1.4 Using a Tablet

In Drawing in GIMP, we saw how awkward it is to draw using a mouse—our signature was ugly and unnatural. A mouse is great for clicking, but the large pointer makes it difficult to select a single pixel, and it’s virtually impossible to draw a straight line or a graceful curve. In the coming chapters, we’ll often want to draw precise lines or smooth contours.

If you plan to do much work in GIMP, we highly recommend investing in a graphics tablet. Depending on the manufacturer, the tablet’s size, and its capabilities, prices can range from $20 to more than $2000. You can find an excellent tablet with all the really useful features for about $350, though you can pick one up for less if you compromise on pressure and tilt sensitivity. ...

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