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Vector Tutorial - Lineart II by tsukishoujo Vector Tutorial - Lineart II by tsukishoujo
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EDIT:

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

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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. :)

Disclaimer:
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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:iconannahiwatari:
AnnaHiwatari Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, never mind, I figured it out ^^;
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AnnaHiwatari Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  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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:iconrikoee:
rikoee Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Wait... I don't understand, what is a vector ? ( I've already read the description and yeah....)
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agungRaka Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoa thanks alot for this toturial! ! and a want to know how to colorize a vector making??
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:iconmizzzjulie:
mizzzjulie Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for posting this! :)
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:iconsuuzan:
suuzan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Thanks a million! This is going to change everything!!
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:icondegasclover:
DegasClover Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
YOU beautiful person, just save my life with this
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:iconr3mmel:
r3mmel Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  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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:iconsorbetberry:
SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist
very nice!!! The instructions are (relatively) simple and easy to understand/follow!!! thanks for this~
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:iconumiyumi:
umiyumi Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  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 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This was really really helpful! :D
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:iconarkieda:
arkieda Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
thanks, that was really helpful!
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:iconputridcheese:
putridCheese Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  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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:iconhalfblooddragon:
HalfBloodDragon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Student Filmographer
thank you, this was exactly what I needed to learn how to vector! working like a dream now :)
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:iconfrazzled-niya:
Frazzled-Niya Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  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 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011   Photographer
Awesome tutorial, thank you very much!!
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AhsokaTanoFan2 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great tutrorial. is it compatible wi CS 5??
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:iconbasca666:
basca666 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011   Photographer
Yes, of course. :D
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:iconrts8459:
rts8459 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
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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:iconkiteoftheazureflame:
KiteoftheAzureFlame Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Lol this seems to take alot longer than the pen tool method.
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:iconazley:
Azley Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is made with the pen-tool o

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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MisterFlibbles Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
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 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  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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:icontsukishoujo:
tsukishoujo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Aww I'm glad you like it <3 I'm still overwhelmed with all the love those tutorials get :D
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hyperactive-activate Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow,do you think it would work in PSP 10.01? I have the paths/handles thing on that so should it work?
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:icontsukishoujo:
tsukishoujo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
I've never tried vectoring in PSP, but it could work, if it does have the paths ;] You need to try and see xD
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hyperactive-activate Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Student General Artist
I tried...They do have paths, they're just hard to use in my opinion because you have to use the one where you draw freehand because the only other two options in my version ( 10.01 ) are straight lines and bezier curves (which are really hard to use)
But this tutorial is really good :D
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:icontsukishoujo:
tsukishoujo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
I see... :(

Thank you <3
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:iconlanford:
Lanford Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial actually encouraged me to attempt vectoring a lineart - it's going very smoothly thanks to you! ^_^

Although I prefer finalizing my drawings by inking them manually - personally I find it to be faster than vectoring - it's hard because I can't correct errors and when I scan it to color it, the lines don't output very good and it ends very pixelated. Now while vectoring a lineart I feel like it's becoming way prettier than I ever could draw... once again, thank you a lot ^^;

Btw, also a Tsukihime fan, love your avatar <3
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:icontsukishoujo:
tsukishoujo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
No problem and thanks for the compliment :D I have it since I first joined dA and now I'm too attached to change it lol xD
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Lilium-tenebrae Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're probably tired of reading it, but: This tutorial is simply great^^

I've been looking for vectoring-tutorials for ages, and there wasn't even one which was able to help me - yours was.

I like a lot that you made detailed explanations on every single setting and tool, that was something I missed in other tutorials, since I had no idea how to use the pen tool^^;

Thanks for writing this tutorial and helping out one more person ;) I'm already curious how my first try will turn out.

(faved, maybe I'll need to re-read something once :P)
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:icontsukishoujo:
tsukishoujo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
I'm glad I could help :heart: Have fun vectoring :D And sorry for such a late reply ^^;
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MewKokoa Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Wow...I was going through line art tutorials, and I saw the thumbnail for this one, and was like "Do I spy an Urahara down thar?" *Clicky* "Oh I do!" Hehe...I'm such a dork. ^^;
Anyway, you have a very nice method for line art...gives the finished piece a very nice touch...
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:icontsukishoujo:
tsukishoujo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
Thank you very much ^^ And sorry for replying so late ;_;
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:iconmewkokoa:
MewKokoa Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
You're quite welcome!
It's no problem, really. ^^
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:iconsana24:
sana24 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Student General Artist
wow great tutorial, thanks so much
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:icontsukishoujo:
tsukishoujo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
No problem, have fun vectoring :D
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Gamermonty5 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! Thank you this is very descriptive. Other tutorials say use the Pen tool but don't emphasize drawing around the line. I'm sure this will help my technique.
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:icontsukishoujo:
tsukishoujo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
No problem, I'm glad you find it useful :D Have fun vectoring!
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ladyrey Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Probably the most helpful photoshop tutorial on DA I've seen thus far, I like how the lines are drawn, it's much easier to make sure all the lines are closed. Also I like to seperate things while coloring, so it keeps things organized. Thanks, I read all the pages, and it helped me greatly!
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:icontsukishoujo:
tsukishoujo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
No problem, I'm really glad you find this tutorial helpful :aww: Have fun vectoring ^^
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:iconzantillia:
Zantillia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
I followed the steps up to step .... 1. I created the shape, but when I closed it, it didn't automatically fill. Why is that?
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:icontsukishoujo:
tsukishoujo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
First of all, sorry for replying so late ^^; Are you sure that the pen tool is set to 'shape layers'? It's possible that you already found a solution to your problem, if not, please take a screencap and link it to me :) Maybe when I see the whole window I'll be able to tell where the problem lies.
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:iconzantillia:
Zantillia Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Oh no problem at all. :) I just restarted the program and it seemed to work fine... That and I slapped it but oh well. ^^;
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thepolishgirl Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I... can't open it...o_O....ToT....whyyyyyy???? Nuuuuuuuu!!!!!

I'll keep clicking refresh, maybe it'll work eventually :/
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:icontsukishoujo:
tsukishoujo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Nie wiem, czemu nie chce się otworzyć ;/ Próbowałaś dać download? Wtedy powinno być ok .
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thepolishgirl Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O kurcze, rzeczywiście! Dałam download i zadziałało! Dzięki wielkie, teraz mogę się pouczyć :)
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:icontsukishoujo:
tsukishoujo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
Cieszę się,że ostatecznie zadziałało xD I sorry za brak odpowiedzi tak długo, po 2 miesiącach nicnierobienia zabrałam się za czyszczenie konta... ^^;
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Furfur Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
Wonderful tutorial :) I'm stuck at this step, and, ohmygod, it will take eternity to line anything :dead: I can already see the results, and they're amazing, nothing even near "stroke" lining, but I'm afraid I will die of age before I finish my first training piece.

But, nevertheless, tutorial is fantastic :heart: I hope I will get to coloring one day XD
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:icontsukishoujo:
tsukishoujo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Well, yeah, vectoring process is quite time-consuming, especially in the beginning ^^; It gets a little easier and faster with time :)
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