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Inkscape Vector Art Tutorial by mandydax Inkscape Vector Art Tutorial by mandydax
Get Inkscape here: [link]

Here's a tutorial on how to use Inkscape to make pony vectors! [link] is the final product of what I was demonstrating.

.txt file of the text in this tutorial here: [link]
Anyone who wants to translate can do so. Please leave a link in the comments and I'll add it here.

:iconespanolplz: [link] (translated by :iconsorata-daidouji:)

SVG version of this tutorial is at [link]

Questions? Suggestions? Leave them in the comments here.

Hope it helps.
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:iconaethon056:
Aethon056 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  New Deviant
Thanks for this, it was so helpful. I've posted some credit for you on my very first vector!

aethon056.deviantart.com/art/D…
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OMGWEEGEE2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was the first and only tutorial I needed for Inkscape over a year ago. Thanks for this tutorial! It helped me so much in the long run :p
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:icongrimdarkfluttershy:
GrimdarkFluttershy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this tutorial!It helped me so much!
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:iconbluefoxycat:
bluefoxycat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How exactly do you make the stroke (not fill) colour white/Whatever?
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:iconsenpaisky:
SenpaiSky Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
If you're taking a color from a swatch, go to Fill and Stroke and click Stroke by the top and select the color. Or you hold shift while clicking the color.
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:iconbluefoxycat:
bluefoxycat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah. Thank ye!
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:iconngpegasus:
NGPegasus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Great tutorial, but do you know any that can teach me how to make pony vectors from scratch as opposed to bases?
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:iconoctopuswrangl3r:
OctopusWrangl3r Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
I feel really silly but I'm having a hard time getting that hair section above the horn. I'm selecting it and pressing ctrl+d and then shit+pg up, but I'm not getting it to go onto the horn layer. :( Am I doing something wrong?
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:iconoctopuswrangl3r:
OctopusWrangl3r Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
lol Nevermind,  I figured it out! C:
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:iconnibiko:
Nibiko Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Thank you so much! ^^ This is an awesome tutorial :) I love Inkscape, it feels so much better than GIMP.
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:iconcrystalcadenza:
I know! I have GIMP too and it drives me crazy to try to figure it out. =P (Razz) 
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:iconshadowxshadowangel:
ShadowxShadowAngel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
how to get a swatch set.
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:iconangelinabases:
angelinabases Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconkawaiinikki:
KawaiiNikki Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
I have the same problem :c
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:iconkawaiinikki:
KawaiiNikki Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
But now i finally get it ^^ ( You/We dont need a swatch set ^^)
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:iconovelayotli:
Ovelayotli Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Nice tutorial! it might help me with inkscape~
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:iconxrainbowsugar:
xRainbowSugar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped SOO much! Thanks c:
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:iconmarpaya:
Marpaya Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
what program is that?
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:icondj-pluto:
DJ-Pluto Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inkscape
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:iconxxphantomxxx:
xXPhantomXXx Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
how do you make the palette?
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:iconangelinabases:
angelinabases Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconkatrueyumenikki:
KatrueYumeNikki Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
my inkscape make the lines thinly when i use the Bezier Tool. ^^
i can't make vectors and any tutorial helps me, and it sucks, ^^
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
More practice require.
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:iconkatrueyumenikki:
KatrueYumeNikki Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
well. sure. practice.
i think you don't even know what it is.
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:iconxxphantomxxx:
xXPhantomXXx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
what big would my stroke would have to be if I was vectoring a pony?
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:iconcorgis:
Corgis Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you save a swatch? it won't save any colors on my computer >.>
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Use the swatch button in the Fill and Stroke "Fill" tab like in Figure 2. If it's not showing in your Swatches, make sure it is set to "Auto" by clicking the little left-pointing triangle just above the scrollbar and selecting Auto. IIRC, the Auto swatches are saved as part of the SVG file so that you can still use them later. If it's still not working, you may just want to install a palette like one of these: fav.me/d4t42da
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:iconshadowxshadowangel:
ShadowxShadowAngel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
uhm.....?i downloaded inkscape,its WAAY diffrent from this,plus i didnt use the link here either so.....
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:iconhayleeequine:
HayleeEquine Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you didn't download it from here, it's probably not Inkscape if it looks so different.
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:iconshadowxshadowangel:
ShadowxShadowAngel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
....:shrug:
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:iconhayleeequine:
HayleeEquine Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I have a screenshot of how it looks?
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:iconshadowxshadowangel:
ShadowxShadowAngel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh,i had posted this on my dads computer,but something messed up and he had to install all the he had on like mozilla,and the whole windows thing,so i dont have the thing anymore :(
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:iconpair-o-sprites:
Pair-o-Sprites Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you do eyes? I've got the basic oval for the iris, but the gradient gets the weird line through it.
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you mean by "weird line"? Can you post a screenshot of the problem to your scraps and post a link in reply?
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:iconpair-o-sprites:
Pair-o-Sprites Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I've figured that out as of the moment, but now I have the outline of the ellipse without the gradient and frankly, it just looks awkward. (See: sta.sh/01frnuwhdglu)
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For the outline, set it to no stroke (Shift-click on the red X in the palette). That should work. You can set a stroke to a gradient, too. That's how I do Celestia's hair. 
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:iconpair-o-sprites:
Pair-o-Sprites Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay Thanks :)
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:iconsameunagi:
Sameunagi Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I never realised it looked this simple!
Thanks!
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:iconflamespyro1:
FlameSpyro1 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
i appreciate anyone who can answer these questions for me. is this program good for those who are just starting out for digital art and is this program compatible and good with an electronic drawing pad for the computer?
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's a very good program, however it glitches out if I turn on the pressure sensitivity with my Wacom Intuos3 tablet.
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:iconelectric-claw:
Electric-Claw Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha! It glitches out when I use my mouse! Its an awesome program, but thank God for ctrl Z.
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Weird. Anyway, hope you like. Ctrl+Z is my BFF.
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:iconfoxtone:
FoxTone Featured By Owner May 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Ok I'm using this tut. and I'm trying to use the layers and opacity thing. I've made my hair outline white and whenever I go the the layers and change the opacity, it doesn't work! I don't know which layer I'm working on. My background layer is locked. Can you please help me out here!?
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:iconruruderp:
ruruderp Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
thank you so much
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:iconruruderp:
ruruderp Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
and its a bit hard
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:iconsparklepop23:
sparklepop23 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so useful. But alas, I am too impatient to make vectors. XD
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:iconprincessfluttershy:
princessfluttershy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
What version of inkscape did you use?
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
0.48.
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:iconprincessfluttershy:
princessfluttershy Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Ho do you draw ponies on inkscape?
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:iconallonsobronyguy:
AllonsoBronyguy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
What do I do for the horn on hair that is a single color?
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