Just wondering if anyone, hopefully professionals also, can answer a few questions about some technical aspects of digital painting?
Sorry if this is the wrong forum [moderators please move] or that it is repeating another thread...however...
When painting, especially with photoshop I tend to get quite fuzzy edges, and the lines aren't crisp like alot of [professional] work.
I believe that resolution plays a big part of this [sorry if i'm being niave], and that these artist will paint pics at a higher res and then once the image is printed or displayed [at a smaller size] all the lines and edges will appear crisp and sharp. So what kind of resolution are we talking?
300ppi? 600ppi? higher?
4200x2900 [a3] or larger than that?
This would explain why my paintings feel very fuzzy around the line edges...even though i use the hardest brushes available[well...unless there is another reason of course]!
However this does bring up another problem. If this is the case then working at 5000x 3000 at 600ppi or even 300ppi then the lag on my brush strokes would be unbearable!! So does this mean an upgrade to my computer is needed?
What would be a typical spec for a professional digital painter?
Mine is amd 3000+ with 1gig of ram and an ati 3d graphics card! But when speaking to a technician he mentioned that these designers/digital painters would probably be using multi-processor motherboards with maybe 2-4 4400+ 64bit dual core-processors, and have about 2-4gig of ram. And they would probably have two harddrives, one about 80 gig which would have the photoshops primary/first scratch disc assigned to, and have the operating system and the photoshop software on the other drive!
Or is this overkill...as it seems a big thing to have 2 dual core processors with 4 gig! .