Xero Redesign Guide
If you own a Xero with a design that is just so close to being perfect for you, but there’s a small thing or two you’d like to change to make them even better in your eyes, then good news! You can redesign your Xero yourself, or even commission someone else to do it! This page will outline everything you need to know about redesigning your Xero.
Simple design changes can be made for free! Examples of simple changes are:
Slight hue shifting (making a navy blue Xero more of a teal Xero)
Small additions or removals of markings
Changing small areas of color, like eyes, flesh, or claws
Adding, removing, or changing the hair style
Adding scars, or cuts in the ears, etc.
Changing from one shape of Standard Ears to another shape of Standard Ears, etc.
As long as the design is still clearly recognizable as the same character, and doesn’t look like an entirely different Xero, then you should be good to go! Please keep in mind, however, that there are some color, marking, and anatomy traits that all Xeros must have!
Here are some examples of acceptable redesigns
And here are some examples of unacceptable redesigns
Let's go over why these designs are not acceptable!
First Redesign: Countershading is darker than the primary fur color. You would need to add the Melanistic trait for this design.
Second Redesign: Color changes are too drastic, making it unrecognizable as the original.
Third Redesign: Flesh colors are mix-matched, when they must be the same color.
The ability to redesign your Xero should never be taken as a "free MYO slot" to remake your character into something completely unrecognizable from the initial design. If you cannot redesign your current Xero into something you are satisfied with, we recommend trading it for one you do like, or saving up for a MYO slot instead.
Now that we’ve gone over the basics of what you can do to change up your Xero for free, let's go over some other changes you can do! Maybe you want to make some bigger changes to your Xero, such as adding on new traits?
You can do that too!
If you visit the ARC Lab, you can buy cosmetic items to change your Xero's appearance! Most cosmetic items need to be purchased with Prestige; if you don't have any Prestige or dont know what it is, you can read about it here!
Making your new design official
Once you've narrowed down what you want, its time to make your redesign official! There are a few different ways to do this, but the main thing you'll need to do is get a new image with your character's updated design!
You'll need a clear, digital image of the design drawn out with a transparent background. Look at other Xeros on the Masterlist for an example of how the completed art should look. The image must be clean and show off most markings and features with little to no shading, so that all of your character's colors and patterns are easily seen. You may draw this image yourself, commission another artist for it, or color in our Free-To-Use Xero Base.
❗️ You may NOT trace or recolor another artist's work without permission ❗️
Draw your design!
One option for your Xero's new artwork is to simply draw it yourself! Please keep in mind that it needs to be digital, clear, and important details of the design must be visible. It must also have a transparent background for the Masterlist.
If you don't draw or would prefer a pre-made option, you can color in our Free-To-Use Xero Base! You must have access to a program that can open PSD files, such as Photoshop, Clip Studio, or Procreate.
Buy an official rebase!
Purchasing an official rebase is a great way to support Project XERO staff and get a great piece of art for your character!
A rebase generally means putting your design onto one of the 'Official Xero Bases', but if you're looking for something more unique, fully custom rebases will be available from time to time!
Rebase commissions coming soon!
Commission an artist!
Project XERO is proud to include a variety of talented artists in our community.
If you don't want to draw your new design image yourself, or if an official rebase does not interest you, feel free to seek out artists inside or outside our community to draw your new design for you!
Note: always take caution when buying from someone online. Project XERO cannot endorse any specific artist outside of our staff, nor can we help in the instance of a dispute.
Find artists within our community!
Approving Your Redesign
To upload your new design to the Masterlist and have the redesign approved, you can go to your Xero’s profile and hit ‘Update Design’ under their settings and create a design request. You’ll find the settings on the far left of the screen. If you’re on mobile, there will be a small menu button at the top left of the screen that you can click to open the drop down menu.
Once you’ve clicked ‘Update Design’ you can click ‘Create Request’ to start your redesign request!
1. The first step is the 'Comments' tab, but this can be ignored unless you have something special to note that Staff needs to be aware of. Click 'Save' to move on to the next tab!
2. Head to the 'Masterlist Image' tab and use the 'Choose File' button to submit the image of your character. Use the image cropper tool (Click and drag to move the image) after uploading your image to crop it for the Masterlist, as you like.
Underneath your image is a place for your designer and artist’s usernames. If you were the designer/artist: put your username in both columns! Were there two designers? Use the “+” next to the designer space to add a second designer.
Leave the Designer/Artist URL blank if the designer or artist has a ProjectXero.org account. If they do NOT have one, put their social media URL into the Designer/Artist URL and leave the first box blank.