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Winter Solstice



The winter solstice occurs exactly when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. Though the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, the term is also a turning point to midwinter or the first day of winter to refer to the day on which it occurs. More evident to those in high latitudes, this occurs on the shortest day, and longest night, and the sun's daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice occurs on December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere.The 2010 winter solstice (summer solstice in the southern hemisphere) will occur on December 21, at 23:38 UTC or 11:38 pm Western European Time (WET).

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The Features



In celebration of the midwinter festivals, I give you some seasonal vector features from the Digital Art > Vector galleries. Please check out these night and winter themed pieces:

Good Night by recycledwax Winter Rain by silver303 Midnight Blues by NaBHaN Future by Larin-Nickolay For the Love of the... by j3concepts starry sammy night by phig Night falls by Askhari Winter Version 1 by Blush-Art Red Winter by DomNX It's cold outside by hrvojester Winter by verucasalt82 Let it Snow by GoblinQueeen :thumb183478697: Princess of night by Zzanthia winter. by your-despair Invierno by Pando1 Winter Solitude by VintageWarmth XwinterX by bboypion Snow Blossom by CQcat Sleeping bunny by Oborochann

What is Vector Art?



In digital art there are two layer formats: raster and vector. Raster formats are based in pixels and vector is based in paths and points.

When you resize a raster image, you are expanding the pixels. Your program has to try to estimate what the colours would be for the additional pixels created. Due to this, the image loses it's clarity and creates a pixel effect.

When you resize a vector image, you are increasing the distance between the points. Due to this, the image doesn't lose it's clarity and doesn't pixellate.

The key element of vector is that it's infinitely scalable without any quality loss and it's why we love it!


If you have any questions or concerns to do with the vector gallery, please feel free to contact me via note :hug: Happy Winter Solstice you scalable lovies!
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DomNX Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Love the picks!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :salute:
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bboypion Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:peace: thanks!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :salute:
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blissart Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Awesome selection!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :hug:
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CQcat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Thanks for featuring, Shar! This is a very nice winter selection! :love:
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No problem Hels Bels :hug:
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Mishelangello Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Very beautiful! :iconomgsocuteplz:
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Aren't they just! :hug:
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