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Are graphics tablets worth it?

I've always felt curious about graphics tablets, but I've never even used one. Most people I know either give up or love them. I'm not a big illustrator myself, but I do the occasional doodle and ...
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Are Macs preferable to PCs for handling graphics software?

Excuse me for being totally uninformed, but it usually seems like creative types of people i.e. graphics designers prefer Macs over PCs for accomplishing their tasks. I was wondering, why is this? Is ...
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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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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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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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What should I consider when purchasing a new laptop and accessories for design?

I've been thinking about getting a laptop that is somehow 'optimized' or focused in design. I know it will never compare to a desktop, but I usually find myself having to work while travelling and ...
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Should I store work files on my local drive or an external one?

When I worked in small design studios, I was always trained to keep my work files on an external hard drive, and never store them on the computer hard drive. One of my design friends asked why I ...
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What computer hardware matters to a graphic designer?

I've had my MacBook Pro since 2007 and I'm starting to think about what the next system might look like. I'm not made of money, but if upgrading a component helps to make me a more efficient worker ...
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Icons for hardware elements (cache, pipeline, etc.)

I am trying to find symbols for hardware elements which are not usually visible and do not have AFAIK a more recognizable symbol, such as caches, pipelines, etc. It's in the context of a ...
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Building A Computer Specifically for Graphic Design, 2K Budget [closed]

I've looked around for a good desktop rig to suit a 2K budget computer focused on graphic design/ rendering capabilities, but I'm have trouble finding exactly the type of setup that I'm looking for. ...
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What are the differences between the Wacom Intuos 3 and 4 graphics tablets?

For the Wacom Intuos graphics tablet, are there significant functional differences between the current model (4) and the previous model? Does the newer one have additional features or design ...
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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 ...
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Are there performance differences between Intuos2 vs newer non-Cintiq Tablet?

I have an Intuos2 that has been a nice, solid, tablet for years now and, as far as I know, I'm happy with it. Now, I say "as far as I know" because I've not had the opportunity to try anything new. ...
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Workstation recommendations for designers?

I have a question that comes a bit unconventional and I apologize if it is a little off topic, We need to buy computers (laptops because we have many power outages in Mexico) for web designers and ...
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How to select a graphic tablet for 3D applications?

A friend of mine works a lot with CAD programs like AutoCAD or Autodesk Tools. To his birthday I thought it would be a good idea to present him with a graphic tablet for 3D applications. ...
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What hardware do I need to work with very large 300dpi illustrator files?

What hardware do I need to make a 300dpi 2000mm x 1200mm illustrator files rich with 2 x layers of jpeg artwork and 1 x layer of vector? I suspect the final files for printing will be in excess 1GB ...
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Will the Radeon HD 7670M + 7670M Dual Graphics Work Well With Photoshop CS5?

I have just recently purchased the HP Pavilion M6 15.6" Laptop - Silver (AMD A10-4600M / 1TB HDD / 8GB RAM / Windows 8). This laptop has a AMD Radeon HD 7670M + 7670M Dual Graphics.I am having some ...
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Cintiq alternatives? [migrated]

I typically work with traditional meda, however I've been wanting to get more into working digitally. I've had a Wacom Bamboo tablet for some time, but did not like it, due to the awkwardness of ...