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    Digital inking on a Wacom Intuos 4 (Q)

    I noticed Arshes Nei say something about digital inking on the I4... but wanted to get the full scoop on this.

    I just attempted to do something like that and failed miserably... I think it's because I expect to be able to move my full arm into the movement, but am restricted by the relative small size of my tablet for inking. The lines aren't nearly as tight and neat as they would be if I just inked the original drawing with india ink.

    I'm drawing in pencil in a decent size format, scanning it in, and then attempting to ink on a new layer in PS.

    Any tips for creating nice, tight lines with PS and the Intuos 4? Which brushes do you use? Do you use pressure sensitive brushes?

    Should I try Illustrator for the pen tool and vector? Does Illustrator work well with the Intuos 4?

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    The relative tablet and display size is crucial for accuracy on an intuos. Sounds like you have a larger screen while using a smaller tablet, which causes a loss of control. Alternatively, if you use a larger tablet than the screen, you get magnified accuracy. Using a tablet pc or Cintiq of course is 1:1. Since you have an intuos4, you can try out precision mode to increase accuracy (set to a button in the wacom preferences) Good luck!

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    Hard Round brush at full opacity is what you use for inking.
    You want to have programs that are good with turning the canvas.

    For programs I use (please note I'm on a PC so if you're on a Mac some of these programs aren't available as Mac Platform)

    Open Canvas 1.1
    http://wistinga.online.fr/opencanvas/ I make sure the brush is hard edged with a min size at 0 for dynamic inking.

    http://www.polykarbonbbs.com/showthread.php?t=14350 has some more on OC.
    I also use the canvas rotation this program comes with.

    Easy Paint Tool Sai is another one that's popular. It tends to keep ink lines smooth
    http://algenpfleger.deviantart.com/a...orial-67196095

    I also ink with the scratchboard tool in Corel Painter.
    This also has easy canvas rotation.

    The trick is setting the brush hard and round, with a min size of 0, but making sure the opacity is at full strength. Then you set the brush size expression to pressure which will give you small to thick lines.

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    First of all, thank you both for the very thoughtful answers.

    Quote Originally Posted by James Thornton View Post
    The relative tablet and display size is crucial for accuracy on an intuos. Sounds like you have a larger screen while using a smaller tablet, which causes a loss of control.
    True. Good point.

    Alternatively, if you use a larger tablet than the screen, you get magnified accuracy. Using a tablet pc or Cintiq of course is 1:1.
    Well the Cintiq is on the order list, but only after my next contract starts... who knows when that will be.

    Since you have an intuos4, you can try out precision mode to increase accuracy (set to a button in the wacom preferences) Good luck!
    Cheers, I'll check that out.

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    Hard Round brush at full opacity is what you use for inking. You want to have programs that are good with turning the canvas.

    For programs I use (please note I'm on a PC so if you're on a Mac some of these programs aren't available as Mac Platform)

    Open Canvas 1.1
    http://wistinga.online.fr/opencanvas/ I make sure the brush is hard edged with a min size at 0 for dynamic inking.

    http://www.polykarbonbbs.com/showthread.php?t=14350 has some more on OC.
    I also use the canvas rotation this program comes with.

    Easy Paint Tool Sai is another one that's popular. It tends to keep ink lines smooth
    http://algenpfleger.deviantart.com/a...orial-67196095

    I also ink with the scratchboard tool in Corel Painter.
    This also has easy canvas rotation.

    The trick is setting the brush hard and round, with a min size of 0, but making sure the opacity is at full strength. Then you set the brush size expression to pressure which will give you small to thick lines.
    Thank you. I'll check into those.

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    Although this was done for Painter 9 (IX) I still find this useful for people wanting to understand some digital inking http://apps.corel.com/painterix/trai...rkid=tpc1006ft

    I have to remember what the shortcut is for Color talk but you can always make a new layer or copy the pencil one and adjust it with opacity and color settings.

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    For SAI try this older version with this tool, it's excellent to draw circles, parallel lines, straight lines, ellipses, vanishing points and speedlines.

    http://sai.detstwo.com/smf/index.php?topic=602.0

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    Wow, you guys are a wealth of information

    Thanks so much. After trying Paint Tool SAI, it's clear that it's the tool for me. So much easier than trying to do it in Photoshop... and it's vector, too.

    Q: Is there a way to simplify the curves? In other words, if you get the lines the way you want them, there will be a lot of overlapped lines and wasted vertices. Anything like that?

    Q: What's the easiest way to resize the finished product once it's done? Through an export setting?

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    I usually use Photoshop for resizing.

    Basically do a Save As on Sai, and you can save it as a PSD file.
    You can open it in photoshop and use the Save for Web option if you want to optimize it for web.

    You can also resize the canvas in Sai, but I actually like PS for the save for web option and go from there.

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    Thanks again Arshes.

    This thread is a good resource/starting point for Wacom 4/Inkin n00bs.

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