I started making vexel arts last Sunday (I guess). 10th of April. I was very interested in this thing ever since but I had no courage to try it. Due to boredom and frustrations, I decided to give it a try. So there. I was so happy. The products may not be that beautiful and/or awesome but as a first-timer, I am satisfied. I enjoy doing vetorized images. In fact, the day after I tried, I made 4 vectorized images in a row. 7pm-1am. I enjoyed too much that I did not pay attention on the text messages my phone was receiving. Hahaha.
Anyhow, I tried to make a “Tutorial” on how I do my vexel arts. This is my first time to make a tutorial and it’s only because my pakner Beben asked me to.
So here it is:
Of course, you will need an Adobe Photoshop (I use CS5).
Open your Photoshop. Click ‘File’ on the menu bar and choose 'Open’ or simply 'Ctrl+O’.
Choose a file you want to vectorize. The bigger the size of the image, the better because it will be easier to mask every detail.
Okay, now you have chosen a file.
Select the 'Rectangular Marquee Tool’ and press 'Ctrl+A’.
At this point, you must have selected the whole image as shown above.
Next, you have to create a new layer where you’ll paste this image. Press 'Ctrl+Shift+N’ and you’ll see this (new layer options):
You can name this layer the way you like it to be but I’ll just leave it as 'Layer 1’ since we’re going to delete this in the future.
Select the newly created layer and paste the previous selection.
So there, we have Layer1 and background. Both with same picture.
Make another layer above the 'Background’ but below the 'Layer1’
Name as 'Background’ since this will our background for our vectorized image.
Delete the original background or the original photo.
Select the new 'Background’ layer and fill with the color that you desire as your background by pressing 'Shift+F5’
Make sure to turn on the visibility of your Layer1.
Create a new layer to start the vexel. Look at the photo and the farthest detail from your view will be your bottom layer (next to your background)
Select the pentool.
Fill your layer with the color that you want. Start creating a vector mask by putting on anchor points on the detail that you are working on.
You don’t have to worry too much on the irregularities of the shape that will be covered by other layers. In this case, the body that will be covered by the shirt. Focus on the edges that will primarily shape your image.
Right click and select 'Create Vector Mask’
Create a new layer for the next detail. (For this photo, my layers are: Neck, Green Shirt, Vest, Table, Arms, Head and the details) It’s your choice whether you’ll work on small details or not. (But I’m kinda OC so I put attention on every possible detail I can work on).
Turn off the visibility option if you want to check your work.
When you’re done creating masks for your image, delete the Layer1 (your original photo)
Click 'Flatten Image’
There you go.
Save your work.
/I don’t know how to make tutorials but I tried my best. Hope this will help.