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1. Vexels- what are they?



Vexels are layered raster shapes of solid colour or gradients/ solid shapes/ raster shapes with look of vector.

The word 'vexel' is a mix of words 'vector' and 'pixel'.


2. The difference between vexels and vectors



The most important difference is that vexels are created using raster layers while vectors are created using vector layers.

Rasters are based on pixels (little squares) and each square is given a fixed colour. When you expand it you can see pixelation.
Shapes created using vector layers while expanding stay crisp and don't lose their quality.

Let me explain the difference on this example.

Three by jussta

The image above is a vector. When expanding it to 300% it will still stay sharp:

work 300_1 by jussta

If the same image was created on raster layers it would look blurry after expanding to 300%:

work 300_2 by jussta


3. What is allowed and what's not when creating vexel art



:bulletpink: vector layers are allowed in the creation as long as they are rasterized before saving the final JPG/PNG
:bulletpink: no airbrushing or painting to blend is allowed
:bulletpink: glows used to cheat blending, as opposed to using several layers or gradients, are not allowed
:bulletpink: brushes allowed only if you are using the stroke path method
:bulletpink: soft, feathered or photo brushes are not allowed
:bulletpink: photos overlayed over your finished vexel (or behind it) are not allowed
:bulletpink: photo textures, filters and 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: photo backgrounds are not allowed
:bulletpink: no gradient mesh as this is not created using layered shapes


4. Tutorials



:thumb38531790: Vexelling Hair by Ilaria84 Vexel Tutorial - Hair by VAngelLJ Hair tutorial by jussta Photoshop Vexel Demo by Darkdesyre Vector Vexel Portrait Theory 1 by ChewedKandi Vector Vexel Portrait Theory 2 by ChewedKandi Vector Vexel Portrait Theory 3 by ChewedKandi


5. Features



Boys of Summer... by ChewedKandi

Mature Content

silhouette by p00pstr34ks
peacock by e-gart super fine by haaru Camelilly by davidnanchin RAUH-Welt Porsche 911 by Aesthari Tree Sunset by sinrevelar Dreaming of Revelry by Sewwy Honey, I ate the cupcakes.. by womanwithagun City in a Snowglobe by shebid


6. Links



Is your piece a vector, vexel or mixed media?
Getting into vexelling and vectoring
The difference between Vector and Vexel Art
GIMP- a free program for creating vexels



Thank you to all who helped me with this :heart:
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:iconlinebirgitte:
LineBirgitte Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
if the shape was pen tool editable, then it wouldn't be a raster shape :aww:
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weknow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
its still raster shape, because it still depend to amount of resolution, you can check by fill amount betwen artwork with 72 DPI, and 300 DPI, even you put the higher DPI, you will always see theres a pixel, which mean its raster, its different with vector

it is happen when you use Photoshop, which mean Creating editable pentool vector in photoshop is VEXEL because its based on pixel
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LineBirgitte Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This isn't true. Just because you can see a pixel does not mean it isn't vector. That just means that the program isn't meant to "display" vector. The vectorshapes you make in photoshop ARE vector. They can be imported into illustrator as paths.
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weknow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
sure if you export in to Adobe illustrator pen tool data become Vector, since its in Photoshop, and photoshop is software based raster Image, every vectorshapes by pen tool is vexel, because Raster images cannot be scaled up in size because they will look pixelated
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LineBirgitte Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wino - I am sorry. But you are not helping people understand this. Vexels can't be resized without looking blury and pixellated, but vectors can. Vectorshapes or shapelayers in photoshop ARE vectors. There is nothing that speaks against this. The shapes are made with the pentool and are infinit resizable, they can be saved AS vectorpaths - meaning that they ARE vectors. The minute you rasterize the shapelayers (the word rasterize should give you a clue here) the shapes are no longer vectors. Up until that point though, no matter how the program displays the edges of the shapes, the shapes are vectors. When you rasterize a shapelayer it is no longer editable with the use of the pentool (unless you use masks - which doesn't turn it back into vector).

The way the shapelayers are displayed in photoshop can be compared to how they are displayed in illustrator when you turn on pixel-view ;)

Vector shapes in photoshop ARE possible.
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weknow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Vectorshapes or shapelayers in photoshop ARE vectors (this is i disagree ) because vector shape or shapes layer in photoshop is "masking" on block raster layer, so its based on Pixel, so im still thingking is vexel
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LineBirgitte Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You can think that all you want, but it isn't true :aww: Watch the video I sent you.
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Now I finally understand the difference between vexels and vectors =P
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sygnin Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It's nice and helpful here, but truthfully, clients don't care what it's called. It would be easier to just lump it under digital mixed media.
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LineBirgitte Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, they don't care untill they need a larger version and have to pay more to get it :B
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sygnin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
;) Well, then they pay more for the extra time.
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FelixBurchardt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Yay, yay, yay, yay, yaY! :la:
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Sewwy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010   Digital Artist
Hurrah!! :')

Thank you for the feature and the wonderful changes to the definition!
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artemisa-69 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:iconcheerplz:
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deftbeat Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
enlightened :meditate:
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shebid Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ty for feat.
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DigitalFear Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
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rlhcreations Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Good definitions! I'm new to the Vector/Vexel world but in college knowing the different between vector and pixel is Graphics 101. I don't understand how that got so skewed before. They are so different from each other.

Anyway, congrats on the win! From what I hear, it has taken a long time and a lot of effort! :party:
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Butch007 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
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grannygeek Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
If I make my own pattern, it's ok to use, right?

But if I use a mask to fade the pattern, that's not allowed, right?

Textures are not allowed any more, right?

I just wanted to make sure I understand..I'm ok with the changes..
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jussta Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
`ChewedKandi posted a tutorial [the last tut in the news] on how to make a vector texture so it's not like textures are not allowed at all ;]
patterns are allowed as long as they were made with the technique mentioned above; masking is not allowed tho ;]
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grannygeek Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
I am so confused..How do I find that news feature? I used to have it come to my site, but I haven't seen any for a while..
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jussta Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you mean you were noticed when the vexel features came out? you need to watch the person who submits them [in this case it's me ;) ]
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grannygeek Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Hey girl..I've been watching you for a long time!..Back when I was tubing your art for Dragon's Lair tube group..

I did just get the notice of the article..
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znow-white Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
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LineBirgitte Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
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Novembermeisje Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
now that the definition has changed (again..) do you expect me to move all(/most) of my vexels to a different gallery...?

personally i really don't like the the new defenition.
it's not so much that i don't agree with what is and what isn't allowd in a vexel (really i don't care about that)
it's more that first some texture (not too much of course) is allowed and now it isn't i guess this would be the third time i have to move my work to a different gallry, and it really annoys me.

i dont even like vexels that much anymore cause of this.
while i used to love vexels (over vectors) i don't anymore. at least a vector stays a vector.

i hope now that some people got what they wanted this whole discussion (on what is and what isn't vexel) is over...
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jussta Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
well I didn't change the definition that much, it just came 'back' to the origins; I knew a lot of people won't like the change but it had to be finally done. and I really hope it'll stay that way.
I'm really sorry you don't like vexels anymore, it makes me really sad, the last thing I wanted to do was something like this. but I hope the new 'old' definition will make things more clear and people will finnaly realize what a vexel really is.
textures are still allowed, not the photo ones though. chewedkandi posted a really nice tutorial on how to make a vector texture.
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Novembermeisje Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
it's not that i don't like or don't agree with the new definition, personnaly i have no problem with some brushes or textures, but i think it's a good thing that they aren't allowd anymore, cause now the "rules" are much easier on wheter or not something is alowed.

it's just that first we had vexels.net (i actually still have their definition somewhere on my computer :P ) than vexels.net closed and there where teh DA rules, than the DA rules changed(well maybe not that much but there was an article and some people where quistioned and now the DA rules changed again.

i don't really mind change, but you know a painting stays a painting and the definition oof vexels just keeps changing and it kinda confuses me i guess? -just not sure anymore what category i should put something in..



about the textures; yeah i know about the tutorial, but i don't understand anything about it..
(it's in english and for illustrator and i just don't get it :P
i can make textures though, but i takes me so much time that i just can't be bothered to make one and i just use a texture that isn't vexel/vector) so now that would be mixed media :P)
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Novembermeisje Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
would like to add that my last comment isn't to anyone in particulair (how do you spell that..)
i don't have anything against people who wanted things to changed.
i just hope that everyone who wanted change are happy now so we don't need another change of "the rules"
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Novembermeisje Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry i keep replying to myself, i just wanted to add:

the reason i prefered vexel over vector was cause if i wanted to add some texture, it was allowed, if i wanted to add a brush it was allowed. and now it would make it mixed media (i guess) so for me now vexels are just vectors without the ability to resize. so i really don't see the point in making a vexel anymore..

(sure i can vexel the texture, but that takes a lot of time and i might as well vector it so that it can be resized, it's not like it takes more time to vector instead ov vexel something.
and yeah i can use stroke path brushes but i don't even know what exactly that is, how to make and how to use them. (i use a dutch version of photoshop/paint shop pro so i don't even know what the dutch word for stroke path is)

i'm not saying i'm gonna stop doing what i do (making "art") but i don't think i'll be making vexels, guess i'll be making mixed media and vectors now..
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Novembermeisje Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
it's not that when i see a vexel i think it's less worth than a vector or whatever, it's just that for me vexel used to be more fun to make han vector and now it won't be anymore for me.
doesn't mean i don't like looking at them


i really need to stop commenting when im tired cause i keep forgettign things etc.
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weknow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you are person that made vexel worth, im vector artist, and i was amazed by your vexel work silence is golden, that was a time when im far from undertanding vexel, all i know vexel is a style like that....
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Novembermeisje Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you wino!
i won't stop doing what i do, i just might have to upload some of it to a different gallery :P
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weknow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
just let me know nicole...:)
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jussta Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lol I see your point sweetie but I really hope we'll get to see some vexels made by you in he future :)
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Novembermeisje Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i'll still make vexels, i guess jsut less cause what i would make would now be mixed media (or vecotor, but that doesn't really have anything to do with the new vexel defenition :P )
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:eager:

FINALLY! :D

:hug:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
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Ikue Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:la:
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