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Stylus for desktop touch screen monitor?

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    Stylus for desktop touch screen monitor?


    I have an Acer T232HL touch screen monitor and I would like to get as stylus to use with it. I would love to paint and draw with a stylus in Photoshop and ArtRage. Does such a thing exist yet? Are there different types?

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    I highly doubt a touchscreen monitor which is meant for finger touch moving around an OS will have anywhere near the capabilities of an effective stylus usable device, although someone can surely prove it to me if I'm wrong.
    A wacom tablet and/or display has over 2000 pressure levels and supports a 60-ish degree tilt of the stylus pen, which is what makes it so effective for digital drawing/painting and or photo retouch, and is combined with a pretty robust software driver for detecting drawing tip vs. eraser end of the stylus, among all the other adjustments. A touch screen monitor is a touch sensitive screen meant for finger presses and swipes.
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    As symbiont says, the precision of a touch based device is typically pretty poor because it's designed to allow large finger sized input. There are styluses available, you can get one online anywhere. In order to get more precision, you need a screen that is designed for stylus input (like some of the new phones have).
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    ebay for capacitive stylus

    5X Universal Capacitive Touch Screen Stylus Pen for iPhone iPad Tablet Mid Blue | eBay

    I have one of this type, it is a soft rubber tip, it works fairly well on my lenovo touchscreen. For art work you would just have to try one, I have art rage and it works but I am kind of a house painter rather than artist :-) so can't say how it works for that.
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    I would recommend Wacom styluses as they seem to know what they're doing with them. I've seen some styluses that have interchangeable tips for more precision. It might depend on your display though.

    Personally, I don't like rubber tipped styluses, as it just feels weird and sometimes you might be dragging a window or something like that, and it lifts off slightly. I'd go with one that isn't rubber tipped preferably.
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    Most Wacom, unless I'm mistaken, require a certain technology in the screen to react to it. The stylus has circuitry inside that the screen reacts to. Maybe some are not that way???? don't know for sure.
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    Thanks everyone for all the comments and suggestions. I have tried an inexpensive rubber tipped stylus I had around the house and it did not work very well for drawing or painting. Though it worked fine for navigation. I have also tried just painting and drawing on the touch screen monitor with my finger and that did not work out very well either. So for the time being, I think for actual art work I will stick to my graphics tablet. I think I will enjoy choosing tools and using pinch and zoom on the screen as I work though. I do hope that someday someone will come up with a stylus that will work with the touch screen monitors well enough for art. It would seem so natural to paint directly on the monitor as though it was a canvas.

    If anyone does discover a stylus that really will work in this way I'll love hearing about it :-)
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    You might ask at Art Rage's website where the artist are, they may have discovered something. I also have a smaller around rubber ended stylus that I have not tried except for navigation that has a harder tip so you might keep your eyes at the looking around business :-)

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    there are combination screens with both capacitive and a wacom active digitizer layers, as seen on some Tablet PCs. They never took off because of how expensive they made the laptops. People already balked at paying a couple hundred more for the resistive/wacom screen. And then tack on the expense of the capacitive screen and it became a very niche market for the rich people.

    if you wait, there will eventually be some of these screens for the desktop as the market gets bigger and people transition to touchscreens. on the desktop, more people are willing to spend money than in the laptop market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    if you wait, there will eventually be some of these screens for the desktop as the market gets bigger and people transition to touchscreens. on the desktop, more people are willing to spend money than in the laptop market.
    No need to wait if you want to spend $2500. Wacom already has Cintiq's and has had them for years. I doubt the $200-$400 general use desktop touchscreen market will reach a point that it can even compete with the quality of a Cintiq for a serious artist, for years if at all. Personally, I've used the Cintiq's and got annoyed with fingerprints and/or my hand being in the way, the same reasons I wouldn't buy a touchscreen monitor to use as a serious desktop tool - just what I want to do is stare at fingerprints and swipes on a 24-30 inch screen all day, or resort to having to constantly clean them. IMO, separate tablet always wins.
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