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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: mlp-vectorclub.minus.com/mbiv9… )
: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.


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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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:iconsky-wrench:
Sky-Wrench Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure if this has been noted, but I'm pretty sure Braeburn and Zecora have pointy ears.
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LittleFlowerDash Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How are my vectors?
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MrPiBB-93 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I do not know how to avoid the "varying stroke widths" that is my biggest problem
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Monmonstar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
A lot of things to look our for! Kinda strict but i can deal with it! Perfection is key right?
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:iconpumpkinpiecrazy:
PumpkinPieCrazy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
I probably sound stupid, but how do you make your vectors transparent?
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:iconyanoda:
Yanoda Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you referring to the background being transparent or to actual fills/objects being transparent?
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:iconpumpkinpiecrazy:
PumpkinPieCrazy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
I'm referring to making the background transparent.
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:iconyanoda:
Yanoda Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you made it in a vector program (Inkscape/Ponyscape/Illustrator), and did not apply a background color/object, they generally export the images with transparent background. 
In Inkscape/Ponyscape, they make any non-filled areas transparent on default based on the export area.
In Illustrator, you have to set the option of transparent background in the export window.
Make sure to remove/hide any background colors/shapes/layers you do not want.

If you're just importing images that have a background color into these vector programs, you cannot make the background transparent (unless you make a tedious process of cutting/clipping). Though using said images defeats the purpose of vector formatting/programs since an image, in and of itself, is not a vector but a raster.

Hope this answered your question. :)
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FlutterPie2398 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful! Thanks! :)

However, there are some mistakes I just don't know how to fix. How do you put a downloadable vector source on your vectors? I just thought I needed to ask.
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:iconyanoda:
Yanoda Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It depends on how you want it.
In general, you will need a Vector Graphics Program like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape. They allow you to save in native vector files (AI and SVG) as well as export your vector art in general image files like PNG and JPEG. Do remember that these image files are not vectors, but exported images of Vectors. Simple guide on the differences fav.me/d5ceywa

For Deviantart submissions, I create a zip file/folder with the vector file - AI (Adobe Illustrator files) or SVGs (Scale Vector Graphic files) inside the folder. When uploading the zip file, DA will ask for a preview image. Make sure to allow download. Once everything is done and submitted.

Hope this helped.
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PegasisterLady Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man AJ looks retarded in this picture, not including the mistakes
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Chickadde1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student General Artist
This is my favorite comment ever.
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:iconthatcoolnerdjs:
thatcoolnerdjs Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
I've recently become very interested in drawing vectors. I'll be sure to use these tips and find a decent program. I'm also going to get a digital drawing pad for my birthday so that will help.
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WolfBreakDown Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So judgemental ;V;
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:iconwaterlillyhearts:
WaterLillyHearts Featured By Owner 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.
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:iconvinyl-beat:
Vinyl-Beat Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey, it's me again. Can you vector using GIMP? :meow:
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:iconyanoda:
Yanoda Featured By Owner 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. www.inkscape.org/en/
The MLP-VectorClub has several tutorials on vectoring mlp-vectorclub.deviantart.com/… .
Hope this helps. :)
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:iconvinyl-beat:
Vinyl-Beat Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hmm... Ok. :)
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:iconjuvelqairth:
Juvelqairth Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And the most important lesson:
Don't be hasty if thou/ ye makest the vector. 

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:iconyanoda:
Yanoda Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very True. :)
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Vinyl-Beat Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey, Chrysalis has pointy ears to. Just thought you would like to know. :) awesome tutorial.
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:iconyanoda:
Yanoda Featured By Owner 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. ;)
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:iconvinyl-beat:
Vinyl-Beat Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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AmyRoxeChao Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
(sorry for the question)~can i use to make a base?
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:iconyanoda:
Yanoda Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello AmyRoxeChao,

sure, go ahead. Though I would recommend using this fav.me/d58chnv instead. ;)
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AmyRoxeChao Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Nice.
but don't you have a smaller version?
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:iconyanoda:
Yanoda Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Either let me know what resoltuion you need it as or you can re-size the original image in an image editing tool then work it from there. :) 
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StarL0rd Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 Mr. and Mrs. Cake have pointy ears I think.
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:iconyanoda:
Yanoda Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the info!
We reviewed both ear designs from Mr. and Mrs. Cake.
Mrs. Cake clearly has pointy ears. 
Even though Mr. Cake's ears look sharp, they are still rounded at the ends.

I will update the description. :)
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:iconinkingpony:
InkingPony Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Luna, Chrysalis, Cheese Sandwich, Mrs Cake. That all have pointy ears.
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:iconstarl0rd:
StarL0rd Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^^, I was watching Baby Cakes and their ears reminded me of this
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:iconinvader-gir-dog:
Invader-GIR-DOG Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I draw MLP and some of this I do so don't be so picky
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1zacster Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Double rainboom in a nutshell.
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:iconmocha-creme:
mocha-creme Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why is this accurate...
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SweetAmaranthus Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
what's a downloadable source file. (Sorry if this is a dumb question, i'm new to vectoring)
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:iconyanoda:
Yanoda Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The source file refers to the vector file. Most are either SVG (for Inkscape/Ponyscape users) and AI (for Illustrator users) files. 

The #MLP-VectorClub requires show based traces to provide the source file since we are a resource based group. 
Original Vectors and OCs do not need the source files. 

Hope that answered your inquiry. :)
 
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MarelynMayhem Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Actually ponies ears have rounded corners! This makes sense because the toys have this standard and sometimes in the series  when you get screenshots or in official merchandise box art there are some very noticeable mistakes. This might because they're working under pressure and may have fewer resources to work with.
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LovableRobot Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Look in the description: "Ears having pointy tips (should be rounded, the only exceptions are Luna and Soarin)". But yes, the wording was a bit ambiguous.
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ponypal918 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There was a missing nostril on my official MLP coloring book. :iconfacehoofplz:
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angelinadraws Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol
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Jonakeloh Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
plus the whole "rape face" thing she has going is a big check minus


or check plus if you're into that
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Sonic-chaos Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pointy ears are my worst enemy XD
In traces and no traces. I always forget to make the ears not pointy.
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Klaifferon Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Lol, i have pointy ears on every single one of my vectors. I know it is probably wrong, but i like them more like this + im too lazy. :D
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:iconbipole:
bipole Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconscaredflutterplz: She's got the vector pox!
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BlueTaffy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish you hadn't made it sound like line variation over-all is a bad thing. bit it sounds like that to me. Anyways, nice little guide there.
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Thumper314 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Line variation on the body, especially face and ears leads to an asymmetrical appearance that is just subtle enough to be creepy. This leads to a Derpy. with things that aren't naturally symmetrical or would be moving like a mane, tail, or background objects it can work to make it look more appealing.
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:iconbluetaffy:
BlueTaffy Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Derpy looks weird because of her eyes, not because of the thickness of her lines.
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Yanoda Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It wasn't intended to sound like they are bad overall. A slight variation is OK, just major differences aren't recommended for show based traces. :)
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BlueTaffy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess I can see how it would detract from the image :3
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httpdogs Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
My Rainbow Dash vector might have some minor errors in it...
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