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Vector Guide #1: High quality pony vectors by Quasdar Vector Guide #1: High quality pony vectors by Quasdar
Time: 3.5 hours
Made with Inkscape.
Vectors used:

The Date by
:iconhalfdeathshadow:*HalfDeathShadow

Blanket Woona by
:iconmamandil:*Mamandil


Part two: Nodes and outlines



Part three: Landscapes and special effects



This also works for vectors made from other drawings or your own sketches. Frames from the show are used as an example because that's what most people do.

Using the show as a reference or looking at other vectors from the show is a great way to learn.

Discussion posts- r/mylittlepony and r/mlpvectors

This is a tutorial for people interested in making fan art that looks exactly like the show, so please feel free to ignore it if you have no interest in that. I'm not going to try to convince you to watch ponies, I submitted this only to pony groups.
:iconapplebuckplz:

Links:



* Inkscape.

* Tutorials folder.

* Inkscape vs. Illustrator CS6 edge quality

* Hotkeys in Inkscape

* Where to find 1080p episodes

* Paint.NET, an excellent, lightweight raster editor

* Color guide

* Eye tutorial

* Benefits of posting vector files

* Time lapse vector creation video

* :iconmlp-vectorclub: #MLP-VectorClub

Updated Oct. 9 2012. Overhauled a lot of the wording, added some new images, fixed the slightly blurred images. And if you didn't see it already, there is now a part two to this that goes over how to make outlines and use nodes.
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:iconprincesslunamoon15:
PrincessLunaMoon15 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't change the color of the line used to trace. (Forgot what its called) How can I change it to match the outline color of the pony? (If this magically says something about it, totally missed it)
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Sophor Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
The link to the color guide seems broken (or maybe the side is just down at the moment ...). Can you check it and if necessery post a new link? Meow :3 
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:iconmaddy66547aj:
Maddy66547AJ Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
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:iconsophor:
Sophor Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Thank you :)
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:iconkarmapony123:
KarmaPony123 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i don't have a bezier curve/pen tool. DAGNABBIT what do i do now? 
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:iconlillygeneva:
LillyGeneva Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It is the 11th button on the left side. Click and drag the cursor and then it will curve.
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:iconnapster-face:
Napster-face Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god thank you. I'm soooo bad with vectors, this may help. A lot.
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:iconxxphantomxxx:
xXPhantomXXx Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Could this be used for some who has NO IDEA what they are doing?
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:iconprincesslunamoon15:
PrincessLunaMoon15 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*coughcoughmecoughcough*
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:iconbre-ce-cuca:
Bre-Ce-Cuca Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can make this tutorail in spanish? please, i dont understand :( (Sad) 
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:iconrarityswear:
RaritySwear Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
The link to the 1080p episodes is blocked how can I get them now?
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:iconangelkitty17:
Angelkitty17 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Basically what I did was copy the link location, paste it in something like notepad, then copied JUST the outgoing link itself, then pasted it into my url bar! :>

I screenshot it for those who want to see: sta.sh/0melbijhw8g
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:iconfasa004:
fasa004 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
OMG. Thanks. I've been looking to download them in HD but the ones I see on youtube are either flipped or a part of the screen is cut-off.
:iconiloveyouplz: 
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:iconxxlostinsidedreamsxx:
xXLostInsideDreamsXx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Artist
Thank you so much! I just got Inkscape and I have NO idea how it works. Again, thank you. (I'm doing Crazy Pinkamena for a test XD. I would try simpler like Applebloom but I wanna try Pinkie first.)
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:iconaelioszero:
AeliosZero Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the colour guide! Very useful
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:iconkaikouyami:
KaikouYami Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't understand how a vector is different from a colored line art with transparent background
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:iconangelkitty17:
Angelkitty17 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A vector means you can make the picture as BIG or small as you want, and it still looks just as good!  Once the pic is completely vectored, all you have to do is export it at whatever resolution, no need to redo it again and again for different sizes! ^-^

Colored line art could even be vectored and exported as a png, and it would still have a transparent background~
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:iconkaikouyami:
KaikouYami Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconcynderthedragon5768:
Cynderthedragon5768 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where did you get the font you used in this tutorial?
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:iconquasdar:
Quasdar Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconcynderthedragon5768:
Cynderthedragon5768 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconmlpcrazy:
MLPcrazy Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Thank you for this great tutorial. I recently just downloaded Inkscape and am working hard to figure out how to use it. I'm trying to make MLP vectors on it and I hope it goes well. :) Thank you again for this amazing tutorial!
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:iconxxlostinsidedreamsxx:
xXLostInsideDreamsXx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Artist
OH MY CELESTIA IKR? I am still struggling on Inkscape -.-
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:iconmlpcrazy:
MLPcrazy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Inkscape is so hard.
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:iconofficialgrapebloom:
OfficialGrapebloom Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:P
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:iconmlpcrazy:
MLPcrazy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Um..
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:iconofficialgrapebloom:
OfficialGrapebloom Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
~No~
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:iconmlpcrazy:
MLPcrazy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
What is your problem?
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:iconofficialgrapebloom:
OfficialGrapebloom Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What is your problem :happybounce:
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:iconmlpcrazy:
MLPcrazy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Nothing
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:iconofficialgrapebloom:
OfficialGrapebloom Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Friends?
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:iconsoftysama:
Softysama Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No tut for Gimp 2.6 users? Damn. :<
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:iconangelkitty17:
Angelkitty17 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You can't vector in GIMP, sadly...I mean, you can use tools that make it LOOK like you're vectoring, but the quality won't be constant.  Inkscape is open source (free), too, though, so you've got nothing to lose! :>
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masemj Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I pointed this out on the club front page but I'll drop it here to.

Kinky Turtle, the one that did all the color guides, has updated through nearly all of S3 (no coronation dresses, but we have Games Ponies Play in there).

It doesn't have the tweaked guide for Tia's mane, but the rest are accurate.

[link]
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:iconbakmah-the-dragon:
Bakmah-The-Dragon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool. Just got Inkscape and trying to learn how to use it and this was helpful in a way.
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:iconxxlostinsidedreamsxx:
xXLostInsideDreamsXx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Artist
IKR? I'm still struggling though :/
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:iconhorsefan999:
horsefan999 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AodIXS…

This guy's video really helped me out ^^
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:iconxxlostinsidedreamsxx:
xXLostInsideDreamsXx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Artist
Lol, ok. I'll try watching it.
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:iconhorsefan999:
horsefan999 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
ok. tell me if it helped 
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:iconxxlostinsidedreamsxx:
xXLostInsideDreamsXx Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Artist
It did, the only part I'm having trouble with is the eye part.
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:iconhorsefan999:
horsefan999 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Oh! i had trouble too. But now i understand it. did you download the ellipse by 5 points? The link should be in the video. 
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:iconxxlostinsidedreamsxx:
xXLostInsideDreamsXx Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Artist
I have NO idea.
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fluttershywriter Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Thanks for this guide! :)
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:iconthethirdmoon36:
TheThirdMoon36 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks, it was helpful! i'm still a beginner and i want you opinion in this: [link] :D
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:iconsoranetame:
soranetame Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's good (I actuallly have not done any so my opinion really does not count that much huh?)
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:iconthethirdmoon36:
TheThirdMoon36 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! it sure counts! :iconcuteblushplz:
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:iconsoranetame:
soranetame Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm learning how to do vectors myself, and am going to upload somthing soon to show my process...
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:iconilikki:
iLikki Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
what size should the curve tool be for
3000x3000 px
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:iconawesomefacegirl101:
awesomefacegirl101 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
SANK YOU SOOO MUCH
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:iconmariobros64:
mariobros64 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I do vectors with corel Draw X6, but this guide is useful
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