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Big_Ryan
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:04PM
ive been designing for 8 years, 3 profesionaly, and i just now finaly bought a wacom

how do you get used to these things?

any fun tips?
danmitchell
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:24PM

With sheer persistence. Seriously.

Lock your mouse in a drawer for at least two days and use nothing but the tablet. It'll feel lots more natural after that.

That said, I still use a mouse alongside my tablet, as I find more mechanical tasks are still done far quicker with my trusty mouse.  
jsnyderdesign
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:38PM
Agreed with Dan. It's good to trade off. The toughest part with the tablet is hitting the tiny anchor points and control bars in Illy. The best part is when you want to quickly draw a lot of paths.
GAZ1DAN
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:44PM
Time and Patience Buddy, LOTS of time and patience...
...never thought id get used to mine, but definately agree with Dan, put away ur mouse and ignore it!!!

To be honest i even use my Tablet and Pen for surfing the Net now, never use my mouse anymore, it's good practice, the more u use it the easier it becomes.

I do agree with Jsnyderdesign though, it can be a bit tricky hitting anchor points, but the flow of your work will get better and better, u can do things with the Pen u could never do smoothly with the Mouse.

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diane555
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:06PM
So what you're saying is that hour or two that I spent using Bobby's wasn't long enough to warrant the hatred I have for that thing!? sigh..I suppose I may have to try again..but not this week.  My biggest problem is that I can't stay within that blasted rectangle. I told him I need an 8X10 one if I'm ever going to get used to it!
2y2
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:42PM
I bought a wacom Intuos 12"x 12" 6 years ago, I love it, and belive me, now I don't ever use my mouse, ┬┐What is a mouse?
2y2
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:42PM
Ultra, was it a Graphire or an Intuos?
2y2
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:44PM
You really have to play with the size of your tablet against the size and proportions of your monitor, try to select the work area of your tablet match the proportion of your screen, if you have a big tablet, great, try to make it match 1:1 with your monitor.
inkspotts
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:45PM
I love mine more than ever. I HATE the touchpad thing on my new laptop and I have my tablet attached to it all the time when I'm at home. It is so much easier than the touchpad and I'm using it for everything except typing, of course.

I don't know which model you have but if you can, definitely take advantage of any programmable hotkeys and the zoom/scroll strips. They make things go so much more quickly. I programmed mine with the shortcut functions I use most and it's hard to go back to the keyboard now.

Diane, make sure the tablet is mapping correctly to your monitor. When I started using mine with the widescreen it was acting weird, but then I realized there was a checkbox to "force proportions". That made all the difference. Each point on the monitor maps to a point on your tablet. Put the tablet directly in front of the monitor screen until you get oriented to how it feels. Now that I'm used to mine I can rest it on the arm of the recliner.
LuisaPizza
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:51PM

Take your wacom out for a walk once in awhile, go to the beach... get to know it intimately

As Danmitchell said, sheer persistence. I can't imagine working without my wacom, since I'm left-handed. I still use it alongside my mouse - two hands are better than one .
diane555
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:36PM
Posted By 2y2:
Ultra, was it a Graphire or an Intuos?

I guess it's a graphire (I have no idea what any of that means though) but Bobby (my hubby) does amazing drawings with it. You all have given some great tips there though. I almost want to try the thing out again. I almost bought one a while ago but i don't want to do that until I know I actually like using one.

LOL @ Luisa. No beaches near here..only cold snowy farmland Wanna switch weather for a week or two? My husband was born in Manila.
RUSSELLTATEdotCOM
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:49PM

Posted By LuisaPizza:
I still use it alongside my mouse - two hands are better than one .


You use both hands? ,,at the same time ...that's great!
A job that takes most folks an hour you can knock over in 30 mins!

RT

PS. D, can you show us some of Bobby's drawings?
Lee_Wilson
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:00PM
Tried a wacom a few years back but I am so used to the mouse (Photoshoping + illustrator and quark since around 1991 !!) that it was almost impossible to use for me.

I has been in my drawer since !
2y2
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:29PM
Graphire are tablets for fun, they have 512 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Intuos are for professionals, 1024 levels
Cintiq are great because they are tablets and monitors at the same time and with the same levels as the Intuos they let you work with photoshop really really faster. You literally draw on your monitor
diane555
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:48PM
Posted By RUSSELLTATEdotCOM:

PS. D, can you show us some of Bobby's drawings?



Sure Russ...here's a link to his gallery at deviantArt .. it's a mix though - pen & ink, watercolor and a lot is Photoshop (which is why I want him to go play in the cage) biggrin and here's his Portfolio here (he's still new to vector art) A lot of those characters on his deviantART gallery are of the characters he plays with on City of Heroes (when he plays). And here's one that has a lot of his wacom drawings on it.

oops, sorry to interrupt your thread Ultra. Yeah, 2y2, he has mentioned wanting a better one. Draw on your monitor?

(Edited on 2007-01-23 20:52:10 by diane555)
baquitania
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:17PM

From the research I did to almost get one for Diane for X-mas, I hear the higher grade Intuos ones, have higher resolution sensitivity then my rinky dink 4 x 5 graphire, which is going on 6 years old. I haven't tried one, but maybe others can remark on the difference if they've tried both... Tiger Direct has a decent knock off with high resolution, say the word honey, and I will sell my liver to get it for you.

 

PS: Russell: I'm flattered you want to see my work. Here's a link to some older stuff, but if you notice, it has my first attempt at a pic of Diane done in Painter, all line work, 6 different weights if I remember:

Diane

(Edited on 2007-01-23 21:21:40 by baquitania)
2y2
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:36PM
Look at this!
Cintiq 21"
artbyjulie
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Posted Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:03AM
I was recently thinking I want to get one of these, so I am very interested in what you all have to say. I had the (apparently mistaken) notion that I could just use it every now and then when I want a more "hand-drawn" feel to an illustration. How much of a learning curve are we talking about? 2y2, thanks for the breakdown of the different levels. I too would appreciate hearing folks talk about what they use them for and which one they have been using. If anyone wants to "illustrate" their reply that would be even better!
johnwoodcock
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Posted Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:05AM
I use mine to collect dust under my desk.
diane555
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Posted Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:53AM
Posted By 2y2:
Look at this!
Cintiq 21"

 

Looks great but it's sure not in my budget! I must do some reading before I spend anything on a tablet.
John, that's exactly where mine would be right now, I'm sure! I manage to draw fairly well (even freehand) with a mouse but it does annoy my carpal tunnel sometimes because it's not natural to hold something that way.
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