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Sherri McGee

member since: 3/11/2003
 

Which Wacom Tablet Should I Buy?


Which Wacom tablet do you recommend?

1/31/2009 7:29:01 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hello Sherri,
I have the Intuos3 6 x 8 inch Wacom tablet. I had a 4 x 5 Graphire that I was not impressed with. The Intous3 is much much better. As far as size, that's something you need to figure out. I like the 6 x 8, and it fits nicely with my 24" IMAC work area. One of my instructors, Jim Zuckerman (who teaches a 4 week Corel Painter course) prefers the 4 x 6 as he feels it is big enough.
Hope this helps, Carlton

2/2/2009 1:48:47 AM

 
Ben M. Trapnell
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I, too, have the Intuos 3 and can't imagine what I would do without it. With single or multiple monitors, the size works extremely well and is so easy to use, you will be at home with it in no time. The pen is a fantastic tool making my photo work so easy, I have expanded my work flow to include those last little changes that really allow my creative side (such as it is...) to come out. It's an investment but you'll never look back.

2/3/2009 3:16:01 AM

 
Ben M. Trapnell
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  I, too, have the Intuos 3 and can't imagine what I would do without it. With single or multiple monitors, the size works extremely well and is so easy to use, you will be at home with it in no time. The pen is a fantastic tool making my photo work so easy, I have expanded my work flow to include those last little changes that really allow my creative side (such as it is...) to come out. It's an investment but you'll never look back.

2/3/2009 3:16:24 AM

 
Ellen L. Zaslaw
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  I use the Cintiq 21 UX. The only way to go.

2/3/2009 5:13:32 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Wow Ellen, isn't the Cintiq 21 UX like $2000 - I am sure it is awesome :)

2/3/2009 5:23:06 AM

 
Ellen L. Zaslaw
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  Worth every single penny Carlton. Pure JOY

2/3/2009 5:24:40 AM

 
Sherri McGee

member since: 3/11/2003
  I am debating between the 6x8 and the 4x6 intuos 3. The 4x6 has a $40 rebate right now so it's a lot cheaper than the 6x8. I think i'd rather get the larger size and not regret going small and cheaper.

Thanks for the responses.

2/3/2009 5:13:36 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hi Sherri,
I did see that $40 off offer from Wacom for the 4 x 6. Its a good deal but if you are buying this for use with Corel Painter, you may also check the Corel site and see if they offer any packaged deals as they sometimes do.
The Wacom will also take a bit to get used to (my arm was a bit sore after the 1st week of using it) and the associated tools but its a fun learning curve.
Have fun,
Carlton

2/3/2009 8:44:07 PM

 
Richard Lynch
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  A lot is made of Wacom Tablets, but I find they are not for everyone. I think they are a little too omnipresent -- take up a lot of space and require drawing skills I don't feel I have. Instead of a Wacom for input I use a Kensington Trackball. The trackball makes a very small footprint on your desktop, doesn't require lifting like a mouse or freehand control like a pen, and it is VERY easy on your wrist. Because of the way it works it actually reduces the possibility of carpal tunnel or arm strain. It is also way less expensive than a Wacom, is easy to clean and maintain, and provides awesome control.

If you are interested in trying out a trackball, don't get a cheap one to test...the cheap ones have small controllers and no where near the accuracy. I've been using the Kensington for about 15 years after trying every controller on the market. I don't Photoshop without one.

Richard Lynch

2/4/2009 10:13:42 AM

 
Sherri McGee

member since: 3/11/2003
  Thanks Richard. I will check out the trackball also.

2/4/2009 11:58:30 AM

 

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