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=== Capturing with a simple graphics tablet ===
 
=== Capturing with a simple graphics tablet ===
  
One solution for capturing writing is to use a dedicated graphics tablet such as the [https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PPQH867 Wacom Intuos Draw]. These are relatively inexpensive (< $100) input devices with a stylus. You can use the stylus just like a pen, within almost any application that supports drawing and creating vector graphics. (Be sure to use a ''vector graphics'' application such as Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator, and not a bitmap graphics application such as Photoshop.)
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One solution for capturing writing is to use a dedicated graphics tablet such as a [https://www.amazon.com/Wacom-Bamboo-CTL471-Tablet-Black/dp/B00EVOXM3S/ Wacom Bamboo] or [https://www.amazon.com/Wacom-CTL490DB-Digital-Drawing-Graphics/dp/B010LHRFWW/ Wacom Intuos Draw]. These are relatively inexpensive (< $100) input devices with a stylus. You can use the stylus just like a pen, within almost any application that supports drawing and creating vector graphics. (Be sure to use a ''vector graphics'' application such as Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator, and not a bitmap graphics application such as Photoshop.)
  
 
While you can certainly write freehand on a tablet like this while watching your screen alone, another approach is to trace existing writing or artwork on a piece of paper. You can attach a piece of paper to the top of your graphics tablet and use the stylus on top of that, to trace handwriting or other artwork.  
 
While you can certainly write freehand on a tablet like this while watching your screen alone, another approach is to trace existing writing or artwork on a piece of paper. You can attach a piece of paper to the top of your graphics tablet and use the stylus on top of that, to trace handwriting or other artwork.  
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=== Capturing with a hybrid graphics tablet/monitor ===
 
=== Capturing with a hybrid graphics tablet/monitor ===
  
There are also high end graphics tablets that are more aptly described as computer monitors which accept stylus input.  A good example is the [https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L77GTTY Wacom Cintiq], available in various sizes. These tend to be considerably more expensive than a stand-alone tablet, and you may wish to consider a general-purpose tablet computer (e.g., iPad) as an alternative. (Hints on using a tablet computer are in the section below.)
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There are also high end graphics tablets that are more aptly described as computer monitors which accept stylus input.  A good example is the [https://www.amazon.com/Wacom-Cintiq-21-Inch-Display-DTK2200/dp/B008HB5K5O/ Wacom Cintiq], available in various sizes. These tend to be considerably more expensive than a stand-alone tablet, and you may wish to consider a general-purpose tablet computer (e.g., iPad) as an alternative. (Hints on using a tablet computer are in the section below.)
  
 
A graphics tablet with a display is excellent for freehand writing since it provides instant feedback. However it requires a different approach if you wish to trace existing writing or artwork. Use a scan or photograph of the handwriting or artwork that you wish to follow, and display it in the background of the area where you are tracing.
 
A graphics tablet with a display is excellent for freehand writing since it provides instant feedback. However it requires a different approach if you wish to trace existing writing or artwork. Use a scan or photograph of the handwriting or artwork that you wish to follow, and display it in the background of the area where you are tracing.

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