Coming from a mobile development background, I have recently decided to learn how to design for mobile apps. I am not yet decided which tool I should use. I don't hold much knowledge in Illustrator and Photoshop - but am trying to create a screen design using Photoshop.

I was under the impression that version CS6 supported vectors and I could create pixel perfect shapes. As you can see below, one the left hand side is a rectangle in Illustrator and a circle in Photoshop. I am trying to achieve the Illustrator end result in Photoshop.

Is this possible?

I am basically trying to do is a design of a button with that end result.


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    Just for clarity, you are aware of the difference between vector and raster images? You should take a screenshot of the Illustrator curve and enlarge it as much as the Photoshop one.
    – Jongware
    Nov 30, 2014 at 11:44
  • I believe I am not. Time to do some more reading. Nov 30, 2014 at 11:49
  • Oh, by the way. both images are zoomed in by 600% Nov 30, 2014 at 11:49
  • Zooming in on a vector image redraws the original vectors at a larger scale. That's why I suggested a screenshot.
    – Jongware
    Nov 30, 2014 at 11:59
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    Not really, quality is not lost, the image is just smaller.
    – joojaa
    Nov 30, 2014 at 12:38

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I am pretty sure even if you zoom in that close to a vector curve you are going to see those jagged edges. Like the above comment mentioned check out the difference between raster and vector.

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    Dec 1, 2014 at 9:41
  • Now, my question is: why, at 600%, I can see the pixels in PS, but not in Illustrator? The zoom is the same... shapes are the same as well. Dec 1, 2014 at 12:35
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    Try turning on View > Pixel Preview. Without that on, Illustrator will always render all vector artwork at the maximum resolution your monitor can handle.
    – apex
    Dec 1, 2014 at 18:14

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