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How about Krita ? It's a nice free, open source painting program. I don't actually own a tablet, but this software felt like it was designed to be used with a tablet.


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A tablet is nice. But my answer is a bit different: Take him or her to exhibitions Let him or her touch sculptures Let your kid draw (with pen and pencil) or ok, at the computer too, a real life-object he or she knows very well. Start with unorganic items, take pauses with organic items like a leaf Show him or her Fonts Show and explain the color contrasts ...


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First, there's no right or wrong way to set things up. It really all comes down to what you prefer. And it may take a few weeks to discover what works best for you. I often tell new tablet users to put their mouse away for a week and use only the tablet for everything. This helps acclimate you to the stylus when you've been accustomed to a mouse. What ...


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My options are: MyPaint http://mypaint.org/ and Krita https://krita.org/en/ MediBang Paint Pro https://medibangpaint.com/en/pc/ Dog Waffle. It has some oldy free versions: The page is ugly as hell. https://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/download/index.html They do recognize the brush pressure. I can't make Gimp detect the pressure, but it is still an ...


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My experience is the exact opposite of Lucian I guess, myself starting with (web)design related things at the age of 8. (Now 24) My neighbour gifted me a copy of Paint Shop Pro, and without tutorials I managed to make drawings, photo manipulations etc within a couple of months. I started coding HTML/CSS at the age of 9 and created my own websites the same ...


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There's an answer here on What tablet are the pros using which might be beneficial for you to have a peek at. I would like to stress though that the size you get is entirely up to you and how comfortable you are drawing on a smaller or larger size. In addition to the size of your tablet relative to your screen size. Though you will undoubtedly get used to ...


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The short answer..... You don't. Graphic design is about balance, proximity, white space, interaction, etc. These are things a child is still developing a sense for. You can't push a child to interpret their world around them faster than they can develop. The longer answer.... While painting and drawing is one aspect of some designer toolboxes, it is not ...


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Yes of course. Learn to use the Pen tool. I very rarely use a graphics tablet with Illustrator unless I want to draw something freehand. There's a fun website where you can learn how to use the Pen Tool effectively, called the Bézier Game Here's a screenshot.


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While I like (and own, but rarely use) DrawScribe, I hate how it does not show you in real time what your brush stroke is doing, only after you lift the pen is the line drawn. Perhaps this has changed. I wouldn't know. The easiest way to accomplish what you are trying to accomplish, is to simply use a calligraphic brush with size set to pressure. Works just ...


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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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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 use Autodesk Sketchbook which is now free, it has different types of brushes like for coloring skin, rocks, clouds, etc. But if you draw on the phone/tablet, you could use Ibispaint - there is a free app - which also has different types of brushes that you might have to buy or you could watch an AD to use them for free in 18 hours. (I don't buy them, I ...


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My guess would be that whopper of a Fidelity setting. From AI help: Fidelity can range from 0.5 to 20 pixels; the higher the value, the smoother and less complex the path. Controls the amount of smoothing that Illustrator applies when you use the tool. (emphasis mine) I absolutely understand the confusion and why a high Fidelity setting may seem ...


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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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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 wouldn't ...


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You don't need to touch the pen to the tablet to see where the cursor is. Touching the pad will always draw but you can move the cursor around by hovering your pen just above (without actually touching) the tablet. Honestly it is no problem at all and once you get used to it you can use it instead of a mouse completely. I know people who will use it for ...


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Graphic design is quite a technical and business orientated discipline so it is probably not ideal to push a young child into it to any great extent. Better is to encourage general arts and creativity, the general way of thinking is common to all creative arts (and indeed many more technical areas) and a broad base of development will stand them in good ...


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Your experience may also rely on how you got familiar with analogue pen-work. When I faced the problem, pretty much of my trouble was based on my working position and the will to get fast results with all these smarty setup. In the past I worked alot with pens, drew out of the wrist crooked over the desk. Solutions to get more comfortable and improve ...


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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 ...


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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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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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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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A Graphics Tablet offers a lot of functionality over a Tablet Computer. I'll only talk of Wacom. There are others such as Huion but I've never tried it to offer an opinion on. First off a lot of 2-in-1's lose keyboard functionality when in tablet mode. This includes Surface's and Lenovo's. That means you have little to no shortcuts. Texture. This is a bit ...


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Some programs do not sample the movement of the mouse with a high enough frequency. Try using a software that is meant for tablet drawing you can try: Krita (free) Autodesk Sketchbook ...


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On the old drivers, it was possible to set two "buttons" on the radial menu to mouse mode and pen mode. Now that this very use full feature is gone (you may ask WHY?) then the only other possibility is to change the buttons on the grip pen to mode toggle. Go to Wacom Tablet Properties and in the tool pane click on your grip pen. Then go down to the setting ...


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You map it in the System Control Panel - globally or per application. The Wacom settings dialog may look different depending on device/operating system. This is the Mac CP, using a Wacom Intuous And here's Windows 10 showing a Wacom Bamboo Touch settings.


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Sketchbook simulates painting on a canvas, the same way all painting applications do. You are not painting with light therefore the more you paint, the darker things get -- just like on a real life canvas. It is only light which is used to show you what you are painting.


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Some things to consider: If you use a laptop and are likely to need to take your Wacom with you, you may find a large isn't practical. A medium Wacom is pretty much the same size as a 15" laptop, which makes it very easy to carry as part of your kit. If you're used to using a large tablet and you go to use a medium, no doubt it will feel a bit small. Given ...


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well personally I like Huion tablets. Unlike most of the other brands in the market, Huion has their own factory to make the tablets, which enables them to offer good quality and good price. You may check the price in newegg.com and compare the specifications with the other brands.


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