A computer input device that allows users to draw with a stylus on a surface, similar to a pen on paper. Also known as a graphics tablet, or digitizer. Not to be confused with tablet computers.

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Any way to use an Android tablet as a cheap touch-screen (display + pointer-input-device) for Photoshop?

Is there a way (a hack; a commercial app; etc...) which enables me to use any of the available <300$ tablets as a pen-input device to my PC? And specifically in Photoshop? Wacom's offerings are ...
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What image tablet can you recommend on a budget?

I'm looking for a tablet to use in illustrating on a computer, priced between $150-$200. Any recommendations?
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How can I improve my drawing tablet skills?

I've tried using my fianceé's tablet a few times, but find it difficult looking at the screen instead of my hand as I'm working. Does anyone have any tips for becoming more comfortable so I can make ...
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Cheap Cintiq alternatives - tablet PCs with digitizers?

Most of us would love to work with a cintiq-like tablet, but very few could afford one, especially if they are not professionals. There have been questions about this, ideas to try to use an android ...
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What are strategies for implementing drawing tablet into workflow?

I recently got my first tablet and am interested in tips and resources for using it. Some for example say to hide mouse and force yourself to use the Tablet instead. For those that have taken that ...
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How can I decide between the medium sized intuos tablet or the small one?

I am a high school student with an interest for drawing tablets for some hobby. I went to check on a store that sell Intuos, a sales representative (or something) of Wacom told me that most students ...
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Pressure-sensitive freehand drawing of vector paths that are editable with the Illustrator Width tool?

In illustrator, you can do pressure-sensitive drawing with the Blob Brush tool (if you set Width to Pressure in the settings from double-clicking the icon). You can also fine-tune the widths of paths ...
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Drawing directly with a tablet

I am currently using a Wacom tablet to draw. The tablet is a bit small, so I feel that I don't have enough "control" with the stroke. Is it a good idea to draw directly using the tablet to the graphic ...
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Is tracing on Graphics Tablets possible?

I'm totally new to using tablets, and to digital art at all, and (yes, I am aware that this question may sound stupid) I was wondering, if I was to put one of my paper drawnings on top of the tablets ...
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What kind of tablet are pros using?

This is more of a curiosity, but I was wondering what professional graphics designers/artists are using now that tablet pcs have been much more common and powerful in the passed few years than they ...
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Best techniques for digitizing artwork using a tablet

I need help or rather to be pointed in the right direction please. Take a look at the artwork: On the left you see my "on paper" art. On the right is my attempt to do the same thing on the digital ...
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Difference between “Bamboo Pen & Touch” and “Intuos4”

I'we been trying to compare the two tablets mentioned in the title. So far, my results are: Intuos4 is professional wheras Bamboo is for home use. Intuos4 has 2048 levels of pressure while Bamboo ...
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How can I determine which drawing tablet is right for me?

I do some caricature, cartoons and illustrations, as hobby. I believe that I am okay'ish with pen and paper, but recently decided to go digital. Given my budget, and a quick assessment of needs and ...
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How to create Illustrations and Art from Sketches in Adobe Illustrator

I have been using Adobe Illustrator to sketch and draw with my Wacom Tablet, I've gotten pretty good with it. But I'm having trouble figuring out how do I turn those sketches into a real Illustrating. ...
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iOS, Android, etc., tablet devices in a design workflow?

I'm going to have to spring for one or more tablets (iPad, Tab, whatever) for testing ePubs, digital magazine ads, site rendering, etc. Because I don't have the consumer nature and also because I'd ...
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Looking for a good and durable tablet

I'm looking for a decent tablet to use for my hobby drawing. So I need something that is a decent replacement for pen and paper and has a good life time (minimum 2 years). I was interested in Wacom's ...
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How can I turn my old tablet PC into a Cintiq-like pen tablet?

I've been searching on internet but with no success... I have a old Fujitsu ST5020D Wacom Penabled tablet pc. As you know, a 1ghz Celeron + 256MB RAM wouldn't fill my needs as working on Adobe Master ...
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Which graphic tablets support tilt?

Have been googling my eyes out, besides marketing blabla I couldn't find good information at all... There are several graphic tablet producers: Wacom Aiptek Genius etc... Of course Wacom is the ...
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Using my pen tablet, how do I make it so when I draw, the line width varies more artistically? Very static right now

Right now when I draw with my pen tablet, the width of each stroke is pretty much identical, unless I comically push hard or release slowly. But in videos such as this it seems effortless for the ...
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Active digitizer laptops that open 180°

My old trusty HP Pavilion tx2690eo convertible died just recently, and having found myself in the market for a new digital art device I thought I'd entertain an odd notion I had. The problem with ...
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Can you see while drawing on the drawing tablet?

I bought a drawing tablet. But when I draw on it, I can see the drawing I am making in an image editing software such as Microsoft Paint or on Microsoft Office products, but I cannot see anything on ...
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What are some good resources for tablet drawing?

What are some good resources for tablet drawing? Doesn't matter what media ... books, articles, video tutorials, anything else.
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Need an input device between tablet and smartpen

This question is a bit complicated to sum up in the title. I know there are a few technologies when it comes to digitizing your drawings. Tablets like Intuos and Bamboo Smartpens like Livescribe ...
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Connecting drawn lines from a tablet in Photoshop

I recently bought a Wacom tablet for someone I know as she is interested in getting into the digital design industry. She's mainly just been doodling some drawings in Photoshop with it at the moment, ...
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Can Illustrator art brushes rotate with a Wacom art pen or airbrush?

The pen for my wacom tablet suffered a fatal accident while moving home, and I'm looking to replace it. Given that all Wacom accessories cost a bomb, I'm considering upgrading to an Art Pen or ...
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Is there any design documentation for GUI element sizes in mobile devices?

I know it depends on the device but I am having a hard time locating GUI element sizes in regards to browsers, keyboards, etc. etc. for Apple and Android devices. I have searched through Apple's ...
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Illustrator messes up curves while drawing with tablet

I don't know if its my Computer [Windows 7 64bit] or if its the tablet [Wacom Bamboo Pen]. But when I try to draw smooth curves in AI, it stops then continues to draw messes up the curves. Inside ...
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using graphics tablet as left-handed

So I've tried using a graphics tablet for the first time... I am left-handed. This isn't really an issue, when using normal mouse, as I use my right hand and with the left hand I use the keyboard ...
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For someone struggling with the disconnect between eye and hand on a tablet with no screen, would purchasing an LCD tablet be worth it?

I am no professional artist, but I am able to draw pretty decently with just pencil and paper. I purchased a Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch (Small) several months ago with the intention of doing some ...
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Is there a benefit to using the “eraser” side of a Wacom tablet?

Wacom Intuous and Intuous Pro has an eraser side on it that at least in Photoshop defaults to... the eraser. I'm not sure however, and couldn't find much about that side of the stylus. Not sure if ...
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Converting Drawing to Vector In Illustrator

I'm trying to convert several of my pencil drawings into vector graphics with Adobe Illustrator. My drawing's are about this complex: I'm looking for the best way to convert these. I've found some ...
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What are useful brush dynamics and tool presets in GIMP 2.8?

In previous versions of GIMP only pressure was recognized by the brush tool. It wasn't much but it was simple. The new GIMP 2.8 introduces an all new brush dynamics system with a ton of customization ...
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Tablet App for Sketching Technical Concepts

I'm a software developer looking for some sketching app for a tablet. In my daily business I need to sketch a lot of technical concepts. Instead of composing them out of a palette of predefined shapes ...
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InDesign HTML 5 plugin or web apps to create HTML 5 ebooks based on InDesign project

I am designing e-books for iPad & Android tablets. The problem is I have very little options to add animated effects to my e-book when doing it on InDesign (which is a must for me, as the e-books ...
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Gimp - jagged pencil and brush strokes [SOLVED]

I am using Gimp 2.8.14 on Ubuntu 14.04 and a Wacom tablet (Intuos 3 6x8). My problem is that I cannot make a smooth stroke even when I check the Smooth stroke in the Tool Options panel. When I do ...
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Are there any serious competitors to the Cintiq Companion 2? (pro mobile tablets)

Precise details on what I mean by "serious competitors" below. Wacom recently announced the Cintiq Companion 2. It's a laptop-sized pro tablet that can run all design software including Adobe CS6/...
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How is tilt and rotation on a tablet applied to an art project?

I'm looking into investing in a tablet. One of the "features" that differentiate between a high end and a med/low end tablet seems to be tilt and rotation sensing. I can see the the tilt function ...
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Pixelling & animation: What is a suitable pen / stylus setup?

I'm finally thinking of going with a pen- or stylus-based solution for pixel art & animation. This would be the first time I've seriously used a pen for drawing digitally since my 1984 Atari CX77 ...
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Which Wacom tablet would suit my needs, Intuos vs. Bamboo? [duplicate]

I am not a graphic design student but digital painiting intrigues me quite a lot. I have been watching online lessons of it and have finally decided to buy a pen tablet. I want to pursue digital ...
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How do you tell where your cursor is when using a Wacom tablet?

I'm considering purchasing a tablet with no screen that connects to your monitor. Questions like this explained that this is no problem because after all, you don't need to look at your mousepad to ...
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Rotate view in GIMP

Is there a rotate view tool in GIMP? I am not looking for a transformation tool, I want to rotate the document to make overwise uncomfortable strokes with a drawing tablet more natural. If not, what ...
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How do I draw lots of small hairs on a line in Illustrator fast?

I am inking a character I drew and scanned and wondered if there is a way to create all the small hairs as part of a stroke? I sat with my tablet pen and a pressure sensitive brush and drew each, ...
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What is a good upgrade for Wacom Bamboo Fun

At the moment, my girlfriend is using her old Wacom Bamboo Fun. Because x-mas is near I am thinking about buying her a new and/or better device! The price should be between 200€ and 300€. While ...
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WACOM Grip Pen nib lifetime

WACOM Intuos Pro is my first graphics tablet and in week or two nib become sharp, like pencil. Also there is little scratches on tablet surface. I afraid there will be more of them and they will ...
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Microsoft Surface VS Drawing Tablet Monitor

I have used a drawing tablet before in order to draw stuff onto Photoshop, but I did find it quite awkward and strange looking at my monitor, while paying no attention to the tablet itself. I mean, ...
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Is there a trackball with pressure sensitivity like in a pen tablet?

As for the title, is there a trackball with pressure feature for brushes in Photoshop? Many years ago I used a trackball in CAD/CAM software and now I'd like to use it in Photoshop retouching but I'...
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Photoshop tablet issue: Fade in Brush Presets doesn't stay selected

I'm using Photoshop CS6. I discovered recently the Fade preset for brushes and wanted to try it out. So I select Fade in "Shape Dynamics" and set number of steps to 120, but the stroke showing in ...
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Weird Photoshop screen update problem when doing “Step Backwards” with a tablet

When I have my tablet plugged in, "Step Backwards" and "Undo" stop functioning normally. I have CS5 Extended 12.1 64-bit and OS X 10.7.3 with a Wacom Intuos PTZ-630. Suppose I draw 3 discrete ...
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How to convert 8bit image to 16bit image depth size

I am working on android Samsung tablet so it was sport 16bit depth images. so i want to need properly convert 8dit depth to 16bit depth. I was also trying these but when i was convert to 8bit to ...
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Is buying a tablet worth it if I can't draw?

I'm a CS graduate and I've been programming small personal utility tools for my self. I recently did some photo retouching in Photoshop and thought "well, this isn't all that bad, maybe I should take ...