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!
Sr. Illustrator - Center for American Archeology