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Tutorial: Designing and Approving Pups

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:58 AM


There are really only two steps required from you in order to bring a new tokota into the Tokotas world. If you're about to follow them, odds are, you own a genotype bought from either a member or the group.

For those who don't know, your genotype outlines the genetics of your tokota, and provides a guideline for its appearance (and the appearance of its future offspring) in a handy string of letters. If you're planning to design the genotype yourself, some knowledge of genetics may come in handy. For this, we recommend looking at horse genetics to give yourself a head start. Even though Tokota genetics are not entirely the same as horses or dogs, this will be useful for understanding the basics.



Step One: Designing


Remember, by default, any tokota genotypes from your breedings will be designed by you (or by another member if you choose to commission the design instead). You must send a request to the Design Den - if it is open - if you'd like them to be designed by admins.

So, you have your genotype, and you've taken it upon yourself to design him/her. Below are some helpful resources you will need before designing; no matter how familiar you are with Tokotas, it is always a good idea to have these on hand when designing a new pup.
Import Downloads:

Import Information TemplateClick here to go back to the Design Guide Handbook


Markings and guides belong to Tokotas



It seems like a no-brainer, but often there are frequent mistakes with writing the information description. When doing so, always double-check to make sure that everything is correct. If your pup's information is not correct, it may cause large issues later on if it is not caught by design admins in the process of reviewing. For example, if your Tokota is missing lineage links, any future offspring may be subject to oopsies such as accidental inbreeding - as well as creating a mess for admins to clean up.
This is the standard template. All Tokotas must have this in the description of the uploaded import in order to be co
Design Guide HandbookBasics
Tokotas Official Import Templates
Picking a Base Coat
Eye and Skin color
Minimum White Markings
Writing the information description
Miscellaneous Information
Design Guide FAQ
Common Genes
Marked
Pangare
Accents

If you have a genotype you're still not sure how to design, it's always a good idea to look at the TotemSpirit gallery for examples of prior designs with the same or similar genotype. (Use the search function, eg 'bearmarks marked', etc.)

Use the member's template to create your design, and then upload it to your sta.sh. Do not upload these to your public gallery.



Step Two: Getting the pup approved by admins


Now that you have a design you're happy with, and have double checked the image for any obvious mistakes (pay attention to background, hierarchy status, male parts, etc,) you must add the information you'd like. Follow the instructions in Writing Information to find out how to do this.

Once everything is filled out, and you've placed the information into the description of the sta.sh file, you may begin the process of having it checked by admins. Firstly, go to Design Central, in which there are several options; you're going to go with the one that says "Design Approval." Post a reply following the instructions in the comment. Then you wait. Please keep in mind that this may take anywhere from ten minutes to several days to a week and a half. It depends on how busy we are. However, don't freak out if it's the latter; we will get to them ASAP!

Admins may ask you for changes if it doesn't meet the standards, but don't be deterred or upset if this happens. We try our best to be understanding, and if you think that one of our judgements was wrong, you're welcome to politely ask us about it, and/or provide reasoning for why you think it was wrong. Just please, don't attack us. We are human and sometimes we make mistakes, so if you see something approved that your design was rejected for, we're completely open to taking a second look.

If/when changes are asked for, keep the original stash with the comment. Upload the new design to stash, and submit it on the "Corrections" comment thread.



Step Three: Uploading


Now what? You've corrected any alterations that admins have requested, and your design has earned sweet, delicious acceptance from mods. At this point, it's out of your hands. You've done all you need to do. Your design will have been added to our upload list, and will be uploaded as soon as possible. Sometimes, birth certificates are not immediately posted, so don't worry if we don't add the default comments for a day or two. This doesn't mean you can't use/draw the design.



Tutorial not informative enough? Have questions or something you'd like added? Please feel free to comment below!



Skin by Horsepoint and alexpeanut, paw icon by Kawiku, images by noebelle
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rnbwtrout Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
When I try and open the normal tokota lines they're all smashed together. Is there a way I could have the bg, the normal base and the normal lines could all be separate PNGs, I can't design like it is ;/
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Furrinessoffluff Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
When submitting a design, I’ve made mine off the base...
I really don’t want to remake it on the base because I put a lot of effort into this ;0;
54d074ef-eecd-42ce-bc74-7e0a219d3af6 by Furrinessoffluff  
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NorthPaws Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi - unfortunately we do require all tokotas designs to be done on our standard import template. Once your tokota is designed and uploaded though, you are welcome to use this image as HP. It's very cute! ^^
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roflpatti Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Student General Artist
erm not sure if this the right place, but i've had one of my boys accepted roughly a week ago, and when i checked the upload queue, his stash isn't on there? i've been checking every other day to see if he'll be added to the queue but to no avail.
i'd just like to know where to direct this issue :)
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Lachtaube Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there! Sorry for the oops. If your design is every accidentally skipped, missed or not added to the upload list, you can report it to the "Skipped Designs" thread in DC and it will be added :)
Design Central - Mar 2018 [OPEN]
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roflpatti Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Student General Artist
whoops i must have totally scrolled past the 'skipped designs' thread. thanks for the reply :heart:
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cooki3wolf3 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a specific thing or app that you have to design a Tokota on? It's hard with my original designing app and it doesn't work.
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Lachtaube Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Any art program that accepts .PSD files will be able to open the tokota imports to be able to design them: Paint Tool SAI, Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint all work :)
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cooki3wolf3 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I found one called Autodesk that works just am well too!
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Winter-shadow35 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
Is there a limit on how long after a pup is born that you have to get its design uploaded? Because I have two genos that I haven't had a chance to design yet and I want to make sure there isn't a deadline on that. 
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LittleKhajiit Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
Nope! c: There's no time limit.
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Winter-shadow35 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
Okay, thanks so much! :)
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LittleKhajiit Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
No problem! <3
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Lurhstaap Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional General Artist
Once you've had a design be accepted in DC, do you have to wait for it to be uploaded to begin using it in activities and so forth, drawing it, etc.?
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Discrete-Disguise Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018
You can draw them and etc once they are accepted, but they must be officially uploaded before submitting rolls/rites/etc to the respective groups/folders/threads c:
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Lurhstaap Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
Gotcha. TY!
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cooki3wolf3 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So I just adopted one, and I'm confused I'm a dumb person so can someone please break this down for me?
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Lurhstaap Featured By Owner Edited Feb 28, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hi there! :) I'm not staff, but I've been playing long enough that I think I can probably help you get started. What's got you confused? Basically, the way this works is the geno is like a set of instructions telling you what a given Tokota looks like. I'll use an example from the Tokotas I own:

Genotype: ee/aa/TT/MM/AA/nG/nPng
Phenotype:  marked greying tundra with accents and pangare

This is my boy Harbinger's geno. This is him:

Harbinger 33452 by TotemSpirit

I used that geno to design him, following the instructions given in the Design Guide Handbook. First you download the base lines, which are given in the journals above about designing and such. Then you choose your base color. Since this guy is a graying tundra, I chose a lightish gray for him. You can either pick from one of the swatches in the guide that's appropriate to the color your geno has, or you can use the base color of one of their ancestors in their visible lineage (parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents) so long as the ancestor has the same genetic color. I think I used a swatch from the guide for Harby, IIRC. But let's say his grandmother was a graying tundra also and I really liked her base color. I could have used that instead. 

Once you have your base color chosen, you can add subtle nuances or a gradient if you like, as described in the Base Coat section of the design guide handbook. Then it's time to do the markings. Harby's geno has Marked, Accents, and Pangare, other than greying. In his case I chose to make him entirely grayed, but check the section on Greying in the guide to see other things you can do with it. In the same way, each marking has its own section in the guide. Check that to see how you should design that marking. But markings can look differently within a given range. For example, on Harby, the stuff on his face is from Marked, the white is Accents, and the sort of light "French gray" or light gray-buff areas are the Pangare. But check out this guy:

FoD Bestia Bello 24537 by TotemSpirit

His face markings are much simpler and less extensive, but they're both legal versions of Marked on the face. Marked can be anything from a little bit of black around the eyes and lips to most of the face being black like a mask, or a whole lot of things in between. So long as it fits within the minimum and maximum allowed range, the edges are soft and well blended, the color is black (not 000000 but visually black), and it looks natural, like something you might see on a real animal, it's allowable for Marked. (In a nutshell - definitely check the guide, don't just go by that! I'm simplifying for explanation purposes. There's more to know, like what the min/max range is, how other markings like Dun can affect it, etc.)

Just go marking by marking and create a design, tweaking things as you go until you end up with a result that a.) looks good to you, AND b.) doesn't break any of the rules for the markings. Once you're done, you write up the text part (the form is given in the design guide handbook) submit the design to Design Central and wait. The admins do the best they can, but people do a LOT of designing and it can take time to get to yours. Note that until you get the rules down you will probably be asked to correct things about your design. Sometimes small things, sometimes major things. The closer you follow the instructions in the guide the less you will be asked to change, but don't be discouraged if you still make a mistake or two! Almost everybody does. Tokotas have a pretty specific look they're trying for, so designing for them can seem hard at first. But once you get it down you'll sail through DC with most designs. :) 

Once you get feedback from staff, you'll either have been approved, or given edits to make. If the latter, you edit your file and resubmit it. Repeat until you do get accepted. Once the design is accepted, you're done! Now you just wait until the design is uploaded to TotemSpirit. When that happens, your Tokota is official and you can start playing the game!
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cooki3wolf3 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thank you! I get it now!
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Lurhstaap Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
No problem. :) Welcome to the game! 
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Sikudhanii Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you able to redo a design then have it reuploaded/approved?
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Sikudhanii Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D:

I just want to redo it as in keep it the same but...cleaner?
It looks like it was rushed when made and I sound like a jerk
saying that but it irks me. Oh well cause I think they d have HP
on them.
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Discrete-Disguise Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
Hey there, you can re-do a tokota design or update it to make it look cleaner by using a makeover or do-over token. You can read more on them and what would count as what on this journal here; Makeover and Do-Over Token Instructions
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Sikudhanii Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the info.
:3
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Freyjas-Tokotas Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
Hey there! You are right, you do have to wait until DC re-opens otherwise it is seen as skipping the line. They will tell you there.
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BlueWolf0907 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if this is the right place to ask this, but what about items? I've seen some people's tokos have items like tack, or just an accessory like a bow, and I was wondering if I can just do this? Do I need to buy the items, or just permission? Or is it free altogether?
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TeachMeToLearn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
you must purchase large/small items at the trading post for TT and design the items yourself
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BlueWolf0907 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Rex888 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Hiya, is there a current design den? I can't find where my request went
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TeachMeToLearn Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Resources> cycling Journals hub > Design Den
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Rex888 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Lifesaver, thank you!
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magikwolf Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Professional Artist
Need opinion, is this tawny minimal grey enough? My Tawn FemaleCW NaturalMane
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leopia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The areas/coverage is fine but it needs to be much more desaturated -- greying should not pick above 30 saturation in SAI [V-HSV] or about 15% saturation in Photoshop. c:
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magikwolf Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Professional Artist
I don't see any where in the design handbook about the greying needing to be 30 saturation in SAI. It only says as long as it appears grey. The design examples in journal shows light/soft hints of greying areas.
 I feel that looks greying..I can go a little more greying if I must.
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leopia Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That line might have accidentally been removed from the journal but it was definitely there at one point and will be added back in as soon as admins have the chance to update the guide <3

It needs to be a bit more desaturated, no more saturated than the values given in the previous comment. ^^
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magikwolf Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Professional Artist
I am having a hard time to get saturation down to 30 by trying to have layer in luminosity and duplicating it and that just blows out the color/look unnatural. I then picked the grey color and slide the saturation level to 30 and screen mode the layer. This is the best i can do -> My Tawn FemaleCW NaturalMane
Technically, if journal doesn't have any number saturation value and instead appears grey then shouldn't it be accepted?
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leopia Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Greying layers should not be set to a mode -- the best way to find a greying color for your tokota is to color pick the base coat,
then adjust the saturation levels so it displays below 30 / 15%, and then to airbrush the greying on in at least two visible areas.
The greying you have now picks at 60 saturation, which is too similar to the base coat at 86 saturation.

The journal does not list exact numbers, but as is, the greying looks more like a nuance and does not appear grey enough,
so unfortunately, no, it cannot be accepted like this. ^^'
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magikwolf Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Professional Artist
I did color pick the base coat and adjusted the saturation level to 30 and did used airbrush to get a blended look. But, even with changing layer to screen mode I couldn't get color picker to read 30.

The first try/link I adjusted the colored lighter color's saturation all the way down thru SAI's Hue/Saturation filter.
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leopia Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you didn't blur/blend the greying before you adjusted the saturation, it could have picked up some of the base coat's saturation. ^^

It also could be that you have your SAI set to something other than V-HSV, which is what DC admins typically use when they compare swatches to bases/markings. c:
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magikwolf Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Professional Artist
I did color pick the base coat and adjusted the saturation level to 30 and did used airbrush to get a blended look. But, even with changing layer to screen mode I couldn't get color picker to read 30.

The first try/link I adjusted the colored lighter color's saturation all the way down thru SAI's Hue/Saturation filter.
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BlueWolf0907 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Whenever I try to download the Google Drive thing (lol), it finishes downloading, but I can't find it anywhere and I get a notification saying that a pop-up was blocked? Am I doing something wrong? I've never done anything like this before. Maybe its my computer. Anyways, I asked if I was eligible for DD a couple days ago and didn't have a response and now it won't even let me get the files if I wanted to do it myself anyway... anyone know how to fix it??
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TeachMeToLearn Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
You should check your downloads folder first to see if its downloaded, the file should be named something like normal natural mane, or whatever file you downloaded. If its not there, you may need to check your firewall to see if its blocking google. DD can take a while to process, so if you are eligible, it may take a while for you to find out.
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BlueWolf0907 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay thanks! I'll try that when I get home from on school.
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pineappleconure Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Student General Artist
i can't seem to find the alpha background in the import psd. is there someplace else im supposed to find it?
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LittleKhajiit Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017
They're linked over on the Passage of the Alpha journal. c: Here's the stash: sta.sh/21zsomo6mosa
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pineappleconure Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Student General Artist
thank you!
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LittleKhajiit Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017
No problem! ^^
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