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Thu Apr 21, 2016, 5:44 AM by Ambassad0r:iconambassad0r:


What is Discord?




It is a 100% free alternative that combines Skype and TeamSpeak, meaning that there's a server that hosts various channels for text-based messaging as well as voice communication. The service has a web-based interface as well as desktop/mobile clients for use on different devices.

How to join:




To join our Discord server click the picture or here.

Rules



       
  1. If you use a different name in Discord, we'll give you a server-wide nickname based on your dA one for easier communication and to avoid possible confusion.
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  3. No formal rules for the chat yet, but kindly try to keep topics in their respective chat rooms
       
    • Use VECTORS to request critique, suggestions or help with vectors
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    • Use SUPPORT to ask questions about any of our sites (request/color guide site, dA group, Discord server)
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    • Use CASUAL to shoot the breeze with other users
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    • Use SPOILERS to talk about upcoming or recently aired episodes
       
  4. Everyone (including non-members) is welcome


Hello Everyone!

We've encountered a persistent issue with colors within our submissions, specifically regarding those using Adobe Illustrator.

The prevalent cause for this is having the 'Color Mode' for the document set as CMYK instead of RGB. This converts all RGB colors to CMYK formats - including imported Color Guides!

CMYK Color Formats are usually used for Prints, whereas RGB Color Formats are used for Digital Images.

To change the Color Mode, go to:




File --> Document Color Mode --> RGB Color Mode.

Once you've done that, make sure to re-import the Color Guide(s) and apply the new colors for your Strokes and Fills. Don't forget to update the Swatches (if you've made them previously in the CMYK Mode).

Here is a comparison between the Color Modes:




(Hover the cursor over the image to fullsize it.)

(If you'll pay close attention, you'll notice that Twilight's coat color is duller in CMYK).


(Hover the cursor over the image to fullsize it.)

(Lyra has a more extreme change between the Color Modes).

So make sure you've set the Color Mode before working on your Vector and Importing Images to avoid any issues. ;)

What's the difference?




CMYK colors are created with printed work in mind. Vector art is very useful for printing because of it's ability to be scaled infinitely, which is why Illustrator often uses CMYK color mode.

CMYK is more limited than RGB because CMYK is made from ink, whereas RGB is made from light. CMYK is made of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black ink, much like your printer at home probably uses. Printing presses use these same colors to make full color printed work. Though you can make a lot of colors with those four, it's difficult to get brighter colors like those used in most of the ponies.

RGB is what your computer uses to create colors. It creates images from red, green, and blue light. Most monitors and TVs work this way. RGB colors will often be much brighter than CMYK colors because they are less limited, and it is also what the show itself uses (because it's made for looking at on a TV). If you are creating vectors to be displayed on the web (such as say, here on dA), then you will want to use the less limited RGB spectrum.

Improving Through Critique

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 10:51 PM by orangel8989:iconorangel8989:
Improvement and quality are two of our biggest goals here at MLP-VectorClub. We love seeing people go from having no clue as to what they’re doing to an amazing high quality path tool master. Still, there is always room for improvement, even for more weathered ones.

The admins are always willing to provide advice for people who would like it. Whether it’s just quick pointers or an in-depth “fix-all,” we’re here to assist people in becoming a better vector artist. There are several ways to ask for help:

:bulletorange: Place a :iconccwelcomedplz1::iconccwelcomedplz2: badge in the comments section of your submission. (That’s iconccwelcomedplz1 and iconccwelcomedplz2) By using these, our vector inspectors will know to take a close look at your image and point out any errors they can find, major and minor.  While we do check every vector before it’s approved, adding this badge will show us that you would like some more help than normal, and appreciate criticisms. You can also add the badge to the description to show others you're looking for feedback. This lets everybody know you're looking for ways to improve so they can go on a hunt for errors.

:bulletorange: If you have a vector you'd really like to polish up, you can get one-on-one feedback privately by contacting one of us admins individually.   We'll pick on every little error we see and fuss about things until you fix them. It sounds harsh, but isn’t that what you wanted? :iconfluttershywinkplz:

:bulletorange: Check out our sister site on reddit: r/MLPVectors! Here countless others can (and will!) critique your vector if you ask. Also, if you need help with something specific to your application, there are countless others who watch the subreddit who are willing to help. It’s a great place to learn and share knowledge.  

Also, we'd like to hear from you guys about the new quality standards. Are you seeing lots of errors, or is quality not an issue for you?

:iconapplejacksmileplz:We really want to hear from y’all so please leave a comment below!




If you came here from the group description, have you read and agreed to the rules and want to become a member?



     


A sample membership request:
Hello!
:icon[name from link above]:

http:// fav.me/aaa
http:// fav.me/bbb
http:// fav.me/ccc
http:// fav.me/ddd

I use [Inkscape/Illustrator/...]

[Comments by you]
Be careful when copying the fav.me link. Use the preview feature to make sure it comes out as a link and not just text!

It's as simple as that :)


A reminder is needed for everyone to properly give credit to original authors. Many of you do post links to the original vector artists when using their content, but we also see far too much laziness.

If you're uploading something containing work made by someone else, this must be done with explicit credit given in the description! The main purpose of this group is to be a vector resource, but we have hundreds of contributors who allow different levels of reuse or none at all.

To find out if you can reuse a vector:

:bulletblue: Check the description for any notice about how it can be reused, or if it is denied.

:bulletblue: Look for these badges:
:iconyouareplz::iconallowedplz: :icongouseplz::iconthisartplz: :icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: :iconnoncommercial1plz::iconnoncommercial2plz:

:bulletblue: Check the type of copyright used on the deviation. If it is, for example, an attribution-noncommercial-sharealike creative commons release, you can share it with the same type of copyright if you attribute it to them and don't use it for profit.

:bulletblue: If none of these are helpful, contact the user directly.

If you can link directly to a deviation you used, do it. It really isn't hard to write "Original by x" with a link to their work, and then everyone who likes it can follow that to get the unmodified resource. It benefits the creators of the original work. Otherwise, you are benefiting from the work of others without so much as a copy-pasted link as appreciation, and we don't like to see that. Reverse image searches used to find the author will fail if you've modified it in any major way.

Direct re-uploads of other users' work are of course strictly prohibited, by us and by the rules of DeviantArt. Anyone who does this and tried to submit here will be warned, and if they do not remove the stolen work, banned from the group. There have been a handful of users we have needed to ban for this reason.

All content you wish to put in this group must be owned by you, or at least have proper credit given in the description. Recolors and changes made with raster programs are never accepted, and of course screenshots straight from the show aren't either.

Lastly, if you haven't noticed already, there have been changes to the group's description, which has all the rules we expect members to follow. There's also a new area in the left sidebar with a number of links to helpful vector-related resources. With the help of the new administrators we've raised the bar for quality in submissions by giving even more advice and critiques.

We've also gained another Vector Inspector (the new title for Contributor) so please welcome :iconfabulouspony: FabulousPony to the administrator team :)

Comments and suggestions are welcome so please post away!


We do not update the Journal here anymore. To make requests and/or reservations, go to our Vector Reservation Site
You can join our Discord server to discuss the episode! See this journal.






The Episode:




No previews provided yet.


What Vector Reservations Are:




People usually get excited whenever a new episode comes out, and start making vectors of any pose/object/etc. that they found hilarious/interesting enough. It often results in various people unnecessarily doing the very same thing. Vector Reservations can help organize our efforts by listing who's working on what and to reduce the number of duplicates.


Rules




:bulletblue::bulletblue: 1) Post your reservations and requests at the Vector Reservation Site.
Make sure to include a description of your reservation and/or request.

The site supports: Sta.sh, derpibooru.org, Imgur.com, Deviantart, and Puu sh links.

Remember that you MUST have an image to make a reservation! For the best quality, get your references from the episode in 1080p.

:bulletblue::bulletblue: 2) Making a reservation does NOT forbid other people from working on a pose anyway. It is only information that you are working on it, so other people can coordinate to avoid doing the same thing twice.

:bulletblue::bulletblue: 3) There are no time limits, but remember that the longer you wait, the greater the chance that someone might take your pose anyway. It's generally advised to finish your reservations before a new episode comes out.

:bulletblue::bulletblue: 4) The current limit on the number of reservations you can make are 4 at a time. You can reserve more once you've completed the previous reservations.

:bulletblue::bulletblue: 5) Please remember that you have to be a member of the group in order to make a reservation. The idea is to add the finished vector to the gallery, so it has to meet all of our quality requirements.

For reservations and requests, go to our Vector Reservation Site



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