RE: Graphic apps with tablet (was RE: What graphics tasks do you perform?

Subject: RE: Graphic apps with tablet (was RE: What graphics tasks do you perform?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:02:17 -0500

I was just at the Wacom site a couple of weeks ago. Unless there's a really big sale on, I recall the midlin' Intuos being in the multi-hundred-dollar range (that's the "I can just barely justify this as a present to myself" range), while the Cintiqs were in the coupla-thousand-dollar "... the wife would justifiably kill me" range.

I did drool over them.... Ok, I looked AT them and drooled ON my keyboard, but you get my drift. :)



From: Tony Chung [mailto:tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca]
Sent: February-19-13 3:57 PM
To: McLauchlan, Kevin
Cc: Nancy Allison; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Graphic apps with tablet (was RE: What graphics tasks do you perform?

Kevin,

I used to own a consumer Wacom tablet at home, and I inherited the Intuos tablet at my new desk. However, after playing with tablet pcs for years, and my friend loaned me his Wacom Cintiq 21UX tablet screen, I will NEVER recommend a disjointed digitizing tablet again. I'm looking into a Cintiq 24H Touch.

Yes, I've been spoiled. But the pairing of my friend's tablet and Manga Studio was addictive.

But as for general purpose software, GIMP is great for bitmaps, and Inkscape is my go to vector tool.

-Tony

On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
Oooo! Oooo! <waving hands> (separating this tangent from my other replies to this thread)

I am ->||<- THIS CLOSE to finally deciding to treat myself to a Wacom Intuos tablet.

Is GIMP a good match? I'd like to do a lot of basic photo and bitmap tasks that are painful with a mouse, as well as maybe try air-brush and other effects.

Also, is there a good open-source (and free-or-cheap) VECTOR-drawing tool (so... not AI) that would also go well with a middle-sized Intuos tablet and a small assortment of specialty pens/styli?

I'm a decent sketch-ist with a pencil, and I'd like to transfer that skill to computer (via Intuos and an appropriate application). Yes, I know it's outdated and apps can now render a photo as a "pencil sketch" better than I could do from scratch with a real pencil on paper... or at least as well... but sometimes I want to do things that aren't exactly in an existing photo. We're talking both hobby and work.

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