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Sketchbk <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 19 Dec 1997 11:03:33 -0500
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Hello Listserve folks!

I need some hints on using the Wacom Tablet. I know a lot of you have used
this technology for quite a while, but I'm dealing with archeologists here,
and on an archeological time frame, I'm whipping along at lightning speed,
technology-wise! In any case, I'm really just learning how to use the pen -
I'm tracing scanned pencil drawings of sherd profiles - for the most part not
real complex. (Using Photoshop - the pencil tool) I'm having difficulty making
a smooth line, or doing this with any speed - frankly, I can do this quicker
by hand, but we need it in digital form for publishing the reports. My lines
look like they were done by a little old lady with too much caffein in her
system (neither of which is true of me, for those of you who I haven't met at
conferences, by the way), and then I spend a long time tidying up the line so
it's smooth. I tried putting a piece of paper over the smooth surface of the
tablet so the stylus of the pen has a little more grip, but that makes it much
more work for my hand, and it tires out. The improvement wasn't much anyway -
not worth the trade-off of tiring my hand out.

Is this just something I will eventually work out with experience, or is there
some trick to smooth, accurate drawing with the tablet?

Thanks for any help you can offer!

Liz Hansen
Sketchbook Graphics
Sr. Illustrator - Center for American Archeology
Kampsville, IL