I've a team of designers right now who are using adobe illustrator, and just recently started using Photoshop CS3.
A major role of these designers is to receive physical (printed) samples of plaids and then be able to digitize them so that they can be altered in terms of colors and then sent out to clients for review.
Example: We'll get a sample plaid which has various widths of stripes in black, white and red. After sending it to our client though, they may want to see it in black, white and green instead. At the moment, we need to have one of our designers "eye-ball" the printed plaid design and recreate it from scratch in illustrator and then color it in using the colors we want. This, of course, is terribly inefficient and time consuming. There has got to be a better way.
Is there an application or plug-in for either Photoshop or Illustrator that will allow us to scan these samples somehow and digitally recreate the plaid or design, with all its varying stripes and patterns and allow us to alter the colors as we see fit from there?
Secondly, we would also love to have the ability to create new patterns from complete scratch but I'm assuming that any software that does the above would also have functionality to do this as well.
Last of all, in your opinion(s) which is the better tool for this job? Photoshop or Illustrator? As I understand, Illustrator would be better for the creation of these plaid templates and then Photoshop would be better for the color manipulation/alteration.
Thanks so much in advance!