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I know people prefer using CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator, but I want to know if there is a technique I can follow to use Adobe Photoshop CS6 to make vector Images.

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Photoshop can not create true vector images. This is a very common misconception.

Regardless of how you create a file and save it, Photoshop always saves both vector and raster information. You can't create vector files with Photoshop. You can only create raster files with vector containers/edges. This means you may have a vector square and its edges will remain sharp and crisp, however if that square has a gradient fill. That gradient fill is raster entirely and it will suffer upon some scaling.

Applications such as Illustrator, Corel, Xara, actually can contain only 100% resolution independent vector data. It's not a matter of "people preferring" to use a vector application. It's required if you want a true vector format in the end.

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You CAN really draw vector graphics in Photoshop. For example, I usually export vector from PS to Flash. Therefore, you can create true vector images. –  Dani Mar 21 '14 at 17:45
@Dani Yes you can draw using vectors in Photoshop. But you can not save (or export) a true vector file from Photoshop. Have you checked those exports? Much like exporting to Illustrator - they are vector containers with raster fills. That's not a true vector file. The best you can do is draw vectors in Photoshop, then export the paths and use some other true vector application to add fills and strokes. I understand people really want Photoshop to create vector files, but the truth is that Photoshop simply does not. –  Scott Mar 21 '14 at 18:24
In addition, the mere fact you need to use Flash is further evidence that Photoshop is insufficient for creating real vector files. –  Scott Mar 21 '14 at 18:27
What do you understand as true vector file? –  Dani Mar 24 '14 at 17:03
No raster content. Most often users desperate to use Photoshop for vector file are trying to sell vector files at micro-stock sites. And much like those sites, I don't see a file containing a bunch of vector containers with raster image fills as being true vector. Scaling a file with vector containers and raster fills, will break the pixels in the raster fills - that's not vector. Note: I'm not saying you can't create files with Photoshop. Vector containers with raster fills are fine for most production. But they aren't true vector. –  Scott Mar 24 '14 at 17:04

Chippin' in, in case anyone still wants to create vector elements in Photoshop (to use with raster images, for example, or for any other situation).

The tool Photoshop has that allows you to work with vector graphics, is the Pen Tool. The basic operation of the Pen Tool involves clicking around the Photoshop canvas to make points appear. These points will be connected by lines and start to create a shape.

Compared to other programs (like Illustrator), it's the things you can do WITH the shapes once you have them drawn what is somehow lacking. Photoshop will let you draw, modify nodes and play with combining, intersecting or substracting them, but it won't let you do more complex operations.

The Adobe Forums have a very complete guide on how to get started with the Pen Tool.

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You CAN export the paths you create to an Illustrator file, but the basic view is Photoshop was created for raster images and Illustrator was created for vector images. CorelDraw does both in one program, but the trade off is it does neither as good as Adobe, imo.

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Hope this helps show you how to create a vector graphic in Photoshop.

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I would like to point out that this is a horribly misleading link. While it is absolutely possible to create paths in Photoshop and export them to Illustrator, the author of the tutorial fails to expand the layer states in Illustrator. If he/she had you would see that each and every shape has a clipping mask applied to a raster fill. That is not "true eps" (actually there is no such things a "true" eps). In addition, this tutorial uses Illustrator, so how in the world the author sees that as "creating a true eps in Photoshop" is a mystery. Horrible link. –  Scott Jul 10 '13 at 17:11

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