4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 7, 2016 9:47 AM by Phillip@K2

    Does anyone know what the difference is between Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch?

    Draw vs Sketch

      Hi, I'm new to both apps and I'm trying to determine whether it would be worth it having both apps on my tablet. Does anyone use both, and if so, what situations are you using them for?

        • 1. Re: Does anyone know what the difference is between Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch?
          Sue Garibaldi Adobe Employee (Admin)

          Hi,

           

          The greatest distinction between them is that Draw is a vector drawing app and Sketch is a bitmap/raster drawing app. As a result the drawing tools are bit different as are the outcomes.

           

          There are a lot of people who use both apps regularly; hopefully they'll weigh-in on this post.

           

          Sue.

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          • 2. Re: Does anyone know what the difference is between Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch?
            Theresa J Adobe Community Professional

            I use both apps. I think of Sketch as PS mini Photoshop for painting or sketching on my iPad, and Draw as mini Illustrator. I like Draw for creating simple graphics that I can send to Illustrator and add to more complex projects I am working on there. I actually prefer drawing with Sketch, than Draw because it has a more natural feel, and the files don't get overly complex. I work on an iPad 2, which is pretty old technology now. It doesn't support pressure sensitivity. Also Draw tends to crash a lot if the project gets too complex. If I had an iPad Pro, I bet I would use Draw a lot more. Von Glitschka has an excellent course for Adobe Draw on Lynda.com.

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            • 3. Re: Does anyone know what the difference is between Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch?
              JSJcreative Level 1

              I use both apps on an iPad Pro (12.9 inch) with an Apple Pencil. Both apps work amazingly. The pressure sensitivity is outstanding and the line character is great. I've had no lags or crashes. I've just started using the apps and iPad last week.

              I do wish there were easier ways to learn about the apps than I have found. I landed here by trying to learn if Sketch is bitmap/raster or sometime of advanced vector (got the answer, its bitmap, thanks!) also it was difficult finding what the output resolution of the canvas in each app is. I've since learned that the canvas size in Sketch is the same as your iPad pixel dimensions and the resolution is 72 dpi.

               

              I'm sure being able to increase file resolution is on the drawing board. Since I'm not making final art in sketch it's not a problem but eventually for this to be a real Pro app we'll need to be able to work on a canvas in Sketch that's 300 dpi.

               

              Figuring out how to round trip transparent images from a desktop to the iPad and back has been a challenge too, but I figured that out.

               

              Another need that comes with having layers (which I am super thankful for, because they were more basic when I first downloaded the apps) is being able to export without merging layers. I can understand if there is a layer amount limit maybe 5 layers max, but there needs to be something more than merging.

               

              Great start overall, I've got 20+ years of creating with Adobe and I'm happy to still be happy!

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              • 4. Re: Does anyone know what the difference is between Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch?
                Phillip@K2 Level 1

                one is Vector base "mathematical lines"(adobe draw) the other is  Raster base "pixels" (photoshop sketch)