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What is the distinction between Pen tools in Photoshop & Illustrator?

Discussion in 'Adobe Forum:' started by statbd7, May 7, 2016.

  1. statbd7

    statbd7 New Member

    Is there any major difference between both of this tools?
  2. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    If you do a Google search there are a few info-graphics that sum it up.

    Both are great tools for different things.
    Basically PS is for pixels (photographs and the like) but does SO much more
    AI is vectors which are kind of shapes that are non-lossy and can be scaled to any size without losing quality.
    Again, do a Google for vectors v rasters.
  3. Mark Zawila

    Mark Zawila New Member

    As scotty says above - vectors (illustrator) work on mathematical points and can be scaled without loss of data whereas bitmap images (photoshop) pixels are fixed and cannot be resized without 'some' loss of data - pen tools work basically the same in both illustrator and photoshop, you use editable 'anchor points' to create a 'path'
  4. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    Guys, I think the OP is asking about the actual Pen tools as opposed to the software at hand.

    They are a bit different in the way you operate the tool's anchor points and what not, I find AI pen tool easier and faster to use, PS takes a bit of getting used to, but they both function the same.
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  5. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Yep. Missed that.

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