In this study we compared the image contrast properties of susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) and quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) for cerebral venous identification and visualisation. SWI and QSM are minimally invasive techniques to image cerebral veins with distinct contrast properties. We hypothesised that these techniques would provide complementary vein contrast in different brain regions. Contrast was measured using 1072 manually traced vein images from ten volunteers. We found regional variations in the predictive power of vein contrast and computed maps of contrast profiles that may inform which technique is best for a given application.