Interface

Getting Started with Digital Painting

The Basics - Quiz

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In this lesson, we cover the interface and its five main sections. These are the same for virtually any image editing software and you need to know them to find your way around.

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  • Replies: 1

    Can somebody recommend any cheap but good graphics tablet for beginner?
    Is Wacom One Medium good or should I invest in something from Intuos series like Intuos Draw/Art Small?

    5 months ago

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      Don’t feel pressured to buy a fancy one if you can’t afford it, I used a cheap bamboo fun tablet all through art school and it worked very well. I think it comes down to personal preference. Wacom has always been reliable for me, so I would recommend any of their products!

      5 months ago

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    Hi, I am having trouble downloading the course files to my macbook, every one that i click on ends up downloading the same thing. Only the detail psd file. (image of the eye) and the videos. Is there any other way to get the files? Thx.

    7 months ago

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      They are actually all the same link to the .PSD file so each didn’t have their own but I edited the download section to be less confusing =]

      5 months ago

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    I see that the program for this lesson “Basics of Digital Painting is Photoshop. Do you use Photoshop for Motion tutorials or for 3D tutorials? Thank you

    8 months ago

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      No, Photoshop is mainly for concept art and digital painting, if you’re looking for a 3D software, you should check out Blender and the tutorials we have on this site =]

      5 months ago

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    I’ve been trying to found this program but I cant does anyone know the link the website.

    12 months ago

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    Do i need a Wacom tablet to be an 2D Artist?

    1 year ago

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      I think yes. Most digital artists I watch and learn from use Wacom products, so I would highly recommend getting a tablet or something similar if you can.

      1 year ago

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      Yeah, tablets are HIGHLY recommended. They make your life tons easier and because they mimic the feeling of traditional art, the experience feels more authentic and you’ll achieve better quality in your pieces. With a mouse, it’s highly unlikely you’ll get the result you want. My digital pieces improved dramatically after switching over to a tablet.

      12 months ago

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      If you are starting, I recommend a basic Wacom tablet, like the bamboo series, for example, it’s going to be cheaper, practice a lot, then get a better one. :)

      12 months ago

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      You don’t need a tablet to make great digital art but it really helps and makes everything faster, easier and simpler. I’ve had a lot of great tablets that weren’t from Wacom and I recommend shopping around and reading reviews if you’re going to purchase one.

      11 months ago

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      No. There are artists who get by and do amazing work with just a mouse.

      Tablets can help you be more efficient and there are other(cheaper)brands besides Wacom such as
      Huion, Yiynova, Monoprice, Turcom, Ugee, Tooya, etc.

      10 months ago

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      It doesn’t have to be a wacom. I for example have huion.

      7 months ago

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      If you want to be a digital artist then yes, you almost certainly need a graphic tablet. If you are more traditional artist, then you need pencil and paper

      Any graphic tablet would do, even Genius has some very cheap ones (30$). But if you intend to buy a graphic tablet with a screen, then go with Wacom. Monoprice doesnt sell spare pens which means you can throw the whole product away if you lose your pen… And after researching the whole internet about graphic tablets, I found out that other products can do good as well, for example Huion tablets, but lacks support for their customers. Wacom isn`t the industry standard for nothing. Actually all alternatives to wacom are “chinese” replicas, or so they seem, so don`t expect quality materials from Monoprice/Huion/… So in the end, why buy a low end graphic tablet if you will need to buy a new one in a year… Buy a Wacom, and I recommend one of the better models (if you are serious about drawing), because investing in a lower priced wacom will definately lead to you wanting to buy a better one. Might as well save for the better ones (cinteq) from the beginning rather then first buying a cheap wacom(intuos) and than later a cinteq. My two cents about tablets 😉 Hope it will help someone

      3 weeks ago