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Sam Britt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/11/2006
 

Selecting a Graphics Tablet


I need help deciding which is the best size & type of graphics tablet to buy. I currently own a Wacom Graphire 4" X 5" tablet that is several years old & not compatible with Windows Vista. I'm considering buying a Wacom Intuos.


Could anyone explain the major differences in these products, and suggest the best size to buy. I have a 22" widescreen monitor, and will initially be using it for retouching in Photoshop CS2, but would like to eventually learn Corel Painter. Thanks in advance for advice or suggestions.


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8/10/2007 7:17:53 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hello Samantha, I am a little bummed that no one answered your question because I have the same problem trying to decide what would be best with my 24" Imac and Corel Painter X. I hope some of the experienced users out there reply with suggestions or experiences.


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10/24/2007 2:51:38 PM

 
Karen Slagle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/1/2005
  Here is a link to Wacom:
http://www.wacom.com/intuos/index.cfm

I have a 17 inch screen, Intuos 4x6 and Painter X. I love it because it fits on my desktop and gives the cat a place for a nap. Not sure of the difference between the Intuos and Graphire except Intuos is newer and faster.


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10/24/2007 4:37:01 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Thank you Karen, I am looking at the 6 x 8 as I dont want to use the desk space to accomodate the 9 x 12 but if the advantanges are such that the 9 x 12 is so much better, I would consider it.


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10/24/2007 4:47:16 PM

 
Sam Britt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/11/2006
  Hi Carlton, another BP member responded through e-mail. I decided on the Intuos 6 X 11, since I have a wide screen monitor. I haven't had time to learn Painter Essentials which was bundled with it, but the size is perfect!

Here is a link that should be helpful to you: http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/aboutgraphics/a/graphicstablets_3.htm


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10/24/2007 6:23:34 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Thank you Samantha, I just ordered the Wacom Intuos3 (6x8 to save desk space)and Corel Painter X and Mac OS X Leopard and am also signing up for Jim Zuckermans Corel Painter class. Expensive day but I will have a lot of new tools to learn and play with.


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10/24/2007 6:48:43 PM

 
Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  I have a 6x11 to cover a dual monitor setup (Wacom 6x11 Tablet). You really want to get one that fits the perspective of your screen.

I have one, but quite honestly I don't use it much and feel it is a little clumsy -- made more for those who really like to draw. For Photoshop I use a Kensignton Expert Mouse. Not only is it about 1/4th the price, but it takes up very little desk space, is far more accurate than a mouse, is better for your wrist, and only has one piece (not like the tablet, which has a pen, tablet and mouse).

Richard Lynch


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10/25/2007 10:13:54 AM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  this one's for Richard...how long does it take to get used to that Kensington Expert Mouse???? I'm so used to my Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse (not wireless). I also play games and the Microsoft mouse is GREAT...but if that other one is better I'll buy it.


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10/25/2007 8:37:42 PM

 
Sam Britt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/11/2006
  The 6 X ll Wacom tablet does take up a lot of space on my desk, and was pretty expensive. I looked at the link for the Kensington Expert Mouse. Does anyone know if its compatible with Windows Vista?


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10/26/2007 7:12:47 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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I received my Wacom 6 x 8 today and it does take up quite a bit of space so I am happy I didn't get the 6 x 11. I know some people get so used to using the pen that they dont use the mouse very much and I am hoping to become that comfortable with it as well. Here is a pic of the space it takes in front of my 24" screen.


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10/26/2007 9:21:41 PM

 
Richard Lynch
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  Oliver,
I took about a month to really get used to it, and here's what I did: In the older version that I learned on, there were ports in the back to connect another input (e.g., mouse or tablet). I plugged the trackball in as the main device and added my familiar mouse. Within a week I was using the trackball most of the time, but I did keep the mouse attached for about 4 weeks before finally, permanently removing it, and enjoying all the extra space on my desk.

One of the really interesting things about the conversion experience was how it affected my daughter (who was about 3 at the time). She'd sit in my lap and do some "image editing" (I showed her how to color with Photoshop), and she took right to the trackball like she'd never seen a mouse. In fact, kept pushing it away asking why we needed it.

As far as games, did you ever want to move a cursor like lightning from one side of the screen to another? A flick of the wrist sends the trackball in a spin, and the cursor will shoot across the screen -- works like a dream on my double monitors! The trackball has 4 programable buttons that you can make to act in ways you'd hope...I have one button set to double-click, for example, and another to click and hold. But there are a variety of things you can do including call menus of commands, launch programs and websites, and program buttons specifically for application functions.

Samantha,
The new ones are certified for Windows Vista.

Carlton,
If you like to draw, there are special features for Photoshop users on the pen that some people I know say are indespensible -- like pressure sensitivity. You'll certainly get used to it over time.

Richard


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10/27/2007 5:37:46 AM

 
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