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How to vector a sketch from A to Z (part 1) by Mamandil How to vector a sketch from A to Z (part 1) by Mamandil
I felt like trying to make a tutorial, so here you go. :<

Part 2

Useful links :

:bulletblue: MLP-VectorClub quality guide : darcowalways.deviantart.com/ar…
:bulletblue: :iconmisteraibo:'s tutorials : misteraibo.deviantart.com/gall…
:bulletblue: :iconzutheskunk:'s Unicorn glow tutorial : zutheskunk.deviantart.com/art/…

:bulletblue: Color guide : i6.minus.com/iurGZ8Q9WHQVp.png

:bulletblue: Cutie marks' gallery : mlp-vectorclub.deviantart.com/…
Yes I didn't mention it in the tutorial, but I prefer using the MLP-VectorClub's cutie marks (well except in this example 'cause the cutie mark was really well drawn) rather than tracing the sketch. It's both faster and more accurate.

:bulletblue: Gradient and clipping video complement
:bulletblue: Taper video complement
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:iconallienightshade123:
allienightshade123 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
I must ask, how do I get the color from the dropper, Everytime I try (even when holding shift) it won't select the color. Urgh its really making me mad. Does anyone know why it might not be selecting the color?
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:iconxxartistflowershyxx:
xXArtistFlowershyXx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My Inkscape shows Embed and Link, instead of Incorporate. Which one do I use?
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Embed is probably the equivalent of incorporate, so choose that.
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:iconxxartistflowershyxx:
xXArtistFlowershyXx Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, that's what I've been doing.
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:iconxxlostinsidedreamsxx:
xXLostInsideDreamsXx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Artist
I didn't try this yet, but it could work even without a sketch!
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:icontory-kasper:
Tory-Kasper Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
I have been trying to figure out how to vector properly for weeks, and this is the first tutorial to really make it clear. Thanks so much. :D
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:icondecprincess:
DecPrincess Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Ok, how the hell do i color? ><
Only half of the pic is getting colored, i dont understand how i color the rest?
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hum perhaps it would be easier for you to watch a video tutorial instead, to get a demonstration.
Here : [link] :iconrainbowrage12: made a series of tutorials for inkscape beginners. The first video should help you get the hang of the tools.
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:icondecprincess:
DecPrincess Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist
ahhhh i understand nothing ><
How you do the curves? All i can do are 2 points, click enter and that it
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:icongrayowleyes:
GrayOwlEyes Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, this was really helpful!
(I actually made a vector! *Squee*)
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:iconderaza360:
DeRaza360 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do this a bit differently. Instead of clicking at two separate points and then adjusting it later, I click and drag whenever placing a node, allowing me to trace a line perfectly without having to readjust later. Just a bit quicker, especially when dealing with sharp nodes (press shift).

Your method is still efficient, though.

Anyway, you've made a fantastic tutorial.
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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:icondaringdashie:
DaringDashie Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You can just use the 'resize page to content' option rather than manually changing the canvas size, just to save you a few seconds :).
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh right I didn't see that option.
That's pretty neat, thanks. :)
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:iconlunasboi:
lunasboi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I cant figure this out... I've been working on one for hours and quite frankly I havent even started.
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My very first vector took me a while to finish too, you just need a little patience to finaly get the hang of it. :)
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:icong-and-p-trixie:
G-and-P-Trixie Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
is inkscape free?
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes.
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:icongariandos:
Gariandos Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When you said select all strokes, how do I do that exactly?
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:iconsasq:
SasQ Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
This is a lot easier when you have those strokes in different groups (Ctrl+G), because then you can select a whole group by one click. The other useful thing is using layers, but don't use too much layers when not needed (e.g. for hiding some parts of the image is OK, but for other things it's enough to have them on one layer and use the Z-order of groups inside of it).

I often start by making all strokes belonging to one group (e.g. the body strokes) on one layer, because then it's easier to select them all (there's a button which selects all objects on a particular layer). And when I finish, I group them together, send them to another common layer and reuse the "working" layer to make another group of strokes (e.g. the mane).
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:icongariandos:
Gariandos Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see.
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The same way you would select several document at once : click and drag.
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:icongariandos:
Gariandos Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh, I see. Rather simple. xP I was working on a vector until Inkscape decided to commit suicide on me, lock up, then close.
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:icongut2luvu:
Gut2LuvU Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Artist
can i have to link download of this program please ? :icondragonwantplz:
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:icongut2luvu:
Gut2LuvU Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Artist
oh thank you! your so sweet ^u^
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np. :)
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:icongut2luvu:
Gut2LuvU Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Artist
^u^
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:icontimerifts:
Timerifts Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is the program "inkscape"
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup.
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:icontimerifts:
Timerifts Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thansk C: btw this will really help me X3
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:iconthewolfdiamond:
TheWolfDiamond Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist
Tu es Franšais(e) ? Cool :D J'adore vraiment ce que tu fais ^^
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merci bien. :)
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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Awesome tutorial. If you don't mind some corrections:

:bulletblack: On the first stroke - "After a few adjustments, it's done:"
:bulletblack: At the part about the mane - "As I said, use as less few nodes as possible."
:bulletblack: On the part about the mane stroke colour - "Select now all the inner strokes" It might be clearer to say "Now select all..." but I'm not 100% sure.
:bulletblack: Leg fills - "Some fills are good, others are not."

I probably missed stuff but I hope I could help you a bit. ^^
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, thank you very much, I'll correct those errors. :)
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:iconultimacreations:
UltimaCreations Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
woah, this is awesome, this will help so much to knock out those few annoyances in my vectors.

:iconlaplz:
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad it helps. :)
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