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That's how they work. You draw on the tablet and see it on screen. It takes a bit of getting used to but the overall functionality is the same. You merely look at the screen when you draw rather than your hand. Of course, there's nothing stopping you from drawing on paper, then tracing the drawing on the tablet. Or, you can tape the stylus to a pen and use ...


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Reiterating a bit of what you've posted in your question..... By far the best tool I know of for Illustrator where natural drawing is concerned is DrawScribe from www.astutegraphics.com. Edit as of Jan 2014 DrawScribe has been folded into Astute's DynamicSketch plug in, same functionality shown here (plus more) but with a new name. This does everything ...


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My first piece of advice is to be sure of the size you need. I have the Intuos A3, but I end up using only a section of the available surface. When I used the whole surface I found the increased travel was actually giving me RSI in the elbow. The size smaller would have been sufficient for my needs in the end. Perhaps you can rent one to try out? I ...


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If you're using Photoshop, in the brush attributes, you can turn on pressure sensitivity and that should give you some major width differences depending on how hard or soft you are writing.


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Yes it is possible to put paper down between your stylus and tablet. Older models even came with a clear cover for this use.


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There are two main kinds of drawing tablets: pressure sensitive tablet with no LCD, and with LCD screen behind it. Features that one drawing tablet can have are: Pressure sensitivity. Tilt. Rotation. Hand detection. Hovering. Wireless pen. Paper like textured surface. It's not much different from drawing on paper, only you don't have visual feedback. ...


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As a person who owns both types of tablets (Cintiq 21UX, Cintiq Companion 2 & Intuos Pro Medium) I believe all of us who use tablets had that problem when it comes to the eye -> hand coordination at the start. I have to say that the learning curve for screen vs no-screen tablets is very similar. TBH it took me much longer to get used to Cintiq Companion ...


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I just continue holding the Wacom pen in my left hand while pressing the shortcuts. Sometimes I'll use my right hand instead It sounds like you all are overthinking and complicating something that isn't an issue. If you need to do lots of keyboard presses then put the Wacom down for a second just like if you were typing in a word processor you ...


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To answer the question, I don't believe that this exists. I can't find anything about pressure sensitive trackballs. Unfortunately if you want an input that is pressure sensitive then tablets are probably the best way to go. The only thing I could think of is trying to use a trackball and a tablet simultaneously (using the pen for pressure, and the ...


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You might want to look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (Not a Samsung Tab, that is different). It has the same Wacom digitizer and works like a DREAM! I love it. Only slight downfall is that is runs on android and not a full OS. So you are limited to either Sketchbook Pro or some other apps that run on the Android OS. MUCH cheaper option for casual ...


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When converting your pencil drawings to vector, you will probably lose some details. But you can always tweak then back by using the Pen Tool. This method below is to save you time if you have a lot of pencil drawings to convert into vectors. I strongly suggest you try with one drawing first and then do the other ones if the method works fine. You can do a ...


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The "Bamboo Fun" was Wacom's bare-bones, entry-level, dirt-cheap, option. It was the least robust of any tablet. Wacom appears to have discontinued that model or anything like it. The CTH-680S series are Bamboo tablets. Just not the "Fun" model. They are more in line with the standard "Bamboo" and the "Bamboo Create" tablets. They are slightly better than ...


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First off, compliments with the logo. Looks cool. Second, on to business: Illustrator has a built-in tracing tool you could use. Just paste the image in and use Object > Live Trace > Tracing Options... Tutorial can be found here, or by googling around. Play around with the settings until you're satisfied with the result. Protip: turn on 'preview' ...


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You could use a Scatter Brush. First draw a single "hair". Then draw a rectangle around the hair. Realize that the center of the rectangle is going to be the center of the brush path. So, you want the rectangle to be off-center to allow the "hair" to align to the path the brush will sit on. In the image below I've made the rectangle magenta just so you ...


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If you open up your Wacom Tablet settings (on the Mac you go Apple menu ▶ System Preferences and then choose the “Wacom Tablet” item) then go to the “Pen” pane and tap “Options …” and you will see a setting called “Handedness” and obviously you want to set it to “Left.” Other than that, the Wacom Tablet works exactly the same for you as for a right-handed ...


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I feel Tomasz Golinski's answer was most helpful, but I would like to add for anyone looking at this question at a later point. Following Tomasz's advice, I began looking at Intuos Pro tablets, but the medium size tablet ranged from US $300-400 depending on new or used. Worried that I would encounter the same issue on another screen-less tablet after ...


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Wacom tablets are not like pencil and paper. They are more like an airbrush or paintbrush when used with bitmap tools and more like a light pen with used with vectors. If you are a pencil artist then the hand movements are going to be new. It is going to take a lot of practice. If you want something that is more like pencil and paper, then that is an iPad ...


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SAI has a line smoothing algorithm that samples many points and averages the path. The downside of this is that the feedback gets slower. Given that Photoshop does not have a stellar feedback speed to begin with it may not feel like that. Quite many applications are way better at painting and sketching digitally than Phostohop (Including SAI, Sketchbook, ...


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lavenderkitt Probably the question will be closed because it is totally opinion based. But this is my opinion anyway. It does not matter... for animation. For frehand drawing totally use the pen. Animation is a diferent issue than drawing. Probably you need to define the keyframe of a 3D character... mouse. Probably you are animating circles and texts... ...


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There are a lot of things you're asking for and you'll be unable to get all of them. But most are totes possible, if you're willing to sacrifice certain parts of your workflow to using a desktop. I agree that trying them out is a good idea. I'm personally waiting since the tablet race is on! Everyone has their custom pen now. But what really matters is ...


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Art brushes..... no. Art brushes (like pattern brushes) use the base path as a spine to just lie the art along. Art brushes don't have any rotation dynamics at all, so there's nothing for the tablet to interact with. The brush must have rotation possibilities for any of the tablet features to alter them. As far as I'm aware, only Scatter, Bristle, and ...


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What I do in instances like this is make one hair, use the width tool on one end to make it thinner at the tip, then just alt+drag it to the next location. They look pretty uniform on here so it doesn't look like you'd have much tweaking to do to each hair, but you can simply adjust the anchor points to make them bend the way you want them to as you go. ...


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A tablet can make your workflow more efficient, even if you are not an illustrator with a hand drawn style. Particularly, it can make photo retouching in PS more efficient. If you buy a tablet that comes (or can be used) with a pressure sensitive pen, then you can program the pressure of the pen to do different things for you. You can program it to change ...


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This is an opinion based answer. As you describe your drawing size paper, I think you draw with your wrist, but in time you could try drawing with your arm (to have more fluent strokes), so a bigger sensitive area can be usefull, read the specifications of the model you are looking but consider the "Active area". Some people say that the screen size should ...


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My opinion is that all three of those tablets you're looking at are all entry level tablets so I wouldn't personally look into getting another entry. If you use it regularly like some do by replacing the mouse with your tablet and you love to draw I would look into saving more and getting a Cintiq: but since your question requested within a price I do ...


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This can really vary depending on what paint style you are trying to achieve. here are a few options. Paint with the brush, not with the paint bucket. Duplicate the layer with the drawing and connect/fill the holes on that layer, Then use the paint bucket. here are some Tutorials on different techniques ...


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In Photoshop, one technique concept artists use is to put your fill/paint on a layer below the linework. Simply draw (or scan) in a black and white image, then set the blend mode to multiply and lock it. All the white will be transparent, while the tonal info will remain. Create a layer underneath and paint away. You can also set up a layer mask(s) to keep ...


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Another helpful tip that might come in useful if you are handy with the pen, is recreating the drawing in PS at high resolution (600dpi). When you're finished, bring the layers into illustrator, Image Trace (livetrace) and compile your finished work there. When you draw at Higher Res in PS it translates the lines much clearer to illustrator.This has been ...


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It's very difficult to give a blanket "best method" for converting hand drawn images into vector art. As I'm sure you understand, each image may require a different technique and different tools. Adobe Illustrator's Image Trace feature is very handy at converting inked or solid drawing scans into vector art. Adobe has several Image Trace tutorials you ...


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There's one relevant factor for design other than price and personal preference: does it have a digitizer for a pressure-sensitive pen? And if it does, is it any good - is the pressure smooth, or does it give unexpected blobs? I know that the Samsung Galaxy Note "s-pen" is good and uses the same tech as in Wacom tablet PCs (so, good, smooth pressure but ...



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