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MLP-VC on Things to Avoid When Vectoring by Yanoda MLP-VC on Things to Avoid When Vectoring by Yanoda
Here's a basic guide showing the common issues in Vectoring MLP Characters. 

Here as a list again:
:bulletred: Fills not reaching or going outside their outlines;
:bulletred: Ears having pointy tips (should be rounded, the only exceptions are Luna, Soarin and Mrs. Cake);
:bulletred: Bad colours (in most cases, you can check them on our colour guide, which is linked on the left side of the group's main page:… )
:bulletred: Lack of proper tapers;
:bulletred: Corners being cut off due to a low miter limit;
:bulletred: Stroke width being inconsistent throughout the individual parts of the vector (the only exception is when the artist attempted to create a feeling of perspective);
:bulletred: Outlines being too thin or too thick in the vector overall;
:bulletred: Strokes being wobbly;
:bulletred: Missing nostrils, eye highlights (two stripes of colour on the iris) or eye reflections (white circles);
:bulletred: Legs in the background lacking a darker fill;
:bulletred: Layering issues (objects being incorrectly layered under or over something), includes eyelashes from the far eye in the 3/4 view being layered under the head stroke;
:bulletred: Inclusion of raster elements (all submissions must be 100% vector);
:bulletred: Lack of downloadable source (vector) files (only necessary for show traces);
:bulletred: PNG image not being downloadable or having a resolution smaller than 3k pixels wide or tall;
:bulletred: Exporting image with a white background.
:bulletred: Using Program Tracing to convert image to Vector.


Update: 14/04/13 - Added Soarin to the exception on having pointy ears.
Update: 29/08/13 - Added Mrs. Cake to the exception on having pointy ears.
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RainbowCritter Apr 4, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So judgemental ;V;
WaterLillyHearts Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey look someone that realizes that a png is a raster and not a vector image. I get so upset when I'm looking for things and it says VECTOR but the download is a png and it's like no. Then people ask me if I do vector requests and it's like no all mine are PNG's, they aren't vectors. I'm working on doing them fully vector but I usually only do my lines in AI.
Vinyl-Beat Jan 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey, it's me again. Can you vector using GIMP? :meow:
Yanoda Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GIMP is a raster editing software, so it can't create vector art. 
I recommend trying out Inkscape, it is a free open source Vector graphics editor.
The MLP-VectorClub has several tutorials on vectoring… .
Hope this helps. :)
Vinyl-Beat Jan 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hmm... Ok. :)
Juvelqairth Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And the most important lesson:
Don't be hasty if thou/ ye makest the vector. 

Yanoda Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very True. :)
Vinyl-Beat Oct 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey, Chrysalis has pointy ears to. Just thought you would like to know. :) awesome tutorial.
Yanoda Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it helps. :)
That is true that Chrysalis has pointy ears. Though the guide is generally for any character, the ears are based for pony designs. Hope that clarifies. ;)
Vinyl-Beat Oct 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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