Folks, Photoshop newbie here with what I think is a simple question, but clearly, I am not searching for the right keywords on Google. I have a hand-sketched pattern that I have scanned into a (bitmap) image. It is a crisp black and white image. I would like for a way to get Photoshop (or Illustrator) to detect the edges and extract paths from it, thereby converting it into a vector graphic. This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question. Since you’re using Illustrator then use the tools built into it for doing exactly what you’re doing. But if you don’t have / want to use the Adobe software there are several free alternatives: Potrace is Free (as in FOSS) vectorisation software, these days it comes as a plugin for the free vector graphics package Inkscape The brilliant commercial / open source vector graphics package Xara is available free for Linux, it has an excellent built-in tracing tool (and it kicks illustrator’s 4rse for speed and ease of use) I don’t believe there is any way to easily/automatically ‘vectorize’ a raster image in Photoshop or Illustrator. There does appear to be an online utility that offers two trial conversions before you have to pay, then they want $7.95/month, which is probably quite excessive for individual use. Check out http://vectormagic.com/home — if you’re just doing one image, that should do the trick for you. Source.