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Huion GT-220 – Review & Testing

Posted on 2014/08/23 at 9:48pm by daarken 2 Comments
Huion GT-220 – Review & Testing

The Huion GT-220 is a 21.5″ tablet monitor with an IPS display. It has a resolution of 1920×1080 and 2048 levels of pressure. At half the price of a Wacom 22HD, this is going to be a real contender once they fix some minor issues. Update 8/27/14 – Huion told me the stylus trigger bug…

Wacom Companion – Review & Testing

Posted on 2013/11/10 at 11:16am by daarken 21 Comments
Wacom Companion – Review & Testing

This is my review of the new Wacom Companion. The version I have is the 256 GB Companion. In short, this computer is awesome. I highly recommend it and I will be using it for all of my professional work. Sorry for the dark video, I live in a cave. Update – Wacom just released…

Jaja Stylus – Testing on the iPad

Posted on 2013/02/06 at 10:07am by daarken 46 Comments
Jaja Stylus – Testing on the iPad

In this video Daarken shows the Jaja Stylus in action on an iPad using Procreate. He talks about the pros and cons and gives you a little peek at a sketch he did using the Jaja. Jaja Stylus 1024 levels of pressure Two customizable trigger buttons Uses high frequency sound to communicate with the tablet…

Photoshop Tools – Actions

Posted on 2012/05/01 at 11:42pm by daarken 6 Comments
Photoshop Tools – Actions

Creating actions can really help increase your efficiency. In this video Daarken shows you an example of how to create an action that will allow you to use the fire gradient map trick that was shown last week with the click of a button. You can download the action here, or by visiting the Actions…

Arrange – New Window, The Big Picture

Posted on 2012/04/19 at 11:55pm by daarken 12 Comments
Arrange – New Window, The Big Picture

Working zoomed out can allow you to see the “big picture” and make sure everything in your composition flows well and that your image reads. There are times when you need to zoom in, forcing you to lose sight of the big picture. Daarken shows you how to create a new window of your painting…

Slate Shortcut Tools – PaintDock

Posted on 2012/02/21 at 10:41pm by daarken 44 Comments
Slate Shortcut Tools – PaintDock

One of the disadvantages of working on a slate is the lack of a keyboard and screen real estate. Sure you could use an onboard keyboard, but that takes up a lot of valuable screen space. You could always use a USB or bluetooth keyboard, but that sort of defeats the purpose of a small,…

Asus EP121 Vs. Fujitsu ST5112

Posted on 2012/02/10 at 1:03am by daarken 81 Comments
Asus EP121 Vs. Fujitsu ST5112

Most of you are probably familiar with the Fujitsu ST5112 by now. Even though the Fujitsu ST5112 is a great computer, it is no longer in production and is a fairly old computer now since it was originally released in 2006. The only way to buy one now is to find a used one through…

Color Accuracy – Monitor Calibration

Posted on 2012/01/27 at 8:30am by daarken 12 Comments
Color Accuracy – Monitor Calibration

One of the challenges with digital art is that you will often encounter color and contrast variations from monitor to monitor. While it is not possible to control other people’s monitor settings, there are a few things you can do to help mitigate the damage, especially when going to print. Daarken talks about different color…

Axiotron Studio Pen – For Tablet PCs

Posted on 2011/12/25 at 2:34pm by daarken 30 Comments
Axiotron Studio Pen – For Tablet PCs

Many people have been purchasing the Fujitsu ST5112 lately, so I wanted to give a new stylus a try since the default stylus is a little small. Someone suggested that I try out the Axiotron Studio Pen. I think it is a great stylus and is very similar to the normal Intuos stylus. It also…

Fujitsu ST5112 – Painting Demo

Posted on 2011/12/08 at 11:50pm by daarken 125 Comments
Fujitsu ST5112 – Painting Demo

Earlier this week Daarken showed how to setup the workspace and shortcuts for the Fujitsu ST5112. In this tutorial you will be able to see a short painting demonstration using Photoshop CS2 on the Fujitsu ST5112. Also, don’t forget about investing in some screen protectors to protect against scratches and general wear and tear from…