FAQ: How to Use a DRAWING TABLET – Tips for Beginners [CC]

FAQ: How to Use a DRAWING TABLET – Tips for Beginners [CC]


Hey DreamChasers. It’s the guy who took over Jacey’s channel. And today I’m gonna answer your frequently
asked questions about drawing tablets. I made a video called the Beginner’s Guide
to Tablets and almost 2 years later I’m still getting questions about. So this video is long overdue. Real quick first, shout out to all my other
lefties. I’m gonna try to answer as many of your
questions as I can, starting with the most common ones. The first being, how does it work? A lot of people are confused about how a drawing
tablet works as compared to a mouse, so I’m gonna do a quick demo. When you have a drawing tablet that has a
screen, like an iPad or a Cintiq, your drawing directly on the screen. And that’s really straight forward. Unfortunately those are pretty pricey. So you’re probably gonna start out with
a tablet like mine, which has a surface you draw on that’s mapped to your monitor. And a lot of people are confused about how
does it know when to click and draw vs move the cursor around. And it’s actually pretty simple. So when you want to use it as a mouse, you
actually hover your stylus over the surface without touching it. And it can register that you’re moving your
cursor. And once you press down that’s registering
it as a click. Which in an art program means you’re drawing
and making marks. But unlike a mouse which can only tell if
you’re clicking or not clicking, right? On or off. This can tell how hard you’re pressing down. That’s pressure sensitivity. And if you’re using an art program that
can recognize the levels of sensitivity then you can make your lines thicker or thinner,
or darker or lighter, depending on your settings. And it’s a lot more natural. It feels a lot more like drawing with a pen
or pencil. And if you use it in another program that
doesn’t recognize pressure sensitivity, it still works like a mouse. You can mouse around. You can click. And there’s even buttons on most styluses
that you can set as a right click button. So it does everything that your mouse would
do. You technically could replace your mouse with
it. I find that a little awkward to use it for
everything, but it’s a good way to practice, which I mentioned in the other video. Another really common question is, Is it hard
to draw while looking at your screen? So, it’s hard to answer that after almost
14 years of using a tablet, but the short answer is you definitely get used to it. I think a lot of people assume you need a
really expensive screen tablet because it sounds too hard to learn how to do this. But it’s really not as hard as it sounds. It just takes some practice. Because how it works is your tablet is mapped
to your screen. So when you move your stylus to the top left
corner of the tablet, your mouse cursor will appear in the top left corner of the screen. So you can practice just moving your stylus
around the tablet and seeing where your cursor ends up. And then before you even press down, you see
where your cursor is. So you know exactly where you’re going to
draw before you actually draw. And once you get a tablet and play around
with it, it’s not that confusing. It seems like it would be, but you really
do get used to it. Another question I get a lot is, do you need
a computer? That kinda depends on what kind of tablet
you get. I made a video a while back with tips on how
to buy a drawing tablet based on your budget and your needs and wants. And you can check that video out… here. But if you’re buying something like an iPad
Pro with the Apple pencil, you don’t need a computer–it’s built it. But if you’re buying a tablet like mine,
you do need a computer. There are some tablets that work with smartphones,
so if you don’t have a computer and you can’t afford something like an iPad, that
could be a good option for you. And then follow up to that, What kind of computer
do I need? So you really just need a computer or laptop
that will run an art program. You can look up the requirements of the program
to figure that out. For example, if you want to use Krita which
is a free program, you need Windows 7 or higher, 4GB of RAM or higher, and a graphics process
with OpenGL 3.0 or higher. So if you’re thinking about getting a drawing
tablet and you’re not sure if your computer can handle art programs, I recommend downloading
a free trial of whatever program you want to try and see if your system can handle it
before you spend the money on the tablet and the program. A lot of people want to know What Tablet I
use. And I use a Wacom Intuos Touch 5. It’s very old at this point. I think I got it like 6 years ago maybe? So you’re probably gonna get something newer
if you’re shopping now. Probably for a lot cheaper too. Which brings me to the next question, what
Tablet Should I get? So I did a whole video about tablet shopping. It covers different budgets and different
specs and things you might want in a tablet. There’s a link in the description. You can check that out. But the short answer is any tablet in your
budget. A $30 tablet is fine for beginners. You don’t need a fancy brand. You don’t need a screen tablet. If you get a cheap tablet and you like it,
you can always upgrade later and get more features. Another common question is, What Program do
I need? You can use any art software as long as it
runs on your computer. Krita, GIMP and Autodesk Sketchbook are all
free options. So I think that’s really great for beginners
to see if you like digital art. And they’re good programs! I’ve heard a lot of good things. I haven’t tried all of them in a few years
and I have friends who use them frequently and they make beautiful work. Clip Studio Paint is another great program
for illustrators, especially if you’re interested in making comics. It has a lot of features that make that a
little easier. There’s a one time fee for that program. It’s usually around $50. But sometimes it’s on sale for $25, so keep
an eye out during special holidays, Cyber Monday, that kind of stuff. Adobe Photoshop is another popular option. It’s kind of expensive though compared to
other programs. It also has a lot of features that are great
for design and photo editing. So if you do stuff like that you might like
it. But it has a monthly fee which is prohibitive
for a lot of people. I think it’s important to remember that
just because it’s the expensive program, that doesn’t make it the best. [Whispering] Because it’s not. I personally use Photoshop because I’ve
been using it since I was 11 and I’m used to it. Honestly, that’s it. That’s my whole reason. I don’t have a good reason for why I use
Photoshop. Okay this is a great question. Do you already need to know how to draw traditionally
to get into digital art? I think if you’ve never drawn before you
can absolutely learn how to draw on a tablet, on a computer. I have a few friends that started out in art
digitally and they never really drew before that. And they’re very good. They learned a lot and they are excellent
artists. Most of the drawing I’ve done in the past
20 years has been digital. So a lot of what I’ve learned has been as
a digital artist. That said, it’s not going to make the process
of learning how to draw any easier. You still have to practice. You still have to do studies and improve your
skills actively. And honestly if you’re trying to get better
at drawing I would recommend switching back and forth between traditional art and digital
art much as you can. Because you’re gonna learn skills on both
of those that apply. You’re just gonna grow faster. I feel like I could make a whole video just
on that topic alone. But that’s my recommendation if you want
to get good at drawing, is just draw as much as you can. Okay this one comes up a lot. Does every version of Photoshop have smoothing
built in? And unfortunately, no. Line smoothing or stabilization was added
to the newer versions of Photoshop in the subscription service. So if you have an Adobe subscription then
you have access to smoothing, which helps make your lines a little bit smoother and
cleaner and less shaky. So if you’re using an old version of Photoshop,
you don’t have that. But can always get Lazy Nezumi, which is a
third party plug in. I think it’s $30, one time fee and nd it
will add smoothing to Photoshop for you. So I highly recommend that if you’re using
an older version of Photoshop. Alright and this question comes up a lot for
some reason. Is that bread? Why is there bread next to your tablet? I have no idea what you’re talking about. Okay those were the most frequently asked
questions. I’m gonna run through some others that I
thought were also good questions. Kate asks “How old are you and how long
did it take you to be good at drawing?” Uhh, any guesses? Put your guess in the comments before I answer. On how old I am. I’m 35 and I’ve been drawing my whole
life, but I’ve gotten more serious in the past 3 or 4 years. IndigoBeats asks “Can I trace my favorite
artist’s drawings to be as good as them?” I actually made a whole video about this a
while back. About when it’s okay to trace and when it’s
not. But the short answer is yes, as long as you’re
not posting it anywhere or claiming it’s yours and it’s just to practice. Woopdeefriggindoo asks “How can I draw and
rest my wrist on the “screen” without disturbing my drawing”
So since the tablet they mention the Wacom Intuos PS which doesn’t have a screen, I
think they just meant he tablet surface. If your tablet doesn’t have touch settings,
you should be fine. It shouldn’t register your hand. If you do have touch settings you might have
to turn them off. So that your hand touching the screen doesn’t
interfere. I keep my touch settings turned off because
I them really annoying and distracting and I don’t like it when the tablet can tell. So just check your settings if you have a
problem with that and you might be able to turn that off. Koi asks “My laptop doesn’t have a disc
spot so can I just install the driver from the website without using the disc?” Yes! And I would also add that you should check
the website regularly for updates to the driver because they tend to update them often and
your tablet will work better if you do. Sitou asks “Why do you use old wacom tablets
instead of drawing directly on the glass tablets and flip style laptops?” That is very easy to answer. And the answer is because I’m poor! Sidney asks “Would this work on a MacBook
air? Honestly the better question is what program
do you want to use and will it run on your device.. This is true for any device. I don’t know the specs of every laptop and
tablet and whatever out there. So you’re gonna have to look up the art
program you want to use, see if it will run and see if it’s compatible. An Experience says “The only problem I have
is the lines are really shakey and idk if it’s the program I’m using, my hand, the
pen, or the tablet itself.” First of all, great username and icon. Second, it really could be any of those things
I guess? I’d have to know more about what you’re
using. Some programs like Clip Studio have line stabilization
built in, and there sliders and settings you can play around with. Some programs don’t have that unfortunately. Some tablets are known to be a little bit
smoother like Wacom and Huion. And really ultimately it DOES take a lot of
practice. It could just be that you’re not there yet–your
hands are a little shaky and you have to get more confident with your linework and that
does take time. So I would say check out your settings, see
if your program has stabilization and how to adjust that and just keep practicing! I think that’s really the best advice, so
good luck! Selassie says “How do you get your artwork
on the screen?” I’m assuming the question is about scanning
your image in, to get a drawing on paper into the computer. So if you don’t have a scanner, you can
use a cell phone. Cell phones are fine to take a picture. They’re just about the same resolution as
a scanner usually. You just have to make sure you have really
good lighting, so you might want to take a photo next to a window where you have natural
light. And you want to make sure your photo is as
straight as possible and that it’s clear and not out of focus. And it should be fine. Just get that on your phone, email it to yourself,
download it to your computer and draw over it. Aadloms543 asks “Do you know if you can
use a graphics tablet with powerpoint?” So a tablet should work as a mouse in any
program as a mouse. I don’t know if powerpoint has pressure
sensitivity capability. But if you’re just looking for something
that you can use a stylus and mouse around a program, a tablet should be fine for that. And finally, Cabe asks “Advice for artists
working with a mouse? Saving up for a tablet, probably won’t get
one until next year.” Yeah, actually I’m gonna make a whole video
about how to make digital art with a mouse. I have some friends who draw with a mouse. I used to do it years ago. I’m a little out of practice. But that said, I think even a $30 drawing
tablet is fine to start with. You don’t have to get an Pad or the most
expensive tablet. There are even tablets that connect with your
smart phone, so if you don’t have a computer you can still get something. And hopefully you won’t have to save quite
as long if you start with something like that. You can always upgrade later. Okay so I am outta questions. I hope this video was helpful. Thank you everyone who left comments and gave
me your feedback. Sorry it took so long for me actually answer
all this stuff. I was kinda going through some stuff that
past year or so. Anyway, I’m probably gonna remake that video
at some point and break things down a little bit better and be a little bit more clear. But in the meantime I hope that this video
helped. If you have specific topics you’d like to
see me cover in a future video please me know in the comments and I’ll try to make a video
about it. Anyway thank you so much for watching. I really appreciate everybody who followed
this channel from that video and then maybe was a little bit surprised about some changes
to the channel. And you guys stuck with it. And I appreciate you. It means a lot to me. And uhhh, yeah. Anyway until next time, chase your dreams. Peace! Hi, I’m Jayel Draco and I’m a DreamChaser. Did you know that if you get just 10 people
to join the Dreamchasers on Jacey Chase’s Patreon, Jacey F Chase will PERSONALLY come
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17 thoughts on “FAQ: How to Use a DRAWING TABLET – Tips for Beginners [CC]

  1. Thanks for watching! If you'd like help shopping for a tablet, please watch my video about which drawing tablet to buy:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRKaLymdaTI

  2. Yasss just found out I'm getting a tablet soon so this is super useful!
    Looking great my dude!
    I really want to get a triforce necklace now…
    P. S. Riley the void dog is best doggo
    Keep up the awesome videos! Love from Cass

  3. I didn't know you could get tablets for a smartphone, that's pretty cool 😊 Awesome video as usual! (PS: "the guy who took over Jaceys channel" made me laugh)

  4. lmao my dad just recently asked me to "ask my artist friends" what tablet they'd recommend so I'm just sending him this link :'D (he was fixing some programming stuff with pressure sensitivity so he was curious)

    this is super informative, thank you! I didn't even realize I still didn't know the answer to most of these questions despite hanging out with y'all for over a year 😂

  5. Fantastic video, covers a surprising gap in information on Youtube so I hope a lot of people find their way here!

    A quick opinion for the folx wanting help with their mouse-based digital art until your video comes out: Stabilization is your friend. I think it's important for artists to learn to let go of perfection, but my hands are personally too unsteady to achieve the lines I want with a mouse. Playing around with stabilization and finding that sweet spot will take a lot of the angst out of mouse-drawing in the meantime!

  6. I only started doing digital art about a year ago, started with mouse, but then i got a HuionH1060 PRO and oh my god it's sooo good, I'd seen a few bad reviews of them and it made me worried. But it is soooooo good, and so is clip studio, i tried photoshop but it isnt worth it, clip studio is amaaazing and so worth the money when its on sale.

  7. Wow Jacey thanks so much for this video! I super appreciate a lot of the details you've added here. Going to try some of these myself asap and see how I do. 🙂

  8. That helped me a lot. I have been really uncomfortable with my tiny tablet, but the suggestion to use the pen for more then drawing is helping me get use to it.
    🙂

  9. Super helpful! As a person with artistic tendencies who is utterly clueless about digital art, this video is a godsend. Thanks, Jacey!

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