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A Watched Toaster
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Holiday weekends are nice, but never long enough. T_T; (Nevermind the fact that *I* don't have vacations, but it's nice when KS is home.)

Couple things of note:


Sale runs from September 1st-14th. Most of our stock is on sale, save some crafted goods and the pups. Stock on some of the shirts are dangerously low, so if there's something you're interested in, now is a great time to pick them up~ :D


I'm attempting to live with the "Photoshop Shakes". From what I've read, this is something that's not isolated, but there's also no fix for it. In short, it forces me to work at no less than 100% when inking... and although most people will never see my work that close, it irks me to high HELL. So much so that I spend a lot of time needlessly cleaning it up.

Seems like PCs have the better share of alternative programs like SAI and OpenCanvas that handle tablet sensitivity properly. Diana Knox of Jinxville suggested one called "Autodesk Sketchbook Pro". So I decided to give the 15-day trial a try.

Sketches and line-quality come out quite nice - even at odd magnifications, but it's a very stripped down program. It doesn't do anything spectacular with layer effects or filters, but in the very least, it allows me to do the straight-edge work directly on my Cintiq, which helps me a lot when doing backgrounds and objects. I don't always get the line tapers I'd like, but I can live with a little tweaking on the ends.

Soo, I'll probably be switching between programs to sketch/draft/ink until either a bug fix comes along in an update. ^^;

Monday's Comic: A Watched Toaster

Click on the preview to see the rest of the comic!

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Hmm for the PS thing, it might also be which brushes you use. Some of the brushes are a bit smoother at zoomed out levels.. but mainly because I almost ALWAYS get shakes, even in CS2 with default brushes zoomed out XD;

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I remember from the days when I was using Maya just how handy the "marking menu" was, especially since I was using a tablet to do 3D at the time. Alias (now Autodesk) was really proud of two things - the marking menu UI and the fact that absolutely everything was customizable (given enough scripting, lol.) For Maya, there were different ones based on whatever task you were doing and you could even make a custom one. There probably aren't enough commands in Sketchbook pro to warrant a custom menu, but it might be handy nevertheless if they allow you to make one.

If I ever start doing much in the way of tablet drawing, I'll certainly give Sketchbook Pro a try.

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