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Prints: Full bleed (the print goes all the way to the edges of the paper) or a white border? Given the choice, what would you prefer to buy? 

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Journal Entry: Tue Apr 8, 2014, 7:10 AM







Hey, all!

First off, thank you so much to RacktheJipper for the sub extension.  You are too sweet! <3

And I'm back from my vacation in France!  Although I didn't use my Surface Pro on the trip nearly as much as I'd thought I would (silly me to think I'd have time), I think I have a fairly good feel for it, so I'll share how it's going for me.

Here's my setup.  This is a first generation Surface Pro.  The only big difference I could see between it and the second-gen is that the newer ones have improved battery life.  Even so, mine claims it can go for four hours or so running Photoshop, although I never ran it down to see.  It gets warm but not uncomfortably so.  The case is not an official Surface case.  I liked what Best Buy had but it was too expensive.  I found a case for a little HP laptop that fit the Surface perfectly instead.



I wanted access to my keyboard shortcuts, so rather than getting the official Surface keyboard, I got one that I could use in any position.  A full-size keyboard would be nice, of course, but I found it awkward to use on the couch/in my lap, and plus, some of them are a bit large for super portability.  What I ended up with is a numeric keypad that I've remapped the keys using AutoHotkey for the shortcuts I would use most often.  It's not perfect.  I'd like a shift key but I haven't been able to get that to work yet, and also ctrl+alt+z doesn't register properly.  But for most of what I need, it does the trick.  The pen's button is magnetic, so it can be attached to where the power connects when you have the tablet off the cable.  Something about the power connector is poorly designed, though; it's pretty much impossible to attach without looking and even when I am looking, I can have trouble.

As for actually painting, it does take some getting used to when I'm now so accustomed to using an Intuos, haha.  The biggest issue I have with the Surface for painting is that the screen is rather small, only 10.6", compared to the Cintiq Companion's 13".  I zoom in a bit more than I normally would to compensate, but it's not as comfortable to work on as my computer for really long stretches, so given the choice at home, I'll stick to my usual.  The Surface is doable, though.  My Lightning Returns contest entry was done entirely on the Surface (other than some color tweaks at the end).  I'd been hoping to finish another digital painting on it in France, but yeah, that didn't happen. ^^  My other main complaint is the calibration of the pen isn't perfect.  I guess there's just no way to get it to be just like traditional art, since you're basically aiming the tip at a surface under the glass that you're drawing on.  But the corners...  Oh, the corners.  The top left corner is especially awful, even after recalibrating the pen myself with a lot more than five points.  But again, I guess it's just something you get used to, and it's probably more of a problem for line art than for painting.  (Which is too bad, since I'm not great at doing digital line art and I was hoping that this would make inking feel more traditional for me.)  One last thing that I wish I could do in Photoshop is pinch-to-zoom.  I can pan with my finger (although sometimes it registers as a brush stroke), but I can't zoom.  It's not a huge deal but it would make the workflow a little more convenient.

I haven't tried playing with a Cintiq Companion, so I can't directly compare my Surface Pro to it.  I do think that the Cintiq's 13" screen would be a good happy medium between being sufficiently large to work on and still being portable.  But it's also way more expensive.  Esepcially since I have a first-gen Surface Pro, which is even less expensive than the current one.  So it's a matter of what you can afford, for a certainty.  For me, the Surface Pro is good enough for now, taking cost into account.  I got mine for $500, and I think that's the normal price for the first-gens currently.  They are getting hard to find, though, but there's still a significant price difference between the second-gens and the Cintiqs.  If you're in the market for one of these, you'll have to make the tough call yourself. ^^




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VonDiezyl Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Hey there,

I realize you might be super busy and all that, but I was just wondering if you wanted to check out my event?

It's called, "I'm Real, Are You?" and the reason I'm holding it, is because I was recently a victim, among many other Deviants, to someone who had created a fake DeviantArt account with photos they stole from a Facebook. Long story short ~ They hurt a lot of people, and ruined a few lives in the process.

I'd really love it if you take part in the event, and help to bring back faith in people on DA and the internet, and let everyone know that there are people who can be trusted :heart:

Here's some more info!

I'm Real, Are You?I came across a photo today that really jumped out at me. And in light of some situations that occurred in my life recently, I imediately decided it just made sense to pass it on and to do the same myself.
This is the photograph by :iconvintageshadow:
I want to do the same as him, and create my own photograph of myself with a hand written sign.
I think it's EXTREMELY important for my watchers to believe in me and who I am, because you guys are my family and my lifeline. Without you all, I would be a very lonely person.
It also pains me that in the current internet society, there are a lot of frauds and fakers, who pose to be people who they are not for multitudes of reasons. I want you all to know that I AM NOT one of those people. I am very much who I say I am and would never misrepresent myself no matter how much I disliked myself.
SO I'm going to create a little event out of this, and I'd really appreciate it if at least some of my watchers decided to take part in i

Thanks so much! :hug:

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kagaminoir Feb 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there!

That sounds like an awful story.  I'm sorry you had to go through that. *hugs*

I'm still a bit shy about posting photos of myself on public pages (not that Facebook is entirely private either), though, so I am going to to pass on this.  But I certainly hope that doesn't happen again!
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VonDiezyl Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's okay I understand :)
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VonDiezyl Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was thinking that I'd really love to commission you again sometime if you have commissions open :heart:
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kagaminoir Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there!

Oh, repeat clients are the best. <3  Certainly, I am open for commissions right now.  Just let me know what you have in mind!
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VonDiezyl Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excited!! I'll send you a note :3
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cherriuki Oct 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
your works are beautiful! *_*
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kagaminoir Oct 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awww, thank you so very much! ^o^
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:iconfemaleexcellence: Join us ! :D .... monthly art promotion awaits those with great art ! :#1:
If you do so, please submit to the correct category and do not forget about the rules. :aww:
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kagaminoir Jul 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the invite! I will check out your group! ^^
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