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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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PegasisterLady Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man AJ looks retarded in this picture, not including the mistakes
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.
RainbowCritter Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So judgemental ;V;
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.
Vinyl-Beat Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey, it's me again. Can you vector using GIMP? :meow:
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.
The MLP-VectorClub has several tutorials on vectoring… .
Hope this helps. :)
Vinyl-Beat Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hmm... Ok. :)
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. 

Yanoda Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very True. :)
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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