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Free software suggestion use with drawing tablet

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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How to get children active in graphic design?

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-...
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What are strategies for implementing drawing tablet into workflow?

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 ...
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Free software suggestion use with drawing tablet

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 ...
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How to get children active in graphic design?

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 ...
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How to get children active in graphic design?

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 ...
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Any way to improve drawing with a mouse in Illustrator

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 ...
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Why would someone use both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for a static drawing?

Why do chefs use both a frying pan and an oven to cook a steak? Well, because each tool offers a unique ability. The pan can sear where the oven can't. While the oven can heat without overcooking the ...
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Converting Drawing to Vector In Illustrator

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 ...
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Pressure-sensitive freehand drawing of vector paths that are editable with the Illustrator Width tool?

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....
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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?

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 ...
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Free software suggestion use with drawing tablet

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 ...
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Illustrator's Paintbrush and Pencil tools are too smooth

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 ...
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Which Wacom tablet would suit my needs, Intuos vs. Bamboo?

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 ...
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using graphics tablet as left-handed

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 ...
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How do you tell where your cursor is when using a Wacom tablet?

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 ...
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How to get children active in graphic design?

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 ...
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How can I improve my drawing tablet skills?

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 ...
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Is tracing on Graphics Tablets possible?

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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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 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 ...
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using graphics tablet as left-handed

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 ...
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Does graphics tablet language matter?

I bought mine from a german retailer, and did not get anything in german at all. Software is in english, even the box was in english. Not sure what they could be referring to.
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Are graphics tablets (drawing tablets) still relevant?

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-...
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As a new tablet user, how can I bring the quality of my writing on a tablet closer to what it is on physical paper?

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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How to toggle between Pen Mode and Mouse Mode with Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet

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 ...
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Limit wacom tablet to drawing area?

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 ...
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Why would someone use both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for a static drawing?

First off, I would say that Illustrator is not primarily used for animation. It can be used for that but it is certainly not it's only use. Illustrator is a vector based drawing application. It ...
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Is there a benefit to using the "eraser" side of a Wacom tablet?

There's is no difference from Photoshops view. Technically its a similar albeit differently shaped nib, that is always attached to eraser. The different shape has different physics, but other then ...
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Is buying a tablet worth it if I can't draw?

Before you buy a tablet, try using pen tool and see if you like it. Most logos are made by manipulating shapes so a tablet is not needed in such scenario. If you're planning to draw comics or ...
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What are useful brush dynamics and tool presets in GIMP 2.8?

Dynamics presets as standalone are seldom useful. They do make a lot of sense tho when used in full tool presets, so I recommend starting there. There must be something that makes sense for your uses. ...
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