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Refurbished Wacom Tablets – Are They A Good Idea?

Although Wacom are quite expensive, especially if you are looking to break into using them for the first time, but want a good quality product rather than some “new brand” you have never heard of before. This can be a real barrier to entry for some people.  Luckily, there are a number of refurbished Wacom […]

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Reasons Not To Buy A Wacom Graphics Tablet

If you read some of the reviews on this site, it is pretty clear that Wacom make the best graphics tablet today. They are definitely the industry leader and their products are used by all types of people, from the lowly scrapbooker at home to the digital artist working on the latest 3D films. However, […]

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Top 10 Amazing Graphic Tablets And Features

Are you an artist hoping to pursue a career in graphic designing? Then, a graphic tablet is the way to go. You could be a beginner or a professional artist, a graphic tablet is only going to make your work simple and fun. To help you choose better, here is a list of graphic tablets […]

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Best Graphics Tablet For Linux

One major chink in the Wacom armour is that they do not support the use of Linux out of the box. It does seem incredible to me, that a company with such a massive lead in this industry would ignore the Linux users, possibly a large chunk of their market. However, they are helping an […]

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Best Graphics Tablet For Beginners

This is quite a common question from people who have not used a graphics tablet before and are taking their first steps into using such a device. The question might actually be better asked as “what is the best graphics tablet for the first time user”. I would assume that someone who wanted a graphics […]

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Best Graphics Tablet For Photoshop

If you are a (lucky) user of Photoshop and have decided to extend away from just using a mouse to draw with, the graphics tablet, or pen tablet is pretty much your only choice.  Unless you have several thousand to spend on a swanky LCD drawing tablet, a standard USB model that allows you to […]

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Best Graphics Tablet For Mac

Which is the best graphics tablet to buy to use with a Mac? These days, most graphics tablets are cross compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux, although, there was a time where this was not the case even though most digital artists used Mac’s for their day jobs. Buying the best tablet for your iMac […]

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The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book

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The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting

Coming from a being a traditional artist or complete novice to using a graphics tablet can be a very steep learning curve. Artists who are used to paint, pencil or charcoal will miss the tactile interaction with paper and canvas and the new user may be baffled by exactly how to obtain the right colors and effects they want. Luckily, there is help at hand! Apart from trawling YouTube for videos of speed painting or techniques, this book offers real examples for learning to paint digitally in Photoshop or Corel Painter.

The author takes you through many different examples with tasks for you to complete with exercises for the different types of image you might want to make or effect you want to produce.

From Amazon.com:

Despite its fame as an image-editing tool, Photoshop has never been about painting—that is, not until recently. With a new paint engine, however, Photoshop 7 is now about editing, compositing, effects, and painting—and award-winning artist and author Cher Threinen-Pendarvis is here to show you how you can use both Photoshop and Painter with pressure-sensitive tablets to improve your drawing skills and open your mind to new artistic possibilities.

In this volume—which is as much art book as guide—the author of the Painter Wow! series steps you through a variety of real-life projects designed to improve your drawing, composition, and conceptual skills while exploring different digital tools. Along the way, you’ll learn how to set up a pressure-sensitive tablet and stylus; use mark-making tools in Photoshop and Painter; create tonal, gestural, and contour drawings; and more. Best of all, in addition to helpful screen shots, you’ll find beautiful, full-color, progressive views of the art being produced. Anyone who wants to use these tools to improve their drawing skills and enhance creativity will find all the instruction and inspiration they need in these pages.[/ReviewAZON]

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