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What are the things to look out for (other than size) in a graphics tablet to be used for photo editing ?
There are several in the Wacom range which appear very similar, but are clearly of different quality or have different features because there is a big price difference.
What do the top-range ones have that basic ones don't?
Is anyone up on the graphics tablet scene?
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The more expensive ones will be more accurate and be more sensitive to pen pressure.
The size of the tablet is all down to its uses. If you have a large monitor you really need a large tablet etc.
Also the medium your working with has some impact on which tablet to use from minor photo editing to artistic painting etc.
Basically the more detailed work you do the bigger and better the tablet needed.
In terms of photo editing, what kinds of actions are affected by pen sensitivity? What difference does it give over a mouse? How does the area of the tablet relate to the size of the screen?
I know these probably sound daft questions, but I am ignorant!
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Pen sensitivity/photography - dodging and burning, creating layer masks
Tablet size/monitor size - Imagine you had a 20" monitor and an a6 tablet. Now that 20" would be in relation to your a6 tablet from corner to corner.
So even the slightest strokes on your tablet would equate to a larger stroke on your monitor.
Now try and make a small stroke on your monitor!!!
Probably not explaning to well but thats the gist.
No, I understand.
Yet many people use the small tablets - A6 and A5 - don't they?
edit: does it represent the size of the screen or the window?
You can configure the Wacom to be either, but most people have them set to equal tablet to screen.
Ah, I see.
Have a look at Aldi. I picked up an A4 sized on for @£20 last year.
Compared to a Wacom Intuos 3 for nearly £300.
And I'm sure one is not 15 times better than the other!
Depends on how much you're willing pay for sleek grey as opposed to multi hued blue
...oh...and a pen that works without a battery.
As a guide I bought an Aldi one to see what they were like...they were alright...worked very nicely. I left it attached and used it daily for two years...that's about four hours of retouching a day for 700 days. It has only just broken and it's the pen that's gone...broke in half.
Not bad for £20.
Would you get one of the lesser Wacom versions, though?
I've just replaced my Aldi Medion with another Intuos 3....but yes....really, really when you get down to it...the Wacom pen is a beauty.
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