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This is Lemontea's Definitive Vector Guide Version 3.0.1. That title was a wee bit large for the title on DeviantART. :D

For all those who have never seen version 1 or 2, this the guide for Photoshop 7 - CS2. These are true vectors; they are not rasters. Deal with it if you don't like it, you purists, but Photoshop is a capable vector program. Props off to `voodoo-prophet, ^object2bdestroyd, *turp, ~fuzzynoise, and others who have supported me and helped me with vectors so many times.

I hope this allows everyone who wants to try their hand at this tutorial to get introduced to the wonderful world of vectors.

Have fun! This weighs in at about 910KB so you might want to make a sandwich or something if you're on 56k. I promise that this tutorial works if you can sit down and try it, and I suggest you do. I've seen so many great results and people that are now better than me because of trying my tutorial when they were first getting started. I can pick out "lemontea-styled" vectors from thumbnails in the vector galleries, and it's somewhat humbling.

INSTRUCTIONS
In order to use this tutorial, you must uncompress all of the files in the zip file to the same directory. WinZIP or the default WindowsXP compression agent will allow you to do this. To launch the actual tutorial, open the "index.html" file.

If there is a problem, feel free to access this guide on-line at [link]

What's New in 3.0.1:
Fixed some HTML problems (added margins, for example)
Added small notes for the following:
- 300 DPI example of a portrait
- Autoshapes and their relation to abstract vector art
- Autoshapes and their impact on vectoring eyes
- Included a readme.html file

What's New in 3.0.0:
Updated specifically for CS2
Completely retooled the layout into multiple pages (because the content was lagging older computers).
Added the following sections:
- Using "Actions" to speed up common tasks (lossless zooming)
- Notifications of new terminology and added CS2 disclaimers
- Updated shadow and shading techniques with an example from *turp
- Making eye glasses or sunglasses
- Vectoring in Photoshop 6
- Credits given to the vector community

What's New in 2.5.7:
Added the following sections:
- Examples of "over curving" reducing fluidness of a vector
- Added three short sections on using advanced pen tool techniques

What's New in 2.5.4:
Fixed some layout issues.
Added the following sections:
- How to resume a vector shape after points are already placed.
- How to convert a Photoshop vector to EPS (and have it completely, 100% editable).
- Added a "Download" Link (although this was for the mirror of my site, I left it on there incase in some future time you wanted to download an updated version without opening DevianART or my website directly.)

What's New in 2.5:
Reference to color selection on an active vector layer.
Sets within sets for the Photoshop CS feature.
A new introduction.
Fixed 12 spelling and gramatical errors.
Placed a "word from the author" note at the bottom.
Fixed one anchor link.

What's New in 2.0:
Many tips and tricks
How to Vector line art
Lots of corrections and updates

What's New in 1.0:
How to vector a portrait.
Basic information.

Thanks everybody!

And, if you have any complaints or comments, just tell me :) I'd love to improve the guide. Request to your hearts content for future additions.
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Exellent Work!!! Looks beautiful!!!
Please check my latest work
www.psd2html5.co/
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annenime's avatar
looks interesting. Although, I am not a fan of vectoring in PS (yeah, bro... I've tried. so hard...), I'm still hoping to learn something out of this. maybe you've unlocked an awesome secret technique.

thanks! :D
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TaishoBee|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have CS3, so I'm going to give this a try! Thank you so much!
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PascalPixel|Professional Interface Designer
Hey Clay ;)

Just strolling through my old deviations and found the link to this in my first vector,
I just moved across the atlantic to NYC.

I owe it to you and this tutorial, you rock man.
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lemontea's avatar
Hey bro. Good to hear you're still kicking. You on FB? Better way to hit me up these days.

Glad that I helped though! I still get people who use this hugely outdated tutorial all the time, and really go on to make stuff I couldn't dream of doing.
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PascalPixel|Professional Interface Designer
Sure bro just type Pascal Verstegen in FB :)

Yeah I can image, but you can do it :P dont be so sad
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Aeromotion|Hobbyist Digital Artist
:0 Im starting with vectors and this helped me so much :D Thank you
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Glad to hear it!
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:star: This deviation has been featured in the following news article: Featured Group: #AI-Resources.
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Tjoepoe|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Downloading in process

:headbang:
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lemontea's avatar
Right on!
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GlowInTheDarkBunnies's avatar
how did you submit this?
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lemontea's avatar
I can't even begin to remember; this was several years ago.
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Thanks for this tutorial. I uploaded my first vector here in deviant you can check my profile and leave a comment. :D
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CinnamonBlitz's avatar
Do you think this might work in CS3? o:
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Absolutely.
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Okay, thank you!
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cherry-abduction|Student Photographer
Oh, wow! Thanks so much for taking the time to make this. I'm definitely interested in learning how to use vectors and this is the perfect way to start :)
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No worries, glad that you like it. If you need any help, just ask!
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I know there are a lot of things that could do with some changing. I don't think I've made an update in a few years though.

If you want to tell me what to update and write your own information, I will cite you and put you in an update if I ever get around to it.
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Regardless of how old this is, if you are looking to "better your image" as you say, allow me to give you some advice. Constructive criticsm is helpful to artists regardless of whether or not they ask for it, but bashing someone's work so bluntly and rudely will only do damage to your image.

I am going to assume that you do not realize how hateful you are coming across so I will show you how I personally am translating what you are saying:

"It'll probably be quicker to make my own tutorial on it, and better for my image, than to be cited in yours"
1. You are suggesting an impossibility by saying that filling in information in a tutorial with 7 updates would take less time than you constructing one from scratch.
2. You are suggesting that you do not wish to be associated with this tutorial because not being in it would be "better for [your] image".

"to me that just said that you actually don't know how to use it properly"
There is no such thing as doing something improperly as long as it gets completed. Everyone has different ways of doing something.

"you're seriously lacking credibility as a Vector GM"
I shouldn't even have to explain why this is insulting. There are millions of different ways to say something like this without being so mean.

"it wasn't exactly a brilliant example"
This is the same thing as saying "this is idiotic"

"that should be easy enough"
You might as well be saying "You're an idiot, but even you should be able to do this."

Lastly, I am all for proper spelling, however; you didn't merely point it out, you simplified it into a kindergarten lesson by using the words in sentences and putting them in bold which suggests the user doesn't even know what you're doing.

Perhaps you should take a look at this guide on Constructive criticsm. [link]
Maybe it will help you.
I think you need to realize that not everyone does things as well as others do and I have to say that as far as realism goes in vectors that you do a better job than lemontea does, but in looking at your cartoonish work, it pales in comparison to what lemontea has to offer in his gallery.

Everyone has different talents even if they are in the same field. Instead of coming across as harsh and hateful, why not try to offer advice and help (which is what you did with the tutorials you made, btw) and share with your fellow artists? We all can learn something from one another and NO ONE ever knows absolutely everything there is to know about everything.

Think about how you would feel if someone were to make comments like yours on your tutorial, especially since it is a daily deviation.
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