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Before we start, please look over the welcome message that you recieved on your talk page. This is my informal way of giving you advice on how to survive your first days on the Wiki, and a few more advanced things!

Getting Started

Before you do anything on the Wiki, it might be beneficial to you, if you're new to Wiki editing, to test it out on your own userpage. Start off by telling us a little about yourself! You can do all kinds of things to your page, I'll discuss how to do those later. You don't have to use a Warriors template from this website for your picture, but you can if you want. Remember, you are only allowed one image on your profile.

After you have tried some things out on your userpage, then it's time to contribute! Look for little mistakes in an article. See something misspelled? Think you can word that sentence better? Then do it! If it's not right, nobody is going to chew your head off for a little mistake. I have found that the people here are very friendly. If you have questions, DON'T hesitate to ask! Loads of us are willing to help you out!

Remember when adding information to articles that if the information could be challenged, don't forget to cite! Otherwise, somebody might put a [source?] by your information and may be deleted. Here's how you cite:

<ref>Revealed in Into The Wild, page 111</ref>

Templates

Templates are an important part of an article. It's what gives us the charcat, the table with the character pixils, and much more! I will try to explain each to you as best as I can. First off- the charcat.

Charcat

{{Charcat |image=(image name) |image size=(size) |affie=(Which Clan they are in, or, say, they are a kittypet, it'd go here) |pastaffie=(What they were in the past, such as Stormfur, who was RiverClan and became ThunderClan) |postdeath=(If they are dead, if you have a citation, it's either StarClan or Dark Forest/Place of no Stars) |namest=(All known ranks, such as kit, apprentice. Seperate each with a <br> tag) |namesl=(The names the character has had, they need to be in order and have the br tag as well) |familyt=(This is for family labels, each needs to have a br tag) |familyl=(This is the name of the family members, have them in order with a br tag) |mentor=(name of the cat that mentored them) |apps=(this section is for apprentices that the cat had) |position1=Significant Position (e.g. leader - omit if none) |precededby1=(Predecessor in that position, such as leader) |succeededby1=(Successor in that position) |position2=(Other Significant Position, such as deputy) |precededby2=(Predecessor in that position) |succeededby2=(Successor in that position) |position3=(Other Significant Position) |precededby3=(Predecessor in that position) |succeededby3=(Successor in that position) |livebooks=(Books the cat has appeared in alive) |deadbooks=(Books the cat appeared in, only counts if they're a StarClan or DF cat)}}

Stub

{{Stub}}



This is used to show when an article has insufficient information. If you see an article with this, help out and add information!

Style

{{Style}}



This shows that the article has one issue or another that needs attending to. Usually, on the talk page, there will be a list of things that need to be imporved; once you've done that, you can cross it off the list! This is a great way to get started on the wiki, by the way!

Spoilers

{{Starspoiler}} insert plot and/or ending details here {{Endspoiler}}




Randomcat injured his foot on the patrol to find Thatpelt. Swallowherb attended to his wounds, but he was in the medicine den for a long time, and couldn't fight in the Great Battle.



These tags are used to warn people of spoilers, or the contents of a book. They may or may not want to know, but to the ones who don't want to know, this tag helps them to know where not to look. Spoilers should NOT be in the cat's description

Unreleased

{{Unreleased}}



Usually, you will not have to use this tag, but if one of the authors say themselves that a new book is coming out, and nobody has made the article, feel free to, but don't forget to add this tag onto it, along with this one: {{Unconfirmedtitle}}

Family Tree

You just put the brackets around these words: RANDOMCAT Tree

Obviously replacing RANDOMCAT with the cat's tree. There is not one for every character, and some family trees use a cat's tree that isn't them, such as Stormfur. He uses Graystripe's tree

Delete

{{delete|reason}}


Use this template for pages and images that are not needed on the wiki. Good reasons to include this on a page/image would be: fancharacter, person has violated the not policy, someone has made a picture for a rank for a cat that did not recieve it (such as Firestar becoming the medicine cat) and they are not using it as their one image, image has been named incorrectly, or the page has nothing to do with Warriors.

Main Quote

{{Main Quote}}

"You're scared of a leaf!"
Molekit to Cherrykit in Fading Echoes, page 27

This is used at the top of character pages that really shows their personality or something significant about them

Featured Articles

{{FA}}


Logo-starclan

This shows that the article is on the front page now. You probably won't need to put it on their page, but it's helpful to know. To show that an article was previously featured, use this: {{FA/p}}

Don't add either to random articles.

Project Template

{{Grade0}}

Grade-0-Planned(planned)


Use 1, 2, or 3 to indicate Bronze, Silver, or Gold

Coming Soon

{{CS}}


Coming Soon

This is used on character pages where we know they will appear in an unreleased book, but as we cannot add their information now, we simply use this nifty code to fill it in for the time being.

Projects

If you plan on sticking around, why don't you try joining one of the projects? We have projects for everybody, including Characters, Books, the Warriors World, the real world, and Character Art. The first three are aimed at improving the articles pertaining to the project they represent, and Project Charart is about creating original, high quality art that is not under copyright. You are not limited to joining one project, either, as I am a member of each of these. If you want to join, go to the talk page and ask if you can join, make sure to make a new section. The talk page should always be in the top right corner, in case you can't find it.

Project: Characters

Besides PCA (Project Character Art), this is one of the main projects, and contains the bulk of the Wiki. For each cat, you need to have a citation for everything, including pelt color, markings, scars or injuries that are permanent, pelt length, gender, and eye color, if applicable. If a cat breaks a limb but they recover, please do not put that in their description. If the character pixil has a cat with blue eyes, for instance, but the eye color is not known, don't just put that they have blue eyes. This is simply the choice of the artist at PCA.

Every character needs a charcat. See the template above on the coding.

Categories need to go in a certain order. Super Editions need to be listed first, then the Original Series, followed by New Prophecy, Power of Three, Omen of the Stars, Field Guides.

Another thing to note is that if the cat was seen or mentioned outside of the allegiances, then they get to have at least one quote, depending on how much is seen or mentioned about the character.


Project Charart

  • If you want to join the Project, place a request on the talk page. A lead will add you in and give you some helpful links, I suggest you take a look at them as they will surly help you.
  • I am simply going to discuss tips that helped me when I started out making my first charart, Ivypool.warrior

Basics

I would suggest that if you are going to join the Project, to download GIMP. It is a free art program, much like Photoshop, but free. I have used the program for three years now and I can say that it is well worth it. If you do not want to use it, you can use things such as Pixlr. I have never used it, but there are tutorials to help you with it. If you have an advanced understanding of Paint, you can use it for certain things, but you cannot make most of your charart in it.
  • To find exactly what you need, you can type in the search bar "Tutorials" and it should come up with various images. I have used it numerous times for various reasons, and I have found some very helpful images which I will share with you.

Tabbies

One thing I want to note on is that solid-colored cats are much easier to do, and I'd suggest that you start with that. It took me a LONG time to get my Ivypool image to look right! If you insist on doing something else:
  • There are different types of tabbies. I will use approved images as examples:
Princess.kittypetPrincess is a lined tabby. Notice the distinctive "M" shape on her forehead- most tabbies have this marking.
Halftail.elderHalftail is what is called a "Y-striped" tabby, and the majority of his stripes consist of "Ys".
Speckletail.warriorSpeckletail is your "traditional" tabby with triangles for stripes.
Onestar.warriorOnestar is a mottled tabby with flecks in his fur, as well as stripes.
File:Silverstream.warrior.alt.pngSilverstream is a swirled tabby.
  • I think that these are most of the different types of tabbies. As you can see, they look very different, but it is usually up to the artist to choose which kind of tabby they wish to do.
  • One thing that I have learned about tabbies is that, while, the tabby you want to do is up to you, spotted tabbies are rarely seen outside of purebred lineage. Such an example would be Leopardstar.leaderNotice, as well, that while she does have spots, she has discernible stripes as well.
  • Tabby patterns
  • These are realistic tabby patterns that I have (painstakingly) made to help you in making a tabby cat. From left to right, top to bottom: Mackerel, Classic, Marbled, Sokoke, Broken Mackerel, Spotted, Rosetted, Candle-Flame (Braided), and Ticked. The ticked pattern is usually seen in Abyssinian cats, and can have tabby points (face, legs, and tail), and they are marked by "agouti" hairs: light and dark on a strand of hair, and the lighter color on the other tabbies are "agouti" hairs. Tabby patterns can differ from cat-to-cat, but usually follow a set pattern. Uniform, triangle-shaped stripes are unrealistic: cats have asymmetric stripes to help them camouflage. I don't recommend you do triangle tabbies- Y-striped tabbies are ok because they try to mimic mackerel tabbies, I believe. You may use these as a guide, but do not take the blank and fill it in as we've decided against that. It may help you to look at pictures of real tabbies as well as this.

The difference between Calico and Tortoiseshell

  • Calico is the American word for a "tortoiseshell and white" cat.
Redtail.deputyRedtail is a tortoiseshell, and an excellent example.
Tawnypelt.warriorHowever, Tawnypelt is a tortoiseshell, as well. Torties can be either black and reddish, or black and orange, or a combination of the two.
Cherrytail.warriorCherrytail, however, is a tortoiseshell-and-white, not calico. It is important to notice the difference between the two.
Sorreltail.warriorSorreltail is a great example of a calico, and shows how much of a difference there can be between tortoiseshells and calicoes.
One think I have learned about torties/calicoes in my recent research of cat coat patterns is that, while no two torties will be exactly the same, they follow some set pattern. A mostly tortoiseshell with white on her paws (but not arms) and chest have your "basic" tortie design, while when they have more white, there tend to be patches of clearly defined color, and you don't get that "mottled" or speckled look. The patches tend to overlap each other.

The amount of white on a calico, generally, can be left up to the artist unless, somewhere in the text, it says how much is on the cat.

Patched/Bicolor

Cats that have more than one color on them, but are not a tabby, tortie, or calico are what is called a "patched" cat. There are varying degrees of a patched cat.

Patchfoot.warriorPatchfoot is the typical patched cat that you will find people making.

Patch (KP).kitPatch is a "tuxedo" patterned cat. This style is considered "patched", but will not usually be used for a cat described as such. Tuxedo cats are marked by the white chest, belly, "socks" (feet), and sometimes tail-tip and face. Typically, they will not have white anywhere else.

Mosskit.kitMosskit is another example of a patched cat, but is more subtle in her apperance. Notice that most patched cats have white bellies.

Tallstar.leaderTallstar isn't quite a "tuxedo" cat, and would be acceptable to use as a patched cat design, as he has more of a balance of color.

Pine (TS).rogueI couldn't really find an example for this, but if Pine has fewer, slightly larger spots, a dark tail, and possibly some black on his face, he would be a "piebald" patched cat. Piebald is just another fancy name for a type of patched cat.

Earpink and Shading

  • In order for an image to work, it needs to have effective shading, as well as believable earpink. This guide should help you to choose the correct earpink the first time, determined by your cat's pelt color:
    File:Ear pink chart.PNG
If you pick the right color, you won't have to be frustrated over people critiquing your ear-pink. Also, if you are not sure how the earpink should look on your charart, don't hesitate to look at other images of the same blank. They are sure to help you out, and if you require additional assistance, somebody at PCA will help you.
  • Shading is important, too. People have different methods of doing theirs, but one thing is the same: where you need to shade. The following charts helped me immensely when it came to determining where to shade, and it will save you some headache if you, at least, place it at the right place the FIRST time:
File:QueenAndElderShading.png
File:Tutimag.png
File:Tutimg12.png
File:Tutimgshadleadcgkit.png
File:Miscshading.png
I am planning to do my own shading version of these, because they do not seem to account for the muscles of the cat. Your first thought when looking at these images were probably something along the lines like "Well, why are most of the shaded areas circular?" Well, think of a cat's body as hills and vallies. The high points, which are where the muscular parts are, are the "hills", and would therefore get hit by the light. The "vallies" are low points on the cat's body, usually the area around the muscles, under the chin, the bottoms of the paws, and the bottom of the tail, and therefore, do NOT receive light, therefore being in shadow. To define these muscles, if you put even darker shadows around the muscles, it will make them stand out even more, and the picture will have a touch more realism to it!
And eye shading:
Eye chart
File:Shading Herbs.png
I know it sounds silly to be adding this, but it really helps your image to come to life, although a bit cartoony.
This guide will help you with shading herbs. Note, however, that the herbs in this example a little too neon, and you should go with a more natural tone.

Tips for changing pelt lengths

I have created this nifty guide for changing pelt lengths on an image since people seem confused. A longhair-to-shorthair version is coming soon.

Shorttolong

Conclusion

These are just basic guidelines for your image, and as long as you can produce a quality image, it doesn't matter what art program you use to make it. However, I can link to a few full tutorials to help you with specifics:
Nightshine's Tutorial - Gimp + Paint
Oblivion's Tutorial - GIMP + Paint
Flamingomom's Tutorial - Markings
Icethroat's Tutorial - Pixlr
Insaneular's Tutorial - Video + GIMP

Rules and tips you should know

  • All ginger cats are to have tabby stripes; the stripes are up to you how you design them
  • For unspecified tabbies, you are to make them brown.
  • If a cat has an unspecified eye color, you, as the artist, get to decide what color it is until a color is said.
  • You may not make pixils for a character without a description
  • Pregnant she-cats gets queen blanks if:
    • They are outside Clan life and are shown to have kits
    • If they are in the Clan, they must have received the rank and have bore/nursed the kits


Other info

  • Coming soon. This page is a work in progress, please don't put the delete tag on this until I've finished it and you guys don't think it's good enough. It's going to contain a cluster of how-tos for new users.

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