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This was bugging me.
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:iconheartstorm4ever:
HeartStorm4ever Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a small little question. How do vector something from a full screencap? Is it just like cutting it out?
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Zedrin Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Not quite. It's a bit of tracing as well as reverse engineering (figuring out how the scene was composed).

You still have to make every component. If you just cut things out you're cutting out pixels, which are not vector

tbh vectoring screencaps though is limited in its use, there's only so much you can use  it for
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HeartStorm4ever Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I get it. I may try to do it, one day ^^

If you don't vector from screencaps, what do you recommend vectoring from?
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Zedrin Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Professional Filmographer
your own stuff, tbh, or freehand. You don't need something existing to make a vector. Vectoring something that already exists is fine and all, but that's really just a microchosm of what vectors can do.

Vectors are meant for extreme resolution images (e.g., say you want to print very high res or you want to make a giant banner) and scalable graphics. Most of my vectors are used in shirt designs and for animation, since flash uses scaling graphics and cannot easily animate raster content (or edit it at all).
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HeartStorm4ever Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that's a good idea, really. I just hope that isn't harder for a beginner.

Thanks for all of the tips ^^
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HeartStorm4ever Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the explanation. I knew that vectoring was hard work but never knew what exactly was the process.
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Darkaiz Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Good explanation! Thanks!
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Kyoushi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Where would one purchase/download the programs mentioned in this?
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Inkscape is free, do a google search for it. Illustrator you can get from Adobe's CC program, single programs are like $15 or $20 a month.
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TanukiTime Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What about the linework layer thing in .sai? Is that not the same thing?
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Not at all. Linework in sai is still rasterized, no matter how clean it looks.
Some programs have vector tools in them, like photoshop, however they still output raster images in the final product. As far as I know, Sai doesn't have any vector tools either.
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TanukiTime Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh
Thank you for clarifying!
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Phoeberia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So... use gimp not Photoshop? lol
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Zedrin Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
wot

gimp is good for maybe tweaking photos

it's really iffy for doing art in general though. definitely possible, but the struggle is real
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Phoeberia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
x.x k lol I just dunno what to do with vectors or how to use em right lol
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
well, that's why I made this infographic..
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:iconphoeberia:
Phoeberia Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
egh not answering whats needed x.x
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Zedrin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Filmographer
If you don't know how to use vectors, chances are you don't even know what a vector is. It's all detailed in this graphic.
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MarelynMayhem Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
On a side note, vector graphics have been around since the 80s through of computer assisted graphics . The fact that they started to become popular around the people who vector from MLP it's because it's derived from Flash. And yes! Vector graphics are commonly used to design logos, creative typography and more because they retain their structure no matter what scale you use. I worked with the easiest of tools to vector since the early 90s such as Powerpoint, CorelDraw, Freehand and Illustrator.
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Tezzinator Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for clearing that up, I didn't even know :)
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KatrueYumeNikki Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i can't make vectors
just impossible
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
They're very technical. Might be more complicated in some cases than raster art.
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KatrueYumeNikki Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They aren't complicated...






































THEY'RE IMPOSSIBLE!
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TechnicallyLegal Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
only for some.... I've actually been trying rather than complaining.
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KatrueYumeNikki Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i wasn't complaining, just trying to be funny. quit trying to look smart.
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TechnicallyLegal Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was posted over a year ago. And it's kind of hard to look smart on the internet. XD
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xormak Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Very good explanation of vectors, instantly lands on favo-list^^ really good that you pointed out that vectors are NOT a style of drawing and that making vectors can be hard as buck to be honest.
Greetings from here^^
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dARedux Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
now i know i wont be able to vector
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Soren-the-Owl Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dont give up! Vectoring is an awesome thing to get into! and once you have done like 1 or two of them, you get the hang of it haha!
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Jolterane Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, I didn't know vectoring can be this complicated and yet very interesting. I might practice it for some time...
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GhiaccioCubo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Why do you say that vectoring is not a style of drawing?
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Because... it's not? A vector by definition has nothing to do with the style.
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PerhapsLater Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Finally! I understand now, thank you.
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GhostWriterNext Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
How to you export SVGS to flash and toon boom?
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Just copy-paste them from the vector program they're in, or you can do an import of an .SVG format.
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Puaiohi Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I have a question for you Mr. Vector legend. :3

Is it possible to vector a car? just like you do to ponies? (:

Thanks.
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Zedrin Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
anything you can draw normally you can vector as well. You can make literally anything that's visual--and as a vector, it'd be easy to animate, even, if you have Flash to import it
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Puaiohi Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaah that is great! Thank you very much. Have a nice day. :3
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RyuRedwings Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is wonderful, thank you! I've known what a vector was, but only the base definition (especially the no-pixelization thing). This explains wonderfully what I've been curious about for a while.
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xargos32 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
While I already know what vectors are, I thought I'd read this and see what it had to say. I have to say this is one of the best explanations I've seen.
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Zedrin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I made this cause it's a lot easier to just toss people a DA link instead of reiterating myself again and again xD
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VioletVampireVixen Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
AHHHHH thank you so much for making this because I was seriously about to make something like this myself. Every time I see the word vector applied to a raster image I just... >:U

I do wonder how the misconception happened in the first place though.
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ShadowNevener Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
that really helped, thanks a lot.
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MykulJason Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks, that's very helpful. My friend has given me false information of what a vector is, and I've been using the term incorrectly.
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hopeira9 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist
:o Can't say I knew what a vector actually was before...
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
well now you know.

AND KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE
GEE EYE JOOOOOOOOOOOE
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Luchocas Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol
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mewtwo-EX Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Well done! I enjoyed reading this even though I am certainly aware of what a vector is ;)

Could you clarify something for me? What do you mean by "If you want to blame someone for tracing/recoloring, blame those who use the .PNG exports as such..."? (It's in the Closing Notes section, 5th bullet.)
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Zedrin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm referring to those who save the .PNG exports, then recolor/trace those and try to say they're vectoring as well (when they're raster images anyway).
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mewtwo-EX Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Ah. Easy to tell because of the aliasing. Thanks for clarifying :)
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