Graphics tablets, tell me about them

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  1. uplander

    uplander TPF Noob!

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    I need a primer on graphics tablets, My son wants one and is going to study architechture and while he needs one I could stand to get one also.

    pro's and cons...what to look for...your suggestions

    I figure I can reduce the research with all of your collected knowledge here:D
     
  2. Sarin

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    The industry standard are the Wacom tablets but they don't come cheap. Depending on what size you want they range from £50 right up to £400. Professional's use the Intuos range up to A3 size but joe public might use the A6 size Bamboo or fun range. Most of the Wacom range have a series of programmable buttons and a touch zoom wheel (think of ipods). All include a pen with the tablet but the more expensive ones allow for different type and shapes of nib. Most also allow for pen tilt and are pressure sensitive depending on what type of software you are using.

    They take a while to get used to but once you have you'll wonder how you ever did without one. I have a small A6 Bamboo and use it for retouching, you get more control with the pen than a mouse. My advice is decide on a budget and the space you have available then get to your nearet stockist and try them out.
     
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    Wacom, at least a 5x7.
     
  4. Joves

    Joves No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I agree! And get the best you can afford. They do have a slight learning curve but it isnt that bad.
     
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    I use a bamboo fun for everything. It replaced my old wheel mouse. I love it, much more precise.
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    They can be typically found hanging in bamboo trees from their long tails waiting for unsuspecting passers by. They have 3 eyes and a beak for defending themselves. They feed mainly on mice. For some reason they answer to the name of bob.


    Even the cheap ones are great, but as mentioned the difference does matter. I have a Waccom Graphire 3 6x8 and no longer use my mouse for anything other than gaming. I have successfully displaced my RSI in my wrists with a tennis elbow.

    Btw Waccom typically work with educational institutions for student discounts. I got mine at the time for about a 50% discount on RRP from my university.
     
  7. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Another vote for Wacom. I've got a small Graphire that I like but I wish I had a bigger one.
     
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    I am using the Intuos 6X8 and it was worth every penny.
     
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    K_Pugh No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've got a cheap Trust 8x6" tablet and I love it! There is a slight learning curve if you've been using a mouse (which i assume you have :lol:) for a long time.

    I never use my mouse now, the graphics tablet is so intuitive really. The pen I have uses one AAA battery and lasts a long time. My old wireless mouse ate batteries for breakfast, had to change them every couple of days!!
     
  10. jlykins

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    Using a Bamboo, but still not sure how I ever edited photos without one. besides photoshop, and spyder calibration, it's the most important thing you can get for your computer to make the images better. IMHO
     
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    astrostu I shoot for the stars

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    I JUST got an Intuos3 6"x8" tablet as an early present that I requested for my research ... using the pen to draw with my dominant hand instead of a mouse with my non-dominant hand is wonderful, and my wrists are no longer sore after a day's work.

    I thought the size would be too small at 6"x8", but I think it works fine and I'm not actually sure I'd want a larger size due to the speed of the tracking.
     
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    The 4X6 works well for me... I know larger would be better, but for 59.99 I couldn't pass it up.
     

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