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The Digital Crafter's
Learn how to work with and create digital files for crafts -- plus how to use them to make handmade things!
I was lucky enough to score mine for only about $60 since it happened to be on sale. It was just what I was looking for and came with lots of bells and whistles. They do sell cheaper tablets, but you'll need to buy few things to go with it, like a stylus, extra nibs, stylus holder, cleaning wipe and a cleaning brush. This kit came with it all, so it was EASY. lol! I love the programable hot keys, and the pressure sensitivity is a MUST! You just can't get that with a computer mouse!
I'm beyond pleased with it, and still haven't found the need to upgrade, so it's STILL the one I use to this day, over 6 years later! I've used it to make countless digital designs, including many of the projects in this course. If you plan to get into making your own designs at all, even for personal use, it really is worth the small investment.
Again, the stylus and design tablet make things simple. Just select the pencil tool (N), then draw/trace items like you would with a regular pen and paper! This makes a path that your cutting machine can draw/emboss great, but you'll want to select your drawn shapes and "EXPAND" them under the "objects" menu to make them into standard cut files. Once you've expanded the designs into shapes it's easy to change the colors of the shapes with the color fill and stroke boxes in your tool bar.
Once you've mastered basic shapes, try creating different shapes to stack on top of each other to add more detail to your designs, like the 7 layer Mother's Day Design below!