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Graphics tablet

Some designers find a graphics tablet useful. A graphics tablet is a flat device ranging in size from that of an average mouse pad to about 12 inches by 19 inches. Designers use a penlike device, called a stylus, to draw, paint, or write on the tablet. The tablet/stylus is pressure sensitive and generally includes a couple of buttons to substitute for the mouse buttons. The pressure sensitivity works with graphics software to produce more real‐looking graphic effects. Whereas a mouse has a more‐uniform response to your hand, a stylus or tablet senses how hard you press and produces stronger or thicker lines the harder you press. You can also set the tablet to affect opacity. The settings are up to the user and you can change them to suit your needs.

Actually, a tablet and stylus can completely replace your mouse if you prefer it, but not all designers use tablets. Whether to use one depends on your personal tastes and what you're trying to do.


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