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What are adoptables?

The 'adoptables' you are seeing in this group are mostly animal, hybrid and human designs artists use as personas or characters. They have no physical presence. They are mainly artistic designs of all sorts sold for points (a strictly dA resource), trade or real cash.
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How do I sell them? What are the rules for adoptables?
The designs sold are like selling pieces of artwork - they have to be one of a kind and not a copy of someone else's design. If you sell a design that is (or is almost like) somebody else's design, you can get banned from dA for art theft.
To sell an adoptable, it has to be a design you made that you are willing to sell to someone else for the trade of your choice. You can trade it for one of their adoptables, sell it to them for points/money or even give it away for free. You may do this as long as you made the design, and are willing to not use it as your own once it is sold.
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What are eggs/hatchables? super-adoptables.deviantart.co…
Eggs, or hatchables, are previews of designs. They can come in any kind of form, and once you claim it the creator of the egg will either give you the rights to the design (meaning you have to finish the design yourself) or creates the rest of the design for you.
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What are auctions? super-adoptables.deviantart.co…
Auctions for designs are just like auctions anywhere else. You either bid points or money for the design. When you put in a bidding price, other people are still allowed to bid on it until it is closed. If you have won the auction, you send the points/money to the artist that created the auction. If you lost, the design is not yours.
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What are customs?
Customs are custom designs that you request/buy from other adoptable makers. This means, you give them a clear idea of what you want and they will design it for you.
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What is line art? super-adoptables.deviantart.co…
Line art is the outlines of an animal, person or thing that does not have a design yet. It is usually transparent or has a white background. If it is free to use by the artist this means you may use it as a template for your own adoptables as long as you give them proper credit.
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What are breedables? super-adoptables.deviantart.co…
Breedables are two designs mixed together into a different character. They generally are of two characters owned by the seller, but can sometimes be a mixture of one of your requested designs with one of their breedables. You may only breed a design with a breedable if the design is owned by you - if the design you chose isn't owned by you, it can be considered stealing or even art theft.
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What are raffles? super-adoptables.deviantart.co…
Raffles are a new kind of concept - they can be done many different ways. For instance, an artist makes a design and puts it up for raffle. In order to enter this raffle, you have to leave a comment featuring why you want it, what you would name it, etc. Sometimes you don't even have to write down that information, you just simply have to say "I want to enter!"
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What are makers? Why are good designs made on these games sold for so cheap? super-adoptables.deviantart.co…
Maker games (ex: Puppy Maker, Kitten Maker, etc.) Are flash games created by people where you can chose different markings and colours for a character. Some of these games even randomize the design so you don't have to click through tons of different markings and colours. THIS IS THE EXACT REASON WHY THEY ARE SOLD SO CHEAP. They don't have much thought put into them, and most of the time characters made on these games are easy to spot, even when drawn. To add to this, the creators of these flash games may not want you to sell these characters. Be careful to read up the rules before selling characters off of these flash games, or you might be at risk of being banned.


If you have any other questions feel free to leave a comment!
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:iconemeraldtheechinda:
EmeraldtheEchinda Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  New Deviant
I'm still confused how do I get points?
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LilacAnimation Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  New Deviant
If you sell the art to someone how do you recieve the points?
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Apple-MilkTM Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
*Raises hand awkwardly* I'm curious.... I know if you buy an adoptable, the buyer doesn't have much legal protection. A dishonest seller can take it away or resell it whenever they want, but what about customs of non-closed species? Say, if I commissioned a custom design using my own visual examples (in this case my own pallet and pictures of my pet cat) that an artist then used to color a base for me, would I legally have the rights to sell the design later on along with any additional art I had received of it? (This is a dumb question I know. Just thought someone here might know.)
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PunkMikeTaylor Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful, thanks! :D
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7thDeath Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's really weird to see many people sell creator-generated adoptables
and there are always people who buy them ...
I mean yeah, sure 10 DA points aren't that much but still!
The people could easily use the creator by themself and
create their own design for free!
I'm not sure if those people are aware of this or just stupid. :T
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Chienbatarrd Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree dude...
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7thDeath Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Thanks dude ...
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Chienbatarrd Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
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My pleasure dude ...
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7thDeath Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pokerface (Remake)  dude ...
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Chienbatarrd Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Staph it duuuude...
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7thDeath Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never dude ...
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Chienbatarrd Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Y U do dis dude ?
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Royal-milk-tea-party Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool 
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LlamaRingleader Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do you sell adoptables, like, how do you receive the points
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Muchuni Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
how? easy uwu : state a price and have the donation widget (or commissions widget) on your profile and tell them to pay there
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BrokenSmiley0 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok so when someone purchases an adoptable from you how do they transfer points to your account?
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BrokenSmiley0 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh ok thanks
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Slayer4949 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I typically use the method of editing my deviation and clicking the premium content button. so they can click purchase on the deviation and send points to you which you can either withdraw through Paypal, bank, etc. or convert to points. 
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CaeruleusLuna Featured By Owner Edited Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait so adoptables are like ocs that you can "adopt" and claim it as your own????
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HowlingWolf64 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do I specify the price, and how does bidding work? Im new and I want to put some designs up for adoption.
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Emiluffin Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Student Artist
What do you press to bid or give points when you see an adoptable?
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rainbowninja888 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
how do you give them the design?Confused Fox Iconand how do you give only 1 design on a page with more than 1
 
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Maximum-Simplicity Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It's like you have 5 images ...
each image contains each adoptable.

you put that 5 images in a collage.
and you upload that collage.

now, if someone officially buys one of 5 adoptables in the collage.
you will simply get that image from your computer and send it the buyer.
and put in the description of the collage that number1 is sold, so people will know.

Uhmmm did I get things clear?
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Dakaido Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If I have some adoptables, and don't know what I can sell them for, how do I then decide it?
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BloodClaw555 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you sell that one Adoptable to the person?
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TheOtakuSan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
How can I give the Design and they give me points? 
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Maximum-Simplicity Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
usually the buyer give the points first.
and when you receive points, send the design to them via Notes or whatever email you have.
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Na-naite Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student
How do I get things into this adoptable folder?
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fangirl-chan3 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So do you just sell them as prints or do they give you money then have the right to the character?  I am new and clueless. 
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Poke-chann Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student
i feel very stupid cuz im new, but it would really help me sell my adoptables if i knew how to sell prints, and how to sell one individual adoptable on a page with multiple adoptables

i will watch u if u answer :D maybe give u free adoptable (maybe)
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RippleArt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
cut out the other adoptables with a program and send the buyer the individual adoptable with notes (accessed via messages)
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Poke-chann Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student
thats okay, i know now! (that comment was very old XD)
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RippleArt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh lol
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TazzyLion Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist
oh, and how do i do a draw to adopt??
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TazzyLion Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist
I want to make adoptables, but i don't know how to give the person the design. How do they give me points? Do I have to give or post a pic of the design for them? I just need the basics explained....
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maugryph Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
And how does copyright law fall into this? I've seen other deviants sell adoptable that they have purchased before but didn't make.
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TECHNlCOLOUR Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student General Artist
As long as a character being sold was designed by the person them self or someone who doesn't hold a patent it's legal. 8)
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RandomArt-Jyotsna Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Where do you find these adoptable creation Flash softwares?
Thanks 
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AuraOfDeathWorld Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you keep someone from just copying the design without paying for it? And, if it's free, how do you know someone took it?Thanks!
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maugryph Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The answer is: you cant. Plagiarism has been going on since the beginning of time. That is one of dangers of adoptable art. purchase only from a reliable artist. Do some research before buying anything from him/her.
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marlene101 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful! I always wonder what some of them mean and now I know :D. I want to do one for myself but I have a ton of stuff to do.

Again, thank you so much for this info!
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Khaetek Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What does someone do with an adoptable once they buy it?

Basically my job -the artist- would be to design an outfit for a male/female model, for example, and put it up for sale in a varied amount of ways. I get that.

However, it is unclear to me what someone does with it. I would like to know what my product is being used for.

From my understanding, it is between the artist and consumer to discuss that, but if you can give me some examples of what people use adoptables for, that would be appreciated.

Thank you. (:
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seulil Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Often for their own characters and/or breedables. If say, you design an outfit, not a whole character, they may use it as a new outfit for the character they created before, or even bought before. If you make up a whole character, they may use that for roleplays or they buy one in order to have full ownership over the design and can then use it for breeding with their other characters.
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Starkit-ThunderClan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Ok, I get what it is... but how do you make something so people will adopt it?

 

Sorry, I'm really confused :/

 

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Khaetek Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think what you do is just create a template, basically.

Like draw an outfit that is worn on a futuristic graffiti artist, for example. He would have a distinct look that YOU came up with.
You upload your design, or outfit, and I'm assuming you title it "Adoptable."

People will search that in DA, and may eventually find your design- and want it.

You set a price on your design, they buy it, and that template is now theres to do what they want with it.

(I am also learning this as well, so I may be wrong about some things. However, that is what I am understanding about adoptables.)
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Starkit-ThunderClan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Oh, that makes sense.

Thanks!

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Khaetek Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, and I think the only thing stopping anyone from simply right-clicking and saving the image, then reuploading it on their profile without buying it, is a possible account ban.
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monstermanga1022 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist
Thankies! I wondering how adoptables worked, and this was awesome! (btw, why the heck did I say thankies? lol) :D
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nonecansee Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist
I found this extremely helpful. It's the in-depth explanation I was looking for in terms of the adoptables jargon and a wee bit of the culture here on dA :D

I'm thinking of treading the waters of the adoptables because designing these characters looks like fun and I do want to gauge my skill in creating favorable character designs for when I collaborate with other people IRL. In relation to that, can you recommend me a good way to give out my first set of adoptables so that I may gauge my skill level? I mean, should I put a price on my adopts or is it better if I should raffle them or something else (OR should I put them up on a group that gives out artist critiques/etc.?)?

Thanks :)
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TECHNlCOLOUR Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student General Artist
I believe if you raffle off your first batch you will definitely gain more attention and they will sell quicker, depending on your strategy and how well they are rendered. It's entirely up to you - but if it's your first batch, try not to overprice!
No problem, thank you for the comment!
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