Re: Graphics Tablets
on 01-03-2005 01:54 PM
It takes a while getting used to (it's different from using pencils and paints, but when you get used to it I think it's just as good - only fairly different!) - but when you begin to master the technique, you will be able to do textures much, much faster.
Basically, pressure-sensitivity is a huge bonus for painting textures - you can link it to brush stroke size, or brush opacity, enabling you to build up shading a whole lot faster. Drawing curves is also easier.
I used an original Graphire (the 4x5 one, I think) and it's perfect for a first tablet - it was only rarely that I felt like a larger tablet would be a benefit.
I do have an A4 Intuos2 now, the extra area is definitely good, gives you more freedom and ability to do detail at a higher level (don't have to zoom in so much) because there is more control.
The Intuos series have 1024 pressure levels, whereas the Graphires only have 512, but it's not a difference you're really gonna be able to feel, IMHO.
A graphire would be fine for just improving texture and digital painting speed.
I find it very hard to go back to just using a mouse in Photoshop now, it seems so imprecise, and having to control the brush size and opacity purely with hotkeys is an exercise in wasted effort...
If you can afford it, and are serious about game art or digital art in general (it seems you are), I think a graphics tablet is a must. Definitely a worthwhile investment in the long run.