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Crystal Fluttershy by Sairoch Crystal Fluttershy by Sairoch
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From Season 3, Episode 2 - The Crystal Empire, Part 2.

By popular demand, here's another crystal pony vector. I used a slightly different technique for the crystal effect, so I hope it turned out alright. Feedback would be very appreciated.

Additionally, here's a brief outline of how I did the crystal effect. I'll skip the part that I've mentioned previously, where I traced each individual facet of the crystal pattern, because it's unnecessary here. This guide (and the included file) is intended for use with Inkscape.

This file (Inkscape SVG) contains the pattern I used (and the stars, on a separate layer). Hide the star layer, select all of the pieces of the crystal pattern, and group them together as one object (Object->Group, or Ctrl+G). Copy that object, and then paste it into your own vector on a new layer above your pony. You'll probably want to paste several copies onto that layer and arrange them so that they cover your vector in the way that you want, then select all of the copies of the crystal pattern and group them again (Ctrl+G).

Note that at this point the crystal pattern will extend off the edge of your vector. To fix this, hide the crystal layer and select all of the pieces of your pony vector (be careful you don't grab anything else, like pieces of the crystal pattern or background elements). Copy them, paste them in place into a new layer, and then group them together. Move this layer above the crystal pattern layer, and then select your merged pony vector and the merged crystal pattern vector, then go to Object->Clip->Set. The merged copy of your pony vector should disappear, and the crystal vector should now cover only the area that your pony vector does.

If anyone has any questions (I wrote this pretty quickly and largely from memory, so consider this a rough draft pending further editing).

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Updated 12/02/12: Adjusted color scheme to make it less dull.
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ButterscotchRipple77 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Artist
Me (Butterscotch Ripple): "I WAS THERE!!!! FINALLY, I DON'T MISS SOMETHING IMPORTANT!!!! I MEAN, I MISSED THE WHOLE CHAOS THING BECAUSE I WAS ASLEEP, I MISSED THE CHANGELING INVASION BECAUSE I WAS IN THE BATHROOM, I ALSO MISSED THE THING ABOUT PONYVILLE BEING TRAPPED UNDER A DOME!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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KalSerTLT Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
She is beautiful...Heart 
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Lora-Does-Ponies Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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:iconsairoch:
Sairoch Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! It looks great! Thank you for letting me know, and thanks for the credit. :)
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Lora-Does-Ponies Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome
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MaxDash Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
what program did you use, and what effect did you use to put the crystal in fluttershy
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Sairoch Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used Inkscape. I gave a brief outline in this Deviation's description of how I did the crystal effect, but the shorter answer to how I created the crystal pattern is: Each "facet" of the pattern is a separate vector object with low opacity and a gradient fill of either black or white that is slightly more transparent towards one side of the object. This is more evident in my Crystal Twilight Sparkle vector, because the crystal pattern shows up better against her purple coat.
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MaxDash Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Excelente trabajo, me encanto, y felicito a los animadores que se lucieron diseñando ponys de cristal. Fresco y original, como haces ese efecto? usas mascara?
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Sairoch Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lo siento, no hablo español. No estoy seguro de lo que estás pidiendo. (Google Translate)
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MishkaWolf Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Can I use this? But change the cutie mark? I wanted to try something out. :D

and, its awesome!
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Sairoch Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, you're welcome to modify it however you like. If you need any help, let me know.
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MishkaWolf Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Okay! Thank you so much! :D

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MishkaWolf Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
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Fancygirl64 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love the crystal texture.
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Sairoch Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :) It took a ridiculous amount of time to get it right on my Crystal Twilight vector; I spent the better part of the day the episode aired fiddling with it. Thankfully, it proved easier on my subsequent crystal vectors, mostly because I was able to reuse a lot of the work. Worth the effort, though, as they seem to be my most popular vectors by a pretty wide margin.
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mylittleponiesinrl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Used [link]
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:iconsairoch:
Sairoch Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, very nice composition. Thanks for the credit, on this and on the Twilight one. :)
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mylittleponiesinrl Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Thanks!
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Princess-CoCo-154 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really lovely, i really love the idea here, and Fluttershy looks really cute, great job, i love it!:D
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Lyingsmile15 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering how to do the effect. I don't think I'll be using your sparkle pattern on my image, but I'll use it as a reference to help me understand how it works. :3
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Sairoch Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Creating the effect from scratch isn't too complicated, just time consuming. Lots of messing about with the path tools (mostly Difference) to make sure that each facet of the effect fits in with the others without overlapping. Hope this guide is still somewhat helpful. :)
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Lyingsmile15 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm having a tricky time figuring out how to get the shapes to look right.
But the guide definitely helped a lot!
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erowa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
oh wow that hair <3
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SydneyitsSydneyYo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cute
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CloudySnappy123 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student
If you don't mind,how i can download SVG files?
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Sairoch Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Click the link at the top of the description (or right here: [link]), then find the "Download File" link on the right side of the Stash page and right click on it and click "Save Link As..." (or some variation of that, depending on which browser you're using.

It's an Inkscape SVG, so you might have issues trying to open it with any other program.
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CloudySnappy123 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student
Okay thank you.:)
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She looks cute!
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marioking89 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I can't see the pattern.
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thatguy1945 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The title should be "The Embodiment of Cuteness" :meow:

Great job ;)
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Py7h0n Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
it's just awesome and beautiful, great work!
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Sairoch Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Luna53011 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
it totally fits her
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Jowesline Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
That's awesome! ;)
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NorthernLightsmlpfim Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
CRYSTALSSSS!!! AGAIN!! XD
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RiokennG3 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Having a bit of trouble of clipping the crystal layer in Illustrator. Is this method only usable in Inkscape?
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Sairoch Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not really familiar with Illustrator, unfortunately. I'm willing to bet that there's a way to make this work, but I have no idea how.
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RiokennG3 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sorta got it to work. I can totally use another shape to do the cut thing with the crystal pattern. It doesn't work right when im using your Fluttershy Vector though.
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Tiggy-paws Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks so much better like this!
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AdryenneAddiction Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering if I could use this as a base/reference for the hair shape. Fluttershy as a crystal pony is a lot like my oc. I'd appreciate it a lot!
Just wondering cause I'd be editing your work. I'd still credit you of course and I'd put time into it! If it would ever get done, I'm still a novice at paint tool sai. I can spend 5 hours on something and screw it all up so..
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Sairoch Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go ahead! I'd love to see what you do with it when you're done.
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AdryenneAddiction Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright if I do get around to it and finish it I'll let you know! Thank you ^^
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BoltBlazer Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
as if she wasn't beautiful already, they made MORE beautiful!
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Otterro Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fluttershy looks best as a crystal pony
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somekindahatebreeder Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist
I LOVE!!!!!!!
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RainbowTheKirby28 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So lovely...<3
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Omnitoast Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
how do u change the colors?
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Sairoch Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you're talking about the adjustments I made, I just selected each object individually and reset the fill color. There might be a better way to tie objects together to a palette though.
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HeartinaThePony Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful!
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msteetertotter Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So shiny..
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