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Inkscape Tutorial: Unicorn's Magic Glow by ZuTheSkunk Inkscape Tutorial: Unicorn's Magic Glow by ZuTheSkunk
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:bulletgreen: You can see that last image here: zutheskunk.deviantart.com/art/…

(30.07.2012) Sections #1 and #2 have been updated to use more efficient techniques, as well as point out the importance of drawing the glow on the horn in a specific way.

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Based on "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" by Lauren Faust.
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:iconcardcaptor12-t:
Cardcaptor12-T Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
thanks for made this tutorial, i was wondering how the hell make a good magic glow and i found your tutorial.
thanks again =D
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MiniKirby123 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Good lord thank you SO MUCH for this step by step tutorial! I've only just started vectoring ponies, and I know the basics of Inkscape, but not enough to be able to read a guide and instantly know what to do. Your tutorial has been the only one so far that I can understand easily. THANKS AGAIN! :D
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Riuke-Z Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excuse me, when I'm in step 6, everything seems to be fine until I apply the blur, then it looks like the blur is cut of into a square... not sure if you can help me with this?
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:iconzutheskunk:
ZuTheSkunk Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
I know that there is a solution to this in Adobe Illustrator (I would recommend asking mewtwo-EX about it), but in Inkscape, I honestly don't know. It happened to me a few times, and I never knew what caused it. The only possible cause I could think of would be if you unknowingly applied clipping to it, but it's probably not it...
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:iconriuke-z:
Riuke-Z Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see. Thank you anyway :) It may be a bug or something. Thank you for your tutorial, by the way!
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TRANEofTNER Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I'm having the same problem did you find a way around it?
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:iconriuke-z:
Riuke-Z Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sadly no, sorry :( but it MAY be just a glitch, maybe restarting the program or your computer? i'm not sure
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TRANEofTNER Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aw ok Waaaah!  lol thanks anyway
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KorakDuHart Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is amazing!
Thank you so much!
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IComeFromTheFuture Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Where's Path-Simplefly?
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:iconzutheskunk:
ZuTheSkunk Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Um, what? :confused:
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:iconicomefromthefuture:
IComeFromTheFuture Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh, yeah, I thought you needed Ms Paint
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CyanDream6v2 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That works with Ponyscape?
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:iconzutheskunk:
ZuTheSkunk Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
It should.
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SunnyBloom90 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Thank you for this tutorial! It's very useful...
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PTG-arts Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Artist
derpy: the princess of muffins!
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:iconwolfminer:
Wolfminer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
derpy XD
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BlueStreamBrony Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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LimeDreaming Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
have realy help me
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:iconkaylathehedgehog:
kaylathehedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful.  Thank you for making it.
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Givralix Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this tutorial, it's very useful! ^^
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SealyTheSeal Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
XD Derpy
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ScarletLightning565 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you upload the image so that it preserves the blur? I can't find any way to make the SVG visible without using the raster (with the broken blur) as a reference.
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ZuTheSkunk Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I'm not sure what do you mean. What I upload as a deviation is an exported PNG image. In case of this tutorial, it's a series of screenshots.

Are you asking about the previews that are shown when you're viewing one of my downloadable source files and you left-click on the Download File link? If yes, then I don't know. It just works all by itself.
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The-Syreth-Clan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconyouareplz::iconallowedplz:

You mean whenever we make a magic glow by this tutorial, we should give credit, or when we upload this tutorial elsewhere? Either way, it was a tad helpful here fav.me/d6o94jk . Thank you.
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ZuTheSkunk Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
When you upload it somewhere.

You're welcome. :)
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:iconangelkitty17:
Angelkitty17 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This helped me immensely with my vectors, thank you so much!! Heart Hug
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:iconbendykins:
Bendykins Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice guide, very helpful :D
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1Delta3Grim7 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Inkscape huh? A friend of mine send me a download to it, I doodled around on it a deleted it the program :/ But now I know it's potential O_O
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1Delta3Grim7 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*Sent
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MARoy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm wonder if this will work in paint tool sai
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RosebudPerry Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Is it save to download inkscape?  Does it have viruses or something? thanks~
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:iconzutheskunk:
ZuTheSkunk Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
You can download Inkscape in the link below. As far as I know, the link doesn't have any viruses.

Download: inkscape.org/ (Top right corner)
Tutorial: mandydax.deviantart.com/art/In…
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RosebudPerry Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Thanks,  i tried it but i suck at it.  I guess im good at traditional art. XD
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:iconcsillaghullo:
csillaghullo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This. Is. Awesome! Thanks for the tutor! ^^
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firefoxRa Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you know where i could find a tutorial that animates the magic glow?
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:iconjewelimpressiveworld:
JewelImpressiveWorld Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
If you want to animate magic on flash, there is an analysis: www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2nf1L...
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ZuTheSkunk Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Not a single clue, sorry. :(

It's probably similar to how Celestia's mane is animated, but it's only a guess, since I never animated myself.
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firefoxRa Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its okay. I thought you might know.
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DhilieDale Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Thank you so much for the tutorial^^ you're awesome:icondashishappyplz:
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GrayOwlEyes Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks you so much- This was very helpful!
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crasydwarf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you kindly for this. I learned a lot :)
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TemporalTwins Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Use the force Derpy... THE FORCE!!!!"
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:iconflavia0028:
flavia0028 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
LOL!!!! And that's how Equestria was made!!! XDDD
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:iconmlp-lightningflicker:
MLP-LightningFlicker Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still don't get how to move somethin' into a layer.
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:iconzutheskunk:
ZuTheSkunk Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Select an object or group of objects and use Shift+PageUp or Shift+PageDown to move them up or down between layers.
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Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Świetny tutorial. Bardzi się przydał ;)

A proteza rogu dla Derpy - genialne :D
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SasQ Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Hahah the last picture with that artificial horn just rocks ;-)

One time I wondered why Unicorns are predisposed for Magic and how could it work "internally" inside their bodies, according to what we know in our world. And I imagined that those horns are placed in the point where the Third Eye chakra is located. It works like a waveguide for magical energy: it gathers it from the inside of their bodies (through the spine, center of their brains, the pineal gland, and straight to the horn), and then it's concentrated as the horn gets thinner, to leave it ultimately in the direction the horn is pointed at ;-)

Then I wondered if it's possible for other ponies (non-unicorns) to use Magic in some limited way (as long as they're not equiped with horns by Mother Nature). And I thought that they might use some crystals or other external devices as waveguides for their magical energy to concentrate it and amplify. Crystals are good energy transformers, they can multiply or divide the frequency, make modulations, resonators etc. So I was just that close from inventing artificial horn :-D But now I see it already made by someone, and this is amazing :)
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PyrodianBrony Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me too! Being a part of the Avatar: The Last Airbender fandom prior to this really helped me XD
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ConnorSparda Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i have a qeustion how i can move something to a layer :3
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