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Intous5, heck no! and other plans


Here's a summary of the bad points I've read about the Wacom Intuos5 (all of this is just what i've read, not my own experience, but I'm picky so I trust other picky ppl for now lol )

*it's surface is still rough and still a nib eating monster

*the touch controls are laggy and mostly a hackish work around in photoshop and painter (zoom in is just repeatedly sending CTRL+)

*the buttons are harder to press down

*there is no overlay sheet for the touch models, you scratch it, you have to send it in for repair

So atm, I'm gonna go a hunting for a replacement overlay for my Intuous2, and something suitable to use as a nib. LOL, I've used toothpicks in the past, even tried a smoothed down nail with some cardstock over the surface once and actually drew with it. Weedwacker cord is another I've heard about, but it might be too twisty, who knows XD But I'll continue working on art and hopefully be able to snag myself a new monitor soon enough. Here's one that I got my eye on currently. It's expensive for it's size, but there should be no color shifting going on like most LCD's. Mine is just terrible atm. With a fully black screen, I can see brown on the left and right edges.

Also had some ideas today about implementing some kind of OSD for drawing straight 90 degree lines in SAI, and other angles. It would be an exe that runs alongside SAI and helps you draw a line when you hold a certain key. It would have adjustable angles too. Like not like 90 or 45 but maybe as many increments as you need. It would work like so: you hold a click your stylus down, hold a key and drag outward from there. It will create a line from that point to your mouse, but it will also move that line while you move your mouse around, a lot like the line tool in vector mode. When you release the key, it will draw a line from the origin point to the point where your mouse was.

Currently, to make straight 90 degree lines in SAI, I have to line it up with the edge of the canvas, or drag out a really small rectangle with the rectangle selection tool and fill it with a color. To make 45 I'd have to use incremental rotate keys with the canvas, then make a line that's lined up with the edge of my screen. A real pain in the tail eh?

Or maybe I should just shut my muzzle and use Manga Studio for perspective and lines lol ^////^
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Added: 6 years, 4 months ago
6 years, 4 months ago
Good luck with that all that man  :)
6 years, 4 months ago
thanks ^^
6 years, 4 months ago
For my straight lines, I just make use of holding Shift, tapping in places, and hoping for the best...
6 years, 4 months ago
Yes lol!! I do the same thing.
*tap* is it right? *ctrl+z* grrr.. *tap...tap* ahh..there..
6 years, 4 months ago
Here's a fun thought for the nub... make your own damn hard plastic nubs.  With Instamorph. http://www.amazon.com/InstaMorph-Moldable-Plastic-6-oz...

Bonus, when you have enough nubs, you can make your own plastic figurines if you are good at sculpting.

For something like a nub, it's pretty simple.  Heat water to about 140-150, drop in a pellet or two, fish it out when it becomes clear, shape into the nub before it cools down.  Your fingers would probably work.
6 years, 4 months ago
I can do better than that! I have a heat gun that gets about 750f degrees on low and 1000f on high!! Mwhaha!! It'll make short work of that plastic. Thanks for the link!! I always wanted to mess around with making my own stuff in plastic! I'll get some and try it out. I wonder if i could even make a new overlay sheet with it....hmm...
6 years, 4 months ago
I suggest sticking to the water trick or a hot air gun.  TOO hot would probably cause it damage.

As to make your own overlay... I suppose it is theoretically possible, but it would be dificult to get it perfectly flat and smooth. Also, it hardens into a white color.

I have one wing made for a Tannim model so far.  It's hard to work with when it cools pretty quick in winter.
6 years, 4 months ago
Regarding your monitor selection.. it's a CFL backlight, which means your image is going to start yellowing within about 6 months of buying it.  If your looking at buying a new monitor, be sure it has LED backlighting that stays constantly white.

Just a suggestion.
6 years, 4 months ago
My current monitor is kinda yellowish, but it's old and very poorly made.

I checked wikipedia on LEDs:
" LED backlighting in color screens comes in two flavors: white LED backlights and RGB LED backlights.[1] White LEDs are used most often in notebooks and desktop screens, and in virtually all mobile LCD screens. A white LED is typically a blue LED with broad spectrum yellow phosphor to give the impression of white light. Since the spectral curve peaks at yellow, it is a poor match to the transmission peaks of the red and green color filters of the LCD. This causes the red and green primaries to shift toward yellow, reducing the color gamut of the display.

also there could be flickering:
" LED backlights are often dimmed by applying pulse-width modulation to the supply current, switching the backlight off and on again like a fast strobe light. If the frequency of the pulse-width modulation is too low and or the user is very sensitive to flicker, this may cause discomfort and eye-strain, similar to the flicker of CRT displays.

and CCFL has apparently gotten better:
" CCFL backlighting has also improved in this respect. Many current LCD models, from cheap TN-displays to color proofing S-IPS or S-PVA panels, have wide gamut CCFLs representing more than 95% of the NTSC color specification.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backlight

I do appreciate your suggestion though. Just checking out as many sources of info as I can ^^
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