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Whippy

Use glass for your tablet surface! Forget plastic!!!

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I was drawing on my Intuous3 a few days ago and noticed that I had little "chips" or holes in the plastic overlay. I got this tablet use and the surface was perfectly smooth, so something I did messed up the surface. To make things worse, these holes were right around the center where I draw the most, so I quit drawing and looked around my place for a solution.  

I remembered reading something about cintiq tablets using glass for their surface and looked it up to confirm. Digging around in my closet, I found a peice of glass I'd cut way back in 2007 and completely forgot about. I don't know why I never used it, it was cut perfectly for my old Intuos2. I dug out my old tablet and tried it out with the glass, it worked perfectly and was like drawing on greased butter ^^

So I drove to town and had myself another piece of glass cut for my 6x11 Intuous3, it cost me $1.50. Then got some double sided tape for $2.50.  (remember, Wacom charges $15 for their plastic overlays?)

So now, I have a drawing surface that's super slick, doesn't chip, and will outlast any plastic surface ^^
All for $4 ...in your face Wacom!!
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Added: 6 years, 4 months ago
 
ButtercupSaiyan
6 years, 4 months ago
Thanks for the warning! I may try this, even my cheap Bamboo Touch has tiny grooves already.
Whippy
6 years, 4 months ago
My pleasure ^.^ Plastic wears out so quickly sometimes. After drawing on a totally smooth tablet, those little grooves just drove me nuts! Drawing on glass feels really great though :)
DaddyDuckyBE
6 years, 4 months ago
Buckling, you seem to be turning into the furry MacGyver with how you can make everything from a few cheap components! :P
Whippy
6 years, 4 months ago
LOL!!!!!
*gets out his duct tape with a sparkle in his eyes* I use this to tie up cute foxes and bunnies and fix things!
SenGrisane
6 years, 4 months ago
I didn't have problem with my intuos, but I have not been that active drawer back then ^^
InsecureFlaky
6 years, 4 months ago
Mine never Gave me troubls with this, perhaps I dont press the pen too much

Of course I have months without drawing now so maybe its part of the reason why not, still its not a bad suggestion
JeffyCottonbun
6 years, 4 months ago
LOL!
If i were you, i'd watch it! You're sharing deep dark secrets that the Wacom company does not want people knowing about. *giggles*
RileyHyena
6 years, 4 months ago
They might send out "Associates" to deal with him.
Dbruin
6 years, 4 months ago
Have you tried card stock or britsol board on your tablet? When I started out using an Intous I had tons of problems drawing on it. The surface was way too slick for what I was used to working with. I used to tape a sheet of bristol board onto the drawing area to give it a more realistic drawing surface. It saved the tablet and was way easier to work on.
Carrot
6 years, 4 months ago
that's a pretty cool idea - but don't you get grooves in the paper all the same? I mean, I can see it being pretty cool - but I'd imagine after a images/sketches - the paper would be crazy-worn, no?
Dbruin
6 years, 4 months ago
I never really had a problem with it. I'd change the sheet out maybe every 6 months
Ketsa
6 years, 4 months ago
Ooo... I'll have to give card stock a try at some point. Part of what I really love about my Intuos4 is the rough, paper-like feel of the drawing surface. The binder cover that Looq recommended in an earlier journal is great for a general protector or when I'm coloring, but for sketches I still like to use the bare surface.
CLCoon
6 years, 4 months ago
so is wacom not to be trusted? =2
Carrot
6 years, 4 months ago
Wacom has the monopoly on professional digital drawing tools -and rightly so too, their equipment has no parallel!

Sometimes things get worn though~ The intuos 3 is a several year old product, so it's no doubt that there's some wear and tear. Their products may be a bit pricy, but for how many hours you spend on it - they're typically a steal =)
CLCoon
6 years, 4 months ago
I know what you mean I used to have a wacom tablet but after three years it crapped out on me. and I dont have the money to replace such a piece of equipment, so Im working on getting exclusively traditional style. X3
NariFox
6 years, 4 months ago
I wish I could like this journal, lol. Damn you, Facebook... damn you!
FurryRickEs257
6 years, 4 months ago
Okay...the Cintiq has glass when it comes. At least mine had...it's still broken and I fight with fucking Wacom for replacement parts. :3((
MichaelJBear
6 years, 4 months ago
Héhé will kept this in mind sound as a really good idea to keep the tablet in good shape and avoiding big problems
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