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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
Import Item References



Markings and guides belong to Tokotas



This journal is here to not only provide the required information template you should be using in your stash when getting a new tokota's design checked, but is also here to explain what each field of information is for and how to properly fill this out. While there is certainly a lot of information I ask that you please read through everything to make sure you understand how to use the provided form.
Please be aware that the form should, unless otherwise stated, not be altered in any way, shape, or form. The information where relevant should be filled out to it's ent
Design Guide HandbookBasics
Tokotas Official Import Templates
Official Import Backgrounds
Picking a Base Coat
Special Base Coats
Eye and Skin color
Minimum White Markings
Writing the information description
Miscellaneous Information

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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:iconladydax:
LadyDax Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2019  Hobbyist
When designing for a set of twins, can the designs themselves be excatly the same, but have a physical Trait that tells them apart, or is it required to have at a slightly different look to each design?

I'm wondering because I have a set of twins I would love to be able to have the designs excatly the same, except one has a curled tail, while the other has a bob tail.

So would that be possible or do I need to have slightly different designs between the two?
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B3AR-CH13F Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2019  Student General Artist
Is there a place to get the import lines as PNG's or someone who could make select ones PNG for those of us without the ability to open PSD's?
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KaraSkakalac Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2019  Student Digital Artist
You can note me and I can put one together for you :) 
I cannot do a ton, but I can do some for you ;v;
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B3AR-CH13F Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2019  Student General Artist
You absolute gem! Thank you so much!
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Time-Hiss Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019
I requested a design of my geno and just received it. She told me that I have to fill out the import information form, (which I understand how to fill out) and to respond to the sta.sh file. Am I to fill out the import formation form on her sta.sh file of my tokota? Because that's what makes the most sense to me but I'm not sure.
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SeaCrest-Star Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope this isn't too late but yes, you would fill out the import information template and comment on the sta.sh file with it filled out. As a heads up, next time you can just ask your designer; design den designers are admins, and they're there to help you! I'm not an admin, i just happened to be scrolling past looking for something else :)
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:iconintimer-genetics-inc:
Where is the design approval page? I can't seem to find it Nevermind, I found it
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MurderOpz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019
Where can I find the backgrounds to download??
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:iconfennarchy:
Fennarchy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019
is there a background you are looking for in particular? 
The default BGs are usually already on the import files that you download. 
Special ones are found here : Tokotas USD Sale 2018 [CLOSED]  but will require a sik stone to use them 
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:iconmurderopz:
MurderOpz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019
Im unable to download import files cause PSD files just dont seem to import onto my labtop. Ive tried evrrything i can think of but nothing seems to work???
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:iconfennarchy:
Fennarchy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019
Is this an issue for downloading everything in general or just the import? 
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:iconmurderopz:
MurderOpz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019
Everything in general
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Fennarchy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019
so just want to check you've tried downloading it when you're this on this screen? 
gyazo.com/fe6df2a57aae2eb0ca8b…
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MurderOpz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019
Yes
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Fennarchy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019
Hmm.. is it perhaps your browser? 

What art program do you use? 
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PrincezzFluffy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So where can I find the backgrounds that everyone has? Can I make my own background?
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:iconfennarchy:
Fennarchy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2019
Unfortunately you cannot make your own. 

But there are only 2 standard backgrounds that can be used initially and are already preset on most imports you download. 
The "snow ": 
Ace of Clubs 37499 by TotemSpirit 
And "brown": 
Corvus 37500 by TotemSpirit 

The alpha aurora(blue or orange seen in here: Passage of the Alpha) can only be obtained when your toko has achieved alpha status.

There are a few other background variations you see, but  can only be used when you have the item sikrinerks stone. You can find out more about them here: Tokotas USD Sale 2018 [CLOSED]

Any other BGs you see, cannot be used unless there are special circumstances such as ones meant for wild or event tokotas. 
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PrincezzFluffy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh ok thanks!
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anonymuswolf3 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
so I adopted one a year ago but i needed to aprove first to upload the tokota. but where can i aprove it. i never can find it anywhere 
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Fennarchy Featured By Owner Edited Jan 16, 2019
You can get it approved at design central( DC) 
You can find most useful journals at the  "cycling journals hub" found on the groups main page. 
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Ashadasha Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
what is the deal with "member backgrounds"? is it an admin-only set of bgs?
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Silver-Panic Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019
There are no admin-only backgrounds.
Member backgrounds are for use by members. Some backgrounds are locked to wilds or special imports (like the advent tokos) only.
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Ashadasha Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh! Thank you so much for the quick reply!
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fl00k Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2018
hii, how can you tell what type of tail your tokota has? i've got a normal build tokota and i dont know
if i can give him a curly tail or not?
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Discrete-Disguise Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2018
Your geno will have a 'Physical Traits:' section which will say what physical traits your tokota has. If Curled Tail is not listed under there, you can add it onto your geno with a Soul Pool Water (found in fishing, caving, diving and for TT in the trading post)
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kogasaur Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a Dwarf tokota geno, but I can't seem to find the dwarfism lines?
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newt-onic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can find them all here!
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leablackbloodfurry Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok so my design just got approved... So I don't do anything at all. Does my final reference stay in my stash or do I send it to someone or some part of the group or I just wait and I will be notified when his final reference is uploaded? This is my first time with a design of my own and I don't wanna do anything wrong
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Fennarchy Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
Do not delete your stash! 
If everything was approved the link of the image in your stash would be added to the upload list. All you need to do is wait for it to be uploaded ^^ 
The link to the "official upload list" can be found on the groups page in the "request" column. You can do a search of the link to your stash image is there if youre curious. ^^ 

If all links in the description work, then you will get a "mention". :)
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leablackbloodfurry Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh and can I upload my finished design so its no longer in my stash, or do I need to leave it there
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leablackbloodfurry Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whew alright :) can I delete my previous attempt stash's that I didn't do the designs quite right on. I have like 4 and they can all get confusing so I was curious about that to.
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Fennarchy Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
Its probably better to just leave it until its uploaded onto totemspirit. You dont want to accidentally delete the approved one. It wont be confusing to the admins since only the accepted one is added to the list.

And no you cannot upload the reference into your own gallery, it can only be uploaded to totemspirit exclusively. Until it is, it has to stay in your stash. 
You can however draw your own reference and upload that. :)
 
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leablackbloodfurry Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay thank you so much :) I still got a bit to learn about the group as I start doing more and more.
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:iconfennarchy:
Fennarchy Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
No problem! 
If you have any questions please dont hesitate to ask. :) 
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BlueWolf0907 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to bother people but when in the process would I add SPW? Would I list it in items on the sta.sh or in a comment on the sta.sh?
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saphiraly Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the stash comment! ^^

under the items you are adding you list (for example)
x1 SPW - fangs 
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BlueWolf0907 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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grizzld Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have tokos still going through DC from May. If I put in some new designs through DC, will the May ones count as June uploads and therefore, will my new designs be rejected? Or will the ones from May act as May uploads, and I can still upload five more designs this month? TIA!
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AmaranthineRain Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018   General Artist
Is it correct that we're no longer using the head down pose for all submissive dire, toki, and regular tokota designs? I remember seeing that in news posts a while ago but I might have missed where the official verdict was made.
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Fennarchy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018
Yes!
The submissive pose is no longer being used ^^ 
but just make sure you use the submissive background. 
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AmaranthineRain Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018   General Artist
Woo I knew I remembered something like that!
Wonderful, thank you! :happybounce:
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MrSecretary Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
What's Lineage, phenotype, and genotype? I know these are necessary to have so I just want to know what they are so I can make one.
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Freyjas-Tokotas Featured By Owner May 28, 2018
Lineage is a Tokotas parentage, so on with a geno, you'll see the parents in the breeding comment, so if I use one of my genos as an example:

2) Male, Natural Mane
Average - Healthy
ee/Aa/Tt/MM/CC/nA/nPng/nDp/nSh
Marked collared tawny with accents, pangare, shadowmarks and dapples


at the top of the litter comment, you'll see two names, in this case: Kelsier 28298 x Marja 13699
the lineage also includes the Parents parents & their parents, so you'd just follow the appropriate links on their import sheets

The genotype tells you what the Tokota will look like, written in 'genetic code' (the part I've underlined)
The Phenotype is the genotype written in English (the part I've Italicized) 

to see the litter, go here: comments.deviantart.com/1/7401…
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MrSecretary Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
Tysm! This really helps!
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cooki3wolf3 Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
If you adopted a geno, do you have to follow it's genes? Just wondering in case If I get to design them myself someday. Half of my art is made by my sis and she let me post XD
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lost-coati Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Hobbyist
hi there ! 

you do have to follow the Tokota's genes, though you can add minimum white (it's a free gene). if your geno has marked, collared, and dun, you must include all 3 of those genes, and you cannot add any other markings as they aren't in its genotype.

does that make sense ? 
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cooki3wolf3 Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes actualky
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rnbwtrout Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  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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lightningspam Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I'm afraid we can't go through and do that. <8D There's too many files + too many layers to try and break it down. ; u; Your best bet will be to see if Design Den will design it for you or to seek the help of another member that designs. c:
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Toast-Tails 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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