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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Art & Design of Graphics Tablets

Please Login or Register to see the link. or what can also be known as graphic pads or tables are a modernized version of the painter’s canvas. Primarily used in the arts and design world the graphics tablets allow the artist/designer to control design input through a pen, stylus or puck. Unlike a traditional mouse the user has meticulous control over the lines and images you can directly draw onto the pad, which in turn are re-produced into the graphics software which supports the tablets such as Autocad, Maya or 3DS Max.
The common myth is the bigger the pad the greater the pad, not so. Larger pads tend to be cumbersome requiring more arm movement, more sensitivity and a beast on desk space. So the more experienced tablet user generally sways to smaller tablets.

Tabets typically come in 4” – 10” in size and range in models, some for professional use while others for hobbyists. The tablet lets you have the utmost control through its stylus or puck with pressure sensitivity that allows the user to control line strength/size, color, tone, texture or patterns. Modern tablet manufacturers include Wacom, IOgear, Genius and HP.

Also known as drawing tablets, graphic pads or digitizing tables, graphic tablets are a stand-in input device which is often used in lieu of or in juxtaposition with a trackball, through a mouse or other pointing devices. The tablets have two parts, a flat surface which is used for drawing and a pen, or puck which is so programmed as to work on the tablet surface. Graphic tablets offer a variety of features. Before making your mind, the first question you may ask for is about its size. Bigger graphic tablets are not always better. The most common size suitable for home users and hobbyists is 4? by 5? or 6? by 8?. However, designers, artists and technical illustrators who work on CAD may prefer or require a larger surface area. But large graphic tablets are expensive and require more movement of your arms. While, various home users who use graphic tablets often choose smaller sizes in order to minimize their arm motion.

Since its inception the most common format for graphic tablets are 4×5, 6×8 and 9×12 with a ratio of 4:3 for traditional computer monitors. But as the time passed the proliferation of widescreen monitors appeared in the mid-2000s. Since then various companies have now started producing wide-format manifold monitors. The next feature which is often looked for in a graphic tablet is its interface. The role of the interface is how a tablet is connected to your computer. These days the most common interface being used is USB. But the older computers which do not contain USB interface can look for serial port tablets. A graphic tablet which has a USB interface takes its power from the computer while a serial tablet requires a separate power connection, so be sure your computer can accommodate a medium-sized transformer. But if you want a wireless solution for your graphic tablet to connect to your computer choose a Bluetooth option. Your graphic tablet also uses a pen or stylus which comes bundled with the device. So make sure it is comfortable and natural in your hand. Check if your pen needs a battery. Different stylus’s offer different features like some pens contain inbuilt switches, buttons or erasers. These buttons can in return often be programmed according to the needs of the user. Graphic tablets are also pressure sensitive and have a pressure level of 256, 512 or 1024. Through pressure sensitiveness transparency, thickness and color can be controlled.

Buying tips: Please Login or Register to see the link.
• Make up your mind in deciding the primary purpose on why you want to buy a graphic tablet whether you need it for your home or you want to use it in designing or artistic jobs like CAD or technical illustrations etc.
• Depending on the model you can choose the size of the graphic tablet.
• Before buying a serial port tablet ensure your PC has one, which does not conflict with other devices.
• Make sure your stylus includes a battery or you will have to purchase it separately.

Sophie Milch currently manages purchasing and inventory control for Comnauts.com. Sophie keeps herself busy by making sure our inventory is filled with quality products, the latest and the greatest. Sophie holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and is frequent contributor to several technology blogs and magazines. When she’s not working; in typical nerd fashion you can catch Sophie twittering friends, beating down Murlocs in World of Warcraft and watching re-runs of the X-files.

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