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Val
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:33 pm    Post subject: Wacom tablets & scanners Reply with quote

Thank you very much, Dean, for your excellent Butterfly Comics process post of Feb 27 - very valuable! I am just in process of moving from handdrawn comics to digital and currently deciding what hardware to purchase. I've decided a Wacom tablet is a great idea and wonder if anyone has advice as to type of tablet / size that works best for comics. I also welcome any advice re: scanners, as I have a number of handdrawn comics I want to render into electronic form. Any advice would be appreciated (I work on a PC if that makes a difference).

FYI, I recently read the excellent Toon Art by Steven Withrow and tallied up what hardware and software are used by the different cartoonists. Of the 52 listed there, 35% reported using Wacom tablets, 46% reported using scanners, 60% were Mac/Apple and 40% PC. 85% use Photoshop, 46% use Illustrator, in case you were wondering... Thanks, Val
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

glad you liked the demo, val. i don't know anything about scanners. i have a cheap one and i scan my stuff in in black/white at 600 dpi. that's the extent of my scanner-fu.

that percentage breakdown sounds about right. my combo is tablet/photoshop/pc. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply re: Wacom tablets & scanners Reply with quote

Thanks very much for your reply, Dean. Any words of wisdom on Wacom tablets - size, brand, things to watch for Rolling Eyes , worth spending extra for a higher end one? Thanks! Val
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After seeing what Dean has been able to do with his Graphire, I'd say get that one. I would try to get a 6"x8" if possible, but you should be able to get by with a the smaller version. I usually sketch in 100% in a layer with a gray tone ( thanks to Dean ), and then I ink at about 200% to 300% to keep the line from looking wiggly. I don't really color, but I know a ton of people who use the tablet for that purpose only. I hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i dont know what you mean when you say 200%, Pulp. ???

my previously mentioned graphire 3 just kicked the bucket. i don't know what happened, but my trip to georgia killed it somehow. i picked up a new graphire 4 today, and it's pretty SWEET. scroll and buttons built into the tablet, nice form factor on the pen, pretty blue light.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 12:58 pm    Post subject: Wacom tablets Reply with quote

Thanks very much, Pulp and Dean. I'll check out the Graphire 4. FYI, I did a Google search on Photoshop Elements and cartooning and came across a new book Chris Madden is writing "How to Create Cartoons, Draw and Paint in Photoshop Elements" (coming out in May). I wrote to Chris and he recommends the A5 size, which is about 6"x8", the same as Pulp is recommending. Can't wait to get started with one! Thanks again so much for your help, guys! Val
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 3:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Wacom tablets Reply with quote

Val wrote:
Thanks very much, Pulp and Dean. I'll check out the Graphire 4. FYI, I did a Google search on Photoshop Elements and cartooning and came across a new book Chris Madden is writing "How to Create Cartoons, Draw and Paint in Photoshop Elements" (coming out in May). I wrote to Chris and he recommends the A5 size, which is about 6"x8", the same as Pulp is recommending. Can't wait to get started with one! Thanks again so much for your help, guys! Val

i'm sure the 6x8 size is cool. i have the smaller 5x4, and i actually only utilize half of the tablet. i prefer the minute surgical movements i guess!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few years ago I went all out and purchased a 9x12 Intuos2. It's only recently I've learned how great the pen-tilt feature is for using digital tools to emulate the textures and spontaneity of traditional media.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

deantrippe wrote:
i dont know what you mean when you say 200%, Pulp. ???

my previously mentioned graphire 3 just kicked the bucket. i don't know what happened, but my trip to georgia killed it somehow. i picked up a new graphire 4 today, and it's pretty SWEET. scroll and buttons built into the tablet, nice form factor on the pen, pretty blue light.


Sorry, I mean to say that I blow up the image to 200% , when I ink. I hit ctrl+ to enlarge, or ctrl- to shrink the viewing size. This has worked out really well for me. The more I talk to people, the more I hear people say they have trouble with the shaky line. Inking the image at such a large size will create a smoother line.
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