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Using Dribbble

What is Dribbble?

Dribbble is show and tell for designers. A community answering the question, “What are you working on?”. Web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types share up to 48 small screenshots (shots) per month that show their work, process, and current projects. Dribbble is also a place where designers and companies promote their work and products, find designers for hire, and receive work inquiries.

Uploading work and commenting requires an invitation. This helps us scale the site and community gracefully. But anyone can sign up to follow, like, and curate the work being shared.

What is proper behavior/etiquette for members?

Read our Community Guidelines for tips and rules for being a good team player in the community.

How does blocking work?

You can block another Dribbble user by clicking on the gear icon on their profile page, and selecting “Block [user]”. After blocking a user, the blocked user will not be able to:

  • follow you
  • leave comments on your shots
  • add you to lists
  • add your shots to buckets

Signing Up and Signing In

I signed up for Dribbble but I didn’t receive the confirmation email.

If you don’t see the confirmation email, make sure to check your Spam folder and, if you’re using Gmail, please check the Social and Promotions folders.

Contact us if you don’t find it there.

I can’t remember my password for signing in. How do I reset it?

If you can’t remember your password, you can use the ‘Forgot?’ link next to ‘Password’ on the Sign In page to reset it. Be sure to enter the same email address as the one you have registered with Dribbble.

I can’t sign in after resetting my password.

Be sure you’re using the same email address that you used to reset when signing in to your account. Also, note that passwords are case-sensitive; make sure there are no extra spaces in the password field when you try to sign in.

Contact us if you continue to have trouble.

I can’t sign in to my Team account and it doesn’t recognize my email. How do I sign in?

You can’t sign directly into a team account; rather you sign into your personal/team owner account. A team owner is able to act as that team when needed. See more information about acting on behalf of the team.

I get a “reCAPTCHA failed” message when trying to sign up.

To prevent abuse, we require members to pass a CAPTCHA (via Google’s reCAPTCHA) when signing up. To successfully sign up, you must check the “I’m not a robot” box (pictured below) and respond to any prompts which might appear.

If the CAPTCHA does not appear in the signup form, disable any ad blockers or content blockers which might prevent the reCAPTCHA JavaScript from loading and try again.

Screenshot of reCAPTCHA field in signup form

Contact us if you continue to have trouble.

Accounts & Billing

Where can I find a receipt for my Pro / Job purchase?

If you have a Dribbble account, you can view your entire purchase history, including printable receipts for your orders, at

If you purchased a Job ad without a Dribbble account, we attached a PDF receipt to the confirmation email you received. Can’t find that email? No problem! Contact us and we can send you another one.

Can I have a username that is already taken?

Perhaps. Inactive Dribbble accounts may be renamed or removed at our discretion. We will not rename or remove an active account except in the case of name squatting, which is prohibited. You can request a username for an account that appears inactive, but please note that not all activity on Dribbble is publicly visible.

Dribbble usernames are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and are intended for immediate and active use. Usernames may not be inactively held for future use.

Attempts to buy, sell, or solicit other forms of payment in exchange for Dribbble accounts or usernames are prohibited and may result in account suspension or removal.

Whoops! I accidentally signed up as a Scout/Prospect, how can I switch?

It’s easy! Just use the checkbox at the bottom of your Account Settings page. It looks like this:

'List as Prospect?' checkbox on account page

Can you send me an invoice?

We don’t provide invoices but do provide receipts, which are emailed after purchases and available for reference on the Orders page under your Dribbble account settings.

If you need more detail on your receipts for invoicing purposes, you can add extra information to them. Use the Receipt Info form on the Orders page to add information such as a company address or tax ID. The extra information provided will be displayed on all receipts.

Players & Prospects

How do I upload my work?

Anyone can sign up to find, follow or hire designers at Dribbble. However, to upload shots or leave comments, an invitation from a member is required. Invited (drafted) members are called Players. If you wish to be drafted, be sure to check the box marking yourself as a Prospect in your account settings.

Why does Dribbble have an invitation process to share work?

All players (members who can post shots) are drafted (invited) by members. Having members take responsibility for those they draft sharpens the focus on sharing interesting work. We also limit invitations, which helps our tiny company scale the site and our support of it. This strategy is imperfect—we know there are many fantastic designers still undrafted—so our efforts to grow gracefully are ongoing.

How are Players drafted?

We periodically issue invitations to existing Players who, in turn, use those to draft (invite) new Players to post their work on Dribbble.

Players with invitations can draft Prospects using the “Draft” button on Prospect profile pages. Designers without Dribbble accounts can also be invited from the Invitations page.

If a Player chooses to draft a Prospect, an email is sent with a URL to accept or decline the invitation.

With so many Prospects on Dribbble, how will I ever get drafted?

We know trying to find an invite can be tough sometimes, but there are a few ways you can improve your chances of catching a Player’s attention:

  • Fill out your profile (Account settings). Help the community get to know you! Upload an avatar and write a short bio so members can get a better feel for who you are and what you’re about.
  • Add your skills and location. Potential drafters will be able to find you by your skills and location via Find Designers.
  • Link to your portfolio. Players with invitations will want to see your work, so be sure to add a link on your profile to a website that shows off your work.


What are Shots?

Shots are small screenshots (400×300 pixels or @2x 800×600 pixels for HiDPI or Retina displays) posted by members to show what they are working on. Some have called Dribbble “Twitter for designers.” Shots are to Dribbble as tweets are to Twitter.

Is there a limit to how many Shots a Player can upload?

Players can upload up to 48 shots per month. When a new Player is drafted, they start with 48 available shots, no matter when they’re drafted. On the first day of each month, we reset everyone’s count so each player has 48 shots free. For example, if you have 10 shots free on March 31, you’ll get 38 more on April 1; if you have 0 free, you’ll get a full 48.

There is also a 5 shot per day limit to discourage a single user from flooding Dribbble with a ton of shots in a short period of time. No ball hogging!

What is a Rebound?

A rebound is a shot in reply to another shot. Rebounds offer a way to follow up and “link” two shots together. For example, a sketch can be rebounded with a finished design, or alternate concepts of a design can be rebounded so there’s a reference trail to follow.

Rebounds can also be purely for fun—what you’re working on doesn’t have to be for work. :) For example, any player can create games or memes allowing other Dribbble players to riff off an initial shot to get their takes on the same idea.

You can see many examples of rebounds on the Playoffs page.

What is an Attachment?

An Attachment is an extra file that Pro members and members of teams can upload along with their shots (PSDs, .zips, larger images, etc.). You can attach up to 5 files per shot (each having a 10MB max). You can also check a box when cropping to keep the larger, original image as an attachment when needed.

What is a Project?

A Project is a collection of a player’s shots that have been grouped because they share a common theme. Projects are viewable by anyone, but can only be created by members with Pro accounts.

You can see many examples of projects on the Projects page.

What is a Bucket?

A Bucket is a collection of shots that any Dribbble member can create. While logged in, click the ‘Bucket’ link on any shot to add it to a bucket.

You can see many examples of buckets on the Buckets page.

What is an @2x shot?

Dribbble allows 800×600 pixel uploads that are displayed at 400×300 reference pixels in HiDPI displays (e.g. Retina). If the device is capable, Dribbble will serve the larger image for twice the clarity of a normal 400×300 shot. In normal resolution displays, we’ll deliver a downsized 400×300 image instead. You can follow the @2x link on the shot page to view the 800×600 original.

Confused? You’re not alone. Web design is getting all complex and stuff. Check out Towards A Retina Web for more on designing for HiDPI displays.

What does HiDPI stand for?

HiDPI stands for High resolution Dots Per Inch when referring to displays. For example, the Retina displays found on the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro are HiDPI. Dribbble allows @2x 800×600 pixel image uploads that we show at 400×300 reference pixels for twice the resolution on HiDPI displays that support them. HiDPI displays will eventually be the norm, and we’re making sure Dribbble presents your work appropriately.

How do Debuts work?

Debuts is a stream of first shots from new Dribbblers. Only your very first shot will show up in the Debuts stream, so be thoughtful about your first impression.

Can I select a teaser frame for my animated GIF?

Not at this time. We automatically use the first frame of the animation for the teaser, so plan how your animation cycles carefully!

My GIF is not looping. Can you help?

We don’t modify the original file you upload. Bad configuration or a problem in the image export is usually to blame for GIF looping issues. Try verifying that your original file you exported locally loops in various browsers. If you’re still having trouble, you can contact us.


How can I leave comments on shots?

Comments can be left on shots using the form at the bottom of each shot page. Currently, only Players are able to leave comments.

Comments can include some HTML tags for formatting and links, and you can mention other Dribbblers if you want them to know you’re talking about them.

How do Mentions work?

Mentions are a handy way of replying to people in a comment on Dribbble. Here’s a little screencast on how they work:


How can I get more invitations?

Invitations are handed out to Players based a variety of ever-changing criteria. The longer you’re on Dribbble, the better your chances are of receiving invites. Thanks for your patience!

How do I know if I have any invitations?

Should you receive any invitations, you’ll see an Activity notification and they’ll appear in your Account Settings under Invitations. If you don’t see an Invitations tab, you don’t have any invitations at this time.

A Player I drafted isn’t using their account. Can I revoke their invitation?

Sorry, we can’t revoke invitations once they’ve been accepted. Once a Prospect is drafted, they will remain as such, so make your invites count!

I tried to invite a member, but they haven’t accepted the invitation. Is the invitation gone?

Don’t worry! If the user doesn’t claim the invitation within 30 days, it will expire and the invitation will automatically return to your account.

Will my invites ever expire?

No, the invites you have available to use will not expire. Feel free to take your time and draft wisely!

Any sent invites must be redeemed within 30 days. After 30 days, if an invite hasn’t been redeemed, it will be returned to the sender’s account.

Can I buy or sell Dribbble invitations?

No, buying and selling Dribbble accounts is prohibited. Dribbble will suspend or remove any accounts that are participating in these sorts of transactions.

Guidelines for Dribbble Invitations

  • Please don’t message designers on Dribbble via Hire Me messages to ask for an invitation.
  • Invitations should not be used as prizes for contests, but given genuinely based on your interest in following someone’s work.
  • Invitation contests that require likes, follows, or ungenuine social gestures for entry is prohibited. Dribbble’s invitation system aims to increase the number of talented designers and interesting work on Dribbble—not to draw attention to your profile.
  • Please do not attempt to sell or buy Dribbble invitations, or pursue fake follows on Dribbble.

Your account may be suspended or removed if you engage in activity that violates these guidelines.


What is Pro?

Pro is an upgrade which can be purchased to enable some extra cool features to help you get more out of Dribbble.

Anyone can upgrade to Pro, and all members who do will receive:

  • Pro Search: access to advanced Find Designers features, including search by location, skill, availability, and more.
  • Lists: Organize Dribbble members into public or private lists.
  • Be Available For Hire: Displays a “Hire Me” button on your profile so employers can contact you.
  • Pro Badge: Appears on your profile to show your support for sustaining the community.

Additionally, Players who go Pro receive the following:

  • Projects: Organizing your work into specific… projects.
  • Attachments: Add up to 5 files along with your shot uploads (PSDs, .zip, larger views, etc.).
  • Advanced Stats: Keep track of your traffic, biggest fans, profile views, and more.

Pro accounts are a big part of our business, and help our company stay afloat without needing to resort to obtrusive advertising or other unpleasant methods of income. We really appreciate the support!

Can I upload shots if I purchase a Pro account?

Purchasing a Pro account does not enable shot uploading or commenting. You’ll still need to be drafted (invited by an existing member) to share your work on Dribbble.

What happens when my Pro upgrade expires?

If you don’t renew your Pro upgrade, you’ll lose access to Pro-only features like our Find Designers search and advanced stats. Your Projects and Lists will disappear as well, but don’t worry: they’re only hidden, not deleted. If you decide to go Pro again, all your existing Projects and Lists will become visible again.


What is Playbook?

Playbook is an instant portfolio, powered by Dribbble, at your domain. Dribbble branding and social features are stripped away, and it’s just you and your work—the very same work you’ve been sharing on Dribbble. Think of it as a more up-to-date snapshot of your best work.

How does Playbook work?

Playbook requires an annual paid subscription, and it’s currently only available to designers that have been invited to upload work on Dribbble.

Populated by the same content and profile info you’re already sharing on Dribbble, Playbook can be your most current, popular, or curated work in the order of your choosing—presented elegantly. In fact, we hope the curation option will encourage you to share more experimental, fun shots on Dribbble, reserving your curated Playbook for putting your best foot forward.

Each Playbook is responsive, and can live at either or your own custom domain. Playbook includes Pro and all the great features that come with it. Existing Pros can upgrade at a pro-rated rate.

How do I get started with Playbook?

If you’re an invited designer, head over to Playbook to learn more, preview, and customize your Playbook, privately. When you’re ready to publish and share it with the world, you’ll need to upgrade your account by purchasing an annual subscription.

What can I customize?

You can customize which shots from your Dribbble profile are shown in your Playbook:

  • Recent shots: All shots in reverse chronological order
  • Popular shots: All shots sorted by popularity
  • Custom: You choose which shots are shown and the order they appear in

Additionally, you can customize the following options:

  • Custom domain
  • Small or large thumbnails
  • Header or sidebar layout
  • Background color
  • Font (from a pre-selected group)
  • Show or hide profile details (e.g. avatar, name, bio, location, skills, contact form, elsewhere links)

Can I use my own domain name?

Yes, you sure can. Published Playbooks are found at Additonally, you may assign your own domain name to point to your Playbook. Choose “Custom Domain” in the customize pane, enter the domain you wish to use and hit Save.

Next you need to point that domain at Dribbble’s servers. Head over to your domain provider’s website and find where you manage your DNS settings. This is where you create the record to point your domain at your Dribbble Playbook.

If you’re using a subdomain (like or, create a CNAME record pointing to your Playbook subdomain,

If you’re using a bare domain (like, create an ALIAS or ANAME record pointing to your Playbook subdomain, The name of this type of record will vary by your provider. If your provider requires that you use an IP address for a bare domain, use

Note: We strongly encourage you to avoid using the IP address to ensure your custom domain always works. If our IP address were to change in the future, pointing to will pick up the change automatically with no interruption. As noted above, many providers (such as our DNS provider, DNSimple) allow you to set up bare domain records pointing at other domains.

If you’re having trouble setting up the necessary DNS record, please refer to your DNS provider’s support documentation.

Can I use my Typekit (or other webfont service) account?

Not currently, but we’re looking into the options here.

Can I add a custom favicon for my Playbook?

We use your Dribbble avatar as your Playbook favicon. We don’t support custom favicons at this time.

Can I pay for Playbook with PayPal?

No, Playbook can only be purchased using a credit card.

Is Playbook included for Teams?

Yes! A Playbook for the team account is included at no extra cost with every plan.


What is a team account on Dribbble?

Teams are an easy way for organizations and their designers to share work on Dribbble. Team members can upload work to both their profile and the Team’s profile. Job ads posted by the team show up on our main Jobs page, as well as the team profile.

Creating a team account

You can create a team account by either creating a new team from scratch, or by converting an existing Dribbble account to a team.

Converting an existing account to a team

When signed in to the account you wish to convert, navigate to Add Your Design Team and choose the team size that best works for your organization. Once you choose a team size, click the “Convert this account to a team” link. During the process of converting your team, you’ll be prompted to select a team owner. If you don’t have an account to use, you can create a new account along the way to designate a team owner.

IMPORTANT NOTE! Converting an account to a team is permanent not reversible. Please be certain the account you’re converting is indeed a team.

What are team owners?

Team owners are team members that have special privileges. Team owners can update the team profile, add and remove members, and manage billing info. Team owners can also act on the team’s behalf (upload shots, comment, like, etc.). Each team is required to have at least one team owner.

How can team owners act on a team’s behalf?

Team owners can switch to the team account and act on its behalf by selecting the “Use Dribbble as…” link from the avatar menu when they’re signed into their personal account.

Do team members need an invitation to upload work?

Your team account and all members added to your team will be able to upload work and comment immediately—no invitation required.

To add a new team member not currently on Dribbble, have them sign up for a free Basic account. Once they have an account, a team owner can act on behalf of the team and navigate to the Account/Members tab in the team’s account settings. Then add the team member using the autocomplete search box.

How do I add or remove team members?

To add or remove a team member, team owners can act on behalf of the team and navigate to the Account/Members tab in the team’s account settings. Then add a team member using the autocomplete search box or remove a team member using the remove button.

To add a new team member not currently on Dribbble, have them sign up for a free Basic account. Once they have an account, a team owner can act on behalf of the team and add them in the Account/Members tab.

How do I add or remove team owners?

To add or remove a team owner, a team owner can act on behalf of the team and navigate to the Team Owners tab in the team’s account settings. Then add a team owner using the autocomplete search box or remove a team member using the remove button.

How do team members upload team shots?

When a member of a team uploads work, they can choose the team via a drop down menu. The shot will show up on both the team profile as well as their own, with dual attribution.

Members can also retroactively mark shots as team work, by following the “Edit” link from the shot page.

Can a shot be in a personal project AND a team project?

Normally, shots can be included in a single project only. Team work is an exception, where the shot can appear in one personal project as well as one team project. Team members will see team projects listed alongside their personal projects in the “Add to Project” modal pop-up.

How do team members add to team projects?

All team members can add shots to team projects. When uploading a shot (or from the shot page if it’s already published), follow the “Add to team project” link and choose an existing team project to add the shot to. Team projects can be created only by an owner while acting on the team’s behalf.

Additionally, team members that are Pro can add shots to a team project as well as a personal project.

What happens when a team member is removed from a team?

After being removed, a team member’s work will still remain on the team profile. Team owners always have the ability to remove individual shots from the team from the admin menu on the right side of the shot page.

What are the advantages of posting a job as a team?

Job ads posted by the team (or a team owner) appear on your team profile for higher visibility. Designers can easily search for teams and even look for teams that are hiring.

Additionally, team jobs have an avatar next to their listing on the main Jobs page which links to their team profile.

How can I update the credit card used for my team?

Any team owner can update the credit card on file at any time. This credit card is used to renew the annual subscription.

Jobs & Finding Designers

Do you offer any discounts for multiple job postings?

Yes! You can purchase multiple job credits at a discounted price per job here:

Can I post a recurring job?

Yes. Choose ‘recurring’ before posting the job. Choosing the recurring option means the job ad will auto-renew at the end of the 30 day period and the card you have on file will be charged. You can stop a recurring job in your jobs dashboard, located in your account settings. When you stop the recurring job, it will finish out the 30 day period and not renew.

Can Dribbble host my job’s description?

To keep things simple, we made a choice to have our job postings link off to wherever your job description already lives. Chances are, you have it hosted on your own jobs page, or another job board. If you don’t have it hosted elsewhere, write a blog post or even a Google doc and link to that.

How can I update my Job posting?

If you’d like to update your job posting, log into the Dribbble account you used to create the job ad. You’ll have the option to edit or deactive the listing at If you don’t have a Dribbble account or didn’t log into your account when posting the listing, we’ll be glad to make any necessary updates! Contact us with details.

Can I post part-time or freelance jobs?

While most job ads are for full-time employment, we welcome part-time and freelance/contract positions as well.

How can I contact designers on Dribbble about work opportunities?

Members with Pro accounts can indicate that they are available for work. Doing so displays a ‘Hire Me’ button on their profiles that signed-in members can use to send messages about work opportunities (read testimonials from hired Dribbblers and talent seekers!).

Note: Dribbble reserves the right to throttle the number of messages a member can send. No spamming, job inquiries only!

Guidelines for Messaging Designers

Designers with Pro accounts are able to mark themselves as Available For Hire - look for the Hire Me button on their profiles. Any member with a Pro account can message a designer regarding a job or project for which they’re hiring a designer. When sending a message to a designer, please following these guidelines:

  • Your message must be a work inquiry regarding a design job or project.
  • Please personalize the messages you send—don’t send boilerplate messages. They tend to feel impersonal and lack the detail necessary to be appealing. This means you should use their name, provide a brief description of the work or job for which you’re hiring, and any details you find compelling about the designer’s work on Dribbble.
  • Please make sure the designer you’re contacting is a good fit for your job or project as indicated by the work, bio and skills on their profile. Many designers also declare the type work in which they’re interested on the message form—so make sure your message conforms with their stated preferences.
  • Have a specific job or project in mind: Don’t ask if someone is looking for new opportunities or if anyone they know is looking for new opportunities. You must have a specific job or project and state it in the message.

Failure to follow these guidelines will result in your messaging privileges being suspended or revoked, or your account removed.

Abuse on Dribbble

If you’re the owner of work that has been posted on Dribbble without your consent, you can submit a DMCA takedown request here:

Dribbble is not in a position to make definitive rulings about copyright infringement. A DMCA request is a legal claim to the work in question that gives us legal grounds to remove the item promptly from our site.

If you’re not familiar with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) or DMCA takedown requests, there’s a good article on these topics here:

We’ve also found this flowchart handy for understanding the DMCA takedown process:

How do I report inappropriate content or bad behavior on Dribbble?

Contact us if you see behavior on Dribbble that violates the guidlines in our Community Guidelines.

Rate Limits

Why does Dribbble have rate limits?

Rate limiting prevents abuse and helps us keep the site available and responsive for all our visitors.

What are the limits?

The current limits are as follows:


These limits apply to your user account while browsing If you are browsing without signing in the limits count towards your IP address instead. Also keep in mind that these aren’t just single page loads; individual pages may make multiple requests depending on the content that needs to be loaded.

  • 60 requests in any given minute.
  • 2,880 requests over a 24 hour period.


These limits only apply to applications using the Dribbble API.

  • 1,440 requests on behalf of a signed in user (authenticated) over a 24 hour period.
  • 10,000 requests while signed out (unauthenticated) over a 24 hour period.

How did I hit my limit?

  • A browser extension can make many more requests than you expect. Try disabling any relevant browser extensions and see if you continue to get rate limited.
  • If you’re on a shared network (like an office or school), all of your requests will appear to come from the same IP address. All of the requests from a single IP address are counted together when you are not signed in. We suggest using the site signed in to prevent other people’s behavior from affecting your ability to use the site.
  • Refreshing the same page over and over to see if there are new likes or comments can cause you to hit your limit. If you want to know when someone comments on your shot or follows you, try updating your Email Preferences instead.

Branding & Logos

For guidelines regarding the Dribbble brand, and to download Dribbble logos, please visit our Logo Downloads & Brand Guidelines page.

Equipment Shop

For help with our Equipment Shop, status on orders, returns, questions, etc., please visit our Shop Customer Service.


For information and help regarding Dribbble’s API, please visit our Developer site.