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Wacom Tablet

Discussion in 'General Software' started by zmatalucci, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. zmatalucci

    zmatalucci Very Active Member

    Please dont laugh!

    I just fot a 9-12 wacom tablet, and am trying to do some illustration work.
    What I'm really having a hard time doing, is getting a smooth flowing line. Now I know I can go back, and edit all the curves etc., but this is just extremely time consuming as there are thousands of nodes being created.
    So, is there a way to create less nodes etc., or am I screwed?
    The attached picture is just the initial layout,, very rough.
     

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  2. CenturySigns

    CenturySigns Custom Sign Shop Designer

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    Hey Z
    What software are you using? I use a tablet all the time and never get lines that look that rough. I'm in Corel 13.
     
  3. cgsigns_jamie

    cgsigns_jamie Very Active Member

    What software are you using? I usually only use my tablet with photoshop and raster graphics.
     
  4. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    Turn the smoothing up.
     
  5. zmatalucci

    zmatalucci Very Active Member

    I'm playing in illustrator (cs3)
     
  6. The Vector Doctor

    The Vector Doctor Very Active Member

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    Must be some setting you need to adjust. I use a Wacom tablet exclusively. That looks more like an autotrace from a very jaggy bmp file. If you use the pen tool (not pencil) that would not create so many points. The pencil tool in Illustrator could look like this if you did not adjust smoothness or you had severe hand shakes
     
  7. zmatalucci

    zmatalucci Very Active Member

    "or you had severe hand shakes"
    Wifey is pregnant again, that could be the problem!
     
  8. GK

    GK Very Active Member

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    Zeth, What tool are you using in Illustrator? paintbrush? pen? have you set your application settings for Illustrator exclusively in the Wacom preferences to cater to the way you work?
     
  9. SebastienL

    SebastienL Active Member

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    Doesn't matter if your using the pencil or brush in Illustrator.
    Double click on the icon in the tool panel, the preferences for that tool will pop-up. Adjust the fidelity and smoothness 'till you get just as you like it.
    It takes a few trials to get just the way you like it.
     
  10. GK

    GK Very Active Member

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    That was the point of asking. If he did not change the defaults and kept it how it is the fidelity for the paint brush is 4-4.5 while the pencil is only 2-2.5.
     
  11. 3dsignco

    3dsignco Active Member

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    If that don't work.. Try less coffee.

    (I know.. real Helpful Post :) )
     
  12. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    I use my tablet in Illustrator & Photoshop and never had trouble with jaggedness.
     
  13. Capital Signs

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    Now does the image go on the tablet? And you trace over it? Or is it strictly on the screen? I want one now...
     
  14. GK

    GK Very Active Member

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    If you have an Intuos the tablet is just a board in front of you that you write on and the image is on your screen. If you are working on a Cintiq then the tablet has a screen that you directly work on (12wx model starts at $899-$1000 and the 21ux up to $2000)
     
  15. Capital Signs

    Capital Signs Very Active Member

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    So is it worth the money to have it on the tablet? I would think it would be much easier to work with if the screen was on the tablet.
     
  16. GK

    GK Very Active Member

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    Is it worth the money if you do any design or 3D/CAD work...100% worth the investment. There is a learning curve it take a little getting used to but its certainly worth it in my opinion. It feels more natural when working. The question remains, do you have the budget for the tablet or the Cintiq and then what model. Larger tablets are usually good for people who use a longer penstroke when drawing and smaller tablets are good for shorter penstrokes or travel. The screen is different because you are working directly on it. Then there are the programmable function buttons on the sides and you are good to go. Another good design controller tool is a Logitech NuLooq but buyer beware its very limited in terms of what software its compatible with.
     
  17. Capital Signs

    Capital Signs Very Active Member

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    Well, I will have to save up for it, when the need arises. RIght now, I can live with sending things to vector doctor to vectorize, just wondering what other cool uses I can get out of it, i'm sure there are a few...
     
  18. zmatalucci

    zmatalucci Very Active Member

    I figured it out, thanks guys!
    And yes, it is certainly worth the investment. It was actually given to me by my neighbor. I don't know how I did it for so long without one. Mine is a 9-12, and I find it to be perfect for my drawing style. I will have some original drawings to post soon!
     
  19. cOrKinSA

    cOrKinSA Very Active Member

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    Thats a nice neighbor! Our neighbor put our wooden fence back up when a drunk driver took it out. I didn't even know he fixed it!
    ..er
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    ...okay back to the topic. Oh and there is a :corndog: missing on this thread.
     
  20. :software I have heard the correct pronunciation for Wacom is WAL-KUM.

    Anybody else heard that?
     
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