Ok, I've used illustrator before and I've become very comfortable with it. It gives me smooth strokes and converts my artwork to vector.

Now, I've just started using Photoshop CS6. But I have one problem — any stroke or shape I draw in Photoshop doesn't look vector, instead it looks rasterized! I can see individual pixels.

It looks like this:

raster image

How do I make this smooth like a vector image?

  • You haven't asked a question but to save the time, the closest thing to a question would be "How do I make true vectors in Photoshop?" which Scott has already answered here: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/17865/… --- Voting to close as duplicate.
    – Ryan
    Commented Aug 30, 2014 at 12:12
  • how come they show smooth images here- udemy.com/blog/photoshop-logo-tutorial Commented Aug 30, 2014 at 12:36
  • Stroke and anti-aliasing properties on yours probably differ.
    – Ryan
    Commented Aug 30, 2014 at 13:02
  • any useful tips on how I use my anti-aliasing for the purpose of smoothing or getting the same effect like the images posted in the tutorial link I posted ...?? Commented Aug 30, 2014 at 13:09
  • You gone too deep for this 600% :D
    – Jack
    Commented Sep 1, 2014 at 9:48

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You can see individual pixels because you're zoomed in to 600%. Photoshop is meant for raster editing; it does not have the same zooming properties found in Illustrator. Even though you're working with vector shapes within Photoshop, it's still rasterizing them for you on your canvas.

You can still scale your vector shapes and the quality will be preserved, but zoom in far enough and you'll always see the pixels. The same goes for text in Photoshop which is inherently vector.

I advise that you create or edit your vector artwork in Illustrator. If you need to bring it into Photoshop for some sort of post processing that's fine, but Photoshop just plan and simple isn't the best tool for editing vector artwork.

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