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Do you prefer using drawing tablets over photoshop in making animation drawings?



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Do you prefer using drawing tablets over photoshop in making animation drawings?

I have friends who are now dabbling with animation drawings. They are using drawing tablets to easily get the results that they wanted. My other friend on the other hand like to color it manually using photoshop because he thinks that he could create more effects easily using layers. What do you think of this scenario? What you prefer, using drawing tablets or photo manipulating apps such as photoshop?  

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Barida

I would have to go with Photoshop since it has been the popular choice out there. One thing I've come to realize about Photoshop is that by understanding the rudiments, we could get things done easily.



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kammy143

I see that Photoshop is a really versatile software but for me, it also lacks some thing which can be resolved using other gadgets or tools. Animators loves drawing tablets because it is really cost effective. No more use of paper or any kind of medium. The thing is Photoshop really gives out outstanding results when it comes to photo manipulating which is best for effects and backgrounds.



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JoeMilford

I think that Photoshop is great, and there are other image-based sites, like Canva to come up with graphics. However, if I could get adept at it, I would love to use a tablet to create my own images and animations. I would have to work and practice in order to do so, but it would be worth it to me to have so much more personal ownership over my own images and work attached to my content. I have a tablet, but I do not use it enough for drawing, so this thread has got my mind teeming with ideas.



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Barida

I would want to know about Canva and how it works for maybe that is going to be a substitute for me when I feel like not experimenting with photoshop.



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ballyhara

Just like you, I would say I rather use Photoshop, because that's the one I can handle pretty well right now, so obviously if I want to do a good job, I have to go with the one I can master. But, for sure, if I learn how to work on a drawing tablet, that would be my choice, because that will get me more freedom creating my own designs and animations. So far, don't have one, don't know how to properly work on it, so I need to practice on those to begin to use them.



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Judas2018

Tablets are becoming more and more visible in the digital animation, art and graphics community. I think the younger generation prefers them more to photoshop or other standard digital art programs. When I say younger generation I mean 18 and under.



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Barida

My issue with tablet is that it doesn't look cool when I want to use it unlike when I'm using photoshop to do my online works. I just enjoy using photoshop at the moment.



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kammy143

I agree with you. In the same time it makes digital animation easier and more precise since it is also done by hand but also more time and cost effective because it doesn't uses paper or any other physical mediums such as paint, one can also tweak drawings without materials wasted.



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Kakashi2020

I agree that drawing tablets are more user friendly and convenient than using Photoshop in making animation. I only use Photoshop when i need to edit things but not in creating animation.



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vinaya

I use photoshop, however, I always use photoshop on my computer. I don't have a drawing tablet. I once tried to use photoshop app on my handheld device, but could not use it properly. Since I have never used drawing tablets, I cannot compare with using photoshop on a computer.



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Barida

I'm of the opinion that it is always better to use photoshop on the laptop instead of any phone device simply because of the fact that the computer version of it is quite popular as well.



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Baburra

I've tried both and either can be very nice to use depending on what you can get comfortable with. I myself am okay with using either but that's only mostly because I think tablets are expensive and I don't want to spend my extra money on them. If I had the spare cash I probably would buy one just because of the convenience of them but just using a mouse and keyboard can be okay too as long as you are not trying to draw, I guess.



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ballyhara

That's my point either. I don't have a drawing tablet, so I can't compare with my regular Photoshop work. But, honestly if the tablet will allow me to improve my job, so it looks more professional and clean, then for sure it deserves to give it a chance. However, those tablets must be quite expensive, and if the result is not going to be a big difference, then I rather keep my usual Photoshop task than spending money for just another tablet.



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kammy143

That is true. Those stuff can be quite expensive. I guess it is a good investment if one really uses it in a daily basis which is either income generating tool or if it really a passion of the user.



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keen2write

I never once used photoshop, I might try and see all the fuss and use it. I do love creating graphics and designs also logos for my sites and Facebook pages. Since everyone mentions photoshop I will have to get it and try it out I keep meaning to.



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kammy143

Really? What kind of photo editing application do you use? I am very interested in exploring other ways to improve my graphics.



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Judas2018

So you create graphics, art, logos and design and have never ONCE used Photoshop? Wow - that's like finding a needle in a haystack. You are truly a rare breed sir.



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kammy143

True, but you never can tell if there are other applications than Photoshop such as Corel, and this is why I am really interested about it.



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Martinsx1

If you have tried out photoshop with your pictures edit programs, then you should know that you are missing so much in terms of getting the best out of your picture graphics and editing work.



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Tronia

Why not just use the drawing tablet in the Photoshop? Many, many people simply use the tablets to do different drawings and other effects since you have more "control" over it - you can do various little details that are extremely hard to draw otherwise.

I don't really own a drawing tablet though. I only use Photoshop as it is and I don't have many issues. I mainly do photo manipulation, effects combined with Adobe programs and different designs such as banners.



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kammy143

True, I think the combination of the two would really be great. I have seen it before, just with a different form of software.



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DenisP

"Why not just use the drawing tablet in the Photoshop?"

This is what I don't understand about this question. A drawing tablet (if they're referring to tablets such as a Wacom Intuos or Cintiq) alone is useless without the appropriate software. Without software, a drawing tablet is little more than an oversized touchpad. Integrating a drawing tablet and the proper software--Photoshop in particular--can result in some truly amazing digital paintings. On the other hand, trying to draw in Photoshop without a drawing tablet is a futile effort, in my opinion.



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leeyong88

I prefer photoshop because I'm very well versed at it and I've been using many years now. I found it very helpful, especially when I want to create a very specific design or drawing. There are also lots of features you can use and apply. I can basically control everything about my drawing. I have used a tablet once, but it doesn't compare with the output of photoshop, so I preferred continued use of the software.



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Barida

Photoshop is a great tool when we are considering the basic things of photo editing and all that. It's one thing we need to understand at the end of the everything.



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Judas2018

Photoshop is the best graphics creating tool around imo. Maybe I say that just because I'm more familiar with it but oh well, familiarity breeds fondness.



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leeyong88

Definitely, some may say photoshop is complex and that there are other tools out there, but I'm already familiar with it for years now, so I won't bother leaving it. And yes, it does breed fondness, that's a great word there.



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Adesuwa08

I have friends who are into animations, they use drawing tablets and I have never heard of someone using Photoshop for his/her drawings, since I go with my friends I will say Photoshop used in drawings and animation is not wise.

Drawing tablets have all the whole requirements for drawing and animation than Photoshop, I have seen them before and you can't compare it with Photoshops because it is uniquely designed for drawings and animations, when you go to drawing and animation school they are not allowed to use Photoshop for their drawings and animations. Tell your friend who uses it, it is not the right approach to drawing and animations.



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kammy143

It is possible to use photoshop in making drawings. It is just too time tasking, but if you are going to add effects, that is when photoshop shines. It can tweak unwanted flaws and add character to the drawing.



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Baburra

I think using both may be the best way to go about it. I have seen a lot of people use drawing tablets in conjunction with a good photo editing software and the results they get are really great. I don't think the choice between the two necessarily have to be mutually exclusive but also at the same time, just using one of the two can also work as long as you know what you are doing and have the skill to get the job done because at the end of the day the tool is only a helper and your skill is what will make the work great.



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Barida

I agree with you on that fact in the sense that one could get versatile with is using both and get the best out of using both device which is awesome as well.



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DarthHazard

Drawing tablets definitely make your job easier because of the fact that you don't have to worry about using a mouse to draw things. The fact that you can use a stylus with a drawing tablet makes everything so much easier and it also means that your animation drawings will be much more accurate and much more closer to what you actually want it to look like.



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Judas2018

I've never used a mouse to do any digital animations or drawing, and I'm not sure why some people do. A digital pen is the best method. A PC mouse has a lot of uses but drawing just isn't one of them.



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kammy143

I agree. Digital pens are best for animation drawings and the mouse are best used to edit things out.



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treecko142

Yeah, you can't really use the mouse for drawing, although I know people who are really good with the mouse who actually make a living by drawing with it and showcasing their skills to the public.



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gelotologist

I would probably go with Photoshop, since it's the first software that I did manage to learn and be professional on. But It really depends on the situation of the person, if he/she is in a hurry of doing something or projects that must be on time, then probably he/she would choose what's the fastest thing for him/her to do her work done.



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kammy143

I also love using photoshop, but I'd rather have the combination of both.



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Martinsx1

Photoshop does an exceptional job for me, I have used it to do most of the task that I have carried out in respect to picture work. I don't have any reasons to consider going for other options because it works perfectly.



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tiffiecute

I guess it all depends on every individual's zone of comfortability. I'm a painter. If I want something realistic, I'd go for photoshop. But if I am contented with the basics and is in a hurry or not too serious, I'd go for my tablet. My son is using "Colorfy" mobile app via Google Play store. He has tons of coloring sheets that he's done with which for an 8-year-old boy, the outputs are quite amazing. His drawings look like professionally done which I'm proud of. But yeah, it's fast to draw on a tablet rather using photoshop if you wt it to be more detailed.



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Martinsx1

Personally, I enjoy working with both and the reason for this is that as much as they both produce nice work, the touch of each work from either of them is different and unique in a way. So therefore, it's the reason for my making use of both of them.



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Steve5

Photoshop is better for editing. But tablet is more convenient for early drafts. It allows flexibility for any time you get inspiration. Just start drawing and save for photoshop edits.



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aeon

Right, and much better to use them both, for the better result, Photoshop is already well known for beautiful result. but of course, it's still up to the artist. tablet is really accessible and convenient.



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DenisP

I…don't really understand the question. I wasn't under the impression that the two are mutually exclusive.

That and I don't really know anyone--neither personally nor over the internet--that uses Photoshop as an animation program. Yes it has an animation/timeline feature but it is incredibly rudimentary and not intended for anything more complex than simple banner animations, in my opinion at least.

I combine my drawing tablet and Photoshop to sketch out the initial storyboards and key frames, but anything besides that needs to be exported to a dedicated animation program such as Adobe Animate (or Flash, in the past).



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treecko142

I personally think that Drawing tablets are easier to use and convenient compared to learning to do all the intricacies of Photoshop; however, if you are serious about your craft and want to improve your skills, you should be well-versed in both systems to easily work with others who might prefer one over the other in terms of doing work.



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kammy143

True. I like the way drawing tablets are easily to use and very much accessible. But, the combination of both really makes much big off a difference rather than using just one.



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Kakashi2020

Drawing tablets are easier to use than a computer or laptop. It's more akin to writing or drawing on a flat surface with a pen and depending on the program used, editing is simpler and faster to do.



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Judas2018

I had been thinking about investing in a drawing tablet in the future. But I am wondering if I'd use it often enough to make the purchase worthwhile.



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kammy143

I can relate to that. I often buy things out of impulsivity and end up not using it much. This is why I tend to think of the pros and cons and take my time before buying.



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DenisP

It depends what kind of drawing tablet it is, as well. I have a Wacom Intuos 5 tablet, which hooks up to your desktop or laptop and lets you draw in programs such as Photoshop. While it is a great tablet, it takes some getting used to in order to draw while looking at the monitor rather than where your pen is. Drawing tablets like the Cintiq, however, are a completely different story. Given that they're basically a hybrid of a monitor and a drawing tablet, it is easily the single best digital drawing experience you can have. Also fetches a good cost at $2000.



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edencaga

Since I don't have drawing tablet, I prefer Photoshop. I only have pen tablet and a laptop so preferably it's Photoshop but I think even if I have drawing tablet I still prefer the other one since I have been using Photoshop for a long time ago but of course I want to have one and I want to try it also. I would love to try it for I want to compare both of them, I want to know how they differentiate to each other. If ever I have a drawing tablet, I can use it anywhere else without any hassle because it's not that heavy and big that you can easily carry it and that's what I think a great advantage of drawing tablet. When it comes to Personal Computer, you can't bring it anywhere you want, you may want to bring it with you but you still have to unplugged the wires and so on but if you have laptop you can now bring it with you but you still have to carry your laptop bag with your heavy laptop and your pen tablet plus other things so it's kinda hassle if you bring a lot of things so both of them they have advantages and disadvantages in some aspects.



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aeon

I have no Idea about the drawing tablet yet, I don't know hot it works, I will stick to photoshop right now, but it's looks interesting. Maybe trying different kind of editing software is really exciting, we have to try everything just to find the best result.



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kammy143

I think that drawing tablets are way more easier to use because it is direct just like sketching on paper. The only downside for me is that there are more effects being done using softwares such as Photoshop. I think it is best to use both if possible



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MomoStarr16

I prefer to use software to draw rather that a drawing tablet. I am more comfortable using software like photoshop because it all set up for me. Everything I need are there. In drawing tablet, it is all about your hand skills, but in a software, you be a good even if you don't know how to draw.



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kammy143

Just like my friend, you also prefer using softwares. I guess it is all about ones preference. The thing that may come easier for you to use maybe isn't that easy for others. So with this regard I think it is best to use what is more comfortable to use to create good results.



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fishbate

I prefer a full software editor than a tablet for animation, but i would use tablet for a draft or a quick sketch of your work. A full software from a pc or laptop provides the best features for a more accurate and quality work. I suggest drawing tablets if you are on the go or traveling it's more convenient that way.



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aecel

I think if you're not professional and don't have much skills on animations having a drawing tablet would be much easier and faster. In Photoshop you really need to be good at it and it would take time before you memorize those effects on Photoshop. But if you're not rushing into anything and willing to learn I guess Photoshop is a great venue for honing your skills.



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Kakashi2020

It's simpler and easier to draw animated projects using drawing tablets, then you can export it to your favorite Adobe tool to polish it up.



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mdayrit

I always wanted to have a drawing tablet just to use for drawing during my past time but don't have enough drive to buy one. I just settled with using a stylus that comes with my Note phone. I think it would be easier to use a drawing tablet because we are naturally used to using pens for drawings.



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jayjaydimson

Well, I do prefer its. Because you can't draw property using your mouse, so its a nice thing to have that drawing tablets.



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Kakashi2020

Photoshop is only good for editing. It's a waste of time if you try to create your whole project in it. A drawing tablet is much more convenient and so much faster than Photoshop.



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emiaj55

I do most of my drawings on a drawing tablets. It is still much easier for me to hold a pencil or a pen or a stylus in drawing than a mouse. Then I do my final editing on editing apps and platforms such as Photoshop.



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