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I just ran into a new illustrator, on another thread that is using a Wacom. I would like to find out more information on the Wacom tablet.. The ins and outs...and how this works.
Anyone out there want to share? In the mean time, I will do some searching on the internet.
I use Inkscape for my illustrations
Posted: 01/16/2013, 10:50:35 AM
Take care, you will love it

I´m not an illustrator bus using a intuos 4l. All works great and the precision is incredible better than my apple mouse that i love also a lot

Posted: 01/16/2013, 11:03:19 AM
Yes. That is what I maybe looking for. I am trying to "draw" with my mouse, and it is very hard for me.
   Westie close up   

This is one I did, drawing with a mouse in inkscape..It is very basic. I would like to have more detail and better control on each stroke.

Please post any illustrations examples using a wacom. I would like to see examples.
I use Inkscape for my illustrations
Posted: 01/16/2013, 11:22:28 AM
Hi, I believe I'm the illustrator you're referring to... I can't really share too much at this stage as I'm still very new to the tablet. What I can say though, is that it gives a much more natural feel than a mouse ever could, coupled with the fact they're pressure sensitive, meaning you can vary the strength and thickness of the line depending on how hard your pressing the pen onto the surface.

I hope to have some examples up in the coming weeks, so watch this space. :) In the meantime, search Wacom Intuos on YouTube, there's loads of great videos of such tablets being used!
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Edited: 01/16/2013, 17:23:12 PM
Hi Lkwisdom. Yes you are the one..I would really like you to post some of your examples when you get some uploaded.
On your other images, did you draw and then scan to your computer?

I use Inkscape for my illustrations
Posted: 01/16/2013, 18:26:38 PM
Indeed I did. All of current portfolio is made up of old pen and pencil drawings I've done in the past. In fact nearly all of them were drawn 15-30 years ago!
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Edited: 01/17/2013, 03:20:23 AM
Don't bother asking questions. Just buy a tablet. Even if you're not an Illustrator. It's a life changing event to have one for manipulating images.
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Posted: 01/17/2013, 06:19:48 AM
Gotta say I love mine - much easier than a mouse.

The tablet size can be a key issue, I wish I had bought a larger one but didn't want to invest too much until I'd had a chance to use it.

As Wisconsinart says, just buy one & give it a chance as it takes a couple of trials to get used to it.
Posted: 01/17/2013, 09:14:01 AM
Not an illustrator, but I use mine for touching up images that I shoot at weddings. WAY easier than a mouse.
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Posted: 01/17/2013, 10:20:09 AM
What size do you suggest? I was looking at a medium?
Do you have to have special software? I only have Inkscape and Gimp.
I use Inkscape for my illustrations
Posted: 01/17/2013, 12:05:33 PM
I have the Intuos medium, I don't feel like I need a bigger drawing surface. I've been using it in Illustrator and Photoshop and it works well, but at the end of the day it's just an input device, so any program you can draw using a mouse, you should be able to draw with a tablet. Obviously I'd recommend you checking the compatibility of the tablet with your actual computer/operating system before purchasing. I haven't used either Inkscape or Gimp so I couldn't comment on whether either program could use a tablet to it's full potential, but I'm sure a quick Google search would give you the answer you're looking for. :)
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Posted: 01/17/2013, 12:50:03 PM
I love my Wacom for editing my images, what to say if I was and illustrator?
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Posted: 01/17/2013, 13:44:53 PM
I'm using a Wacom Bamboo tablet for 2 years maybe, I love it and I can easily say that I can't do any retouch with a mouse.

For the deep information you need, here I go.

The size is important, but since you can always zoom in/out, too big tablet surface will make things harder for you. Your hand will need to travel a longer distance in order to create same line. Generally drawing people prefer bigger surfaces because they need more "hand resolution".

For the usage, my Bamboo is a Pen&Touch. It means you can use it with your finger or the included pen. If you have the pen in hand, the tablet feels the pen and turns off the capacitive sensors, so that you can place your palm on the tablet safely. There is an indicator light changing color to tell you if it's pen or finger sensor.

As you know there is the pressure sensing thing. Higher models have angle sensors and even sensors for "rotating the pen". One more thing is, back side of the pen works as a eraser.

A tablet will bring you more flexibility on your drawing. Actually you can't really draw anything with a mouse, it's against human nature. With a pen, you will be able to draw more realistic arcs and lines. especially the pressure sensitive pen will create very natural looking strokes.

There are some customizable buttons both on the tablet and pen. Every keystroke, software, combo keystrokes (ctrl+z, ctrl+shift+z etc), file shortcuts are available on your Wacom tablet's software.

The tablet surface have to modes. 1- mouse mode: you use the tablet surface like the touchpad of a laptop. I mean you have to push the cursor. 2- screen mode: the tablet is your screen. If you place your pen to the right top corner, the mouse cursors beams in to the exact point. Then if you place the pen to another place, cursor will be right there. I prefer the screen mode, because other one is a little wierd to me. It's easier and much faster to use the tablet as a drawing paper. I hope I can explain myself and you understand what I try to tell :))

For the disadvantages:

It's almost impossible to hold it still. I mean you can't hover and wait for the screen tip pop up, the mouse always moves. I have some "shaky" hands but I'm most people is the same with me. I use a mouse if I need to hold the cursor still in a place.

It takes some time to get used to the tablet. First days you feel like "oh no I can't use this, this is wierd" but after a couple of hours you get used to it and start to play around. Believe me or not, I use my pen even in Windows LOL

One thing is, the tip of the pen is interchangable. Wacom gave me 3 tips for the pen. They worn out easily, until I get used to not to press too hard. Pay attention to that. The tablet is reaaallyy very sensitive and you don't need to push it, just the touch is enough.

Stick with Wacom tablets, many other brands have problems like not sensing the motion or slow response time etc.

I hope it's not too much and it will help you :)
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Edited: 01/18/2013, 02:53:43 AM
Thank you Lkwisdom and Afagundes!
And Thank you Parkinsonsniper! I understand most of what you are describing and when I get my wacom, I will probably reread this a few more times. This really sounds like this is going to work. I will have to go back to the web page and re-read the options you mentioned.
Thank you everyone for your advice..
I use Inkscape for my illustrations
Posted: 01/18/2013, 08:31:31 AM
Okay, I bit the bullet a Wacom Intuos (medium) with Corel painter 12..Now I will have to learn 2 things at once...can not wait till it get here.
I use Inkscape for my illustrations
Posted: 01/18/2013, 13:10:41 PM
You have a great twin :) wish you best luck...
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Posted: 01/18/2013, 14:25:12 PM
I may need to get mine out of its box, been putting it off for over a year now, I nee to bite the bullet and get used to it :)
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Posted: 01/18/2013, 14:26:02 PM
Thanks Parkinsonsniper...
When I get mine, maybe we can start a small thread on helping out each other with trials and tribulations of a wacom ..I know I would appreciate the help...I want so much to be a quick learner, but this is not it.. according to web site.
Off to find some tutorials...

I use Inkscape for my illustrations
Posted: 01/18/2013, 16:22:54 PM
Hollie Mollie, got my package today...Wacom already hooked up, reading the directions.

Just to let you know, it comes with a couple of free software programs:
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Autodesk SketchBook Express
I use Inkscape for my illustrations
Posted: 01/23/2013, 18:33:53 PM
Free software is the best LOL now all you need is to practice with your pen, without pressing it too hard :) keep posting about your experinces.
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Posted: 01/24/2013, 11:48:37 AM
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