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What a Vexel Is: The Official dA Definition
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How to submit to the vector-artists gallery

First of all; don't create art to make it go in a certain category - if you feel the need to reach outside the rules, do so - but please don't try to sneak it in. This is a group for vector and vexels, if your piece isn't one, we won't upload it to the gallery - it isn't because your piece isn't "worthy" or "good enough" or because we want to punish you :heart:


Some of you might have gotten a message on your submissions where one of us asks you to explain a certain part of your piece or what program(s) you used. We hope to stop doing that - we would rather be able to accept all the submissions and count on you guys to know what your piece is.

So here it is - the steps to figuring out where your piece goes (in our gallery, but also when you upload it to dA and need to choose a category)

What program did you use?
If you are using a program capable of making vector-layers and resizing these infinit, your work is a vector so far. If you merge the vector-layers (or save the image making it raster) and then apply affects to the rastered layers your piece is no longer a vector.
Popular programs capable of true vector:
Illustrator, Freehand, Corel Draw, Flash, Inkscape and Photoshop

If you are using a program capable of making blocks of colour with a marquee or a pentool, where the blocks are raster, meaning that they can't be resized - your work is a vexel so far.
Popular programs cabable of making blocks of color:
Photoshop, Gimp, Painter

What tools are you using?
If you are using the pentool to make vector layers or shapelayers that can be resized infinite your work is vector

If you are using the pentool or the marquee to make raster layers that can't be resized infinite your work is a vexel

If you are using the brushtool to paint blocks of colour your work isn't vector or vexel


What effects/filters are you using?
If you are using effects/filters (in a program capable of true vector) that won't resize along with the vector layers your work isn't a vector. (these effects are called live effects (blur, feather, glow and dropshadow are popular liveeffects) and are acceptable as vector on dA)

If you are using inner glow, outer glow or drop shadow you work isn't a vexel.

If you are using any filter in photoshop (or other rasterbased programs) your work isn't a vector or a vexel


what other raster elements are you using?
if you are using any raster elements (except live effects) you work isn't a vector

Textures, outerglows and dropshadows are not allowed in vexels

Photograph backgrounds are not allowed. (This would be mixed media, as you are mixing both the medium of vexel or vector with the medium of photography)
Photo elements (this includes photo-textures) and photos overlayed over your finished product are not allowed (ex: if you are doing a portrait over a photo and leave the lips to "shine" through or simply put the lips on top of your work)

Brushes allowed when doing ex. hair (Stroke path.) Brushes should not be the main part of the piece. If the piece contains more brushes than hand-rendered shapes, it would no longer be considered vexel.
Soft, feathered or photo brushes are not allowed.


So what is it? Vexel, vector or mixed media?
If your work contains no raster elements and no effects that can't be resized along with your work your work is a vector

If your work contains vector-layers with rasterelements that aren't allowed your work isn't a vector or a vexel, but goes to mixed media.

If your work contains raster layers with blocks of colour made with the allowed tools your work is a vexel

If your work contains vector-layers with ANY rasterelements your work isn't a vexel or a vector

If your work contains raster layers with blocks of colour made with the allowed tools and raster elements that aren't allowed your work isn't a vexel or vector, but goes to mixed media

If your work contains raster layers with blocks of colour made with the tools that aren't allowed it isn't a vexel or vector


Help us promote vexels and vectors by reading and abiding these rules.

When in doubt: contact us!
We don't mind helping, what we do mind is having to ask the same questions over and over again. If we didn't have to do that we would have a lot more time to do fun projects to inspire and promote you!
You can either send the group a note with a link to the piece your are wondering about or leave a comment in this journal.

"But I only added a small texture or a brushstroke afterwards"
Your work goes to mixed media category on deviantArt but in vector-artists we have a special folder for mixed media vectors and vexels, it's called vections and we'd love to have your work there :aww:

Anything we missed or are the rules unclear in anyway? Help out - leave a comment!


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C-Goodall Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student General Artist
i have no idea what i just read.......

can someone explain this in layman's terms?

i just wanna figure out what the heck i've been making lately...
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DomiSM Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It is a bit to take in and understand.

Firstly:  Raster elements are anything pixel based such as photos, photo textures, lots of Photoshop filters/layer styles etc.

Vectors are done in programs such as Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Inkscape, Flash, Freehand (and others). Most tools/filters within those programs count as vector, although with Illustrator there are some 'Photoshop Filters' that count as raster. Vectors can also be done in Photoshop or in any program that allows you to keep layers as vector layers. As long as your finished piece is infinitely scalable without loss of clarity to any part of it, then your work is Vector.

Vexels are done in a pixel based program, but use basically the same tools as Vector...marquee tools, shape tools, pen tool, but the layers are rasterised and are not infinitely scalable, but have the same 'look' as Vectors. Brushwork in a pixel based program are not allowed in Vexels.

Vections are either Vectors or Vexels that have small amounts of raster elements added to them. We like to keep Vections to around 30% Raster/70% Vector/Vexel. Anything over that doesn't belong in our group and would be better suited to a group designed for Digital Paintings, etc.

If you're ever in doubt as to where one of your pieces might belong, just note us with a link to the piece and we'll be happy to help :)

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FROG-and-TOAD Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
I agree, the rules aren't too clear. I'm new to illustrator too, I created both my submissions in illustrator then simply copied them into photoshop to save as a PNG file for internet use. Does that mean they're no longer vector and are now vexel's. By reading the first paragraph I think this is so, in that case what type of file should I save it as in Illustrator before submitting.

Kind regards & thank you in advance :) (Smile)
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jimtobeo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! :)

I just got confused about my artwork if it is a vector or a vexel - Vexel Portrait
I'm just a newbie in vector and vexel art.
I read the journal but still got confused, sorry. hehehe.. I used two applications which are Illustrator and Photoshop. I used Illustrator for the face, arms, shirt, etc except for the hair. I used photoshop in creating the hair and did some blur effect and levels filter for final retouch. I wonder where my artwork falls, vector, vexel or mixed media? hehehe.. Hoping for your response because I really wanted to know. Thank you very much! :happybounce:
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FROG-and-TOAD Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
I agree, the rules aren't too clear. I'm new to illustrator too, I created both my submissions in illustrator then simply copied them into photoshop to save as a PNG file for internet use. Does that mean they're no longer vector and are now vexel's. By reading the first paragraph I think this is so, in that case what type of file should I save it as in Illustrator before submitting.

Kind regards & thank you in advance :)
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SpringDog619 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmmmm sounds to complex!  Just 2 question for me (if you have the time). Is Infinite Design for android a vector program and if I combine the work with SketchBook pro will it Nullify the Vector work...?
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DCatz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
nvm I did find the mixed media folder but my previous question about vections I still have :)
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DCatz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Ok so I'm not seeing a mixed media folder at all :o (Eek) .

For many of my pieces I have utilized Vectors for my line art (pen tool in illustrator) but have coloured it in something like Photoshop using the brush tool and using various effects and filters on the colour. Would something of this nature be considered a Vection??
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azuraptor Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I think I understand but just to be sure...


I made this completely in Illustrator and added a photo texture, so does that mean it is a vection?
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leanzaofearth Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013   Digital Artist
Wah... I'm a bit confused (@_@;)

You said "If you are using effects/filters (in a program capable of true vector) that won't resize along with the vector layers your work isn't a vector. (these effects are called live effects (blur, feather, glow and dropshadow are popular liveeffects) and are acceptable as vector on dA)" -- so does that mean using live effects is acceptable as vector on dA, but not acceptable as vector in this group?

But then there's "if you are using any raster elements (except live effects) you work isn't a vector" -- so does that mean if the only effects used is live effects, then it is considered as vector in this group? (>_<;)

Case(s) in point:
1) I used a vector-based program (Inkscape/Illustrator) for everything but added live effects (drop shadows, outer glows) within the program.
2) Same as above, but after exporting it, I added live effects (outer glow) again in Photoshop – which cannot be resized.

Can I submit those works to this group? If so, which should I submit to which folder?


So sorry for the long comment and if I sound stupid for asking... but I'm really confused. (T^T) I hope you understand my question haha.
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