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Illustrations, produced with normal media on paper, or created on computer using dedicated drawing applications, are often called 2d illustrations.
As the name suggests, they are produced in 2 dimensions, while 3d illustrations are produced in 3 dimensions. More on that in the 3d illustration section.

You surely know techniques like pencil, pen and watercolor, airbrush, etc., used to create drawings on paper or any other « real » media, so I will not discuss these here.

Since computers have become more powerfull, these techniques can be reproduced on screen much more accurately.
No more dirty fingers, spots of paint or other « side effects » when deadlines are near...
Errors can be corrected by going back one or more steps ( if you saved regularly that is ... ) and you can produce several versions without starting all over again.

Since the mid- nineties, I use the computer for the creation of illustrations ( not for my paintings, of course )

Preparatory scetches are often still made on paper and scanned to import in my drawing application for further treatment.
vectordrawing of a car
2d Illustrations created on a computer, can be divided in two categories.
Most common are Bitmap- images, that are constructed in a series of PIXELS or points that have a specific color and a certain RESOLUTION, expressed in ppi ( pixels per inch )
When such bitmap- images are only to be viewed on screen, 72ppi is adequate, but when they are to be used in a brochure or other quality print, they should have a much higher resolution.
Usually, this will be 300 ppi.
For newspapers and similar prints, 100 to 170ppi will do.
Photographs and scanned images will always be bitmaps and
also images that were created in applications like
Adobe Photoshop™ , PaintShop™ or similar, will
be bitmaps and thus resolution dependent.
Vector- illustratiions do not have a given resolution.
They are created by connecting points to form objects.
To create or view such vector- drawings, you need a dedicated
application, though some bitmap- applications ( PhotoShop™ a.o. )
are able to read such documents.  
Prior to be used on a webpage or in print, vector- drawings
normally need to be converted ( rendered ) to Bitmap-
An example of such a rendered vector- image
can be seen at right.
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