3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 12, 2012 2:37 PM by kendallplant

    the use of a tablet for perfect outlines


      1. I need to create coloring pages that contain the same thickness lines throughout the entire image and was hoping to do this in Photoshop. Someone suggested the use of a graphic tablet for this. From my research there is no mention of enabling the same thickness line but rather it appears to be very sensitive to pressure applied and that the lines tend to thicken and thicken according to hand pressure. Can you clarify if my task can indeed be accomplished with the use of a graphic tablet?


      2. If so, what will need to be set up for this to happen?


      3. Also, I will need to trace a hand-drawn image via the use of the tablet as well. There was mention of some tablets containing a lift up transparent surface for enabling slipping a paper beneath. Is this a usefull and necessary feature for my application?

        • 1. Re: the use of a tablet for perfect outlines
          mikeobe Level 1

          there are brush settings when using a tablet to set Opacity, Flow, width, etc.  or allow the pen to control these! Buttons at the top of the bar when you have brushes slected there are buttons that turn on or off the controls by your pen/tablet!


          as far as the transparency thing, Not aware of any tablet that is geared towards this, certainly doesn't mean there aren't any or you could possible Jerry Rig Something?

          • 2. Re: the use of a tablet for perfect outlines
            aonefun Level 1

            many thanks for your reply.


            Would the brush settings be configured in photoshop or in the tablet's software?

            Is there also a setting for smoothing out curves so that when creating curves for my lineart, they are more precise rather than hand drawn?

            • 3. Re: the use of a tablet for perfect outlines
              kendallplant Adobe Employee

              Yes - you can definitely use a pen tablet and have a constant thickness. You'll be able to adjust your brush settings using the Brush panel once your tablet is all set up. (If you can't see it, go to Window > Brush).


              You can switch off pen sensitivity by change the Size Jitter Control dropdown to "Off".


              A valuable button for you is the button I've highlighted in blue below. Clicking this button will disable using pen pressure with the brush size - when this is off, the size of your stroke will remain the size of the brush you have selected.




              I personally create my linework by simply scanning in an image and "tracing" over it on a new layer in Photoshop. I usually drop down the transparency of the original image to make it easier to see my strokes. I have a very basic, cheap tablet and I find this method very easy.