Custom Module Backgrounds
Ok, this is definitely the most asked of all the questions . Rather than explain things to you myself, here are the tutorials that I have found most useful, as they provide exact code for you to copy and paste, and screenshots to show you how things should look when you do it yourself;
Custom Box Background Tutorial by
This explains things simply and visually and allows you use a custom background in custom modules (as well as explaining how to create your own custom background).
However, in order to customise futher, outside of custom modules, there are other tutorials;
deviantID-box bckgrnd tutorial by
For changing the background of the DeviantID module specifically.
Deviation-box backgrd tutorial by
This tutorial is the key to increasing your customising capabilities. With this code, you can place custom backgrounds in almost any module, although how convenient it may be to do so is debatable. This is due to the fact that you must first remember to make sure there is little or nothing in the module to begin with (since it will all be covered by the background) and secondly that you must create the image to go over the top of newly placed custom background (hosting it somewhere and direct linking to it). Thumbnail images and their nice shadows won't work straight over custom backgrounds (at least not that I know of thus far), and any content already in the module will cause the module to stretch the same length as if it were still there, even though you can't see it.
One method of easily over-coming this that I personally prefer, is to use any kind of custom box, which neatly fits all your content into a nice centred area automatically;
These give you a variety of box types to suit any content you want to present over the top of your custom backgrounds. They also look quite neat when used on plain modules.
Another element of customising your DA profile is to create your own links to areas like your gallery or facebook fan page etc. Any custom made image of your own can be used as a button however these ones here allow you to use deviantart buttons that utilise the rollover effect (when your mouse hovers over the button and clicks it, the button will change slightly to reflect each stage);
For profile customising.
To even further customise things, you can edit the little icons within the custom boxes and buttons;
Skins that are either automatically installable to your journal or require you to paste the CSS code into the correct journal boxes, in order to customise and make you journal entries pretty;
Gallery and Favourites CSS
For customising your gallery and favourites sections;
How to Install a Gallery CSS by
Shows how to use the resources below
GalleryCSS Reference Sheet by
A reference sheet for gallery CSS
CSS and Scripts
For changing the layout of deviantart and other things using scripts and extensions, as well as explanations of how CSS works on deviantart;
For changing the layout of DeviantArt through your browser.
dA Piece by Piece : CSS + Box by
For understanding how CSS works in detail (includes diagram).
Basic CSS Journal Template by
A simple template of journal CSS
Not-So-Basic Journal Template by
A more advanced journal CSS template
SuggestDD v0.7a - Update by
Script for making the suggestion of Daily Deviations simple
"SuperdAmn is a userscript that implements tons of fixes for dAmn, the deviantART Message Network. It replaces dAmn.extend by `siebenzehn, the most popular userscript for dAmn in more than 4 years, and thus implements the same features, but at the same time adds a lot more to make your dAmn experience even more exciting."
dAmn Goodies by
Allows for various new commands
"The purpose of this extension is to act as a skin manager/applier for deviantART."
"The main purpose of this extension is to display your current deviantART "message centre" items/counts in your statusbar (lower-right corner of the browser)."
"This script will add thumb code collecting capabilities to deviantArt. It is also capable, of sorting thumbs, and sending notes to deviants one has featured in a journal or news article. Use it to collect tons of thumbs for features and forum activities.
Llama Button userscript by
"This little userscript adds a Llama button to the top of every profile page, so you can instantly see if you gave this user a llama badge already or not, without having to open the "Give" menu first."
deviantAnywhere by :iconPostaL2600
"It's an extension for deviantArt & Mozilla Firefox users. It will show and notify you when new messages arrive for you on deviantArt."
Journal Tutorial -copyable CSS by
Simple CSS codes
diado.deviantart.com/art/PlzMe… by :icondiado
"PlzMe adds a fully customisable graphical plz icon picker to the dAmn chat network - no need to mis-type iconcodes anymore or try and remember the name of an icon if you know what it looks like, just add your favourite plz account icons to PlzMe and they'll be there at the click of a button for you - just click the icon you want to use and PlzMe will insert it into the text entry box of your current chat room. "
Comment Collector by
"Comment Collector is a userscript that lets you add comments to your collections just like deviations. We can already see your favourite art on deviantART, and now it's time you share your favourite slices of the community fun!"
Watching you? v1.3 by
"A Greasemonkey (GM) script for Firefox (FF) to show if a deviant you visit is one of your watchers."
Better gAteway by
"Better gAteway does what the title says it takes deviantART's new outgoing link gateway and makes it better! But not only that, it adds new, exciting features related to the use of outgoing links in posts around dA!"
Icons that are free for use as your own icon on DeviantArt;
In conclusion, there are a lot of ways for you to customise your DeviantArt experience, and although you do not need to use every one of these, there are bound to be some that you find useful. Please be sure to give credit and love to the creators of these resources, who work hard to help out everyone on dA.
Please, if you have more questions on customisation, make sure you have read through the related tutorials here, and if these do not answer your questions, then try a search of your own; this article is by no means entirely comprehensive.
Hope this is in the right category, it said I don't have enough permissions to submit to help and faqs XD