Printwear

February '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 2 P R I N T W E A R F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 EMBROIDERY EMBROIDERY EMBROIDERY EMBROIDERY Erich's Embellishments PEN TABLETS: Pros: Nothing can be much more intuitive than using a pen, particularly when you upgrade from a separated pen input device attached to a traditional computer/monitor setup to ei- ther an integrated pen-tablet display or an all-in-one drawing tablet computer. As digitizing almost entirely consists of interpreting existing art, drawing directly over the source material makes the integrated tablet display intuitive and extremely fast. Pen tablets are also more ergonomically friendly than mice. Provided you employ a stable stand or arm and that leaves the tablet at an angle which you can comfortably draw for the display version, tablets take some of the strain from your wrist while allowing you to make more fluid movements using your elbow and arm. For those who design for print as well, these benefits are com- pounded as the pressure-sensitivity, angle sensing, and other features enhance both vector and raster graphics software. Cons: They can be expensive. A medium- sized, pro-non-display tablet with a decent complement of shortcut buttons can be up- wards of $350. A 16-inch display tablet will Left: This all-in-one tablet computer is specifically created for artistic pursuits, so it has a pressure-sensitive pen that's also great for digital artists. However, the shortcuts need to be configured for available keys and pop-up menus to make the best use of the hardware. (Image courtesy the author) Right: The replacement of the shortcut keys on recent tablet display models with this remote increases the number of available keys and decouples the keys from the display so that any placement that works for the user and can allow for the magnetic attachment is possible. (Image courtesy the author) Left: My current, ever-evolving space consists of a docked laptop driving a large 2K display and this pen-tablet display with a conventional keyboard serving up most of my shortcut needs. (Image courtesy the author) Right: Though the glove shown here isn't necessary for this particular display as it doesn't have touch functions, I find that it's easier to glide over the surface and move smoothly, and allows me to place my palm for stability without sticking or rubbing on the screen. (Image courtesy the author)

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