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Graphics tablets

KatieR 13 6.2k 6
1 Sep 2006 1:59PM
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?

I'm confused.

Is anyone up on the graphics tablet scene?

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Centurion 12 1.2k England
1 Sep 2006 2:04PM
Mainly sensitivity.

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.

KatieR 13 6.2k 6
1 Sep 2006 2:25PM
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!
Boyd 13 11.2k 11 Wales
1 Sep 2006 2:27PM
Nice weather today.
Centurion 12 1.2k England
1 Sep 2006 2:31PM
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.

KatieR 13 6.2k 6
1 Sep 2006 2:33PM

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?
keithh Plus
13 25.3k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Sep 2006 2:42PM
You can configure the Wacom to be either, but most people have them set to equal tablet to screen.
KatieR 13 6.2k 6
1 Sep 2006 2:51PM
Ah, I see.
strawman 13 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2006 2:53PM
Have a look at Aldi. I picked up an A4 sized on for @20 last year.
keithh Plus
13 25.3k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Sep 2006 2:54PM
Compared to a Wacom Intuos 3 for nearly 300.
Carabosse Plus
14 40.9k 269 England
1 Sep 2006 2:56PM
And I'm sure one is not 15 times better than the other!
keithh Plus
13 25.3k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Sep 2006 3:01PM
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.
KatieR 13 6.2k 6
1 Sep 2006 3:05PM
Would you get one of the lesser Wacom versions, though?
keithh Plus
13 25.3k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Sep 2006 3:15PM
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.
Centurion 12 1.2k England
1 Sep 2006 3:18PM


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