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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Graphics Tablets

A graphics tablet is a computer input device that allows you to draw with a pen on a surface, and have your computer read that as an input.

Why is that so great? Well if you have ever tried to use an image editing program to draw with a mouse, you'll know that a mouse just doesn't move like a pen. It's hard to draw with a mouse, but a graphics tablet puts a pen back in your hand, and allows you to draw naturally.

There are many programs out there that will accept pen input, and not only that they will respond to how hard you are pressing, drawing a thicker line for a harder press and a thinner line for lighter pressure, just like a pen. Try doing that with a mouse.

And you don't have to be a digital artist to use one. If you have tried to remove "red eye" from photos, you will know how awkward it can be. A graphics tablet is the way to go, making selection of the offending ocular area a breeze.

Wacom are the world leader in graphics tablets, from professional models such as the Intuos4, to hobbyist or entry-level products such as the Bamboo range, they have one to suit. And is you really want to push the boat out, why not try a Cintiq display tablet - that combines a display with a tablet, so you draw directly on the screen! They're not cheap, but for digital artists and graphics professionals who work with computers, they can't be bettered.

And finally, here's a tip for you: why not scrap your mouse and replace it with a graphics tablet? A small (A6) tablet doesn't take up much more space than a mouse mat, and can be used just like a mouse: you move it about on the drawing surface, and press to click. Then when you actually want to draw, your pen is right there.

We have opened a webstore called techdoodle that is currently supplying graphics tablets to the UK market - do drop by and take a look at our range.

wacom graphics tablets

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