New recruit with a question about how to get started/set up for digital illustration practice



  • I just started on digital and got the XP-Pen because I like to turn my paper and found the tablets with no screen unusable for my habits. I always reverted to paper with those.
    I think I've decided on corel after doing free trials with several . Painter Essentials is much cheaper than full painter. It feels much better than photoshop to me. I like clip studio too though and will probably buy both in the end.



  • @braden-hallett I am new to digital painting and drawing as well. About a year ago I bought an ipad pro. I use procreate with it and have photoshop on my desktop the only thing is that I am switching from my desktop to a mac book pro and now will have to do the monthly prescription for photoshop. I want to learn more about photoshop beside what I used it for before, croping, sizing and reformatting. My big question is do I just get the basic photoshop version or should I get the next step up which allows you to get illustrator? Can I just have illustrator? It sounds like it is more geared towards what I am working towards. I would appreciate any advice you or anyone might have! Thanks



  • @hugowee

    I really don't know much about illustrator. I suppose you could always get the next subscription up to get illustrator for a month and if it's not for you then ditch it.

    As for whether you can get illustrator on its own it'd probably be best to check Adobe's FAQs or shoot them an email.

    Good luck 🙂



  • @braden-hallett Thanks for your response I guess I will just have to see what works for my my approach. Like I said I have only used it for cropping, resizing, and formatting, otherwise I am learning what else I could do with it for work approach.



  • @thiskatecreates , with an xp pen you are able to turn the tablet? is that correct? thanks 🙂



  • @hugowee I use Illustrator in my day job and it's great if your illustration style is more shape or vector based, or if you're designing collage patterns or type based art. I personally don't like Illustrator for anything but these things as I find it a bit more fiddly than photoshop and takes some getting used to.
    It depends on what your current style is or what you want to learn, I think you can probably do a free trial with Adobe so you can give it all a go and see which you prefer!



  • @coley I'll try tonight. I have been having some trouble with having to disconnect and reconnect the usb cable because it loses connection to the pen and some trouble with wobbly lines, FWIW. I'm not sure if it's the tablet or my relatively old computer though.



  • @thiskatecreates thanks, I realized now that maybe I was confused, you mentioned tablets without a screen in terms of turning the paper /tablet. So that makes sense, I thought it was a difference between xp pen and wacom but I don't think so. I sure wish I could afford an ipad 🙃 maybe later if I stick with it!



  • @hannahmccaffery Thank you so much. I know for so many, the computer side comes a lot more intuitively but it is a huge learning curve for myself. Is the vector part of illustrator better for the end outcome in print? Thanks again!



  • @coley I was holding the tablet in my lap. With the usb cable issues I quit doing that and set it up on a desk. I don't see a rotate option in the settings, though you can rotate the paper in some art software. Clip Studio lets you. With the no-screen tablet I would constantly wind up moving it rotationally accidentally.



  • @hugowee I was the same when I first started my day job back in 2016, I was a traditional illustrator and I was coming into a job that was all computer based illustration and design. But with practice and watching tutorials when you get stuck or want to achieve a certain look is the best way to do it, I found watching timelapses of illustrations being done really helped me with Illustrator and Photoshop as I saw what could be achieved and then tried it for myself, and then it just clicks and you know what you're doing. I still struggle with Illustrator as I don't use it often enough, but there's so much online to help you with it especially when you're just starting out.
    Urrrm I'd say yes, only because when producing vector art on Illustrator, you will be able to scale up your vectors without losing detail, you can do it on Photoshop too, but I find it quicker on Illustrator 🙂



  • @thiskatecreates thanks for the info 🙂


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