Buying a cintiq in January but I’ve never used photoshop. Am I stupid?



  • @eric-castleman I just finished a photoshop class at the local CC. I had some challenges but I did well and it was pretty fun to be able to be creative in a new way. I am still way new at it. If I can learn it, you can 🙂 There are some great tutorials out there . Our instructor sent us all a list of links to the videos we used (it was a hybrid class-part online and part in person). I was looking for it last night and couldn't find it. I e-mailed him to see if he could re-send them. If he does, I'd be happy to pass them on. Some are clearer than others but I'm going to review them and try to apply them to GIMP because I'm going to have to switch over soon. Anyway, there are other tutorials out there and I just looked around when I had a problem and, for the most part, figured things out that way on my own.

    I haven't used my drawing tablet much at all. So, I still need to learn that so, I can't really help in that area.



  • @Eric-Castleman I'm also looking to buy one in the new year - im holding out for the new 24" too depending on the price in the uk if not i'll go for the older 27".

    Photoshop can be as complicated or a simple as you want - if your using it to paint then you only really need to learn how to use two or three of the tools - brush, colour picker and eraser which are super simple. Then when your more confident in it start learning the other tools that will help speed up your work flow. But as Amphailin said there are other software options out there that might even better for what you want.

    You could also try photoshop before you get your cintiq why not download a trial of photoshop first? Designs Tuts is a good site for some free tutorials, its not painting focused but should help with the learning the interface.



  • @eric-castleman I have the 27 active area. It ended up being 30 or 32" on my desk.



  • @smceccarelli the main things I need to figure out with photoshop are how to overlay like I do in procreate. I always use a watercolor texture scan and want to continue doing that with photoshop. I also use a lot of watercolor textures and color burn in procreate. I hope these are not too hidden.



  • @amphailin do you own an ergatron arm? I am super weird about how I hold my tablets so I am also adding that to the mix, but an only worried about it not holding well enough to get straight lights as I draw. The sort of desk I will need has me a bit worried because of the insane size of the tablet, but we shall see.



  • When looking at computer specs I will need to run a cintiq, I am assuming that much of those high end requirements have more to do with 3D modeling, than illustration. Have any of you made any mistakes on going cheaper computer wise?



  • @eric-castleman in that case you’ll have it down in 30mins. Just google whenever you want to do something, and use the same words as you woul in Procreate, about the only thing different at a basic level is the brush pallet....it’s easier to understand!



  • @eric-castleman layer modes are the same in ProCreate and Photoshop. In PS you choose the layer mode from a drop down menu within the layer panel.
    Contrary to ProCreate, Photoshop can apply modes to brushes too. So you can have a brush behaving in multiply mode (or overlay, color burn or whichever other mode you need). Also better in PS than procreate is how you can manipulate textures by warping them (or liquefying them - but that is a different process) within the transform menu. That way you can have texture follow the form of the object you want to apply to.
    Be assured that Photoshop can do anything that ProCreate can do and much, much, much more. But you do not need to tackle everything at once - the basics are really simple.



  • @eric-castleman Yes I do. I have it propped up. Not sure how many degrees, it is pretty veriticle. I have a solid wood table. The set up is quite heavy, I hope you don't have glass desks. I used to have cheap Walmart table made of plywood. It started bowing. Also the full size is about 32 inches with 27 active area. So you'll need some space.



  • My only advice is be careful when you buy a big 27"or 32" display you can end up with quite a sore arm and shoulder if you are not used to drawing big-it is that stretch over to the Photoshop toolbar that does it.Also consider one of the cheaper brands XPS, Yinova,huion they really are very good.Make sure your graphics card supports 2 monitors( if that is your setup) I killed my Graphics card and computer a few months ago I suspect it was never meant to run 2 monitors.Clip paint studio is cheaper and just as good as Photoshop.