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magickmaker at 1:17PM, Feb. 16, 2006
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…this sounds really stupid, but I've got large amounts of advice about this, so here it goes. What is a tablet and how do I use it?
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Sam_Charette at 2:12PM, Feb. 16, 2006
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A tablet is a device you connect to your computer. It's basically a big plastic square with a plastic pen that emulates a pen and paper. You use it to digitally ink/colour/whatever your work.

Wacom produces the best tablets, and if you have some cash and an interest in working with images digitally I'd highly reccommend one.

I love mine. I loves it so…. :3
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Linh at 2:42PM, Feb. 16, 2006
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Wacom Tablet

Basically a pad that allows you to draw directly onto the screen using an art program like Photoshop. You use a “pen” to draw on the tablet, which has a surface that represents your computer screen. Every point on the surface corresponds to a point on the screen. The pen acts like a mouse in that you can control the cursor by moving the pen across the surface.

The advantage over a mouse is obvious. Drawing with a mouse is almost impossible. For me, anyways. The tablet allows you to draw like you would normally with a pencil and paper, using your hand-eye coordination.

If you want to buy one, Wacom is your best bet, though somewhat expensive. I got the Graphire4 4x5 as a gift and it's great. However, I can never get used to drawing something from scratch using the tablet, it just doesn't have the feel of pencil and paper. So I just draw normally and scan the picture, using the tablet to edit it. I have to say, it makes editing go a LOT faster.

Edit: Damn you, Sam….
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Giandroid at 2:48PM, Feb. 16, 2006
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Dude… this is like the third thread for this. Seriously.
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ccs1989 at 2:54PM, Feb. 16, 2006
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Tablets are love.
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mykill at 9:00PM, Feb. 16, 2006
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Yeah, for many questions it would be best to look thru posts past for answers before posting a question.

A Wacom tablet (I know no other that it comparable) turns a graphics program into an analog art medium - press hard with the pen and get a thicker or darker mark - just like you would with a pencil or brush - and you get the form factor of a pen. The catch is you have to learn to associate what you hand does on the tablet, with the marks appearing on the sceen. Some people, like myself -take to this pretty naturally. Others just can't make the connection and the tablet is useless to them for drawing.

If you want to use the graphics program as an art medium in and of itself - the wacom tablet unleashes the full potential. The cheap one is quite good, and costs around $99. The sweet spot is a $400ish 6x8 wacom tablet (mine is an intuous2). They come larger, but I find the real estate is too large - the hand tires.

There is the cintique, for a few grand it's a combo wacom tablet and monitor - so you can draw on the monitor directly as if it were paper. I drool for such a thing, but can't afford it myself.
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Chameloncholic at 11:48PM, Feb. 16, 2006
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If you are looking for a cheap bargain you can use the Wacom online store to buy refurbished Wacom tablets. These include the current Intuos 3 aswell as older models. These are packaged as new with all parts and software, they are generally ex-display units and have all the same warranty conditions as the brand new models. You can get them in both the US and Europe.

I have the same model as Mykill, previously I had an ultra cheap Trust A4 model. It was painful to use even though I could see the potential.

A4 in general is only good if you have the space for it, otherwise it is very unweildy. The A5 version (6x8) is the perfect match to most laptops and fits well into laptop cases making it pretty much perfect for me. Although browsing the website right now… the new widescreen format tablets are making me whimper.

Also Mykill, have you used the stroke pen at all? I'm looking for opinions at to wether or not it helps at all with the feel.
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ozoneocean at 3:27AM, Feb. 17, 2006
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Yeah, big tablets are bad. I've got a 12x12 and I had to organise my whole set-up around it. They're not bad to use, you can do really fine work with them, but they're unweildy and take up a lot of desk space.

Funnily enough a monitor+tablet like the Cintique is better for beginers or those of low skill level. When you're good with a tablet, you're fine, you can do anything. As a beginer you'd find starting with the Cintque a lot easier. Funny that it costs so much more.
 
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Chameloncholic at 3:38AM, Feb. 17, 2006
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Cintiq is out, it's been replaced by the less catchy sounding PL-720 but the thing is they are still nowhere near the sensitivity and resolution the Intuos series has. Not that a user like me would notice. It would still be cool to draw straight on the screen.

I've been using my Intuos2 with illustrator these past few days, after a long period of not using it at all for anything creative. It's great fun. Even better, I'm being payed for this.

Does anybody have any experience with the low end products like the Volito? They could be perfect for hobbyists and those who aren't sure about forking out on even a graphire. The pen partner looks cute but I think it's intended as more of a mouse replacement than a drawing device.
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Sam_Charette at 8:08AM, Feb. 17, 2006
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Mine's an intuos 3 9x12, and I can't say the size is too unwieldly. When I get a laptop, I'm likely to get a 6x8 to put in the case with it, but I really like the size of my 9x12. It fits very nicely on my lap, and is big enough to let me make nice, long strokes :)
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jasonspringer at 2:33PM, Feb. 17, 2006
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Off topic a bit, but I have a tablet and the pressure feature doesn't work in Photoshop CS2 like it does in 7. Any clue why?
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Chameloncholic at 5:01PM, Feb. 17, 2006
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Do you have the latest driver? Also what make and model tablet is it?
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ozoneocean at 3:26AM, Feb. 18, 2006
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I had a similar problem to that. It turns out I needed an older driver. Even though Wacom says they're all compatible with this and that model…
Don't believe them. Try all the drivers you can find that mention your model untill one works :)
 
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gigatwo at 4:13PM, March 1, 2006
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My linux distro (kubuntu) came with the latest wacom driver, but it required some configuring. I was afraid to do it at first, but then I found a god awsome howto.
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spaz201 at 5:17PM, March 1, 2006
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I've got a toshiba tablet labtop. My god I can draw right on the freakin screen. THE FREAKIN SCREEN! I hug it when I sleep.
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Anonymous at 1:02PM, March 16, 2006
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I've got a small wacom tablet and as i scan my drawings in and the colour it with the tablet it doesnt matter that i only have a small tablet. I'm a student and can afford a big one and i dont really have the space for it either but i love my tablet and it only cost £35 new! its so much eaiser than a mouse for everything else as well.
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emjee at 8:52PM, March 16, 2006
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about how much are used tablets?
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Chameloncholic at 11:22PM, March 16, 2006
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Emjee
about how much are used tablets?
Depends on how much the person is selling it for I guess. How about you search on ebay?
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PoisonedV at 5:16AM, March 17, 2006
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I got Medion… I wish I had a wacom.
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jasonspringer at 5:55PM, March 17, 2006
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spaz201
I've got a toshiba tablet labtop. My god I can draw right on the freakin screen. THE FREAKIN SCREEN! I hug it when I sleep.
I hear those are expensive!!

I want one! :shock:
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ccs1989 at 7:03PM, March 18, 2006
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You know, I used to really love the idea of being able to draw on screen, and would have picked up one of the on screen tablets over the Inturos, but after a year of using the other one I really like it better. It's good practice. It helps teach your hand to draw things while not LOOKING at your hand. :)
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