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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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:icongivralix:
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 General 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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:iconzutheskunk:
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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:iconrosebudperry:
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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:iconrosebudperry:
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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LeAlphaDawgy 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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:iconzutheskunk:
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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ZuTheSkunk Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Select an object and then do Shift + Page Up.
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:iconconnorsparda:
ConnorSparda Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
o thanks! :D
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:iconzutheskunk:
ZuTheSkunk Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
No problem. :) Also, I forgot to mention that Page Up will me for moving one layer up, and Page Down for one layer down.
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:iconconnorsparda:
ConnorSparda Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yay made my first vector with the inkscape vector turtorial ! :D wanna see it :D
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Pilot231 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student Writer
nevermind, I figured it out.
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:iconpilot231:
Pilot231 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student Writer
I'm having a problem... When I get to step 5, I hit a problem. (Also, what the buck goes onto Magic layer 3?)
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Miyu-Maneki Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Thanks a lot for this tutorial! I will try sooner!
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:iconpilot231:
Pilot231 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Writer
Awesome! =D I could really use this. =)
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eipreD Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for this tutorial!
This is my attempt: [link]

Thanks again! :la:
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:iconamber-and-megan:
Amber-and-Megan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I may not have Inkscape but you sure helped me on Gimp!
Thanks! XD
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:iconwanderingmagus:
wanderingmagus Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
uhm, could you give some tips? x3 I can't do it in Gimp... >.<
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:iconamber-and-megan:
Amber-and-Megan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Sure:
1. use the path tool to create the squiggle outline.
2. press 'Select from path'and fill with the desired bg glow color. on a new path and set transparency of layer to 32.9
3.Create a new layer and again 'select from path'
4. With the airbrush tool press 'trace path' or whatever its called.
5. then set that layer to transparency 55.7
6. for the glitter... I had to hand draw it...

Hope that helps!
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:iconwanderingmagus:
wanderingmagus Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
thanks! :D the result looks awesome!
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:iconamber-and-megan:
Amber-and-Megan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
whoops

3. Create a new layer and again 'select from path'
4. Press 'trace path' or whatever its called and trace with the airbrush tool with the second darker color.
5. shrink the layer until it fits well inside of the first layer.
6. then set that layer to transparency 55.7
7. for the glitter... I had to hand draw it...
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jackalmoth Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thanks!! Totally gonna use this in my Tumblr comic! ;)
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Firestorm-CAN Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Downloading this one on the double!
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:iconkittita:
Kittita Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Amazing tutorial, I will be using this technique in the future! =)
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DaringDashie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually reverse engineered one of your vectors to work out how to do this, and now I find that you'd gone to the trouble of writing a tutorial about it. I feel a bit silly now...

Though I did manage to work out more or less the method you've described :)
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HeyLaughingBoy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'mma do this when i get home.
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Marcxangfenix Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
buen efecto majico
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