GIMP and Cintiq 12WX Getting the most out of GIMP and Cintiq 12WX
Posted 02 May 2012 - 12:06 PM
I've been using Graphic Software at my college campus, but cannot afford the associated cost with those packages for personal/home use. After doing some research, I've found free alternatives to Photoshop, Illustrator, and Mudbox(hobby). I AM NOT a graphic artist/professional, BUT I am studying IT with a personal focus on web development. I see and feel there is much overlap in overall design skills that many of my fellow classmates lack. They can code wonderfully, but the UIs or GUIs seem less than optimal.
Enough background back to task....
I would like to get the most out of my Cintiq 12WX and GIMP setup. One current issue I'm having - with Photoshop each pen would remember uniquely what brush,color,size,etc. I had been using, but with GIMP I cannot seem to tell if this is even possible? Any other observations/suggestions for setting up GIMP and my Cintiq would be appreciated.
I mostly generate logos and web graphics with my setup. Some classmates want me to learn vector art as well, but I'm not sure if GIMP can do this? I am also interested in creating a few wallpapers/desktops as well.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 06:09 PM
I've never tried to use multiple pen-IDs with GIMP. I know that you for example can let your mouse and tablet pen have different tools. Just click on the tool with the correct input device and that device will henceforth remember the tool assigned to it - same goes for the tablet's erasor - just choose the erasor tool with the back of the pen and it will work as an eraser henceforth.
So I think that as long as you can get the various physical pens to identify to GIMP as different devices you should be fine ... Check GIMP's preferences and its tool dialogue to see which devices are found (maybe you have to activate them explicitly).
Gimp is a bitmap program, you cannot do vector graphics in the normal sense with it - the closest you can do is paths, but the end result will still be a bitmap image, not a vector one.
If you are looking to do vector graphics I would recommend Inkscape, which is a very capable, open-source vector art application.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 06:25 PM
This post has been edited by Drache: 03 May 2012 - 05:44 PM