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If you're sticking with Mac, then buying the fastest CPU and GPU that you can afford will get you part / most of the way to the speed that you want, but having lots of RAM will make just as much (if not more) difference. The speed shift from a Mac with 8GB RAM to the same machine with 32GB RAM (particularly when running Adobe stuff) can be astonishing. It's ...


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How about a light box? They are cubes made of some sort of semi-translucent fabric that diffuses the light. You can probably find something like that in your local photography equipment store. Here is one: http://www.ezcube.com/ I made my own, though, out of cardboard and velum paper. And I used plain 100W lights instead of professional ones. Here is a ...


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Illustrator uses GPU to accelerate most operations. My experience: a couple of months ago my Illustrator was very slow (at the time I had a GTX650)...for example I was almost unable to vector images due to low processing power of my video card. When I afforded a new GPU it was a whole new world. Illustrator now runs smooth as never before. Definitely, ...


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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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I'm a huge fan of the Epson printers but the printer you have chosen would seem ideal for photos. You would get better prints since it is 6 colors (CMYK LC LM) though if that is the route you want. As a recommendation there are a couple of options: Epson Artisan 1430 Inkjet Printer I've used an Epson WorkForce 1100 Inkjet Printer that is converted over ...


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I have had some luck "hacking Ikea" for similar projects. For greenscreen-effects, they even have bright green tables :D. This is but one alternative, and you find instructions here, at IkeaHackers With the use of two hampers, this is the result: But here is the real crux: succeeding with this, lighting is alpha and omega. You will need at least three ...


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I think the answer is no. Pencils is a tool for artists and they are really don't care about any hex color values used over digital devices. I think you need to do your choice "by eye". In anyway, colors in scans of your work can be fixed via Photoshop and fitted very precise to specified palette.


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Chroma Keying is the use of a backdrop that makes it easier, particularly in video production, to use the "keyed color" as a mask. If you look up "Setting Up a Chroma Key studio" on your favorite search engine you should find a good number of resources, guides, and tips on creating a nice studio space for yourself. The process for still photography is ...


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It makes minimal difference in terms of distortion. Unless you do a lot of perspective correction for architectural shots and the like I wouldn't worry about that at all. If you work on critical work though you might want to make sure it is an IPS Panel with AdobeRGB, I don't believe Samsung makes any that are. If you don't work on highly color critical ...


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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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Okay, let's see if I can help I've been working as icon designer as long as I can remember, I also sell some sets out there. REMEMBER, TOOLS WON'T MAKE YOU A GOOD DESIGNER / ARTIST INSTANTLY There's no constant formula for it, all you need is understanding your goal. I always use paper pencil scanner my Windows PC PSD Gadget For gadget, there's ...


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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 something close to that then a tablet might come in handy.


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Usually, what's done in that case is simply to shoot the object against a white backdrop with lighting positioned to control the shadow. Some homebrew examples can be seen at http://www.instructables.com/howto/photo+backdrop/


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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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I am going to risk a really usless answer here, because I do not know. But I just want to bring atention to some points and I am gessing that they are related to a specific hardware. First the obvious. RAM Enough to open large files, with several embeded bitmaps for example (Avoiding swaping to the HD) Fast Hard Drive to Open the aplication, open the ...


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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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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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Not having tilt or rotation can be a nuisance, but only a small one, and depending on what you're going for. If you want expressive brush strokes to be seen then not having these functions is certainly a limitation, but just for painting....! See my painting: painted in Photoshop using a Wacom Bamboo tablet that has pressure sensitivity but no tilt or ...


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It's all about natural drawing/painting. When you use traditional art tools every aspect of your stroke is felt. The angle you hold a pencil/brush, the way to turn the pencil/brush as you draw, how hard you press, etc. The goal of tablets with additional dynamics is to more closely mimic natural drawing. It's not about using "tilt for shading" it's about ...


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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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Before thinking of upgrading, I would suggest you evaluate what you're using Photoshop for. Is it for professional reasons? Will having a faster system mean you're making more money by being more efficient? How much are you willing to invest, keeping the above in mind? Telling us your budget will potentially give you better responses as to what you should ...


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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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Well. This is opinion based, but here I go. I have an Intuos 5 Touch. That is my second tablet. Cool talblet. But I almost never use it. I only use it from time to time for photo retouching, like removing imperfections on a portrait skin. That is it. My workflow can be non standard, becouse I do some, what can be considered photo retouching and ...


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CS5 and CS6 both should work completely fine on your laptop, doesn't matter if you want to use Ps, Ai, or ID. Check this link, Intel HD 4000 is on the Adobe approved list. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-cs6-gpu-faq.html


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This is not a complete answer. But here it goes a generic one. 1) Memory matters. So look for at least 8Gb. 2) Probably the safest bet in brute force processor now is i7. Look for the biggest number of the series. For example a i7 3xxx is third generation. A 4xxx is fourth and so on. The newer the better and cooler working environment. Some process use ...


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Retina displays are definitely suitable for web design. There are some things you should understand when using them though. Typically, Apple’s “Retina” branding is applied when a display is 220 pixels per inch (PPI) or higher. 220PPI+ displays are common, especially on mobile devices. One CSS pixel (px) is equal to two display pixels on Retina Macs. CSS ...


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Laser is really the only way to do this - you just cant get the density with inkjet. You will need to persist - maybe contact HP directly for advice.


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If you are working in Adobe tools, you might want to use Adobe’s System Requirements for Creative Cloud, at least as a starting point. They have specific requirements for each app. The easiest thing to do is just buy iMacs. They meet all the requirements, color management is built in, they require very little I-T support, don’t have viruses, and they are ...


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For onscreen drawing, you either drift towards something expensive, or something with low precision. Like a Cintiq, an Android tablet/iPad + a pressure responsive stylus, etc. There are some nice quality Chinese Cintiq alternatives, but they're still far above the average price of a Tablet. For not directly onscreen drawing, Wacom tablets usually are sure ...


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Try a small one. Let your hand rest on the table and move the mouse by your thumb and nameless finger. Set the mouse fast enough and be sure to have an easy to use speed switch on the mouse. Addendum: If you are a competent traditional pen user, then at least do as already suggested: Get Wacom. You get an enormous accuracy and speed boost for drawing in ...


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