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Tue Jun 10, 2008, 4:54 PM
PIXIV



Imagine a site that combines Flickr, DeviantART, and Mixi.  That's what PIXIV is.  It's run by a company called CROOC in Japan, and is becoming one of the places that I visit on a daily basis.  I'm not sure that I can capture in words the sheer awesomeness of the website, but I'll do my best.  Many of the Japanese artists that enjoy the muscular female form are already members, and I'll list some at the end of this entry. I've also discovered quite a few new artists through the site and I'll feature some of these artists in future posts.  My purpose today is to help people get started using PIXIV.

I've discovered there's an account out there that can be used for logging in if you don't want to create your own personal account.  Use devart as the username and password, and you should be able to get in to take a look around.

SIGNING UP FOR AN ACCOUNT

If you choose to create your own account, and I recommend that you do, there's a pretty good guide for signing up to PIXIV over at Danbooru ( a site that deserves more attention, but that's a story for another time ).  I've borrowed liberally from that guide and added some screenshots:

1. Go to PIXIV and click the button that reads 新規登録 Sign up for pixiv.


2. Type in your mail address and hit the button below the field.  Hotmail isn't allowed.  Gmail/Yahoo are ok, but check your Spam folder for the confirmation e-mail.


3. This next page tells you to check your e-mail for the confirmation message.  Remember to check your Spam folder.  I used Gmail and it went into my regular folder and came pretty quickly.  Click on the link in the confirmation message to proceed to the next step.


4. This next page has a few fields that you'll need to fill out.  The first field is your pixiv ID, click the button next to the field after typing something in order to check if it's available.  The next 2 fields are for you to type in a password.  The fourth field is for a nickname, and the 5th field is for a website.  The next 5 fields (Male/Female, Blood Type, Location, Birth Date, Occupation) have a drop down box next to them which set the view levels for the profile items.  The default option is public, the next is for friends-only, and the last option is for private.  For the 5 fields, just pick the first option below the default if you want to proceed quickly.  Fill out something in the last box as an introduction, then click the button on the bottom.  Also take note of the Site Policy in English at the bottom of this page.


5. Congratulations, now you should be logged in with your very own Pixiv account.


6.  Optionally Change your settings ( 設定変更 ) so that you can see all the art on PIXIV.  Skip this step if you want to keep things worksafe.  Look for the row that says R-18, and toggle the radio button to the other option.  This will un-hide a R-18G ( Grotesque ) option which you can also toggle if you choose.  Hit the button on the bottom of the page to save your settings.

GETTING AROUND THE SITE

You don't really need to know Japanese to navigate the site.  Just hover your mouse over the links and take a look at the URL in your status bar, and 99% of the time it'll be clear what the link does.  For your convenience, I'm listing the navigation elements here to help you along:

Top Right Bar: ホーム ( Home ) | C74 ( Comiket 74 ) | パーソナルタグ ( Personal Tags ) | 使用ツール ( Tools ) | ユーザー検索 ( User Search ) | R-18 ( Adult ) | ログアウト ( Logout )

The bar below the PIXIV logo will change depending on what page you're on.  If you're on a main page or a search results page, then you'll get this bar:

Main Bar ( Main ): ホーム ( My Home ) | イラストの投稿 ( Upload Images ) | イラストの管理 ( Manage My Images ) | ブックマーク管理 ( My Bookmarks ) | メッセージ ( Messages ) | 設定変更 ( Change Settings )

If you're on an PIXIV member gallery or profile page, then you'll get a different bar.  For this example, I'm using my page as an example:

Main Bar ( Alternate ): トップ ( User Page ) | イラストを見る ( User Gallery ) | ブックマークを見る ( User Bookmarks ) | メッセージを送る ( Send User Message ) | お気に入りに追加 ( Bookmark User ) | マイピクに追加 ( Add User to My Pick )

Under the main bar is the search bar which has 2 links, the search box, a submit button, and two radio buttons:

Search Bar: 人気のタグ ( Popular Tags ) | ランダム ( Random )| [SEARCH BOX] [Submit]  O タグ ( Tag ) O タイトル キャプション ( Title/Caption )

Clicking the Random link is an interesting way to browse the site if you have the time.  On the left hand side is the PIXIV user picture along with some other links:

Left Bar


プロフィールを見る ( View Profile )
掲示板を見る  ( View BBS )
お気に入りに追加 ( Bookmark User )
マイピクに追加 ( Add User to My Pick )

マイピク ( My Pick )
Links to Picks ...
一覧を見る ( View all )

お気に入りユーザー ( Bookmarked Users )
Links to Bookmarks ...
一覧を見る ( View all )

Click on a name, and you'll get taken to a member's profile page.  Click on a thumbnail, and you'll go to a picture page.  Click on the picture page to get the full sized version of the picture.  Every member is identified with an ID number, and every picture also has a different ID number.  Hopefully, this information will give be enough for you to navigate the site.

TAGGING

Tagging is one of the hallmarks of sites like Flickr, and Pixiv gets it right.  Just type in the Kana or Kanji of what you're interested in and highly relevant pictures will be returned to you.   The tag that will be of most interest to us is 筋肉娘 ( Muscle Girl ), but here are some related tags that you'll find browse-worthy: ムキムキ,  筋肉女 ( muscle female ), 筋肉 ( muscle ), おっぱい ( breasts ), GTS ( giantess ), 大女 ( big female ), 巨娘 ( enormous girl ), 腹筋 ( Abs ), プロレス ( Pro-wrestling ).  Happy hunting.

BOOKMARKING

You can bookmark users or images.  The 'bookmark user' link appears in the main bar as mentioned before: お気に入りに追加 ( Bookmark User ).  The 'bookmark image' link appears above images on the right-hand site and is labeled このイラストをブックマークする.  Bookmarked images and users can be accessed through your main profile page.  It's important to build a good list of bookmarked users, because new images from those people will appear on your main page.  It's a great way to keep up with your favorite artists.

The concept of My Pick ( マイピク ) is similar to Mixi's My Miku ( マイミク ). It's really only supposed to be used for friends that you know personally.  Adding someone this way requires an approval from the other person, and connects you both.  So you'll appear in their My Pick list and they'll appear in yours.  I don't recommend using this feature that often with people that you don't know.  Bookmarking users gives you the same functionality, and doesn't require an approval so bookmark as much as you want.

ARTISTS



As I mentioned earlier, several artists already have accounts on PIXIV, so you're sure to come across some familiar artwork.  You definitely should bookmark Dairoku Tenmaou, B.L-san, and REN who are the respective artists of the images above.  Click on the thumbnail for the link to the PIXIV image page, but be warned that you'll need to be logged in to view them.  There's material there that you probably haven't seen before.  REN does a good job of posting his materials to both his PIXIV and DeviantART page, but B.L-san and Dairoku Tenmaou definitely have stuff that's only available on PIXIV.

I hope this guide has been helpful to you.  I plan on putting together a similar one for Mixi.  If you liked this, you should also check out my guide on Digiket and Webmoney.  Please feel free to suggest improvements and to give general comments.  Discussion helps me figure out where I can get better, and I simply like to talk about this stuff.  Thanks for reading.

Also check out Pixiv Part 2 for additional information.

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SolGravionMegazord Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME!
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Anatamo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, I'm wondering about personal tags.. hey, how is in katakana or hiragana or kanji to "yandere" "guro" "horror" "blood" "creepy" or some related? ;3;
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
ヤンデレ グロ are yandere and guro. not sure about the others.
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:iconanatamo:
Anatamo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*O* Thank you!! Pardon the annoyance >3<
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Weird094 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Can you please help me how do you favorite a certain pic or draw and were does it go?
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
You can bookmark it and get to it from your bookmarks page.
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:iconweird094:
Weird094 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Thanks but where is the bookmark page?
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
It's the link that says ブックマーク or you can just go to this page [link]
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:iconweird094:
Weird094 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Thank so much for your help. Glad you to response to my comments.
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
your welcome
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Please help me, man. Whenever I put in my name into the registration page, it tell me that only letters, numbers, dashes or underscores are allowed. I put in my name with all of that shit, and it still igves me that litle box. This is extremely ffrustratin to me. Can you help me?
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:icondeadpegasus:
DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Yes, I figured that one out. Now my problem is getting my verification email back. It's been twenty minutes, and still no email.

The name field couldn't compute capital fucking letters.

I had to use my fucking iPhone to get past the security check.

And now they won't send me my fucking verification email.

My mind had better be fucking blown by Pixiv for all the goddamn trouble I've gone through to register.
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Try with no capital letters in the password or name. I think someone else had the same problem before.
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may1325 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
um, I was wondering if you could help me with something. I keep on entering my e-mail and password into the login screen, but an error or something keeps popping up, even though I have everything completed in the sign-up and all. Here's the error [link]
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
It's complaining about your time setting.
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:iconmay1325:
may1325 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But it's not letting me login because of it
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:iconmay1325:
may1325 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But it's not letting me log in because of it
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Can you change it? Maybe you have to set your clock to the right time.
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:iconmay1325:
may1325 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it works now, thank you~
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parameciumkid Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The "devart" account isn't working... I'd like to be able to have a look at what I'll get if I sign up before I actually give them my information. Do you know any other way in?
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Yup, someone hijacked the account awhile ago... There might be others... try amaz0ns
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:iconparameciumkid:
parameciumkid Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That account exists but apparently the password expired and needs to be reset via email.
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Maybe try bugmenot? There's a bunch of accounts listed there.
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parameciumkid Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Already looked at that, none of those work.
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Heligor Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
damn, no hotmail .
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Gmail works. You can set it up to forward mail to hotmail so you don't have to check it either. I have an updated registration tutorial here: [link]
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Halcyon-Enigma Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
hello, thanks for making this guide! :)
i want to ask sometimes i see a tag that has a ord like 1000user(kanji here) what is that and how do i search for something like that?

from what i think it's a number of bookmarks....
thanks!
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Can you copy and paste the tag here? I can't tell from your description what that is.
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:iconhalcyon-enigma:
Halcyon-Enigma Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
ah sorry i think have found about it [link]

can i ask what tag for looking tutorials and lessons?
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
sorry, don't know what the tag is.
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VideoGameDrawer Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Can you explain again how to also see the R-18 artwork on pivix?

The settings have changed since the tutorial was written.....
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Try following this: [link]
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CommodoreZeke Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Is it possible to browse a user's gallery without registering for Pixiv yourself? Not only can I not find a link for that, but using member_illust.php just redirects me to member.php.
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
No, I think you have to have an account. There's some public accounts that you can try. There used to be a deviantart one but someone changed the password.
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CommodoreZeke Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Boy, that's really paranoid of them. Thanks anyway.
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Kazuny Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Hello, thank you for this tutorial ^^
But please, can you help me on one point ? I posted a picture on this site and I saw 2 users on it (They're like "favorites" on dA ?)
And when I click on it, there is nothing about those two users... I saw some users can be invisible, it may be that...

My drawing is here: [link]
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Yup, bookmarks are like faves on Devart. If an image is bookmarked, you can see the count, and pixiv users can leave comments or tags with the bookmark.
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Kazuny Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Ok ^^ thank you very much for the precision :)
Users who bookmark can be invisible ?
And there is few comments on this site Oo woh, it changes ! o_o'
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Not invisible, they just don't have to leave comments. You can still see who bookmarked your picture by going to your manage page [link] and then clicking on the link below each picture.
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Kazuny Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Umn okay... When I click on it (bookmark_detail), I see nothing about these users: [link]

This is what I see when I click on the "2 users" who bookmarked my drawing ?_?
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
They probably made it a private bookmark. I just added that pic as a public bookmark, so you should see my name on that page now.
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Kazuny Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Ah ! Ok, I understand better.
It's very strange but it can be usefull I guess.
Yes, I see your name now, thank you for all ! ^^
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kobatohanato96 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
how do you upload multiple images? like in one part, inside it, there's 5 and more images...?
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
You choose manga when you upload: [link]
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Angelgirl128 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to get back my forgotten password, but when I try to log in back to my account, it says my ID (nickname) is wrong, but I've written it correctly... :( (Anyways, pixiv.net is a great website I enjoy browsing pics there :D)
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Are you using this page [link] to get it back? You have to click the second button and fill out your e-mail address that is associated with Pixiv in the box.
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Angelgirl128 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'll try that out :)
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Vehc Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Wow! This was erry helpfull, Thanks! :'D
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Also check out [link] if you need help setting up an account.
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