Graphics Tablets

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Captain Blammo, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. I have decided to get a graphics tablet and see if it helps my editing. I'll
    be getting a wacom because they're apparently the best, but will have to
    stick with a graphire due to being poor. I note that I can get a graphire3
    6x8 for the same price as a graphire4 4x5.

    Does anyone have any experience with a graphire3 vs a graphire4? I'd really
    like bigger, but I can't afford a 6x8 graphire4.

    Thanks for any hints!

    Captain Blammo, Nov 2, 2005
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    Mike Warren Guest

    I'm very happy with my Graphire4 4x5. I thought I was going to find it
    too small but after using it I find it is plenty big enough for editing.

    I think I would find a larger one tiring to use because of the extra
    movement required.
    Mike Warren, Nov 2, 2005
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    Caitlin Guest

    Seconded. And I don't know where I'd FIT a bigger one!
    Caitlin, Nov 2, 2005
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    Avery Guest

    I asked a similar question in another group (a good one) about 12
    months ago. My question also included the option of staying with
    just a mouse. Almost all of the reponses said to forget the graphics
    tablet and get a good mouse. That is what I did.

    I would still like try the tablet. I just do not find that the mouse
    provides the accuracy and sensitivity that I want. I just don't want
    to spend the money an a tablet and be disappointed.

    So, I will ask the question again...

    What works best for tools like the "magnetic lasso" , or with Corel
    Knockout, or for paint brush effects etc. etc.?

    A good mouse or a tablet?

    And to back up CB's question, what sort of mouse or tablet?
    Avery, Nov 2, 2005
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    Mike Warren Guest

    This is something each person has to try for themselves.

    I find the tablet much easier to get accuracy with than a
    mouse. It did take me a few hours before I was comfortable
    with it. The variable width brushes help with manual mask
    editing as well.
    Mike Warren, Nov 2, 2005
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    Hunt Guest

    I agree. It also depends entirely on what one is doing with the device. I
    would not part with any of my Wacoms. On my laptop, I had to crank up PS, and
    was too lazy to bring out my Intuos II 9x12 (I personally prefer the larger
    tablets, but that is just me), and tried to use the mouse for some simple
    stuff. After about 15 min. I trotted back in, grabbed the tablet, and was done
    in moments. I still do not like the Wacom mouse vs the MS wheel-mouse. I still
    have the Intuos III's mouse in the box. It might be better than the earlier
    ones, but I'll stay with the MS for now. However, "you'll have to pry my
    [stylus] out of my cold dead hands... "

    Hunt, Nov 2, 2005
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    Brian K Guest

    How does the tablet size relate to the image size? Never having used a
    tablet I can't grasp what large/small tablet means on the screen.

    (I personally prefer the larger
    Brian K, Nov 3, 2005
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    Mike Russell Guest

    Even the small tablets have a much higher resolution than your screen, so
    this is not a concern. What you will need to do is choose how to map the
    table area to your screen, which can be interesting on a multi screen

    People who draw using their arm, and not just their fingers, do well with
    the larger tablets. Generally this means someone who is a "real" artist, as
    opposed to a scribbler. I'm in the latter category, and a 4x5 does well for
    Mike Russell, Nov 3, 2005
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    Brian K Guest

    I really appreciate your clear answer.
    Brian K, Nov 3, 2005
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    Hunt Guest

    It's not really about the image size, but the size of the working surface v
    real estate that it takes. I like the increments of the stylus movement to be
    minute. Some hate the extra hand/arm movement, and like the increments to be
    much larger. I work on the desk, others like it in the lap. My big tablets
    would not suit the lap workers very well. I have some of the smaller tablets,
    but most are just gathering dust, and the big ones are almost worn out. It is
    all about how one works, and possibly on what they are working. Even for work
    on very small images, I like the big tablets, but admit that I have to create
    room for them on the desk.

    Hunt, Nov 4, 2005
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    Al Dykes Guest

    A buddy who does lots of work in PS bought one of the biggest tablets
    thinking bigger is better. She wound up selling it and buying the
    smallest model and loves it. Her biggest gripe was that the large
    model takes up too much deskspace.
    Al Dykes, Nov 4, 2005
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    Brian K Guest

    I've ordered a Graphire4 4x5"
    Brian K, Nov 4, 2005
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