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July 23rd, 2006 #1
NEW USERS PLEASE READ : Graphics Tablet / Digital Painting Info. UPDATED!!For all the new artists coming to the website ...
Also referred to as a digitizing tablet, graphics pad, or drawing tablet, a tablet is an alternate type of input device that can be used in place of, or in conjunction with, a mouse, trackball, or other pointing device. The tablet consists of two parts, a flat surface for drawing, and a pen, stylus, or puck that is programmed to work with the tablet. Usually, you also get a pen holder, and some tablets even come with a cordless mouse that works on the tablet surface.
The most popular brand of tablet, for any use is a wacom brand tablet. They come in 3 different classes of tablet, with various sizes...
What model is best for me?
Best for those who are looking to experiment with digital art, but don't want to drop alot of cash on an expensive tablet incase it's not thier cup of tea...
Not so much for digital art, but for business pruposes. East changes to spreadsheet documents and the like.
A very basic, small and crude, but ok tablet for beginners, and have a very nice price tag...
The most commonly used model by artists, both professional for serious art students. Very good control and nive sizes available. They even have a new tablet made for widescreen monitors. Moderately priced.
Some notes about Intuos -
Intuos with serial ports are no longer supported for 64 bit systems officially by Wacom.
Intuos Models 1-3 have 1024 levels of pressure
Intuos Model 4 has 2048 levels of pressure
Intuos Models have programmable shortcuts that you can use and change on a per program basis (where other lines of Wacom except the Cintiq do not have this ability). This varies where you can program the shortcuts.
Intuos 1-2 have it on the top bar.
Intuos 3 has them as express keys and strips - the number of keys varies in the size of tablet purchased
Intuos 4 also has express keys and as well as a touch wheel. - the number of keys varies in the size of tablet purchased OLED display is available on medium, large and extra large.
Intuos 4 has a wireless version of tablet.
The amazing Cintiq. An incredible machine that allows you to draw right into a screen built into the tablet. Very expensive. When used by a professional, it can be used to make incredible peices of work. Overkill for new artists, or those not too experienced with digital art. To my knowledge, seeing a Cintiq is not a common thing,
UPDATE: Might be old news to some, but Wacom also has a couple new models. the Bamboo, Bamboo Pen and Bamboo Fun.
Both very affordable, small and well worth every cent. I friend it's great for travel with a laptop!
Notes about Bamboo -
This model has gone through several revisions.
Some older models of Bamboo only have 512 levels of pressure.
The predecessor to the Bamboo are known as Graphire tablets.
Notes about Bamboo Pen -
Bamboo Pen has no eraser end on the stylus
Bamboo Pen only has 512 levels of pressure
Bamboo Pen and Touch
Notes about Bamboo Pen and Touch -
This tablet costs more than the Bamboo Pen
Bamboo Pen and Touch has an eraser end of the stylus
Bamboo Pen and Touch has 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Some notes about Bamboo Fun -
There is the Bamboo Fun and Bamboo Craft
The difference between these two models are the size.
Bamboo Fun is a smaller tablet equivalent to 4x6 (inches of active surface - like an Intuos small)
Bamboo Craft is the larger tablet equivalent to 6x8 (inches of active surface - like an Intuos medium)
Both tablets have 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and come with software for beginners.
What about Software?!Some very popular software, which is pretty much the standard to use with a tablet are Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, and growing in popularity, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.
There are also a number of freeware programs out there like ARTRAGE and ALCHEMY
Don't worry about the price tag right away.. most of these companies will give 30 day trials, to see if the software if right for you.. and some are FREE! So just get painting!
I've never done digital painting before!
Now you have some info on the tablet, but where to get started!? Plenty of helpful videos, info and advice right here on CA.
THE ART DEPARTMENT / CONCEPTART.ORG
digital painting demos / instructional videos
Here are some threads that may help you start out when you purchase a new tablet
bumskee's excellent Digital Painting in Photoshop thread.
An older thread with forum users discussing different types of tablets.
And check out Android's (Andrew Jones) personal website. To see some of the advantages thatdigital art has. www.androidjones.com
UPDATE: Customizing Express Key Functions.
Feel free to add anything, y'all.
Oh... and keep clear of lensflares
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July 23rd, 2006 #2
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July 23rd, 2006 #5
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a great idea to make this thread since the are so many ppl asking about tablets
I might add that buying a tablet doesn't make you better at drawing nothing will be magicly happening to your drawingskills just because you can now use a cpu like a sketchpad...
sad but true skill needs practice not money (maybe it's not that sad
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July 23rd, 2006 #6
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there's also a 4th wacom, less well known but bloody cheap, the BizTablet, previously known as the PenTablet.
the drawing area is rather small, slightly larger than a credit card, but it's only S$70, less than half the price of a graphire, recommended for those that want to try a tablet but can't spare any cash.
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Thanks! I was needing more info on these! I feel slightly less like a noob now, just slightly!
July 31st, 2006 #9
well if you have any questions, give anyone of us a shout
July 31st, 2006 #10
I thought i'd add a little piece of advice that i recently learned over at polycount:
_for intuos users. this doesnt work with the graphire_
If you're using zbrush or mudbox and you're having trouble painting smoothly (you get these annoying "z-pops" everywhere) try going to your tablet properties and double click the intuos 3 icon. switch to data recognition mode.
(i think this might mess up the wacom mouse, but who uses that anyways? If you really need it just switch back.)
Its supposed to help for other programs as well, like photoshop and painter, but i cant say i noticed much of a difference in photoshop. I dont have painter so i havent checked there.
//edit: interceptor, my first tablet was a wacom volito, i dont see that in your list. You might wanna add that, its a very basic, small and crude, but ok tablet for beginners, and have a very nice price tag.
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August 11th, 2006 #11
Heh, I wish I could afford that, but that's gonna be a long while from now. But that does sound like quite a niftly tool there.
Thanks for the heads up.
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August 11th, 2006 #12
Well actually, the graphire models are pretty inexpensive. You can find them for around 90$ Canadian.
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the biztablet should be about $40 US or less.
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