Old thread (>>1687414) at image limit.
Very basic tutorial on how these are made:
Maybe. I actually don't want to, they are pretty complex and I think they would take away from the simplistic nature.
Also I made one of the 3rd book cover I kinda didn't know what to do with this one. http://bookalicious.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Endsinger.jpg
Requesting this please, if any anon would be so kind.
my 2nd time doing one of these. any tips/tricks would be appreciated. Also left the armor on cuz i thought it made it pop
Leaving the armor was pretty interesting but it kinda clashes with the minimalist feel to me. I would like to see the original image as well.
There seems to be some strange artifact near the top of the page and the her outline seems pretty rough, like where I circled on the hair it seems like a white background is peeking out or something. On her leg that line is jagged. It kinda looks like there are lines sticking out from the original image
Is anyone able to perform your wizardry and simplify this up for me please (I don't mind background colours and would prefer phone background proportions sorry if I am unclear) thanks :D
heres the original. and yea, i noticed some jagginess, but im not really sure how to fix it. could probably do it in photoshop, but i use gimp
As far as I know gimp is not a very optimal program to make vectors. Since you are using gimp I'm assuming you don't have the adobe programs. A free program that is used for vectors is Inkscape. If you want to make better vectors you should look into that program or investing in illustrator
If possible, just post the vector on a high resolution.
Just finished my first minimalist wallpaper. Turned out better than I thought. The only thing I didn't like is Fujimiyas head form. Tips would be nice from professionals ^-^
I got bored last night and decided to try my hand at one of these.
If anybody sees any mistakes lemme know and I'll fix 'em.
1. If you want critiques, post the image at a higher resolution (300 PPI/DPI should be fine).
2. Post it as a transparent. It makes it easier to critique, and 9 times out of 10, the person would rather use their own background design or color than the one you chose anyway.
3. Post a link to the original for better critiques. You may be able to reverse image search a vector in the vector thread since it looks the same, but these minimal images are beyond that.
I didn't know what background color to use.
Did you want it for a phone wallpaper I can change the resolution.
Well its time to find it friend.
now she has a whole shoe
Yeah, I thought her sleeves looked kinda weird too--I think because the lower portion of her shirt is a different colour than the top and her sleeves--but other than adding a shadow I couldn't think of a way to make it look any better and I felt like that would take away from the minimalism of the image.
Here's the vector alone at high-res, and the source image is at danbooru /posts/1223108 if anybody cares.
Couple errors. Some of the hair by the right side of her neck is peeking through. The hair should be over her breast instead of under it, like in the original. The left strap for her shirt isn't connected to the skin. The bottom leg lines need to go under the artboard, or you just need to export with artboard on.
Can someone do it for me?
Here's a pic that i'd like
I thought I'd caught all those, good eye.
Also I have no idea what artboard is, so I just evened out the nodes at the bottoms of the legs.
An artboard is basically the boundaries of an image that you set for the program to recognize. What you want to do at the beginning of every image that you decide to vector is to select the original image, and fit the artboard to it, and then lock that image. Then you make another layer above where you can freely draw inside and outside of the artboard and it will only export what is included within the artboard, provided you tell it to.
Here is how you fit it in both Illustrator and Inkscape. To export with Artboards in Illustrator, you select the checkbox "Use Artboards" in the export window. In Inkscape, you select "Page" in the export window.
You use the pen tool and fill the colors. It is a waste to do it in Photoshop though, since it is a raster program. It is much more beneficial to do it in Illustrator, Inkscape, or any other vector based program, so that it could be resized to any resolution without a loss in quality.
You can create vector paths in Photoshop, but the fill within will become rasterized. It is basically having vector containers filled with a raster, which is not a true vector. It then becomes what is called a "vexel", where it will look almost identical to a vector, but suffer pixelation when resized. Considering that is what will ultimately happen to these images, it would be a waste to do it in Photoshop.
The best you could do would be to make the vector shapes in Photoshop, and then convert it over to a proper vector program. By that point you are already wasting time when you can just create it right in the first place.
I don't normally use Photoshop, but I know the pen tool is very similar to the one in Illustrator. I just tested it briefly. I was able to do almost everything I am used to doing in Illustrator with the same tool.
The layering and how you make fills may be different, but that is very easy to learn. The important part is that the pen tool functions the same way.
That type of image is closer to a full vector that includes lineart. The tutorial above in this thread will not help you learn how to make fills for lineart, as minimals remove all the lineart. The vector thread has tutorials that would help with that >>1689892
Please read/watch the tutorials carefully so you don't make a vector as shit as that one you linked to.
Oh shit I didn't know the third one was this close to release, I still haven't finished kinslayer.
And that looks pretty nice. Good job, anon.
Can I get this in 1080 please? Thanks.
>Maybe. I actually don't want to, they are pretty complex and I think they would take away from the simplistic nature.
Removing tats would be like removing a mole or a scar or a fashion accessory.
It's what makes this picture unique and different from others, it may be difficult but if you do it right it could end up looking very good.
Can someone do this for me?
I don't mind what you do with the background, whether you keep the stripe-and-spots thing or just make it solid colour. (If you're minimalising the background as well, could you add in the corners?)
first time making one - howd i do?
may make some request later on
1. I'm being lazy and leaving stuff out
2. its gonna turn out bad because the image and my vector are scaled differently
This is so hard :/
Can someone do this if it isnt too hard? Background color can be something that you think would look good.
When I use the original .png files from these threads as wallpapers they turn pixelated around edges and things, I've had to convert them to .jpg is there any way to fix this?
what it looks like - http://a.pomf.se/zkkpst.png
(I'm using windows 7 64bit btw)
Windows converts your wallpapers to .jpg automatically. I haven't tried, but here's a link to a possible workaround: http://superuser.com/questions/507097/stop-windows-8-from-converting-wallpapers-to-low-quality-jpgs
Happens to me too. Whenever I add a new wallpaper to my rotation now I check if it gets auto compressed, and if it does I run it though online convert. Just using anything that can convert an image to jpg without any compression is the best way around it. I searched quite a bit for a better way, and there doesn't seem to be one.
Yeah, as previously stated Windows stores your wallpapers as a jpg and applies awful compression when you try to use a png; your best bet is downloading a program that lets you tweak your jpg settings on export.
Irfanview and GIMP are both freeware programs with this capability, with Irfanview being more a replacement for Windows Picture Viewer that just happens to be able to save images in other formats and GIMP being a PhotoShop replacement.
I circled some things I noticed
1. the left ear is pretty pointy. The image you chose may actually look like that but at your discretion if you dont like that smooth it out
2. her collar/neck i can see the background poking out. What i would do is put the shirt behind the skin then expand the shirt so there is a pseudo border created by her skin
3. her other ear and her neck i see a brown line im not too sure what that is about
Need this for my phone
Requesting if anyone can make this a little more minimalist?
Even if he had the Ai file, he most likely didn't try to make the colors below the lines perfect, so you really aren't losing anything at all by doing it from the PNG. Be thankful he uploaded a large one to make it even easier for you.
Requesting pic related
Thanks in advance
Probably mistakes everywhere cause I did it fast :c If you want it phone size crop it yourself.
Is anyone able to do this as 1080 x 1920 for my phone please? I'd prefer some space on one side I dont mind which and the colour I don't care as long as it fits and is a flat colour. It would be greatly appreciated thanks :)
Requesting this delicious nonon at 1920x1080
I'm not the original picture poster and I am just offering me view however I find the hair a bit difficult to see on the background (could be my eye sight or the fact I'm on a phone) its sorta mainly just above her right shoulder not sure if anyone else has that problem though. Otherwise I think its very good :)
yeah i can see that as an issue, heres the blank version
After looking at this I have one question; how is her neck like that?! It looks so weird XD that's not a criticism to you by the way as its on the actual picture as well :p also it looks pretty great, you've done a good job :)
If I had done this I would have added a line to define the legs as separate rather than one big glob of flesh under her skirt.
Also her shirt doesn't quite meet her neck on the left there, or her hat and her hair at the back.
guy who requested here, could the background color be changed to something that wouldn't make features like hair or clothing be hard to notice? Also could you add a line or something to the legs so she wont look like a slutty pole?
What I do when I have two colors next to each other that are the same is I make a shadow around the border like in this. this way I hope you can see she had on a cloak
It is not necessarily just you. I'm kind of making this statement for every image that gets requested and completed. It's easier just to post a transparent and let them choose the color.
nonon update - fixed the hair / hat line and other little unfinished areas, theres a feint light now to separate the legs
What >>1691974 said; minimalism vs real vectors is basically "no lines, all colours"
The hard part is picking and choosing which colours to use and which to meld into others. Take >>1691850 and >>1691986 for a recent example: He opted to remove the gold trim from the hat and keep it solid black plus the button, removed the bars from the shirt so it's solid green, and removed the accents
Speaking of your vector, it looks much better now; could you upload her at a higher res after you fix the trumpet?
I know, but there was nothing that I could do to make it go away. I have no idea what it is.
A light background seems to fix the problem. Here's a transparent.
This is in Illustrator. I don't think I've encountered this in the ones I've done.
Ask if you want a background change. For 1080x1920, the problem is that her head is cut off on the top. She's going to be rather stretched and take up damn near the whole thing if I make it that big. Still want it done?
would love to get a minimalistic Gintoki (on the sword) wallpaper with the pose from this. replying with one other picture as well after I post this
this one would be fine too. either way. thanks a ton
figured I would drop this here considering I just finished it, maybe someone will get some use out of it ^-^
Any outlines at all, and shadows/highlights tend to go as well.
The puffy feathers on its chest could probably go safely too.
Your goal is to use as few colours as possible to get the point across.
yeah thats what I originally thought making these wallpapers, but some people on the previous thread were putting down others for not putting shadows in.
But I'll remember no outlines for the next one, or small details like the feathers on the chest
It is a subjective form that is up to multiple interpretations. I think they all look dumb without at least having an eye outline.
The general principle is no lines and minimal colors. Do whatever else you think looks good.
First time trying, got ambitious i guess, how did i do? I hope senpai notices me........
(I know the mic is crap and I'm a total noob at resolution i apologize)
With that level of detail you really might as well do her face, she looks weird.
You also have a blue line across the bottom of your image, and there's a weird line across the strand of hair on her right (left side of image) level with her hand.
I would love to see it transparent at 300 DPI after it's fixed though.
Ya im still tweaking little things im using for my own phone wallpaper, colours are off? i agree but like what?
i think that line was the border i didnt cut out i also stretched the mic this time so it would get cut
ALSO how do 300 DPI? what transparent? I did all of this for fun and have no idea what i would need to do PAST what ive done
Are you using Illustrator or Inkscape? I'm only familiar with the latter.
What you would do there to get a transparent 300 DPI image is hide the background-blue layer, Ctrl+Shift+E to Export the image, choose Page, then under "bitmap size" you have two boxes to enter the pixel size you want; just enter 300 in the box to the right marked "at X DPI" and it should give you an approximately 4000px tall png file with a transparent background.
Having never used Illustrator I can't swear to it, but I imagine the process would be similar there.
i am using inkscape, and once i thought about what transparent meant i got that... thank you all for ur help and suggestions i really appreciated it! am working on a few tweaks ill have a new one up (im sure there will be more bugs)
Ok so here it is at 300 dpi as requested (I tried to shade the face but u can probably see i half assed it, i avoided it the first time cause i wasent confident at all..)
Any suggestions on fixing colours would be appreciated!
Oh while I'm in the presence of a more knowledgable person, how do you get object lines to snap to each other? It's tedious to go in zoom and readjust... And can that be done with layers? (I. E. Getting shade blocks right on top of the underlying object) if this can be done in inkscape that would save so much time
It's much easier to see small errors at that resolution, so I've circled a few color-leaks and kinked lines, and questioned a few lines that look funny. Again, the bottom of your image isn't quite to the bottom of your artboard; check >>1691083 for an explanation on that.
I'm not sure why your image didn't export transparent; you know that doesn't mean "white background" but means "no background", right? Like >>1692000 and >>1691994
As for "fixing colours" the only thing that really stands out to me as being a bit off is her skintone; try changing her base skin color from e2a289 to something like f0ddcc which is closer to the color she is in the show. If we wanna get really picky her hair colour also isn't 232323 but more 3c3c3c, but that's really splitting hairs.
Ah OK, well I did white because the actual background is really botched and looks disgusting, and I omitted the cane altogether. Is there really a big difference between the two in terms of someone else doing something with it? I'll get the transparent up later along with your suggested fixes but I dunno if I can get the bottom limit done properly, you have color codes, I'm familiar with it but haven't investigated it in inkscape if you know where that is. Your very helpful thank you!
If you hit Ctrl+Shift+F it'll bring up the Fill/Stroke options window, and when you select an object (series of connected nodes which make a shape) you can tweak the colours from that window; it's as simple as typing them in the appropriate box.
As far as white vs transparent, yeah that matters a lot; if it's white and someone else wants to put it on another background they have to go along and erase the entire background all along the outside edge of the image which makes it look like garbage, whereas if you just post it without a background at all people can just paste it onto whatever background they want easy peasy.
I'm not sure what you mean by "the actual background" being botched; it should be as simple as turning the layer off (Ctrl+Shift+L to get the layers window, click the eye next to a layer to temporarily hide it) and just export the image with all the background layers hidden and you'll have a proper transparent png
No shit. That is why I suggested Mediafire/Dropbox.
Anyway, it is a simple fix. File > Document Color Mode > RBG
Changing that fixes the weird glitch. You pretty much always want to be in RGB mode anyway, since these will become wallpapers, unless you plan to print any of these.
I noticed you were creating multiple shapes in order to deal with the hair cutouts. I remember having to do something similar back when I first started vectoring. There is much easier way though. Open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and place it somewhere. You will want this at all times, specifically for Minus Front. Now you should be able to draw the hair as all one object, and then draw shapes over cutouts and use Minus Front to delete it.
Other than that, you had a lot of nodes with only one handle, as opposed to two on each side. This created a lot of weird hair that could be much sharper. In almost all cases, you want every node to have two handles. It will make your life easier.
Anyway, I did the whole image to image to illustrate what I meant. Here is the .Ai file so you can see how I did the nodes.
Requesting this as 1920x1080p
her in the left corner
and a blue background, but obviously off hue of all the other blue colors of her (especially her hair)
A few of the bigger problems I see:
It doesn't look like you're using clipping masks, so your colors aren't lining up. For example, on her sleeve, the stripes aren't flush with the blue. Try looking clipping masks up on google or something.
Either you're not using fills, or you're doing something else weird, because the points on areas like her hair should all be sharp.
Your lines are just messy in general. Lots of sharp or lumpy edges. Use less nodes for starters, and try moving the handles to adjust to the lines instead. Make sure you don't leave sharp nodes on parts that should be smooth, like the left of her hat.
Ok now i think i got it right
Damn, looking back on it, I missed some shit too.
You fixed a lot of things, but you also darkened her hair instead of lightening it, and left her skin tone too dark.
Also like >>1692272 said, you should be using fills instead of strokes or whatever weird thing is going on so her hair tapers to sharper points instead of ending in squares.
Here's a quick swatch of her hair I threw together with fills (note the sharp points) and the correct colour.
I didn't darken it the white background makes it look that way I'm not sure how to do fills, what that is or how to do efficiently, I really should look it up but I did this in the fly...
Ctrl+Shift+F to open the fills/stroke window, click the X on the strokes tab and the "solid colour" on the fills tab, that will make your objects a solid mass of colour with no outline, and allow tapered points. You should pretty much never use strokes in vectors because they look like garbage.
If you didn't darken the hair then I don't know what's up, because it is absolutely darker by about half. Was it set to 50% opacity before and 100% now?
Had to grab colors from elsewhere, too much sun.
Requestiing this, background color doesn't matter.
I finished her hair at the top. If you want a larger size or dont like the extra hair let me know. I also changed her skin color because it was absolute white
I tried out a different method how does it look?
Requesting, if yall dont mind.
The apex of the missing hair feels like it's too far to the left of the image, and it looks lumpy where you redrew it.
The shadow on the face also feels weird because you only kept it on one side and not the other, I feel like it would look better with either neither or both.
Adding in the shadow on the right side now. Can you go in paint or something and show me where it looks lumpy and maybe indicate where the apex should be because I dont see what your mentioning
Requester here. I think this is what that anon means by the lumpy hair. It's hard to see with a bg of any kind, but in the transparent shot, you can kind of see some jagged pixelation.
I've circled where it looks like you've placed a node and not smoothed it out very well. By smoothing it out you'll adjust the apex.
You really just need to follow the line for the hair and pinpoint where the nodes need to be placed to align both sides of the hair.
Other than that, you need to smooth out the hair a good deal, and add more curvature to them. Too many nodes and not enough handles. Make sure every node has two handles and you will avoid most of the problems. Same applies to the shirt and hands.
Anyway, I wanted my own interpretation with the white skin and shadows, so here is mine.
first time doing this, a lot of the lines are meh but too much trouble to fix them, maybe the next time I 'll make the lines more carefully
I've never used Corel Draw, but considering Illustrator and Inkscape are fairly similar in how nodes and handles work, I can't expect it to be that much different. You nodes and handles should look something like this.
I can only see the active handles and they have arrow heads but they appear to be same.
I can't find any good corel draw tutorials though and the program isnt close enough to illustrator to copy their tutorials. The one in the OP with the mareep gave me the basic idea.
Well, I can't really help you, other than what I already said. It would be easier to find Illustrator and Inkscape tutorials though. Illustrator is not hard to pirate, and Inkscape is free, so I recommend using either of those.
Here you go. Tell me if you need me to change anything.
Any chance of doing Kuro?
Any suitble background color would be fine
You clearly haven't used both programs extensively if you can think of that as the only advantage.
>man anime vectors look weird with gradients anyway who cares
You must not like 90% of fanart then.
Humbly requesting Schokolade with transparent background. Will upload my try on it.
I messed up her qt bedhair. Stripes are hard too. It's a mess.
fixed, it seems the white fills went to the front when I cropped them to fit the shirt
Requesting. Looks difficult, so I understand if no one wants to work on that.
Don't mind the backgroundcolour.
I'm trying to do my first minimalist wallpaper. I never used any image editor in my life.
This is what i did, until now.
Not too bad at all.
By the way, i'm using GIMP.
I feel like archer after blocking gae bolg
"...man, that was the greatest protection I had"
Made this, but then I took the drawing in the corner there into inkscape to clean it up, and actually make it a vector. But now I can't seem to get the background transparent again. I'll post the inkscape version in a sec. Any help would be greatly appreciated
would you be able to minimalize this? pretty please
could i get a minimalist version of this please?
and this too if its not too much. trouble?
You guys should not be exporting them with backgrounds of any color. Leave it transparent, and let the person who wanted it decide.
That green color is a good color to use solely to find errors before posting, since it is a horrendously bright and awful color that does not meld with any good colors. Hence why it's good to find mistakes with it.
WIP still need to do the shadows and some recoloring.
check the arms of the girl in the middle and the left arm of the guy in the right, there is a little bit of space where the fills intersect
I added that line at the very end because I didn't like that the arm, head and neck was the same and there wasn't much of a distinction. I don't know how to make parallel lines so I just made it like that. also they are 2 shapes because I was too lazy to crop it to the hair layer. Here is the one without the line
That is purely laziness. It is not hard to have that face line below the hair and draw it as one shape. It is also very easy to make parallel lines. All you do is make the nodes and handles parallel. The picture I made should suffice.
Yes, except you still haven't fixed the color slivers at the collar. There are two mistakes. Look hard and find them.
I really want an Alucard minimalist wallpaper. Source image would be preferred, if you have something that you think is better. Have at it. Thank you so much, in advance. :)
It's been a while. might poke around and do some old skipped ones.
reverse image search ashit. this ruins my file name system.
There was a point in which the hair needed to stop and I passed it.