Picked up an Intuos pen and tablet.

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by MacGurl111, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. MacGurl111 macrumors 65816

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    Love the look and feel of the tablet. I am about to use it.. however, I installed Photoshop element and wanted to draw in it, but it's all pixelated. I know the program is not made for retina MBP, but is it supposed to look this bad? :confused: It's impossible to draw in it.
     
  2. blanka macrumors 68000

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    The Intuos has nothing to do with it. It is 1000dpi, so even the tiny midget Intuos is already offering a resolution surpassing the Retina MB or 4K displays.

    It probably looks crap at 100% magnification, but you should not work in that zoom level for drawing, only for fine tuning. Make the image at least 4 times the screen resolution, and draw at 25% magnification.
     
  3. MacGurl111 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you, I'm going to give this a try!
     
  4. skottichan macrumors 6502a

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    Also, the brush you're using can effect this and give a "pixelated" look. Using the actual Brush tool instead of Pencil tool helps.
     
  5. thekev macrumors 604

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    They take some getting use to, because the drawable area of the tablet is typically smaller than the screen. You can get away with mapping it to a subset of the total screen if necessary. It's whatever it takes for you to be able to paint smooth strokes as necessary. The issue of a pixelated look is different. If you're not viewing it at greater than 100% and not using a brush with noise or something of that sort, it shouldn't look pixelated. Sometimes people end up with that due to accidentally toggling blending mode from normal to dissolve as they are adjacent. If you keep having trouble post something and I'll see if I can identify the cause.
     
  6. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Op a screen shot will help us determine what is causing the pixelation.

    Also, they take time to get used to so make sure to give it a solid month of use. Many people don't like them at first then grow to adore them.

    Also make sure to spend some time customizing your Wacom. Not only will you want to map things like Undo, brush, and hot key commands but you'll want to make sure you force proportions on your Wacom so it isn't stretching your drawing. You'll lose a teeny bit of drawing space on the tablet but you'll be able to draw a circle without it looking like an oval.
     
  7. mac82 macrumors member

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    Um, guys. She obviously means that the application has not been updated for the retina display. Adobe updated Photoshop, but it doesn't seem too concerned with providing support in Photoshop Elements.
     
  8. MacGurl111 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Correct. Unfortunately, I returned it because Elements doesn't look very good on Retina. Might have to figure out something else or pick up a Samsung Note tablet. Such a bummer. :(
     

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