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If I want to vectorise or trace in images that I have sketched, should I use Illustrator and use the pen tool to vectorise it, or use Photoshop and use the brushes to draw it (To imitate pen drawing)?

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I'd say this really depends on what you want to do with the final product. –  Pekka 웃 Jan 13 '11 at 15:01
    
I agree with Pekka. Are you creating something artistic which will be displayed at one size and never edited? Use Photoshop. Are you creating a logo, an illustration to accompany something, or art for the web? Use Illustrator. –  Lauren Ipsum Jan 13 '11 at 16:44
    
@Pekka: Make your comment an answer and I will vote it up. I think that is a reasonable answer here. –  Philip Regan Jan 13 '11 at 18:12
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It's up to you as the artist to decide what effect you want to go for (to imitate a pen drawing or to have a clean vector art look). Both have their merits. Illustrator can also imitate hand-drawn images, but it's not as realistic as you could do in Photoshop, Painter, or similar programs. –  Calvin Huang Jan 14 '11 at 0:38
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I can't really tell you which to use, but I can tell you the advantages and disadvantages of each program.

There are many differences between the two, but there's a single fundamental difference that created the need for two separate programs in the first place. Photoshop creates and modifies raster images and Illustrator creates and modifies vector images. That means with raster images you will get to a point of zoom in the image where you will get a hard pixel, but with vector you will always get a clean line. The advantage is that you can increase the size of a vector file to any size, as large or as small as you want it.

On the other hand, Illustrator is fairly limited in terms of the tools at your disposal. Colors are either a solid, a gradient or controlled with a gradient mesh. You really have to know exactly how it should look before getting started in illustrator.

I hope that helps!

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Anything that has to do with vectors, I use Illustrator. You can always later import the vectors in Photoshop if you need it.

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