Graphics Tablets

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Graphics tablets allow for a much more sophisticated input than a computer mouse, which is unwieldy for drawing and writing. Using a graphics tablet and a stylus, users can write or draw exactly as they would using pen and paper.

Graphics tablets are commonly used to capture signatures and handwriting, but can also be used to input paper drawings by placing a drawing over the tablet and tracing on the tablet surface.
They generally offer greater precision than touchscreens and some can even track objects that are not touching the tablet. They are more expensive than touchscreens, however, and require a special input device known as the stylus. Some graphics tablets incorporate an LCD screen, which allows the user to draw directly onto the tablet and see the result on the tablet screen rather than drawing on the tablet and seeing the result of the input on the computer screen.
Graphics tablets are used to create computer graphics, particularly those that are two-dimensional. They are commonly used for technical graphics and CAD and can be used in conjunction with graphics-editing programs to put together artistic creations and publications.
Tablets can be used in classroom art, graphic design and CAD projects, in classrooms to project handwritten notes and allow students to do the same. Students can use tablets to input handwritten notes or assignments directly into a computer program. In early 2015, the Astropad app was announced, which allows people to use an iPad like a graphics tablet in conjunction with a Mac. This is a great alternative for anyone who wants to get a feel for graphics tablets before investing in one.
As many people find graphics tablets more intuitive and easy to use than a computer mouse (due to the feeling of drawing with pen on paper and using a pointing device), graphics tablets can be a great addition to art and design groups and classrooms. 
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An Introduction to the Graphics Tablet
This brief introduction to graphics tablets explains why a graphics tablet is better than a mouse for drawing projects.
Before You Buy a Graphics Tablet: Graphics Tablet Features and Advantages
This detailed guide explains how to choose the right graphics tablet for your needs, according to aspects such as size, features and usability.
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This getting started guide from Instructables explains what hardware and software you need to start using graphics tablets, and how to begin creating digital paintings.
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In this beginner's guide, learn how to get used to drawing and writing with a graphics tablet and stylus.
How to Use a Drawing Tablet for Digital Art
Aaron Rutten explains how to start using a basic drawing tablet and stylus to create digital drawings.
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Mario Alberto Salcido from eHowTech describes the many varied uses of a graphics tablet.
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This simple visual tutorial by Juan Solorzano shows how to draw and paint eyes, using a graphics tablet and a drawing program.
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This interesting Q & A exchange from the Expat Educator in Asia blog explains various ways to use graphics tablets in the classroom.
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This article by Julie Felton from Tuts+ gives a detailed run-down of different types of graphics tablets, and what kind of creative applications you can use them for.
15 Apps to Use with that Shiny Graphics Tablet
This article reviews and compares 15 different software applications that you can use in conjunction with a graphics tablet to create digital art.
Drawing with a Tablet
This creative video from Youtube user "scribblingangel" shows how a drawing tablet can be used to produce skilled artwork.
No, Not That Kind of Tablet…
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In this comprehensive guide, you'll find detailed explanations of how to use traditional drawing and painting techniques in combination with a graphics tablet and Photoshop software to create impressive digital paintings.
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This collection of advanced tutorials from Hongkiat gives you the resources to create incredible works of digital art, using tablets and graphics-editing programs.
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Juan Solorzano's video tutorials show how to adapt traditional sketching and drawing methods to the digital age, using a graphics tablet and a drawing program.
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While this blog post from Spoon Graphics focuses on one particular brand of tablet, it has loads of ideas and instructions for creating incredible art using a graphics tablet and graphics-editing programs.
X-Rite Photoshop and Lightroom Webinar
Graphics Tablets can be used with photo-editing programs such as Photoshop to edit images. Find out more about using Photoshop and Lightroom in this webinar by a professional photographer, Mark Wood. May 14, 2015 Online
XCoAx 2015: Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X
This fascinating international conference, to be held in Scotland in 2015, brings together experts on "arts, computers, computation, communication and the elusive x factor that connects them all." The conference is particularly focused on the frontiers of digital art. From June 25, 2015 to June 26, 2015 Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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