Project Educate: Getting into Vector Art

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Getting into Vector

So you've heard all this business about "vectoring" and "vector art" and it's peaked your interest. You've been browsing the vector galleries and thought "hey I wanna get into it" but you don't know where or what to do. Well help is at hand.

What is Vector Art?

Knowing what vector is, is the first step. Without knowing what the medium is you wont be able to appreciate it's unique qualities and strengths.

In digital art there are two layer formats: raster and vector. Raster formats are based in pixels and vector is based in paths and points.

When you resize a raster image, you are expanding the pixels. Your program has to try to estimate what the colours would be for the additional pixels created. Due to this, the image loses it's clarity and creates a pixel effect.

When you resize a vector image, you are increasing the distance between the points. Due to this, the image doesn't lose it's clarity and doesn't pixellate.

The key element of vector is that it's infinitely scalable without any quality loss and it's why we love it!

So What Do I Need?

Glad to still have your attention. Now some people would think that you need expensive software to create amazing vector art... they're wrong. Infact you can create vector art using two well known pieces of free software: Gimp and Inkscape.

Ok, I'm going to hear the mouths thinking... you can't create fabulous work using free software... but if you check the galleries of DiSmeCha who used Inkscape in his work, you're far from the truth!

Alternatively, if you're a digital artist, you may also have Adobe Photoshop in your arsenal which is more than acceptable for creating vector art.

If you're wanting to knock it up a notch, then Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw are the programs for you.

Learning Your Craft

There are many ways you can start getting into vector art. The first could be jumping in blind and learning by doing. Alternatively there are a variety of websites out there which can help you learn the basics all the way to more complex project tutorials.
From my personal experience, my favourite sites are:
:bulletpink: VectorTuts+
:bulletpink: VecTips
:bulletpink: V for Vectors
:bulletpink: Vector Diary
:bulletpink: Adobe Layers Magazine

You can also check out the many tutorials here on deviantART in the Resources & Stock Images > Tutorials > Digital Art > Vector - where there are categories which are application specific.

Want Some Inspiration?

You've got the tools, you've got your ideas and concepts and you're learning your craft... but how about some inspiration? If you appreciate vector art, then I highly recommend you check out the following groups:
:iconvector-artists: :iconvexelove: :iconvectorartists: :iconai-resources:
Alternatively, you can check out VecTips who have a weekly article for vector inspiration!
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Thanks! I've been wanting to learn how to create vectors for a while
SandyMackenzie's avatar
Hi Hi! Excellent article, always good to see love for the sparkly joy that is vector! :dance:
ChewedKandi's avatar

Vector = IMMENSE!
Vashtastic's avatar
best week EVER!
ziinyu's avatar
Excellent :). I'm so glad Vector Week is starting up, I've been meaning to "get into" the medium for a while now.

Thank you for this article :heart:.
ChewedKandi's avatar
No problem :D

If you have any questions, please feel free to note me :D
DeviantJC's avatar
Thanks for the feature kandi :)
ChewedKandi's avatar
No problem at all :D
Innerclick's avatar
Great job on this subject I only work in vector. Once you understand it is easy to work with look in my favs there is a video on Vector it will make it easy in photoshop.:spin:
BryanKun's avatar
Amazing explanation. Hope this week helps a lot of people, since it can take years to one learn how to quickly define "vector art" [raises hand] :lol:
ChewedKandi's avatar
:giggle: I know what you mean!
Ikue's avatar
:clap: awesome article
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VAngelLJ's avatar
Marvellous explanations ^^
DomiSM's avatar
:thumbsup: Great article Shar!! It's helpful to know where to start for someone who's interested in vectors...just going blindly can be a bit daunting and overwhelming :) There are so many Groups and resources, not to mention the fantastic network of dA Vector artists who are so willing to help. dA is a virtual gold-mine for support! :heart:
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