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First off, I'm using a Mac. I have Photoshop Elements, which came with my tablet back when I got it, but I really don't like the brush tool at all on there. It's hard to do any sort of lineart or edges, because their always kinda transparent. The pencil tool is really sharp, but too... pixely. I have gimp too, and it has a nice sharp pen/brush tool, but it doesn't have pressure support, and the layout is kinda weird.

Does anyone have any suggestions for better software, or a way to fix the brush tool in photoshop? Pic is somewhat an idea of what I'm trying to get at.
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>> No. 121042
I don't use PSE, kinda surprised they don't have some checkboxes somewhere on the brush tool to tick off whether you want pressure to affect size, opacity or both. Turning off opacity control would go a long way for what you want.

If you really want to try new software and want ubercrisp edges, you might try vectoring in Inkscape; I know they have a Mac distribution, and if it's good enough for the Manehattan Project lady:

My particular poison is Paint Tool SAI. I can't use a tablet to ink for beans, but when my hands behave the vector tools are smooth, if rudimentary. I see that some folks have done WINE wrappers to Macify it, but I can only vouch for the Windows version.
>> No. 121052
You can activate pen pressure sensitivity in gimp by going to edit>Preferences>Input Devices>Configure Extended Imput Devices

next, open the paint dynamics tab by going to Windows>Dockable Dialogues>Paint Dynamics

You can probably figure out what to do from there. Hope this helps!

Just remember, you don't have to go all digital if you don't want to. You can learn a lot from traditional media.
>> No. 121096
> The pencil tool is really sharp, but too... pixely.
A common trick is to work on something at 4 to 8 times the size you intend to publish it. When it's ready to post, shrink it down by 25% or 12.5% which will add anti-aliasing to the edges. It also minimizes a variety of mistakes, and makes line art look all around better in general. Working in a larger size makes it easier to work on details, too.

I use Photoshop CS4, but almost all the tools I use are in Elements and GIMP. You can actually do quite a bit with simple tools, some fundamental theory, and little experimentation. :3
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