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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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:iconshar-o:
shar-o Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aight. i guess it could be a matter of style and preference. :/
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mygrinboy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
hmmm. maybe i should submit one without the filters.. i kinda missed that line about using filters. my bad.
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pissdrunxx Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
ohhhh
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sweetychan Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
um...hey, can you tell me what lineart vexel is?:please:
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jussta Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
well this is a good example: [link]
there are 2 ways of doing lineart in vexel: 1. doing the stroke pat method or 2. filling shapes made with the pen tool :)
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sweetychan Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
ohh but there was horse vexel picture on the vexel front page created by some guy, that looks like a...^^;...uh...like lines only:blushes:.
you even featured a female portrait like that:nod:.
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
could you give me the link?
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:iconsweetychan:
sweetychan Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
[link]
[link]
i sux at explaining=D.
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh yes, the 'stroke path' method :nod: quite popular in the vexel world :) I explained how to use it in my hair tutorial :)
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sweetychan Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
ohhh ok ^^.
um...so, if i want vexel anything, like animals, snakes, bird or fish, just the pen tool right?:?
i mean the method we used in vexelling skin.^^;
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
basically in photoshop- yes :) I'm not too familiar with gimp or paint shop pro, dont know how those tools are called ;]
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mxlove Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So is feathering allowed if you adjust the feathering when creating the shape using pen tool?
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
well it's not giving the smooth lines characteristic for vexels so not really :)
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:iconzukeduur:
zukeduur Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
........thanks...
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somastardust Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
i think i'm more confused than before... :O_o:
:iconidkplz:
i think all i make are vectors, anyway. it's easier than to... get complicated with what category to place these things in...
so that if i don't do anything that's purely a vector, i'll just make it mixed media!
my head hurts... :lmao:

*notes the fact that all the emotes are purple and finds this interesting*
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:iconiamthearchitect:
IAmTheArchitect Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
HMM. I guess that one I did was vexel, not vector. :D
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:iconlolgrace:
LOLgrace Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Finally!
Someone who can explain the difference is words, not only using pictures ; D.
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't realize that you could make vexels in GIMP. :O

*goes off to find out why he didn't know that*

*finds out that it was because he didn't know the full definition of vexel*

Excellent news article! :iconlaplz:
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:iconpzuh:
pzUH Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i think im not really care about this......
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh well
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:iconpzuh:
pzUH Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Mr-Versipellis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hi guys, can someone explain the point of using vexels as against vectors? Is it just for the challenge? I mean, you can easily rasterise a vector drawing.
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:iconweknow:
weknow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
if every layer vector is rasterize to make it vexel, its so wasting time
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:iconmr-versipellis:
Mr-Versipellis Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Okay
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:iconweknow:
weknow Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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:iconmr-versipellis:
Mr-Versipellis Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Blick?
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:iconweknow:
weknow Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
blick?
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:iconmr-versipellis:
Mr-Versipellis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It's an awesome word
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:iconweknow:
weknow Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
owh, Ok :)
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
for the fun of making them? ;]
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:iconmr-versipellis:
Mr-Versipellis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Ah okay, so is the end result pretty similar to vecotrs?
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yup :)
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:iconmr-versipellis:
Mr-Versipellis Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Lol XD
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BriMercedes Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I was wondering what Vexel was. Thanks~!
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:icondevleermuis:
DeVleermuis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Student
It's rather vexing, this definition-lark. :P
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:iconweknow:
weknow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
and i want everyone know, pentool layer shape on Adobe Photoshop is a masking of raster block layer, so im still thinking that every layer vector shape that create in Adobe Photoshop is Vexel
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:iconlinebirgitte:
LineBirgitte Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Watch this Wino ;)

[link]
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
you know that that is not true, right? you can scale any vector layer in photoshop like a vector layer in illustrator. you can scale with no quality loss in photoshop as well. if you you use vector layers. that is why they are called vector layers ;)
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:iconweknow:
weknow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
my answer in here [link]
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:iconpica-ae:
pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
yes, the file size does change of course. but that is why illustrator is BETTER for vectors.
but what programme is better has nothing to do with wether it is vexel or vector. that is something totally different that has absolutely nothing to do with the vector or vexel definition.
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:iconweknow:
weknow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
its because i want to believe every vector that create on photoshop is Vexel, since the size file is changing, so its not scalable ...

im sorry for this
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
personally, i dont think it's a thing of "believe" in the first place. it's a totally rational question. ;)

from both programmes, Photoshop and Illustrator (only talking about Adobe here), you can save a file as eps. those files are used by printers. an eps file is scalable (used in InDesign or even Photoshop) to no end. and it does not matter what programme it was created in. of course, the base of an eps created in photoshop has a set dpi and set canvas size, still it is scalable.

and i can only repeat that the file size (in mb) has nothing to do with what it is. it is more or less a question of "customer service" to keep a file as small as possible.

i hope you dont feel bullied ^^; :hug:
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:iconweknow:
weknow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
see this
[link]
i keep for my self for the definition of vexel

sorry for everything
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:iconpica-ae:
pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
yes, i know it

:hug:
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010   Digital Artist
praise jebus
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
?
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:iconvashtastic:
Vashtastic Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010   Digital Artist
simpsons' reference lol i'm just as jubilant as `ChewedKandi
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh ;)
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:iconlinebirgitte:
LineBirgitte Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
She's happy :B
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:iconweknow:
weknow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yes, vexel still depend to amount of resolution that you put in to Image resolution, the more lower, vexel will looks zigzag, the pixel will appear


vexel contain 300 Dpi Resolution is better than 72 DPI

I agree Vexels are layered raster shapes, and i hope is not only block raster layer, but layered raster SHAPES, thats mean the shape is pen tool editable


i hope every body read my comment
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