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10/04/2013 07:45:02 PM · #1
Just curious what folks with a Wacom tablet think about them for Photoshopping. They're at really decent prices now, and Christmas is coming (maybe early?).

Do you like them? Better than a mouse? Also, does size (active area) really matter (small vs medium tablets.

10/04/2013 07:48:18 PM · #2
IMO size doesn't matter unless you use them to draw with. For photo editing, smaller sizes are fine. There's a physical learning curve involved (you have to train yourself) but then they are wonderful for photo editing, especially for doing work making selections or painting on layers. I use mine in concert with a mouse: pick up the stylus whenever I need to paint or draw, but use the mouse for clicking etc.
10/04/2013 07:48:39 PM · #3
Once you use one, you'll never go back. Definitely worth the money. I have an intuos4 medium size, and I don't know how I ever got along without one now.
10/04/2013 07:50:17 PM · #4
I know several DPCers who swear by it. I bought a large used one from a fellow DPCer and it took me forever to get around to installing it. I've only played around with it a little, but the hand/eye coordination is going to take some getting used to. The Cintiq series seems a much better choice, but it is also 10x the price :-) When I can afford that I will definitely get one.
10/04/2013 08:19:15 PM · #5
Originally posted by ecmguy:

I have an intuos4 medium size, and I don't know how I ever got along without one now.

This is the one I have my eye on (used) or one of the newer Pen and Touch tablets.

I think the Intuos is much more powerful/sensitive/customizable, even though it's older gen.
10/04/2013 08:37:14 PM · #6
I have an Intuos small. Bigger is not necessarily better in this case. I love mine.
10/04/2013 08:57:41 PM · #7
I'm using Bamboo and it works fine for my usage...
10/04/2013 09:36:56 PM · #8
i adore mine. the drawing area is only about 4x5 on mine but the small size doesnt have any effect on photo editing.
10/04/2013 09:47:57 PM · #9
I've got one, I use it rarely... very rarely... but sometimes it works better than the mouse... in certain things, like writing your name.. LOL I think if you cut your teeth on one you will love them, or if your an artist that uses brushes it probably feels more at home in your hand. One of my friends paints and photographs, she said she wouldn't live with out her's... I get scared because unlike the mouse when you touch it something happens, and I do that by mistake all the time
10/04/2013 10:09:21 PM · #10
I like the idea of it since I don't find the mouse very accurate when doing fine detail work. We'll see. I have the Intuos 4 Medium on the way. Quite a steal for $100.
10/04/2013 10:17:57 PM · #11
IMO its a must have!!! You just have way more control with the pen especially once you learn the keyboard shortcuts that go along with the use of a tablet. I bought an off brand called genius and it works as well as a Wacom and half the price :)
10/04/2013 10:33:50 PM · #12
i have a medium 5, its overkilll small would have been just as well. its an excellent replacement for a mouse when editing. good on the wrist too
10/05/2013 12:39:54 PM · #13
Ever notice the ones with the small ones say size doesn't matter?
10/05/2013 12:53:09 PM · #14
If you do any masking or retouching (cloning) get one -- I have been using them since 1995. In fact, I can still use one of those with a USB adapter ...
10/05/2013 12:56:47 PM · #15
Originally posted by David Ey:

Ever notice the ones with the small ones say size doesn't matter?


Size is much less important than knowing what to do with what you have. I used to have a great big black one, but I got tired of lugging it around, and while it was impressive for it's sheer size and power, hauling it around and figuring out how to stuff it back into place after I used it got to be a pain. Now I am happier with my little white one. It does the job and is much easier to live with.

Of course I am comparing the Intuos4 and the Saphire
10/05/2013 02:45:20 PM · #16
Originally posted by GeneralE:

If you do any masking or retouching (cloning) get one -- I have been using them since 1995. In fact, I can still use one of those with a USB adapter ...


I didn't know PDP-11's had the ability to use a tablet for input. ;)
10/05/2013 04:50:53 PM · #17
Originally posted by Cory:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

If you do any masking or retouching (cloning) get one -- I have been using them since 1995. In fact, I can still use one of those with a USB adapter ...


I didn't know PDP-11's had the ability to use a tablet for input. ;)

:-)

They don't ... actually very shortly after I started to use a computer (for text editing/typesetting) the UC system I was using migrated from PDPs to VAX machines from Digital Equipment; getting your text to look right on one of those was quite an (expensive) adventure, before PostScript® and laser printers ... of course it's somewhat ironic that the hyper-graphical MacOS is built using that same old UNIX code ...

When I first got the tablets I was editing photos for an anatomy book on a Mac Quadra 84av and needed to do a ton of masking to isolate specimens from the background. In a bit of further irony, I am right now supposed to be editing/laying out the second edition of that very same book instead of hanging out here ... :-(
10/05/2013 05:23:37 PM · #18
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by Cory:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

If you do any masking or retouching (cloning) get one -- I have been using them since 1995. In fact, I can still use one of those with a USB adapter ...


I didn't know PDP-11's had the ability to use a tablet for input. ;)

:-)

They don't ... actually very shortly after I started to use a computer (for text editing/typesetting) the UC system I was using migrated from PDPs to VAX machines from Digital Equipment; getting your text to look right on one of those was quite an (expensive) adventure, before PostScript® and laser printers ... of course it's somewhat ironic that the hyper-graphical MacOS is built using that same old UNIX code ...

When I first got the tablets I was editing photos for an anatomy book on a Mac Quadra 84av and needed to do a ton of masking to isolate specimens from the background. In a bit of further irony, I am right now supposed to be editing/laying out the second edition of that very same book instead of hanging out here ... :-(


Well, at least you have the tablet. ;)
10/06/2013 11:49:25 AM · #19
[quote=David Ey] Ever notice the ones with the small ones say size doesn't matter? [/quote

lol i see what you did there! good on ya. Still, right before your post i did say i had the bigger tablet and would have faired just as well with the small one.
10/10/2013 09:53:36 PM · #20
My Wacom Intuos 4 (medium) just arrived in the mail today! My goodness, this is a thing of beauty!! Quite lovely to behold.

Going to take SOME time to get used to the movement of the pen, very different from working with a mouse. I keep returning the pen pointer to the middle of the map like I would the mouse to stop it moving off the end of the table. Some rethinking required here.

Thankfully, the tablet came with a mouse...so I can use that to help soften the transition :)
10/11/2013 04:52:41 AM · #21
I'm curious about your further experiences with this particular tablet.
Been thinking about buying one myself, but I hesitate between Intuos 4 or 5 and small or medium...
10/11/2013 06:20:07 AM · #22
Originally posted by Nadine_Vb:

I'm curious about your further experiences with this particular tablet.
Been thinking about buying one myself, but I hesitate between Intuos 4 or 5 and small or medium...


I'm curious about your experience with it, as well where you bought it from. I smashed my magic mouse to bits last week and toying with the idea of replacing it with a tablet instead. I used to use a Wacom Artz II, I think it was 12x12, and loved it but that was almost 20 yrs ago. I wouldn't mind switching back to a tablet again.
10/11/2013 07:29:04 AM · #23
What I can say so far, is the medium is quite a bit larger than anticipated. Not a bad thing or a good thing, just an observation. With the larger active area, it obviously required larger hand movements than would be required for the small. But therein, I suspect, you have a little more senstivity (accuracy)?

Love the fact that you can totally program all 8 buttons and wheel your liking. The wheel alone has been awesome. Love being able to zoom in and out effortlessly, or adjust brush size rapidly. The pan/scroll feature is also really handy.

Once I've played with it more, I'll come back and post some more thoughts. Feel free to ask any specific question's you'd like in the meantime.
10/11/2013 07:40:16 AM · #24
Originally posted by Garry:

What I can say so far, is the medium is quite a bit larger than anticipated. Not a bad thing or a good thing, just an observation. With the larger active area, it obviously required larger hand movements than would be required for the small. But therein, I suspect, you have a little more senstivity (accuracy)?

Love the fact that you can totally program all 8 buttons and wheel your liking. The wheel alone has been awesome. Love being able to zoom in and out effortlessly, or adjust brush size rapidly. The pan/scroll feature is also really handy.

Once I've played with it more, I'll come back and post some more thoughts. Feel free to ask any specific question's you'd like in the meantime.


The wheel you say.. than you have the Intuos Pro I suppose. Black? At the left side 4 buttons, a wheel and again 4 buttons?

This one ?

Message edited by author 2013-10-11 07:43:26.
10/11/2013 07:45:30 AM · #25
Garry, where did you order your tablet from?
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