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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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If you can afford wacom intuos, buy it. If lifetime is a big concern then even more if not already, wacom is the choice. They have most accessories available ( especially for intuos ) Also, the lifetime for one pen nib is around 1 year depending on how much you use it and how you use it aand what pen nibs you use. ( one pen nib can last from one year to +...


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I have an app called Slide that's meant to be used as a graphic tablet. It now connects over USB or WiFi. Website: http://www.slide-app.com/ Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.j03.mobileinput Free Version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.loren.slide


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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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Hanvon drawing tablets do have tilt feature. Though they are not exactly cheapest of the cheapest drawing tablets. Hanvon - Not all of them have tilt I believe, so check for Tilt in the "Technical specifications". Art masters do have it. You asked if there are any others and I was like "Can't remember any other ones- Trust..." Trust - The 3 newest ones ...


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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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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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In my opinion, the best size for drawing tablet is one that at least covers the area that you are used to in traditional drawing. It is important to take into consideration the actual size of the area that you use per drawing usually because you may draw into A4 size paper, but you might not draw one drawing per one A4. Digitally you can always use bigger ...


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I have a project that does just this. (With a slightly different model tablet). See here . The steps include: installing four pieces of custom software on the main Windows PC: a virtual network serial port, an alternate Wacom driver, a VNC server, and a batch file to simplify connection. replacing the operating system of the tablet PC with a custom .ISO ...


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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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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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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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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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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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I'd agree with the others that say you're not going to get a quality graphics tablet experience from an inexpensive tablet. The right software (don't know what) teamed with something like the Thinkpad tablet would work, but only because the Tablet has a digitizer (Wacom branded) built in already. The others that have taken this line insist Wacom is your ...


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Although not a straightforward solution - not sure it will work, but hoping - there's the LEAP Motion Controller. It looks fantastic! They say that it doesn't directly support tablets or smartphones; but, with at least some sort of manual calibration, it can easily be set to work on inclined planes/displays (even horizontal ones) with custom sizes, ...


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With the case of something like a Wacom tablet, it merely takes a bit of time to get used to it. I always recommend new drawing tablet users put their existing mouse, trackball, or trackpad in a drawer for a couple weeks and only use the stylus for everything. It will be difficult at first and feel unnatural. However, the more you use it the more ...


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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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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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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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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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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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