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How many of you plugged in you pen tablet and started drawing or coloring? Have you changed the setting since you started using it?

The right settings can make a world of difference when you are coloring and painting. It can save you valuable time and keep you from being frustrated.

Recently, it occurred to me that my brush settings were not optimized for the way I color. My pen pressure changed the diameter of my brushstroke and I always used the opacity slider to lighten the stroke. I decided to change this around. Instead of my previous settings I now use the pen pressure to change my opacity and make my strokes faint or dense. I also started using the [ and ] keys in Photoshop which change the diameter of my brush quickly.

The result of these simple adjustment is a much quicker working process with better quality. I could easily brush on a light shadow with a quick light stroke, reduce my brush size using the keyboard, and brush in a deeper shadow by using more pen pressure.

It is a good idea to reevaluate your settings as you improve your skills. Your settings will be based on what you are comfortable with and how you color. Everyone has a different system and there is no right or wrong way to set up your software and tools.

Here are a few videos that may help you consider other options:

Setting up your basic brushed in Photoshop for Digital Painting:
1) www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbjryi…
2) www.youtube.com/watch?v=d53wt3…
3) www.youtube.com/watch?v=br7f5l…

Setting up your basic brushed in Illustrator for Digital Painting:
1) www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM96tE…
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drskytower Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the tablet I have is too basic for those sorts of fancy paint brush auto-pressure changes as you draw a line. Its just one pressure only! (why I have artwork that looks like a child drew it). I can change opacity of course whilst painting colours in my children's colouring book sort of way though :D
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a1984niceguy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whats the brand/model info ,
no harm in turning the option on.

for under 100$ u.s you can get a wacom brand tablet that even the most basic model is pressure sensitive ,but the upper brands are more detailed accurate.
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drskytower Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its definitely not wacom! those were too expensive - a postcard size one is like $350 in my country. i cant draw postcard size :(
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a1984niceguy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just wondering but can you legally purchase via amazon.com or ebay?
im not sure the exchange rate but those arent badly priced sites.
hmm dang.... and note: post card sized? they make small tablets but
i aint seen one that small -- usually theres a decent response area on the tablet.
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drskytower Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could try that!

Yeah the ones I looked at were very disappointing for such an expensive piece of hardware. The actual drawing surface was postcard sized!!
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a1984niceguy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well i have a graphire thats older and one of the now cheaper ones and though it has a defined "area" thats about the size of the post card the whole thing pretty much works to my taste and though it sounds odd the area of the screen relative to the tablet works well from my perspective. do more research ,
bamboo is mostly meant for scribbling , you can find an intuos which is a professional grade on the low if you aim at something used or old i.e an intuos 2 or 3 (they're currently at 4) but make sure to see how old it is , condition ect -- they've made the intuos 2's for a lil bit and made changes - the newer models have extra buttons and such
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drskytower Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, thanks for the tips! I think I'm getting used to colouring with a tablet - still not that good at drawing using it though (looks like a toddler grade schooler student drew it), so I'm still resigned to drawing on paper, scanning and then turning it into a lineart for colouring.
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a1984niceguy Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not bad steps , you've got a process that works - idrawgirls.com great starter vids and blog entries with basics that are simple and brilliant
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