What are Vectors?
Vectors are made up of paths, which include points, curves, and angles along the way. This setup is in contrast to gifs, jpegs, and other types of raster images, which are comprised of pixels. The key advantage to working with vectors over pixelated images is that they maintain their image quality when enlarged, unlike their rasterized counterpart, which decrease their image quality when enlarged.
The Adobe program that will give you the most flexibility when working with vectors is Adobe Illustrator. To use vectors into Illustrator, you simply open an .ai or .eps file straight into Illustrator, or you can open a new file and create your own vector within the Illustrator interface.
You can also import and use Vectors in Adobe Photoshop. Read our next section for instructions on this alternate technique.
While Illustrator is certainly your main to-go when working with vectors, there may be certain instances when you need to import and work with your vectors in Photoshop. This can be accomplished through a few different methods. So you’ll just need to choose the method that best fits your needs.
I want to import the entire vector image at one time. AND I don’t need to edit any of the vector elements in Photoshop. Simply select the entire vector image in Illustrator and copy and paste it into your file window in Photoshop. You will need to choose Smart Layer when prompted in Photoshop.
Another way this can be accomplished is by selecting File > Place in the Photoshop interface.
When the browser window comes up, select your .ai file from the menu. This will bring up a menu where you can provide some specifications about your import options (see image below).
On the left hand side of this menu, you will see a thumbnail, and below that, you will see Thumbnail size. Here you can choose the size, either small, medium, or large, you wish your art to be. And as we’ve already mentioned, since it’s a vector image, you can select any size without sacrificing quality.
On the right-hand side of the menu, you will need to specific your Crop To options. To avoid any extra white space around the edges, we suggest selecting Bounding Box, which will crop the image to the edges of the vector. The checkbox beside Preserve Clipping Path will also need to be checked if it’s not automatically checked. Finally, click okay to import your image.
If you wish to preserve some of the editing capabilities while importing your vectors in Photoshop, the quickest and easiest method is to simply select each layer individually in Illustrator and copy and paste them over one at a time in Photoshop. When the Paste Options pop up appears, most often selecting Smart Layer is the best option, but if you wish to maintain color editing capabilities, you will need to choose Shape Layer when prompted in Photoshop.
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The laws of my country differ from those of the United States... Which ones apply?
Since Vecteezy is a company based out of the United States, we must inform you that the laws of this land will govern the site and all who agree to use it accordingly. By submitting to or using this site, you agree to abide by the laws that govern us and it, so follow the rules, please.
What are your Mature Content Rules? What is considered unacceptable?
First off, what is absolutely not allowed on Vecteezy is work that is considered to be pornographic in nature - at all. If we see that something has been uploaded of that nature, it will be removed and/ or the artist will be contacted as our staff deems necessary. We are a different kind of site - we want Vecteezy to be a family oriented site and welcoming to all. Therefore, we, as a rule, do not allow artwork including nudes or other mature content to be uploaded. "Mature Content" includes (but is not expressly limited to) all works containing nudity, or very suggestive sexual material, unnecessary violence, and other subject matter deemed too sensitive or offensive. Whew! If you still have questions or think your work might be deemed too mature, or 'adult', there is some further information answered in the following questions.
Is posting 'Adult' related resources ok if I censor the preview images?
Um, no. Any work, whether it is a preview image or not, that is blurred or cropped or blocked in any way by self censorship will be handled the same way that any uncensored unacceptable material would be handled - it will be removed and/ or you will be contacted by the Vecteezy staff whenever we deem necessary.
What does Vecteezy consider to be 'Adult oriented' imagery?
'Adult Oriented' imagery is that which contains pornographic material and/ or content, which is under any circumstance, NOT ALLOWED on the Vecteezy site. Also, any imagery that is sexually explicit or suggestive or graphic in any way falls under this category. Once again, we are an all ages, user friendly sharing site, so please use good judgement when uploading with us, as each submission is reviewed by our staff.
What are your rules regarding avatars/ profile pictures?
Your profile picture can also be called your avatar or Gravatar (globally recognized avatar), which is the small icon that appears next to your name. Generally, the same things apply to these icons as apply to artwork in general - make sure you are legally allowed to use the image or photograph before uploading it as your own. See the art theft and "Copyright Concerns" and follow accordingly for your profile picture. Anything that you have created that also falls under work and imagery allowed on this site, we welcome as your avatar.
What are your definitions of and rules regarding 'Hate Propaganda'?
Here at Vecteezy we define 'Hate Propaganda', also known as 'Hate Art', as the recognized national laws do. We also do not allow it on our communal site. Works that promote the hatred of peoples, races, or belief systems other than your own and/ or are created for the detriment of others are considered 'hateful', and will not be allowed to exist as valid artwork on our site. If the staff here deems any artwork, or comment for that matter, 'Hate Art or Propaganda', we will contact the artist/ and/ or delete and remove any work or discussion in question. Let's all be nice, now.
Do you allow 'Adult', explicitly sexual, or pornographic content on Vecteezy?
No, silly, no, no, no!! This type of work or information will in no way be allowed to adorn the halls of this here website. This website in intended for all ages and types of people and users, and so, to keep the communal aspect of this site alive, we do not allow things of explicit or graphic nature.
Do you allow linking to 'Adult', explicitly sexual, or pornographic sites or content?
Absolutely not. As stated already, Vecteezy desires to be a welcoming art and design sharing site for all, and therefore will not allow users or visitors to post offsite links to pornographic or explicit material. Post on, but make sure your links are valid and support the Vecteezy Policies, otherwise our administrative staff will be forced to take action and remove any information or work in question.
What are your Commenting Policies?
We want to keep all comments family and user friendly, and encourage review and constructive help, so keep that in mind while commenting! Make friends, not war!
Should I put a signature, watermark or copyright on my preview images before submitting them?
We do recommend putting some kind of unique identification on your preview image only as a means of preventing your work from being stolen. This can be really whatever you desire - text/ digital signature/ ghost images or watermarks - anything that claims your work as your own and is recognizable to others as your own, but does not hide or veil your artwork too much, since the downloader needs to be able to view what the brush will look like. If our staff thinks your unique id is too promotional, in other words broadcasting yourself instead of your work, we may request you to change or remove it from the site. We have advertising for that!
What does Vecteezy consider to be Art Theft?
This is what is known as "Copyright Infringement", which in plain words is taking someone else's work and claiming it as your own. In more detailed words, art theft is when someone takes another's original artwork, writing, design, or photography, and modifies, reworks, or alters it (or doesn't change it at all) and puts their signature on it claiming it as their original piece. This is not allowed on Vecteezy. We support original artists and their works, not those merely built upon others' established creativity. Forms of art theft can include (but obviously are not limited to): taking another's work and blurring, manipulating, coloring over - merely paraphrasing in order to claim authorship. Other forms include using 'found' images from somewhere on the internet or from books or video games that belong to others - that original image/ work is always the legal property of the source, so don't take them!! Stealing is wrong!! Being influenced by others is fundamentally different - all artists can and should be influenced by others' works - it makes for a more rich and beautiful piece, just make sure what you take and use is filtered through your own creativity to produce something truly authentic. And so, of course, if the staff here at Vecteezy believes your work to be more or less authored by someone else, and has not come from valid, legal, stock, or public resources, have no doubt we will contact you immediately and/ or remove any artwork in question. Yay for authenticity!!
Why was my file relocated or moved?
Most likely because we thought it would be better suited in another category or gallery, and placed it in a space more users and visitors would be able to find and use it appropriately. It's not that we think you were wrong, we just know a little about this site and how people best use it, and want what you share to always come across the most traffic in order to benefit all involved. If you still have questions or concerns regarding the movement of a file, please don't hesitate to contact one of our staff members and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
My file was deleted. Can you tell me why?
First, check to make sure if your file was moved - we may have thought it would be better suited in a different place than the category you submitted it in. If in fact, your file has been removed, it would most likely be because we deemed it inappropriate or unacceptable material (lined out in the "Mature/ Unacceptable Content" policies), and felt the need to remove it in order to maintain the 'all ages, family friendly' atmosphere we desire for the Vecteezy site.
What are Packs?
Packs are something we here at Vecteezy definitely promote and pat you on the back for - they are groups of vectors or works submitted under one general idea. For instance, if you have an idea for a flower vector, we would suggest and greatly appreciate you generating multiple vectors under the 'flower' idea, instead of just one general flower vector. That way, your work will be more attractive to a larger audience who will be able to view 'Wow, 20 flower vectors!!!' instead of just 'a flower vector'.
What are Shallow Resources?
Submissions that do not promote the work of an artist and are rather mere promotions of a name or company are what we call "Shallow Resources". These submissions are not widely usable for our community, and really only advertise, which is something we offer in a category other than submissions, which is... Advertising!! We very much welcome advertisers on our site and would love to work with you on getting your information out there to the very large and active Vecteezy community. If you would like to get in contact with us about advertising on our Eezy Network, please click on the "Advertise" link on the bottom of our page. We would really appreciate it.
Vecteezy 101: Getting Started Guide
1. Search Free Art
If you signed up for a free account, you can now search and download free art faster. If you signed up for Eezy Premium, you now enjoy uninterrupted access to download free and Premium art files. Whichever account type you have, you can enjoy your new-found freedom by simply logging in each time you visit our site.
2. Complete Your Profile
Every Eezy account comes complete with your very own member profile which automatically saves your downloads and “favorites” all in one convenient spot. Simply complete your member profile to get things started!
3. Leave Comments
You’re now in the inner circle. When downloading files, you can contact the artist and leave comments about their work such as a word of thanks or encouragement.
4. Give Back To The Community
Do you have art files and brushes you’ve created just lying around collecting dust? You now have access to share them with other artists to enjoy and use. And best of all, you'll love see their comments and words of appreciation! Share your files now!
I'm offended by something I saw or something someone said on this website! What should I do?
Well, first of all realize that people are different, believe differently, and create differently, so what you find on this website may be something you do not entirely like or agree with. We do prohibit certain things on this site (see "Mature and Unacceptable Content"), and do try to create an atmosphere for all ages and peoples, and therefore desire all submitters to keep this community spirit in mind. If you in fact view something you believe to be forbidden by our guidelines on this site, or something we hold to be unacceptable content, please contact us with your concerns but clicking on the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page.
How to I report a submission which I think breaks the rules?
First, (remember no one likes a tattle tale) read the Vecteezy policy guidelines on the subject or content in question, and if you still believe the submission or comment you have come across is unacceptable, please contact us regarding it by clicking the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page. We will review the questionable material and take appropriate action. Thanks!
What evidence is required when reporting stolen material?
If you come across something that you believe to be stolen, please let us know by contacting us with sufficient evidence to make a judgement. If found on the internet, you would need to copy the URL address (the http bar at the top of the browser) of the site containing the work of the original artist that needs to be compared with the work that is believed to be stolen or 'ripped'. If you cannot link to something, please provide ample information on how to find the original work, for example - a comic book name or author. Also, please provide an explanation on why you believe the artwork should be judged as stolen, so we can make a more accurate decision. Again, stealing is wrong!!
How do I report people for abuse, harassment, or other issues I may think are violations?
Comments or discussions that are hateful, abusive, those which contain threats or evidence of stalking, or those containing unnecessary aggression should be immediately reported by clicking on the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page. In such reports, please copy and paste the URL address of the page where the comment or discussion took place so that we can locate it and judge what action needs to be taken based on the original words. This is very necessary, since we cannot accurately make decisions without knowing what exactly was said. Once again, let's all be nice, now.
Can I just download the free resources and use them elsewhere?
All works and submissions to the Eezy Network are considered to be the copyrighted property of the artist who made the submission, and therefore, if you desire to use, repost, or in any other way redistribute another person's submission, you will need to contact the individual artist and be granted permission by them to do so. Some submitters may have obtained a Creative Commons license, from which you will be able to decipher what uses he or she allows or disallows in regards to usage of their work. Some licenses allow only personal usage, as others allow the use of brushes for commercial use, it just depends. If the artist does not have a Creative Commons License, simply contact them on their wall with whatever question you have and go from there. The Vecteezy staff can not and will not grant any such usage, since we do not have the right to do so, all we do is offer a place to up/ download/ share and communicate.
Can I resell the resources I download from Vecteezy?
No. The resources you find on this site have been uploaded by individual artists who reserve the copyright and would only be able to sell it themselves. As stated, any use other than what the artist has intended by uploading to this site would need to be legally approved by the original artist by permission or an allowance granted by the license he or she has obtained.
Does Vecteezy own my resources?
No way! You do! You, as the original artist, reserve all rights relevant to your work at all times, which include the exclusive copyrights to the original artwork. By submitting work to Vecteezy, you allow us to post and display it as a means of making your artwork available to viewers and system users, but in no way does that make us the owners of what you have sweated to create.
How do I cancel my Eezy Premium Subscription?
It's very simple. Just go to your Account Settings, then click on Subscription Settings, and then you will see a link to "Cancel My Subscription". Easy squeezy.
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