Can anybody tell me if (and how) Adobe Illustrator can work together with a tablet/digitizer.
I know i can use the digitizer pen as a point’n’click device in illustrator, but how about drawing in Illustrator (i’m talking line drawings here, not artistic stuff). Can Illustrator interpret pressures and how?
If it’s possible, does anyone have any links to tutorials?
If not, what program is most suitable for sketching with a tablet? (I prefer to work with vectors, and therefore I’ve been using illustrator a lot…)
A path is just a line defined by the points on it. You can use the Wacom to draw your lines and paths, but theres no way to do anything with pen pressure regarding the stroke (at least not to my knowledge).
If you want to use the more advanced features (like pen tilt and pressure) you’d have to use something like Photoshop.
I was of the same opinion as you (Cyberdemon) but after doing some research on calligraphic brushes (thx to cg), i found out that Illustrator actually can support up to six inputs (x and y position, pressure, tilt angle, tilt direction and barrel roll) - great stuff.
Can’t wait to get going with it… thanks for the input cg
You might be right regarding the limitations J6Studios. Especially when wanting too add shadows, coloring in etc. (don’t see opacity/fill as one of the inputs/variables in Illustrator’s caligraphy brushes so gradients and so on will probably have to be done the same way as always = point’n’click).
Photoshop will probably be superior for tablet sketching, nevertheless I’ll play around with it in Illustrator and see what it can do…
I switched to a Wacom for all my AI work a few years ago and will never go back. It just feels so much more natural and comfortable than using a mouse.
Only point I’d make is to think carefully about getting a smaller (A5-A4) size tablet - I used a bigger one at first but started to get a sore shoulder after a few hours. Trading down to a smaller one fixed the problem.