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For you authors who like to work on your own covers...
« on: October 15, 2010, 05:26:21 am »
I saw this deal of the day on Monoprice and thought of you guys. Wish I had a spare $30 and I'd order it for myself! I've always wanted one of these and I can't believe they are so cheap these days!



Today only, $27.56!!

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    Re: For you authors who like to work on your own covers...
    « Reply #1 on: October 15, 2010, 05:36:27 am »
    Wow that looks pretty cool

    And it isn't that I particularly like doing my own covers, though I do like the challenge of working around the extreme limitations at hand, it's more like I haven't got the money I need to get a pro to collaborate with
    (but I know what you mean)

    So, to be clear-- I can transfer an image FROM my computer into this device, play with the image using that device to what I want for a final image ...then transfer the image back INTO my computer and there's my new cover. Right?

    If so, that is worth thinking about getting for sure

    I can't really afford it either, but then, that's why they invented plastic!
    « Last Edit: October 15, 2010, 05:38:45 am by brickwallwriter »

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    Re: For you authors who like to work on your own covers...
    « Reply #2 on: October 15, 2010, 05:39:50 am »
    I need to see this thing in action.  If it ends up looking shoddy, I wouldn't use it.  But... if it's professional looking and well done, I'll jump on board!
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    Re: For you authors who like to work on your own covers...
    « Reply #3 on: October 15, 2010, 05:51:13 am »
    So, to be clear-- I can transfer an image FROM my computer into this device, play with the image using that device to what I want for a final image ...then transfer the image back INTO my computer and there's my new cover. Right?

    I don't think that's how it works.  I believe its function is a type of very precise mouse pad.  Just an input device.

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    Re: For you authors who like to work on your own covers...
    « Reply #4 on: October 15, 2010, 06:05:54 am »
    I don't think that's how it works.  I believe its function is a type of very precise mouse pad.  Just an input device.

    That's exactly right.  Tablets upon which you directly draw are very pricey, but I love 'em.  Here's a link of rated tablets that I found doing a quick Google search.  It shows the Wacom Cintiq, which is insanely cool.  The regular mouse-type Wacom tablets are also very popular.  Until recently, I used a large Wacom Intuos 4.  It rocked.
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    Re: For you authors who like to work on your own covers...
    « Reply #5 on: October 15, 2010, 06:10:56 am »
    For people who have used tablets, how hard is it to get used to? Am I right in assuming that because the tablet is smaller than the monitor that a small movement will equal a larger one on the screen? I'm not sure I could get used to drawing in one place and watching it appear in another! I'm not much of an artist anyway, so I don't really need to worry about it. Could be fun to play with, though.


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    Re: For you authors who like to work on your own covers...
    « Reply #6 on: October 15, 2010, 07:28:40 am »
    I use an earlier generation Wacom Bamboo.  It's not as good as an Intuos, but it really is helpful for detail work. 

    As for getting used to it, in the past few years Wacom's little tablets have gotten so much better, that if you're used to using a tablet at all, the little ones are easy to get used to.  However, I use mine with a laptop.  I'd hate to try to use it on a big screen set up.

    I go back and forth from tablet to mouse, myself, using the tablet mainly for the finesse work.  (One thing you've got to watch out for if you're constantly picking up and putting down you pen, though, is that it's easy to pick it up upsidedown, and you find yourself stuck on the eraser tool.  You think something's gone wrong with Photoshop, but it's just you being a doofus.)

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    Re: For you authors who like to work on your own covers...
    « Reply #7 on: October 15, 2010, 08:49:29 am »
    It says today only.  What is the normal price on it?  My daughter would love something like that!

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    Re: For you authors who like to work on your own covers...
    « Reply #8 on: October 15, 2010, 10:30:06 pm »
    I'm happy with my Wacom tablet. :-)





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    Re: For you authors who like to work on your own covers...
    « Reply #9 on: October 15, 2010, 10:35:58 pm »
    It does take time to get used to using them, that's for sure.  The whole mental coordination break between the pencil and the screen is the worst, still you manage with the mouse eventually so it becomes second nature after a while.

    What can be tricky is deciding if you want to use relative or absolute positioning.

    I find myself using a combination of the mouse and tablet a lot.

    ( Wacom Graphite user here ).

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    Re: For you authors who like to work on your own covers...
    « Reply #10 on: October 15, 2010, 10:46:03 pm »
    I'm also a Wacom user and I highly recommend them.  The current Wacom Bamboo Pen retails for about $50 normally, and it's a fine piece of equipment, especially as an entry level choice.

    Now, if I could just get two separate cursors, I'd be one happy little camper.  I use a tablet left-handed and mouse right-handed, and being able to use both separately and simultaneously would really make my day, even if the second cursor could only move the canvas and select tools.
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    Re: For you authors who like to work on your own covers...
    « Reply #11 on: October 15, 2010, 11:02:32 pm »
    Ubuntu/Linux are looking to get (or have, in beta) multi pointer support, though I'm not sure how mainstream it is yet (that said, it's been done since 2008).

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