How to Use a Graphics Tablet

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Pen and paper were the graphic artists' first tools. But today's web and game graphics designers desire the best tools to use for their work. A graphics tablet can provide graphic artists with more designs, flexibility and creativity. Read on to learn how to use a graphics tablet.

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Things you need

  • Graphics tablet
  • Graphics tablet software
  • Computer
  • Stylus or other graphic pointing/drawing tool

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    Research different graphics tablets. While most graphics tablets are similar, some perform better than others for certain tasks. There are different sizes of graphics tablets. A novice or occasional user might not want a larger graphics tablet, while an experienced programmer or graphic artist might prefer a larger tablet.

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    Know the interface, the way your graphics tablet connects to the computer. Many modern graphics tablets use USB connectivity. There are a few that have wireless capability that gives you more flexibility.

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    Set up your graphics tablet with the software that came with it. This software lets you use the tablet, and adjust the settings.

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    Draw your designs with a stylus or other tool, such as a graphics mouse. The stylus is a pen-like tool for drawing, similar to a pen or pencil. A graphics mouse is like to a regular computer mouse, but has adjustable settings for a graphics tablet, as well as the regular functions of a computer mouse.

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    Adjust the settings on your graphics tablet. Some adjustments may need to be made according to the type of graphics job you are doing. Refer to the user manual for specifics to the graphics tablet purchased.

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    Use the graphics tablet for computer graphics, game design, website graphics design, calligraphy on the computer, picture languages such as Chinese and Japanese writing, CAD and technical drawings and digital photography work. Anything a mouse and mouse pad can do, a graphics tablet can do.

Tips and warnings

  • Some older model tablets may not operate at full functionality with newer versions of your operating system. You should check with your tablet's manufacturer's guidelines for more information.
  • It can take some time to get familiar with a graphics tablet because it is different from the way a computer mouse operates.

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