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    Drawing pad or Mouse?

    Which one do you suggest? I'm in Graphic design and I don't have a mouse for my Macbook (so this makes it hard to draw). I've never used a drawing tablet before and have no idea what I'm looking for. What would you suggest?



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    Re: Drawing pad or Mouse?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyBer View Post
    Which one do you suggest? I'm in Graphic design and I don't have a mouse for my Macbook (so this makes it hard to draw). I've never used a drawing tablet before and have no idea what I'm looking for. What would you suggest?
    Would something like this work?
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    Re: Drawing pad or Mouse?

    If only it would.



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    Re: Drawing pad or Mouse?

    Isn't Wacom pretty much the standard tablets? I've never used one that's just the name I've always heard associated with them.



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    Re: Drawing pad or Mouse?

    Wacom is standard but they are also $299.99



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    Re: Drawing pad or Mouse?

    I'm in Graphic Design myself, I use both a mouse and a drawing tablet, I've wanted to upgrade to a Wacom, however I didn't know how much I'd like or use the tablet so I went with a cheaper brand...it works surprisingly well for a $50 investment. Pen has pressure sensitivity, very large work space for it. My recommendation would be finding a classmate who uses one already and test it to see how you like it, you'll know real fast if you do, if not I'm sure you've used a mouse in the labs before.



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    Re: Drawing pad or Mouse?

    I use a mouse. I like the look of a hand-made mark, so I typically sketch my design on paper with a pencil, then using tracing paper, go over my pencil with a black marker.

    Scan it and drag into Illustrator.

    Once in Illustrator, select your image > go to Object > Rasterize.

    Then Object > Live Trace > Make & Expand (adjust settings as needed).

    Boom! Instant hand-drawn vector art that doesn't look like the super clean stuff they teach you in school.

    Keep drawing. Don't ever stop drawing.



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    Re: Drawing pad or Mouse?

    Quote Originally Posted by helechopper View Post
    I use a mouse. I like the look of a hand-made mark, so I typically sketch my design on paper with a pencil, then using tracing paper, go over my pencil with a black marker.

    Scan it and drag into Illustrator.

    Once in Illustrator, select your image > go to Object > Rasterize.

    Then Object > Live Trace > Make & Expand (adjust settings as needed).

    Boom! Instant hand-drawn vector art that doesn't look like the super clean stuff they teach you in school.

    Keep drawing. Don't ever stop drawing.

    Agreed about never stop drawing, but Live Trace is garbage for 90% of things



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    Re: Drawing pad or Mouse?

    Quote Originally Posted by helechopper View Post
    I use a mouse. I like the look of a hand-made mark, so I typically sketch my design on paper with a pencil, then using tracing paper, go over my pencil with a black marker.

    Scan it and drag into Illustrator.

    Once in Illustrator, select your image > go to Object > Rasterize.

    Then Object > Live Trace > Make & Expand (adjust settings as needed).

    Boom! Instant hand-drawn vector art that doesn't look like the super clean stuff they teach you in school.

    Keep drawing. Don't ever stop drawing.

    As a technique for certain projects, that sounds awesome. As a rule/habit, I think that goes against everything I know and love about design...ha.



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    Re: Drawing pad or Mouse?

    I hear you. The brand I work on (Caribou Coffee) uses a lot of doodles and fun hand-drawn illustrations.

    As far as creating a snappy vector logo...probably not the best choice.



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    Re: Drawing pad or Mouse?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyBer View Post
    Which one do you suggest? I'm in Graphic design and I don't have a mouse for my Macbook (so this makes it hard to draw). I've never used a drawing tablet before and have no idea what I'm looking for. What would you suggest?
    I wouldn't recommend getting an expensive tablet since you don't know whether you actually like using them or not. Some people love them and use them for everything. Some people try them and don't like them at all. On Amazon, you can get them as low as, like, $60-$100, which is nice since you're just experimenting with it more than anything (and there's only one graphic design option course that actually requires one). And if you decide you want a nicer one in the future, then you can always sell it to a classmate and upgrade.

    Also, I know the 4th floor print lab in Design lets you check out tablets, so you can try before you buy.



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