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TygerTyger
January 26th, 2009, 06:52 AM
I've been wanting one for so long and my parents, bless 'em, probably at the prompting of my wife, bless her, bought me a Trust Slimline Design Tablet TB-5300, very much an entry level model but it's got me on my way!

The next step is what to do with it?

I've dabbled with some photo's and produced a good birthday card for my sister-in-law (I'll have to upload it because I am actually quite proud of my 'first creation'), but I know that there's so much more that I want to do.

One of my problems is the lack of software. I don't have a lot of money to spend so I'm using what I already have but some ideas on how ot learn some new techniques using a project or two would come in handy.

Anyone got any ideas?

Infinite Grey
January 26th, 2009, 08:03 AM
GIMP. The best of prices; $0

It's an evil socialistic piece of open source software; that is increasingly being optioned as a replacement for photoshop in companies with a light graphics load.

It's a good start.

http://www.gimp.org/


I use it from my personal stuff.

TygerTyger
January 26th, 2009, 08:12 AM
Cheers. I'll have a look at that tonight when I get home!

:thumbsup:

Amilee
January 27th, 2009, 06:21 PM
If your looking for low cost you can always try the trial downloads of Photoshop or Corel Painter. they usually last for a good few days and once you save them in .jpg format (aka finished) then you'll be able to keep your pieces when they're done.

Hmmm...Gimp is the only other one I can suggest!

If it's your first time using a wacom tablet I won't suggest any books because in that area I'm out of date but if you're looking for tutorials www.deviantart.com has some really good ones and... www.amilee.deviantart.com if you go into my 'favorites' folder along the LH side you'll find my favorited tutorials..

Perhaps these'll help you out a little!

GEBS
January 27th, 2009, 11:12 PM
If you do go with Gimp try these (http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/).

At one time I used this (http://www.getpaint.net/). It wasn't too bad. I di prefer Gimp over it though.

What kind of projects are you looking to do (digital painting, photo manip, photo retouch...)?

TygerTyger
January 28th, 2009, 03:58 AM
If you do go with Gimp try these (http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/).

At one time I used this (http://www.getpaint.net/). It wasn't too bad. I di prefer Gimp over it though.

What kind of projects are you looking to do (digital painting, photo manip, photo retouch...)?

The whole lot - I'm greedy!

Thanks for the links I am overwhelmed with the support and help being offered - I'm going to drawing into the wee hours for many week to come now!