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Digital Drawing for Beginners: An Introduction to the Tools

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This post is part of a series called Digital Drawing for Beginners.
Digital Drawing for Beginners: Before You Start Drawing

Welcome to Digital Drawing for Beginners, a five-part video series which will introduce you to methods and tools in digital drawing in Adobe Photoshop.

Course Introduction

Digital drawing can seem like an easier version of traditional sketching. A graphics tablet looks like a magic sheet of paper that removes all your mistakes.

However, it's not that simple. And when you try to learn more about digital drawing, you find yourself learning about digital painting, as if they were the same thing.

Introduction to Digital Drawing and Tools

To draw digitally, you need two things, a computer with special software installed and a drawing tool. In theory, you could draw in Microsoft Paint using a mouse, but this setup is far from ideal. It's like drawing in sand with a huge, heavy stone. You can do it, but it's not worth the effort.

In this video, find out about graphic tablets and some of the software available.

Graphic Tablets

To draw on your computer in a natural way, you need a graphics tablet. A graphics tablet consists of two equally important parts, a drawing surface and a pen. 

The pen works like a mouse, except you can hold it like a real drawing tool. It also registers how strongly you press the surface.

The drawing surface pretends to be a copy of your screen. When you move the pen over it, the cursor you can see on your screen will move as well.

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Software for Digital Drawing

In the past, there was no professional software designed for digital art. This situation has changed. Today, we have a variety of programs: some very expensive, some cheaper, some even free. Usually, the more options a program gives to you, the more expensive it is.

But as a beginner, you don't need most of these options. In fact, for digital drawing, you'll only need a program that will recognize your tablet and the pressure of its pen. I will present to you a few programs often used by digital artists. Before you decide which to use, you can download a trial or demo version of any of them.

The video goes into the many options available.

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Want More?

That's all. Photoshop may seem like magical software for creating art, but the truth is, it will not draw anything for you. It will just help you finish it. If you think you're ready, follow me to the next lesson to learn how to make the best of digital tools in drawing.

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