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MikeLeaf

Hello, I would like to buy a graphics tablet, but I want to ask few questions first.

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Hello dear community of Paint.net

 

I am a very active Paint.net user and I have been using this program for over 3 years. It is an great alternative to Photoshop and I love it very much. But I am not here to discuss about Paint.net, but instead I wanted to ask some questions about graphics tablets.

 

+Questions+

 

 

  • Is there a good graphics tablet that costs between 8-36 Euros? I am not looking for something very advanced, but simply for a graphics tablet that does it's job like it is supposed to do. Keep in mind that I am saving up for a new PC so I am not going to spend much.

 

  • How does it work? Does it auto-detect canvas and I simply have to draw on it with my stylus? Does it support Paint.net? For example if I touch with my stylus on top left corner will it 'click' in the same spot on my computer's screen?

 

  • Are there any other free alternatives specially created for graphics tablets? Paint.net is good for normal image editing, but I am looking for an better alternative that is JUST for drawing....

 

I hope that you will be able to give proper answers to my questions :).

 

Mike Leaf....

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  • Is there a good graphics tablet that costs between 8-36 Euros? I am not looking for something very advanced, but simply for a graphics tablet that does it's job like it is supposed to do. Keep in mind that I am saving up for a new PC so I am not going to spend much.
Only just. Your best bet would be a used Wacom Graphire 4, which can be found on Amazon for $40 USD (around €35 EUR). Nothing new in that price range would really be worth buying.

 

  • How does it work? Does it auto-detect canvas and I simply have to draw on it with my stylus? Does it support Paint.net? For example if I touch with my stylus on top left corner will it 'click' in the same spot on my computer's screen?
Other than being mapped 1:1 with the screen (where, as you say, if you touch the top left corner of the tablet it will click the top left corner of the screen), the Wacom Tablet works just like a mouse. The pointer moves around the screen as you hover your stylus above the tablet, and when you press down, it "clicks."

 

  • Are there any other free alternatives specially created for graphics tablets? Paint.net is good for normal image editing, but I am looking for an better alternative that is JUST for drawing....
I'm not aware of any. Since tablets work just like mice, Paint.NET is fine for the purpose; the only downside is that it doesn't support pressure sensitivity.

Good luck!

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'Krita' is very good. Customisable pressure sensitivity, dynamic brushes etc. and free.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

Personally I still find it awkward to draw on a tablet whilst looking at a screen.
Unfortunately touch sensitive screens seem equally useless, unless you go way upmarket.

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'Krita' is very good. Customisable pressure sensitivity, dynamic brushes etc. and free.

https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

Very cool. I'll have to take a look at that.

Personally I still find it awkward to draw on a tablet whilst looking at a screen.

You get used to it after a while, if you use it for a while. It becomes an extension of your hand after some time. At least it did for me.

Unfortunately touch sensitive screens seem equally useless, unless you go way upmarket.

For sure. The best in class for screen-based tablets is the Wacom Cintiq, which runs somewhere in the $1,000 USD anyway.

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Useful info David, (quick search, Cintiq 13" ~ £700 in U.K.) they seem to have come down in price from when I last looked... one day perhaps! ;)
... 2016, In all honesty had expected that we could simply download our imaginings with a simple brain usb port by now. :P:D

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