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The Ultimate Vectoring Guide

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Published: July 13, 2009
© 2009 - 2019 MissNysha
Chinese translated version by :iconspfd: : [link]

More in-depth tutorials by me:

Vector Mask Painting: [link]

Vector Mask Painting Hair: [link]

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This tutorial was published in the first issue of Squish Magazine! [link]

This thing is HUGE!! Took me 3 days to put together - it consists of about everything I know about vectoring and the pen tool. Gosh I feel like I wrote a term paper. @__@

Please ask questions if you're confused! There is a ton of info!

Please DO NOT redistribute to any other sites.

Outline of info covered:

-What is a Vector
Difference between vectors and rasters
-What is a Vexel

-Intro to the vectoring tools in Photoshop
-Pen tool modes
Shape layers and Paths

-How to draw with the Pen tool
Edit: alt can also be pressed while you are dragging with the pen tool to change the angle of the unconnected handle bar all in one motion. (for when you are at step 3, so some may find step 5 an extra step, but for simple explaining purposes I'm keeping what I have)
-Editing the pen tool shape
-Editing relationships among multiple shapes in a single layer
-Layer Styles
Gradient overlays

-Vectoring lineart
-Vectoring shades (cell shading)
Edit: Some people use clipping masks, but I don't so I didn't mention them here. You can use whatever method makes shading easier for you. :D
-Troubleshooting tips
When curves aren't smooth
When curves are too sharp and jagged

-Applications of the Paths mode
Typing on paths
Stroking paths with brushes
Marquee selection from a path

-Vector Masking
Extracting Stock
Painting in vector masks

Edit2: Wow! Thanks so much for the DD!! :3
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kyokugenXG's avatar
Very nice, thank you.
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bluemooze Digital Artist
Much good stuff here.  Thanks.
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VexcelHobbyist General Artist
I love you, man.
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Thank you! <3
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This is great and must have taken ages.
Well Done.
I will be firing up Photoshop to start vectoring the world
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
*__* Thank you! I love comments like this! :3
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Because youre worth it
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Wah! *___* <3
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I think you just saved my life, Nysha-san. I needed this so much, thank you T-T
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Oh my goodness! I am so happy it was able to help you! Enjoy! :D  Let me know if you have any more questions too.
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metaknightmare1234Hobbyist General Artist
Lool, I'm like 3 years late, but OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH this helps a lot. XD :D
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JDB-InksHobbyist General Artist
Im just getting started and i was looking for a good way to do my line art in photoshop and I tried your way and the lines are much smoother and neater. TYVM. Also the colouring technique is good will definately try that later on!
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Glad it could help you! :D
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macriz05Student General Artist
thanks to your'e tutorials now i understand
the importance and the usage of this tool..
before i really avoid this tool because I really
don't know how to use it and it
really freaks me out :iconomgnoesplz:...
well :iconhappytearsplz:thank you so much for this tutorial
i hope to learn more from you..
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Nice, I'm glad it helped you! ^__^
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phoenolfHobbyist General Artist
I just started to learn how to make vectors. this is a great source for me to go back to whenever I have trouble (plus the shading of the hair looks really hard)
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Glad you like it. :) And the shading isn't really hard; just a bunch of layered colors basically.
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phoenolfHobbyist General Artist
can vectoring be used to restore the whole body of a picture? like this one [link]
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Yes, though reconstructing her legs requires drawing skill, but yes, vectoring is just another medium in art. :)
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phoenolfHobbyist General Artist
I could use a tablet then edit the lines
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Yep, that's right. You can draw with the tablet/brush and then retrace what you drew with the pen tool to vector it.
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phoenolfHobbyist General Artist
good to know because I am currently making a vector and the lower part of the character in the picture isn't there (maybe I'll link it if you are interested to know what I am talking about)
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Awesome Tutorial, very detailed. Thank you.
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This was quite useful in helping me get an overview of vectoring in photoshop, thanks! =)
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