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The Ultimate Vectoring Guide by MissNysha The Ultimate Vectoring Guide by 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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The Ultimate Vectoring Guide by ~MissNysha is an amazing tutorial that is easy to follow and beautifully presented. ( Suggested by bybystarlight and Featured by LawrenceDeDark )
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
8D You're welcome!
It's my goal to try and make it easier for others, since I pretty much had to learn on my own by trial and error. XP
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kuryuki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
...suddenly i learnt so much 0-0
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Muahaha that's my goal. >D
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kuryuki Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
i've misunderstood vexel for so long >.<
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
XD lots of people have, so I thought I'd clear it up. :)
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kuryuki Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
lol btw. u kno how u said to paint in vector masks. i always remember when i try to do that it tells me to restrize the layer
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nope, with vector masks you keep the vectored part. 8D
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kuryuki Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
? >.< so how do u paint with out making the colors go out of the parts you want
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
That's the whole point of the vector mask. It does that for you automatically. 8D Just remember to paint on your layer, and not on the mask. (so make sure the layer thumb is selected, and not the mask thumb)
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Wslasher Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
This is probably one of the best Vector Tutorials I've seen to date.

I'm still confused about the whole Vector Masking thing since I never used it in my own vectors. >_<
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
Just draw in paths mode, and right click when you're done to select "create vector mask". I makes painting with clean edges and extracting stocks so convenient!
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. Thank you for taking so much time to put this together. I always have such a hard time with vectors (CG in general, haha), and this really cleared up a lot of things. ^__^;;; Thank you so much. This is awesome~!! :heart:
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Glad to help! There aren't very many pen tool tuts around, and so I had to teach myself. Now I'm pouring out all the stuff I've learned about it. :D
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