the focus is definitely on the content and especially when using images you have a nice "frame" to showcase them.
The colors work very well together and create a nice mood when exploring what each deviant has to tell.

On the other hand the simple layout can let it be a bit boring when people are going to write a lot of text. Even more if they maybe will use just one box. But i guess most people are decorating their journals with a lot of images, icons and emotes, so that is really something minor.

So finally there are just two things i would suggest to improve a bit.
The first thing would be the bottom. I love the way you incorporated the shells, but they could be a bit lighter. It looks too similar, too blue, too equal. Maybe work a bit on the contrast, add some highlights and let them shine a bit more to pick up the "light theme" at the top and with the shiny headlines.

Talking of headlines it leads me to my second suggestion. When looking at this preview, they are the boldest part - together with the images.
Opposite to them the journal title and the menu seem to be rather unimportant, but should be a bit more dominant, because the journal title is that what will attract your watchers and random visitors, while the menu should be easily seen as something like that. So maybe a bit more of variety when hovering over those links would be nice or any other highlight that will catch more attention.

Hope it was useful and keep up the good work :thumbsup:

Critique courtesy of *devCRIT
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
200 out of 207 deviants thought this was fair.

This is a very unique and beautiful journal skin, I love the way you have put everything together and when I look at this, there isn't anything that I can see that would need to be changed!

The thing that I absolute love about this journal skin is the shells at the bottom! I think the shells stand out and look very nice along with the colour of the whole journal itself!

I love the colour you chose for the water, its like deep in the see and a nice, vibrant blue as the writing was a excellent choice as well!

The thing that I look for when I am looking for a journal skin is the organization and I think you just nailed it! It looks amazing! And I LOVE where the features are and the square border that surrounds each section is amazing!

Your journal skins have become very popular! Great choice of colours and such! Very unique and beautiful!
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
28 out of 33 deviants thought this was fair.

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TheSangson Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student General Artist
I guess it's a stupid question and I'll end up figuring myself, but...what's the footer mentioned above?
bbbhyt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks great
FlashbackingArtist00 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is super awesome!! I love love love it!
shantais Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the skin doesn't work properly for me : (
the link bar isn't centered vertically
KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work - I can't wait to try it! :love:
TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous. :D Definitely using it. ^^
Sopinien Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Artist
Thanks for making it free to use :D
DontSpeakSilent Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This journal skin is awesome! =D
CaoChiNhan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
I love it, thank you so much :D (Big Grin) 
BluestersZ Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i used it :3
btw love the skin.
EdenaBlujul Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome Skin! Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing :heart:
Andruw Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
hermoso! me encanta el azul, sin duda lo usare en mi journal, solo me falta algo que escribir XD
MajorasWaker Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Surely using this, thank you!
Akemi187 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful, I think I'm going to use this skin :)
BakaneShiroi Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Love it.
Cute-Heart Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow !
yuki-sama-kawaii Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love this skin! If you don't mind I'm going to use it^w^
saracaindica Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Beautiful skin:iconawwplz:. I would like to use it:D.
H1PP0S Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful, i'm a big fan on the ocean. :) I'm going to use this. Thank you sooo much for making it free! <3333
mike-rmb Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Hope you don't mind me using this :)
Kohaya7Kae-13 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd try using this if I don't fail. Haha : )
Beautiful journal.
NixKat Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very calming and beautiful.
diresphinx Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
how to add required footer?
BlueAizu Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is a pretty good looking journal skin! I'm tired of using just the generic "deviantART Green" skin, and this has the honor of being the first skin I installed.
I want to make my own skin someday, so it'll be great to see the skins other people made, too.
Thalana Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Beautiful !
Ke1t0-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!!
PancakeTurtle Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Artist
PalominoGirl Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
I absolutely love the Deep Blue Journal Skin!! I was slightly fearful about installation and wasn't sure all it would entail however, I was delighted to discover when you say "It's all been done for you," you REALLY mean it! It's inspired me to make good use of my deviantART home page, and very soon I'm going to surprise everyone -- including myself! I've only belonged to this site for FOUR YEARS :lol:

Thank you for making this so unique and easy!!
PhotographsByBri Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
:wave: Hello :iconfeaturedplz: [link] :heart:
natasamakri Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I used your beautiful Journal here: [link] Thank you :rose:
Kaguetora Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow it's amazing!! Love it!! but can you tell me something? Do you need premium membership to use it?
Thewinator Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Unfortunately yes
Kaguetora Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Da's evil xD
sweir17 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   Photographer
used here [link] :hug:
LilMissAlijay Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student
This is just so beautiful! I've been looking for a journal skin like this~! Thank you! \(; 7 ;)/
Deathnoter1993 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont meant to sound stupid but whats the required footer
Thewinator Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
They're the credits at the bottom. They're included automatically.
Deathnoter1993 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah ok. Thank you. And can you only use the journal things if your a premium member?
Thewinator Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Yes, that's dA policy, not my doing.
Deathnoter1993 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Drat and I kinda figured because I tried like three oh well thank you
RedVioletPanda Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Very lovely.
lavablazen Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
<3 Using.
Sir-Captain-Joey Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
This is so nice thanks for providing it! Good Job!
GriffinPhillis Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks really good! :love:
I shall so use this.... *3*
msleetive Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I installed it~!
I hope that's okay...
I love the ocean, it's so beautiful~
You are awesome~!
:3 :happybounce:
Saibrayyear Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow i love this
fell so calm when facing this skin XD
Ramada121 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I'd like to make my own journal skin..... >.< I need the template though
Artemis-Day Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Will use! :D
Crimson-Hybrid Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is wonderful! I've been looking for an ocean theme since forever! I'll install it right away; you're the best! ^.^
Thewinator Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
:) thank you
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