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1. Vexels- what are they?



Vexels are layered raster shapes of solid colour or gradients/ solid shapes/ raster shapes with look of vector.

The word 'vexel' is a mix of words 'vector' and 'pixel'.


2. The difference between vexels and vectors



The most important difference is that vexels are created using raster layers while vectors are created using vector layers.

Rasters are based on pixels (little squares) and each square is given a fixed colour. When you expand it you can see pixelation.
Shapes created using vector layers while expanding stay crisp and don't lose their quality.

Let me explain the difference on this example.

Three by jussta

The image above is a vector. When expanding it to 300% it will still stay sharp:

work 300_1 by jussta

If the same image was created on raster layers it would look blurry after expanding to 300%:

work 300_2 by jussta


3. What is allowed and what's not when creating vexel art



:bulletpink: vector layers are allowed in the creation as long as they are rasterized before saving the final JPG/PNG
:bulletpink: no airbrushing or painting to blend is allowed
:bulletpink: glows used to cheat blending, as opposed to using several layers or gradients, are not allowed
:bulletpink: brushes allowed only if you are using the stroke path method
:bulletpink: soft, feathered or photo brushes are not allowed
:bulletpink: photos overlayed over your finished vexel (or behind it) are not allowed
:bulletpink: photo textures, filters and layer styles (drop/inner shadows, inner/outer glows, bevels, satin etc.) are not allowed. The exceptions are gradient/colour overlays, stroke and patterns created using the pen tool or lasso tool
:bulletpink: photo backgrounds are not allowed
:bulletpink: no gradient mesh as this is not created using layered shapes


4. Tutorials



:thumb38531790: Vexelling Hair by Ilaria84 Vexel Tutorial - Hair by VAngelLJ Hair tutorial by jussta Photoshop Vexel Demo by Darkdesyre Vector Vexel Portrait Theory 1 by ChewedKandi Vector Vexel Portrait Theory 2 by ChewedKandi Vector Vexel Portrait Theory 3 by ChewedKandi


5. Features



Boys of Summer... by ChewedKandi

Mature Content

silhouette by p00pstr34ks
peacock by e-gart super fine by haaru Camelilly by davidnanchin RAUH-Welt Porsche 911 by Aesthari Tree Sunset by sinrevelar Dreaming of Revelry by Sewwy Honey, I ate the cupcakes.. by womanwithagun City in a Snowglobe by shebid


6. Links



Is your piece a vector, vexel or mixed media?
Getting into vexelling and vectoring
The difference between Vector and Vexel Art
GIMP- a free program for creating vexels



Thank you to all who helped me with this :heart:
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:iconstephls:
StephLS Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is all still very confusing to me. I've used Illustrator's pen tool to make vectors for a long time but now that I'm using Photoshop I don't know what  to submit under. Is work made soley using the paintbrush tool on raster layers (with or w/o filters: ex. harden, soften, darken) vexels or something else entirely???
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jussta Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
As for using paintbrush- it's not allowed in vexels. On the other  hand  if you'd used pen tool to create a path and THEN used option 'stroke path' with a paintbrush- it's ok :)
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StephLS Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok that clears it up for me. Now to go recategorized a few pieces lol. Thnx :D
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Tigresuave11 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You cant use tools found in vector programs like glows but you can trace a photo (as seen in several of the examples)? Seems a bit weird to exclude one and not the other.
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jussta Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Painting over with various brushes is also called tracing but you still would rather call it a painting not a vexel, right?
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AniPal Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
illustrator would go 6400 % and it wont spoil it yet
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm aware of that but not everyone has Illustrator
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:iconanipal:
AniPal Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
true
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Emberguard Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013   General Artist
"The most important difference is that vexels are created using raster layers while vectors are created using vector layers."

But I only have normal layers? :confused:

How do I tell what a vexel/vector layer is?
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Nanahuatli Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Every tutorial of those suggests several others, so now I'm dizzy. XD But I was curious about vexel and now I know what it's about and how to start with it, thank you!
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shuvooshuvroo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Thanks
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icefire8521 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a way of creating vexels without using the pen tool?
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
sure, you can use lasso tool :)
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm still a bit confused about Vexels compared to Vectors.

What I usually do with my vector pieces usually made using the pen tool for blocking strokes and shapes is that I save it as a JPG and upload it to the site. Is this now a vexel or still a vector?

From what I've seen of tutorials so far it seems that Vexels tend to be made in Photoshop whereas Vectors tend to be made in Illustrator. Can you make a vexel in Illustrator?
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you made your work in a vector program using vector tools then saving it as a jpg does not change it to vexel, since you haven't used any pixel layers.

As for your second question- I don't work in AI so I'm not sure of it's capabilities. You can ask `ChewedKandi though, she's a master of Illustrator ;)
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:iconcharlene-art:
Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah ok then. I think I've got a fair definition of the two now - been reading around a bit.
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2by3Artist Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had so much to ask/say, I didn't want to bore anyone or physically monopolize the page. So, I'm sending you a note. Thanks so much.
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CherryFactory Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Hi, thanks for the explanation.

I have a question though, vexels are basically vectors done with raster layers. And you can't "cheat" either, so my question: why would someone prefer do vexel art that will get pixelated, instead of a vector that will look exactly the same but has the advantage of being a vector?
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
personally I preffer vexel when it comes to making hair, stroke path method is just perfect for that and so far I can't get the same look with vectors
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Phoenix-61 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Why are you not able to get the same effect with vectors? Because when enlarged it won't give effect?
Vector and vexel seem very similar, but what you are saying is that to have a vexel, it will remain that shape-object and you will create new layers of those as you add new colours/shapes?

Thank you in advance :)
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normanestuista Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
what tool we are using when we are creating vexels?
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
mostly pen tool
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:iconnormanestuista:
normanestuista Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
pen tool? ahm.. i cant hardly understand dude.. i am creating vector art and designs but what is it the vexel difer from vector?
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peewee45 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Can I enter my poem?
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You mean to the Love is... contest?
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:iconwritingdirectioner:
WritingDirectioner Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
.... I still don't get it....
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:iconfunfang:
funfang Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
so that means I can create my work in Illustrator, rasterize it and save as a jpg file, it would be considered as a vexel?
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
depends on what kind of tools you have used, if you have used the mesh tool then no as it's not allowed in vexels etc.
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:iconmoriyasu215:
Moriyasu215 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student General Artist
:bored: geez, no offence but talk about keeping in criteria...use one feathered brush and your banished. Lol jk. I like the talent some people have to create this complex thing. I'll just stick with the traditional method, paper, pencil, and an eraser :)
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's not that hard and rules are not harsh, it's just to keep the vexel gallery clean [tho people seem to submit their works without thinking about categories...]
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:iconzummi:
zummi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice explanation :)
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UltimateRT Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
in what bit depth I should start to make my vector with Photoshop CS4 to save it as svg format, so it can be zoomed in, but its still sharp?
btw: is this a vector or vexel - [link] ?

sorry for my bad english...
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I've never saved files as svg so I'm not sure if I can help you here.
As for your work it depends on how it was made.
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UltimateRT Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
it was made only by pen tool(stroking and filling path) and minimal corrections made by brush tool.
I was asking for the format cuz of this [link] in wikipedia was said that these formats can stay sharp when zoomed in.
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jussta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Stroking a path is charactristic for vexels so even if you'd save your work as a svg I'm not sure if it'd stay sharp, as far as I know those parts would be all 'pixely'.
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:iconultimatert:
UltimateRT Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
anyway thx a lot :)
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pazforward Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hi jussta. i have read all of the information.. you are very wonderful.. i know i will learn a LOTTTTTTTT from you and from #vexelove.. since i am just starting imma getting a bit confused about the difference between vexel and vector (aside from knowing literally what vexel is..) now it is clear!! and i adore your works so much.. :) i love it...
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad this article helped you :hug:
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DomiSM Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hi jussta! Just a quick question: If a vector is made in photoshop, but then the text tool is used, does that make it still vector or does the text then make it a vexel or mixed media? I'm wondering if text layers in photoshop are subject to the same scaling rules as vector layers?
Thanks in advance :D
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
as long as you don't rasterize the text then I believe it's still a vector :)
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DomiSM Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, thanks! :hug:
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lancerdrake Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks & i love you ^jussta for sharing. i hope all is well. i miss u darling. i love vectors. i saw some realistically made vectors made in illustrator. it blown me away & inspired me again to go back. you knw they just use clipping mask creatively with gradient mesh intertwined. now that i got it. i will buy some time to do it. i hope i could talk to you sometime. in a forum maybe/im glad if you have a facebook pls note me. tnx. have a nice day. take care ma friend.
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DeviantJC Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ddn't know mesh wasn't vector O_o Thanks for clearing it out!
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
actually mesh is vector, it's not vexel though ;]
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:icondeviantjc:
DeviantJC Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, my mistake, got a little confused
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kenchoy Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the info.. :w00t:
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shar-o Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If layer masks are used on vector shapes, is that still considered vector?
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
in what software?
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shar-o Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Photoshop. And the layers stay vectored and are never rasterized.
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:iconjussta:
jussta Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
to be honest I hardly ever use masks when creating vectors, gotta dig into that subject a bit
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