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PE: Vexel Week, the Introducing

Mon May 7, 2012, 11:23 AM
vexel week by jussta

The Definition

It's hard to explain to people who have never tried vexels or vectors what they are. Even some vexel and vector artists are often not aware of the main differences between those two.

"A vexel to me is a piece of art created in a raster based program like Photoshop in the style of a vector that consists of shapes."- fabulosity

It's almost perfect, but there's one main characteristic thing missing. If you're working with Photoshop and you're familiar with some basic tools and techniques then you're probably also aware that vectors can be made in Photoshop as well. The main difference between vexel and vector is that vexels are made on raster layers and vectors are made on vector layers.

Okay, but what does it mean?

Rasters are based on those little, funny squares called pixels. If you try to change the raster layer's size you will see pixelation, while if you do the same with vector layers they will not lose their quality and will stay sharp and clean.

To sum up- vexels are layered shapes made on raster layers, filled with solid colour or gradients and look similar to vectors.

But not everything that is allowed when creating vectors is also allowed when making vexels...

Dos and don'ts when creating vexels

:bulletpink: you can use vector layers as long as they are rasterized before saving your final work as JPG/PNG
:bulletpink: you can use brushes only in the 'stroke path' method (create a path using a pen tool, right click > stroke path) however soft, feathered or photo brushes are not allowed
:bulletpink: airbrushing or painting is not allowed
:bulletpink: glows, filters, layer styles (drop/inner shadows, inner/outer glows, bevels, satin etc.) are not allowed. The exceptions are gradient/colour overlays, stroke and patterns created using the pen tool or lasso tool.
:bulletpink: overlaying photos, using all kinds of photo textures, using photos as a background of your vexels is not allowed
:bulletpink: gradient mesh is only for vectors

Vexel galleries

The easiest way to find vexels is to go to Digital Art > Vexel

Vexel gallery is divided to 11 subgalleries:

  • Abstract
  • Animals
  • Fantasy
  • Landscapes and Scenery
  • Macabre & Dark
  • Miscellaneous
  • People
  • Science Fiction
  • Silhouette
  • Surreal
  • Vehicles

But that's not all, there are few galleries with Vexel subgalleries too!

Cartoon & Comics > Digital Media > Cartoons > Vexel

Cartoons & Comics > Digital Media > Comics > Vexel

Customization > Wallpaper > Vexel

Fan Art > Digital Art > Vexel Art

Hope this news helped you understand what vexels are :)

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fabulosity Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Yay I was almost right lol
IridescentStardust Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been waiting for this one! I'm like... vexel? Pixel + vector?? \o/ Now I can edumacate myself :iconapplejackderpplz:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:la: out of curiosity, what's the advantage to doing vexels instead of vectors?
jussta Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I can only speak for myself- I use it mostly because of the stroke path method and because I'm used to make vexels on less amount of layers than in vectors, saves a lot of space ;)
neurotype Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd think also being able to use Photoshop instead of Illustrator is a big bonus ;p

Oh man stroke path in CS6 is probably amazing :iconrlyplz: /off to test it
Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart: Exciting stuffs!
ValaSedai Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really brilliant. I've never had the intention of doing vector or vexel myself but I always wondered about the exact definitions and differences. Thank you for sharing this with us! :)
AJ333 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, this'll be good. I know a few artist that are like "How did this get featured D:" when they see a DD for vector/vexel and I have to constantly explain how much work goes into one, that's why they get featured.

I had to do one and it took a whole semester because it was for an art class. I never want to do one again but it gave me respect for the artist who did it constantly because it is so hard and time consuming and takes planning (at least how I had to do it anyways).

Can't wait to see the rest of the articles :eager:
jussta Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, it's quite annoying when someone who doesn't know what vexels and vectors are about complains about them.. :no:

Thanks for the thumbs up!
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