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Angela C. Wood
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2006
 

Graphics Tablet?


Hi there,
I'm planning to buy a graphics tablet to use for editing my photos. I like to do a lot of painting on the images, use different filters and brushes etc. There are so many choices. Anyone have a recommendation? Any input would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Angie


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6/23/2008 11:12:12 PM

 
Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  Angela,
A tablet (like the Wacom 6x11 Tablet) makes sense if you do a lot of painting, as you say. They are not for everyone, and if you haven't used one before, you will want to be sure you feel skilled with painting or drawing freehand. I am not, so use a Kensington Expert Mouse as my input of choice.
Another thing to pay attention to with the tablet: the size. Some have dimensions configured to work better with wide screens and dual monitors, so you'll want to pay attention to the sizing. in comparison the ratio of your display.
As I don't get along so well with my tablet (but know it can be a great tool for those who do!), I hope others will chime in here with their experiences, because as you point out, there are a lot of choices. I found calling the company and asking a representative about what would be best to be helpful.
Hope that helps!


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6/24/2008 4:55:57 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Angela,

Like Richard, I have tried the graphics tablets but found them difficult to control as I wanted. I'm not a free hand artist by any stretch of the imagination, so I too use the roller ball mouse.

If money is no object, you might look into Wacom's "Cintiq" tablets. They start around $2,000


Pete


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6/24/2008 5:35:50 AM

 
Marianne Fortin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/23/2006
  I used to have a Wacom Graphire small tablet which was OK but not large enough. I recently got a 6x9 inch Wacom Bamboo Fun (actual size 11x9). Don't let the "Bamboo Fun" name fool you, it works great. The mouse works much better and is more smooth than the Graphire (I use the mouse for web browsing etc and the pen for editing photos). I am very happy with this new Wacom tablet. Cost $176.48 from Amazon (2/5/08) and comes bundled with Elements 5.0 (which is not available anywhere else since Elements 6.0 came out).


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6/24/2008 7:50:41 AM

 
Marianne Fortin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/23/2006
  Regarding sizing to match your display I don't have a widescreen display but I'm using a widescreen ratio tablet. I guess the problem would be if you are trying to use a standard ratio tablet with a widescreen display.

Also you don't have to be an artist to use the pen. I use it when editing because it is very precise for moving sliders and drawing selections.

Here is the Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Bamboo-Medium-Tablet-Graphics-Software/dp/B000V9RL6G/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1214320826&sr=8-2


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6/24/2008 8:24:06 AM

 
William Schuette
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2006
  You may want to check the Wacom site regarding the Bamboo. My understanding from an interview with a Wacom rep that I heard =is that the Bamboo does not have sufficient resolution to do serious pixel level editing. The site has a wizard that helps you identify the tablet that is best suited for your intended use.

Bill


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6/24/2008 10:53:06 AM

 
Angela C. Wood
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2006
  Thanks for all of the help and info guys! I realy appreciate it. The wacom site recommended at inutuos3. Has anybody tried that one? Is it worth the extra money from the Bamboo Fun? I'm definitely not ready to spend the $2000 for the really good stuff yet! :)


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6/24/2008 1:24:51 PM

 
Marianne Fortin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/23/2006
  I tried the Wacom wizard and I don't think it even has the Bamboo listed because I tried all different scenarios and it didn't come up. I guess it depends how much you want to spend and if the resolution issue mentioned by William S. would make a difference. I have used the Bamboo to edit "at pixel level" and it worked fine.


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6/24/2008 2:01:41 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hi Angela,
I tried the Graphire tablet a couple of years ago but I didn't use it much. When I recently decided to buy the Coral Painter X program, I decided to get the 6 x 8 Wacon Intuos 3 tablet. and I always use it with the Painter program to convert my photos into paintings. I know a couple of people who use the tablet all the time (dont even use a mouse) but I have never become that comfortable with it. It takes a little getting used to and can be a little uncomfortable at first. It does a great job with painter and if you have artistic drawing/painting abilities, you will like using it even more. I debated over the size but I am happy with the 6x8.


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6/24/2008 3:48:04 PM

 
William Schuette
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2006
  In fact, I use the Intuos. I know it is expensive but for painting I don't think you would be satisfied with less. The Intuos is more expensive precisely because it tracks finer movement and pressure changes than the Graphire and Bamboo. And, no, I don't work for Wacom.


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6/24/2008 4:22:05 PM

 
Angela C. Wood
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2006
  Thanks again for the input, everyone! I think the Intuous sounds pretty good for what I want, I think that may be the way to go. Really appreciate all the help.


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6/24/2008 9:08:33 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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Hi again, Angela,
Just curious, are you going to use the Corel Painter program? It is fun and I even took a 4 week course from Jim Zuckerman Making Masterpieces with Corel Painter to get me up and running with it.
It was a fun course and got me from know nothing about Painter to navigating & using the tools easily and very quickly.
I have a few of my images posted in the "arts" section of my gallery on my web site.


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6/24/2008 10:41:58 PM

 
Steven A. Serpa
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/22/2006
  hi Angela,

So your thinking about a purchasing a tablet.

I been using wacom tablet's for about 6 years and you are going to love it.

My newest tablet is the intuos 3 6x8 model. I use dual 19 sony LCD's I can select the tablet to work with one or both screens by selecting different options in the software.

It is a fantasic add-on to your computer digital art.

Once you start using photo editing software and download the free trail of Corel Painter X together with your tablet you will be amazed at the comfort and control you'll have turning your photo's into paintings.

Jim Zuckerman is a wonderful instructor I've attended his classes in the pass here at BetterPhoto you'll get a big bang for your buck.

With that said, get the get the tablet and take the class you'll be glad you did.

Steve Serpa
8 time grad.


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7/1/2008 4:06:27 AM

 
Angela C. Wood
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2006
  Hi Carlton and Steve,
Thanks for the input. I too am a big fan of Jim Zuckerman, I've taken his Beginning and Advanced Creative Techniques classes, but not the Corel Painter course, so maybe that's one to add to my list!

Angie


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7/1/2008 8:29:41 AM

 
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