How to hand draw on computer [Solved/Closed]

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Hello,

I do a lot of graphics with Adobe Photoshop and ZBrush, etc.

Using a mouse isn't the best way, but I've seen people use this thing like a screen with a pen, connected to their windows machine. Is this a tablet? or what? I'm guessing the pen uses an infra red tip. Any knowledge here would be appreciated. Thank you.

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No. In most cases they are using a graphics pad.

A graphics tablet (or digitizer, digitizing tablet, graphics pad, drawing tablet) is a computer input device that enables a user to hand-draw images and graphics, similar to the way a person draws images with a pencil and paper. These tablets may also be used to capture data or handwritten signatures. It can also be used to trace an image from a piece of paper which is taped or otherwise secured to the surface. Capturing data in this way, either by tracing or entering the corners of linear poly-lines or shapes is called digitizing.

A graphics tablet (also called pen pad or digitizer) consists of a flat surface upon which the user may "draw" or trace an image using an attached stylus, a pen-like drawing apparatus. The image generally does not appear on the tablet itself but, rather, is displayed on the computer monitor. Some tablets, however, come as a functioning secondary computer screen[1] that you can interact with images[2] directly by using the stylus.

Some tablets are intended as a general replacement for a mouse as the primary pointing and navigation device for desktop computers.
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Thank you, that is exactly what im looking for. The ability to put my free hand drawings into my graphic applications.

I'm interested in the kind that has a secondary screen visible on the tablet which will give me a lot of precision. Do you know any good brands for this?

Again, thank you a lot for the help. This definitly takes me a step further into what im looking for.

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