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Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby Thera Dratara » February 8th, 2011, 10:29 am

Okay. So I've been using a tablet for about six years now. I first had a graphire 3, A6 and then stepped over to a Intuous 3, A5.
(I sorta reget going over to a bigger size, because it's too big, but that's besides the point of this topic).

Anyway, painting has always been easy to me, but inking is a bit of a bitch on the computer.

I recently felt a bit silly and plugged by huge-ass tablet into my Sister's tiptop(Netbook) The screen of that was the same size as the drawing surface of the tablet.
While I was working, I noticed something funny. It was much easier to ink on this smaller screen, compared to my bigger(about A4) screen.

Has anyone noticed something similar?
And if you're good at inking on the PC, what is the difference between your tablet-size and you screen size?
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby Asj » February 8th, 2011, 10:51 am

I've found that inking is easier when I zoom in pretty far. It's also a lot easier with my Intuos4 than it was with a Graphire4. I figured it was because the Intuos was just better. ^_^" But, my new tablet's bigger, too.
The Graphire was 4x5 inches, and the Intuos is about 6x9 inches (I had to measure that one). My computer screen is about 8x15 inches. (my intuos looks like it's the same size as the screen, but it's not. ^_^" I wonder why they make tablet screen sizes so small.
I guess the bigger a tablet is, the bigger the tablet pixels would be. So it'd be similar to zooming in on the screen. Makes sense to me.
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby mosama » February 8th, 2011, 10:54 am

Very common miss-conception about tablets! People act like they're penises- 'the bigger they are the better' <- THIS IS NOT THE CASE!
Just because something is more expansive and bigger does not make it better! I've been digitally inking/drawing and doing all of my artwork digitally for like the last 2-3 years and I definitely prefer the smaller tablets. I use a 8x6 genius tablet and it works wonders for me. I heard people give horrible reviews of tablets like 12x8- saying its way to huge to use and i believe them. You dont need something that big to draw- the 8x6 is just perfect IMO
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby Asj » February 8th, 2011, 10:57 am

I do think the size could tie in with the zooming phenomenon, though. The smaller a tablet is, the more pixels it has to squeeze into it (unless you make the pixels on the computer bigger by zooming).
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby eishiya » February 8th, 2011, 10:58 am

Mosama, did you read the OP? He's not talking about wanting a bigger tablet at all.

I haven't noticed any real connection. I've worked in situations where the tablet was much smaller and where it was the same and larger. I've been using a tablet for a long time, though, and my hand has long since stopped caring that what shows up on the screen isn't the same size (or even the same aspect ratio) as what it's doing on the tablet.

With my current set-up, the tablet is smaller than my screen, but not by that much. The advantages of this that I've noticed have all been due to the separate properties of my tablet and screen, not based on their size relation. I like a larger screen, working on a small screen feels weird to me. At the same time, I can't imagine working with a very large screen because then my eyes would have to move too much. /nothelpful
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby mosama » February 8th, 2011, 11:04 am

Yea but i just sorta skimmed it and started ranting. I do that sometimes. I know, i'm a bad person :3
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby trenton_dawn » February 8th, 2011, 11:22 am

The smaller the screen is (or, as Asj pointed out, the more you zoom in) the more precise your tablet strokes are, so it makes sense that it would be easier. I have a 12 x 8 Intuos, which is about 20% smaller than my screen, but I zoom in all the time for finer details.
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby SuperBiasedMan » February 8th, 2011, 3:46 pm

Smaller => Works better for detail because of small area to work in.
Bigger => Works better for large loose movements of expression.

That's just what I've inferred but it seems to be the case. Most comicers I've heard prefer the smaller for the detail but I personally like bigger ones for the aforementioned gesture and such.
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby trenton_dawn » February 8th, 2011, 3:58 pm

Yeah--don't forget you can zoom out to get more motion out of your tablet strokes.
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby SuperBiasedMan » February 8th, 2011, 3:59 pm

trenton_dawn wrote:Yeah--don't forget you can zoom out to get more motion out of your tablet strokes.


But your arm is still moving the same distance. Having a big tablet makes your arm physically move further. It technically doesn't affect the size of strokes but allows a more loose sweep with the pen.
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby Thera Dratara » February 8th, 2011, 4:05 pm

I see.

I think it's because I'm also used to inking traditionally. Strange though, because I'm actually pretty good at drawing small, and I didn't think I would be prone to large-gestures.
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby trenton_dawn » February 8th, 2011, 4:15 pm

SuperBiasedMan wrote:But your arm is still moving the same distance. Having a big tablet makes your arm physically move further. It technically doesn't affect the size of strokes but allows a more loose sweep with the pen.


Ah, I see. Yes, that's another aspect to it. Along those lines, some tablets have a "precision mode" which reduces the amount of on-screen movement from your strokes. That can come in handy, too.
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby eishiya » February 8th, 2011, 4:23 pm

SuperBiasedMan wrote:Smaller => Works better for detail because of small area to work in.
Bigger => Works better for large loose movements of expression.

That's just what I've inferred but it seems to be the case. Most comicers I've heard prefer the smaller for the detail but I personally like bigger ones for the aforementioned gesture and such.

I work with a larger tablet, and I've worked with smaller ones, and I don't really agree with this. It isn't about the detail, it's about how you naturally prefer to draw. I work from the shoulder, so I like being able to move my entire arm even for details, so I prefer a larger working surface, which lets me draw small details with larger strokes. Many people work from the wrist, so they prefer the smaller tablets.
No matter how zoomed out or zoomed in I am, the way I draw would send my stylus way off the tablet.
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby darkenergy » February 8th, 2011, 9:42 pm

Yeeah...I have a 3x5" with a 1440x900px resolution. The consequence is I have to make files super large to feel like I have the same control that I do in print. I assume it's easier with a larger tablet (for all I know, I move from the shoulder, too).
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Re: Tablet-size and Screen-size

Postby stripedwine » February 11th, 2011, 3:20 pm

I've been using a 4x6" tablet with a 24" screen, and it's awesome. I hate the bigger tablets, though I imagine they're a little easier on your wrist.
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