Vector Tutorial - Lineart II
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Previous version of this tutorial was submitted over a year ago ;) I decided it's time to update it ;P I edited some parts, adding more details to my explanation. Hope you don't mind being notified about all five parts ^^;

reference image used (c) =Washu-M


As you can see, after several months of making promises, I finally finished my vectoring tutorial :D It’s my first tutorial ever, English is not my native language and I suck it explaining things, so it’s not prefect but at least I did my best. I hope this will help people to start their own vector gallery, be it on dA or anywhere else.

This tutorial was strongly influenced by Unmei’s Tracing Tutorial on Ferricorp.Com. I learned how to vector from him. It’s a good, beginner-friendly tutorial and so far I was linking it to all people who asked me for vectoring guidelines but one day I decided to make my own version [longer, a little more detailed, with a few of pieces of advice and my own thoughts].

If there are any parts you find unclear, please don’t hesitate to note me. I’ll try to explain it for you once again in different words, if possible. Also, I’ll be more than happy to see your own vectors, made with the help of this tutorial. ^.^

I’d like to thank =Realm-Of-The-Shadows for checking my spelling and grammar :glomp: Any mistakes you find in the text above is my fault as I added some last-minute explanation right before submitting the tutorial. Please don’t hesitate to note me about them and I’ll correct it ;P

It’s also the right place to say ‘thank you’ to all my watchers who offered their help as beta-testers :D In the end I didn’t have time to ask you for your opinions before submission and I’m sorry about that  If you still feel like helping me, please tell me what you think after reading this tutorial. :)

Vectoring screenshots and scans [in other words: tracing them directly line by line] is against dA policy. As far as I know, if someone reports your vector trace while providing original screenshot/scan you used, it will be removed from your gallery. That’s why I encourage you to treat screenshot/scan vectors only as a form of practice before you move on to more complicated things. You can vector your own drawings and sketches, other people’s linearts and/or drawings [after asking them for permission, of course], realistic photos [photo traces are allowed, as realistic trace demands more time, skills and creativity than anime ones] – or images combined from several screenshots [as I sometimes do].

In other words - please keep in mind that when you submit screenshot/scan vector trace to your gallery, you do that at your own risk. According to dA policy, it doesn't belong here: it should stay on your hard disk. My intention isn't to encourage you to trace and I take no responsibility if you decide to submit a direct vector trace to dA.
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AnnaHiwatari's avatar
AnnaHiwatari|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, never mind, I figured it out ^^;
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AnnaHiwatari|Hobbyist Digital Artist
In Step 2, do you need to add another anchor point to make a curve like that?
Cause I tried with you one point and it didn't work so I had to add more to make a sharp curve like that...
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rikoee's avatar
Wait... I don't understand, what is a vector ? ( I've already read the description and yeah....)
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agungRaka|Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoa thanks alot for this toturial! ! and a want to know how to colorize a vector making??
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mizzzjulie|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for posting this! :)
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suuzan's avatar
Thanks a million! This is going to change everything!!
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DegasClover|Professional Traditional Artist
YOU beautiful person, just save my life with this
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r3mmel|Student Digital Artist
I don't know how to do a better line in the "Fan". :(
can somebody help me?

=tsukishoujo do you have the .psd of that art? i want to see how you do that curve line in Fan.
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SorbetBerry's avatar
very nice!!! The instructions are (relatively) simple and easy to understand/follow!!! thanks for this~
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umiyumi|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the simplest thing I've ever seen! I love it! Thank you so very much.
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BlueNight-Princess's avatar
This was really really helpful! :D
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arkieda's avatar
thanks, that was really helpful!
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putridCheese|Professional Digital Artist
Great vector tutorial! UR awesome. :wow:

I seem to be hoarding on tutorials lately. I'm trying to find the style for myself...
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HalfBloodDragon|Student Filmographer
thank you, this was exactly what I needed to learn how to vector! working like a dream now :)
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Frazzled-Niya|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Weehee, might actually vector some of my stuff....or at least get a better understanding of the evil pentool LOL

:(.....sad to see your awesome tutorial being put out there by someone who is ...well tracing anime screep caps *Lynneblue =\
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basca666| Photographer
Awesome tutorial, thank you very much!!
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AhsokaTanoFan2|Hobbyist General Artist
great tutrorial. is it compatible wi CS 5??
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basca666| Photographer
Yes, of course. :D
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rts8459's avatar
Wow! This is like a magician sharing his secrets. Thank you I will try this. I use Gimp but I think pen tool is the same
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KiteoftheAzureFlame's avatar
Lol this seems to take alot longer than the pen tool method.
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Azley|Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is made with the pen-tool oÔ

Only thing is the setting are set to shapes and not layers - this way the lines look way better and cause it's vector-based they stay sjharp when you resize them.

Non the less: pen-tool used as the screenshots clearly show.
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Heyy, I am starting Photoshop soon, and I am completely new to it, (and I mean . . . never used it before. 0_o). Will I still be able to use this awesome tutorial even if I am not soopa amazing on PS?
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Bluegreen17|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a fantastic way to do lines with varying widths! I think I'm in love with this tutorial. ;~; :heart:
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tsukishoujo's avatar
Aww I'm glad you like it <3 I'm still overwhelmed with all the love those tutorials get :D
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