I thought the best thing to to begin this blog would be to go through some of the input methods I have previously used and talk about their pro's and con's.
I have worked with a tablet now for many years, going through many different brands and price ranges before I reached a tablet that I was happy with...which of course turned out to be a 'Wacom'. Wacom represent the great jump forward in interfacing with the computer. This is been taken to the next level with touch screen monitors and laptops that allow direct input - but this will most likely be discussed a little later on in the blog.
I have used several brands of drawing tablet now, including Touch, Face and several others and have found Wacom to be of the highest availiable quality. I found the A3 tabet to be quite frustrating for animation because it in ivolved a lot of movement and even though it gave me a bigger surface area to work with, it actually hindered my animation work. It was handy for tracing pre-drawn images and drawing over them on the tablet - but this wasn't as acurate as I hoped. The A4 tablet was the best, but I had to settle with the next one down due to money issues. That said, it is still of the same high quality - just a smaller surface area. I will be covering Tablets in more detail later in the blog.
Here is a short list of some of the things I will be covering in no particular order:
- Scanning and converting to vectors in Flash
- Scanning and converting to vectors in Illustrator
- Drawing into the computer with a mouse
- Drawing into the computer with a tablet
- Different programs for drawing into the computer, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flipbook
- Tracing Images with a tablet
- Tracing Images with a picture taped to the monitor
- Drawing to pixels and the differences
- Drawing to vectors and the differences
- Converting bitmaps
- Cintiq tablets
- Wacom brand vs other brands
- Tablet PC's + Laptops
- Touchscreen Monitors