I am confused about the meaning of the following sentence:

He started with a scanned sketch that he traced over, alternating between the two different tools to re-create the line work.

Does the phrases "traced over" and "re-create the line work" signify a single action of tracing? Or is the action signifies by "traced over" is finished in the first clause and another action of "re-creating the line" starts in the second clause?

The text is regarding a photo editing app.

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The sentence describes the general task of re-creating the line work. He used two different tools to accomplish that task. He did not use the two tools simultaneously; he alternated between using one and then the other. What was his starting point? He traced over a scanned sketch.

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