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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I decide between the medium sized intuos tablet or the small one?

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, ...
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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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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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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?

It often takes a week or so to adapt to a tablet and truly be comfortable with it. The disconnect between where you write and where you look takes some adjustment above and beyond mouse use. Wacom ...
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Why is pressure in Calligraphic Brush inactive in illustrator while using wacom tablet?

There are 2 types of callighraphic pen nibs: with wide and narrow nibs. In case of narrow nib you apply pressure as you write: https://www.jetpens.com/blog/calligraphy-pen-basics/pt/689 Anyway, if ...
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How to get children active in graphic design?

I got into the Adobe software by doing tutorials from magazines, but I guess online tutorials could work just as well. After that I loved doing posters (for parties and such) and t-shirts in my teens. ...
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How to get children active in graphic design?

This worked for me: visit Graphic Design events. If the child is meant to be a graphic designer, hanging around fellow designers should seed, if not, enhance his/her confidence as a designer. Any of ...
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Is there a proper technique to overcome the "feedback mismatch" issue on a digital tablet that doesn't have a display?

It's something you get used to after a while. I also experienced what you described when I first used a graphics tablet. To begin with it feels really weird. All I would suggest is that you practice ...
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Wacom Tablet: is Intuos more easy to use than Intuos Pro?

We had a non-pro Intuos M for less than a year now and were very happy with its ease of use, and the precision by which we could enter data with the pressure-sensitive pen. It is a very good value for ...
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Synchronize tool settings between mouse and tablet

The right option is in Edit -> Preferences -> Input Devices settings page called Share tool and tool options between input devices
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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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