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Chapter 4. Creating Paths > Drawing Paths With A Tablet And Stylus

Drawing Paths With A Tablet And Stylus

Using pressure-sensitive drawing tablets has one big advantage over using a mouse to draw: These tablets allow you to create artwork in an intuitive way, with a pen (or stylus) in your hands. Through its connection to the computer, the tablet sends information about the position of the stylus, so you can move the computer's cursor by moving the stylus along the tablet.

The pressure-sensitive part means that some tablets (most of them, these days) can sense not only where the stylus is but also how hard you're pushing it against the tablet. Software designed to take advantage of pressure-sensitivity can vary the darkness or width of a line, for example, based on the pressure you apply as you draw that line. Illustrator uses pressure-sensitivity in only two places: calligraphic brushes and scatter brushes. For more information on these brush types, see Chapter 6, “Utilizing the Four Types of Brushes.”


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