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What Wacom is best?
hat at 7:21PM, Sept. 14, 2006
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Well I think I'm gonna get a Wacom tablet. I just need a small one to ink my fairly basic comics with (because I'm *still* retarded at Photoshop). I'm looking at the site and I'm only seeing Graphire and Intuos, which one would be best? They both look good, but I know some of you have them and I would like your opinions.
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deletedbyrequest03 at 7:41PM, Sept. 14, 2006
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I use a graphire one, but I heard Intuous is better because of the sensitivity levels… or something…

EDIT: I highly advise you to get the medium sized one.

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Hawk at 10:33PM, Sept. 15, 2006
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Yeah, don't go smaller than 6x8. If money's a problem and you don't plan on using the tablet a ton for work or school, you may want to go with the Graphire over the Intuos. I have an Intuos, but I'm an animator and I use it constantly.

If you can snag an Intuos 3, they have some REALLY nice buttons.
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Aeon at 12:05PM, Sept. 16, 2006
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I use the Intuos 2 platinum 6x8, and I adore it. I also got a deal on it because it's a factory refurbished model, so you might look into something like that.
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Comicmasta at 4:46PM, Sept. 17, 2006
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Damn i need to get a Wacom.
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deletedbyrequest03 at 8:18PM, Sept. 18, 2006
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Hellz yeah. But don't get me wrong. The Graphire is still good, but cheaper. The intuous is better, and more expensive. Soooooooooooooooooooo buy the intuous if you want the quality of your comics to be better.

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Comicmasta at 3:57PM, Sept. 23, 2006
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How much would you say it costs?
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deletedbyrequest03 at 8:08PM, Sept. 23, 2006
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The one I have only costs $150, which is actually pretty cheap for a good tablet. The cheapest I found for an intuous was like… 250. I think. But I can't remember.

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Comicmasta at 4:53AM, Sept. 24, 2006
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The one I have only costs $150, which is actually pretty cheap for a good tablet. The cheapest I found for an intuous was like… 250. I think. But I can't remember.
F*ck i only have $4.00!
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deletedbyrequest03 at 6:06PM, Sept. 26, 2006
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You're can't even get a regular mouse with $4.00. I think.

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Knuckles at 8:48AM, Oct. 2, 2006
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I really want to get a tablet one of these days. Everyone's art loks so pretty from what I've seen everytime they use a tablet. But yeah, I'm a n00b at it so I guess it wil take some time to get used to.

why do people use 5x8 size tablets anyway? isn't that too small to draw on?

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deletedbyrequest03 at 7:20PM, Oct. 2, 2006
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It's actually 6x8, not 5x8. They're not too small to draw on. They're the perfect size, actually. If you had a tablet, you'd see. The smallest one is too damn small to do anything on, and the biggest one isn't necessary. But the medium takes just a little more space than your regular mouse did, and it's easier to work with. DancingChaos recommends it!

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gigatwo at 8:39PM, Oct. 2, 2006
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The bigger the better (although there are limits). You want to be able to draw nice large strokes. Don't make my mistake.
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Rich at 10:10AM, Oct. 3, 2006
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The 6x8 tablets are closest to the size of a piece of paper, so I personally feel more comfortable using it. The bigger ones take up WAY too much space in my opinion.
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Vaoni at 5:31PM, Oct. 3, 2006
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Uh.. there's differences between tablets? I've never noticed any..
other than some are more expensive than others.. some are much larger than others.. and some have stuff on them that i'd never use in my life.
But differences in drawing? *shrugs* again, never noticed any.

I got my tablet from ebay.. made by packard bell and its a real cheap one. £10 or £20 i think. i dont remember.
It's been to hell and back, and still works merrily.

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kaminari at 11:47PM, Oct. 3, 2006
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Uh.. there's differences between tablets?

I kept thinking I needed a big fancy one, but I bought a little wacom at best buy for around $100 and it works just fine. I cant even imagine why I thought I needed a big expensive table now that I ent ahead and got this one. Im sure it works just as well because any size, you just have to think of it as your screen. Large or small, all points correspond on your screen it seems.

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anystar at 5:01PM, Oct. 5, 2006
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I had one of the itty bitty Graphires , and it actually worked just fine XD especially for dorm living. it was eay to tuck inside a drawer when I needed it off of my desk. But my graphire decidedly gave out on me (too much dropping it I guess? the wire seems to have stopped connecting altogether), and my dad agreed to buy me an Intuos 9x12, so I guess I'll see if it makes that big of a diffrence.

I guess my only real concern is that it wil actualy have good pressure sensitivity since the pressure sensitivity on my old graphire “faded” after the first few months I had it (and I had it for at least four years now). I'm not actually sure why, I tried to call wacom support about it and they had me restart/setup photoshop, but that didn't do anything.

I'm excited about my new tablet any case, since trying to tone with this roller ball mouse has been driving me insane.
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jkui at 6:55PM, Oct. 7, 2006
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First of all the difference between the graphire and the intuos isnt only the sensitivity levels. The new intuos3 have what they call express keys the a strip for you to use to scrol or zoom in or out. Second of all, the difference in pressure levels shouldnt affect your comic, the intuos is for graphic proffessionals, meaning digital painters, graphic artists, or concept artists. For comics, esp. for hobbyists the graphire is more than enough. In fact I know lots of proffessional artists that use the graphire at home and the intuos at work because the company gave it to them. Also the size of the tablet is important, but it depends on the drawing style. if you use your wrist more then you might want a smaller tablet, but if you draw using your arm with the elbow as a pivot then a larger tablet is more suitable to you. hope that helps.
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Ferretshark at 4:30AM, Oct. 31, 2006
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Try this:

http://www.wacom.com/productinfo/intuos.cfm?gclid=COnR_uino4gCFRBMPgodixzrYw

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ozoneocean at 1:23PM, Oct. 31, 2006
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I use a 12X12 Intuos, I've used it since 2001. It takes up a LOT of deskspace, but I manged to build a nice minimal set-up around it so I always have lots of room.

The main benifit of a large size tablet is having its proportions closely map that of the screen, -in real terms that is, they're almost the same size. That means your hand-eye coordination is more intuative and your drawing more accurate. You can work with any size tablet really, but the bigger it is and the more sensitivity it has, the more room you have to develop: less limits on you!
 
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Rich at 9:32PM, Oct. 31, 2006
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You forgot to mention the other major downside. A tablet that big is fuckin expensive! I imagine that it'd be totally worth it though.
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Ayrisesiran at 6:52AM, Nov. 1, 2006
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If you go to amazon.com or someother electronics selly website, you'll get a really good Idea on the prices.

And I tried to use a big Wacom for a school project. It was a ton of useless space, and it ate up too much space. Not worth it. If you have the money, deffinatly get a medium intuos, but a medium graphire is fine, too. I never found too much of a problem with a small, tough. My old wacom knock off was small and I didn't have a problem with the size. (The old knock off is discontinued and only works with Win98, sorry. Also, you have to keep one hand on the mouse. Bleh! That's 30 bucks worth, though.)

… I wanna Tablet.
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AnqeiicDemise at 4:41PM, Nov. 3, 2006
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Newegg.com, baby. Go there for your geeky needs.

A friend of mine purchased a small tablet (8 X 11) for $80 bucks with a real sensative ( i do believe it is 300 dpi or somesuch)surface. It came with a mouse, arcsoft photostudio, and a pen. Shipped in three days too.

Why don't I have one yet? I blew this month's bullshit budget with an ipod. Its so purdy though!
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hat at 6:01PM, Nov. 3, 2006
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I had gotten a 6x8 Intuos awhile back.
Don't buy from the wacom site, overpriced.

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Knuckles at 10:25AM, Nov. 6, 2006
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Newegg.com, baby. Go there for your geeky needs.

A friend of mine purchased a small tablet (8 X 11) for $80 bucks with a real sensative ( i do believe it is 300 dpi or somesuch)surface. It came with a mouse, arcsoft photostudio, and a pen. Shipped in three days too.

Why don't I have one yet? I blew this month's bullshit budget with an ipod. Its so purdy though!

80 bucks for a 8x11 tablet?? Might have to check it out. How long has your friend had it? did he/she have any problems with it so far?
I really don't care if it's namebrand or not, as long as it does what I want it to do and not break down a week after I purchase it.

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WingNut at 12:32AM, Nov. 10, 2006
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I've owned an aiptek, a graphire, and an intuos 3. Each one was better than the last, even though ALL of them were total life savers.

A tablet is necessary. It's expensive, and akward for the first weeks, (even months) but it is well worth the investment. The Aiptek, although at first seemed to be the greatest thing ever, once my drawing skill grew beyond it, the lines were hashed, and it wasn't nearly as sensitive, at least not for my needs. So, I upgraded. The graphire was a great investment, it gives you a professional feel, without paying for the highest quality. For most people, this is all you will ever need. It serves it's purpose not only well, but above and beyond what you would ever need.

But, for those of us who want to make a career out of this, in comes in Intuos 3. Invest only after complete and total devotion to ones craft, because this baby cost's a couple months rent. The mid size is the most acessible, and the buttons, oh dear god. All of the buttons on the tablet are completly customizable, so I almost never use my keyboard while drawing anymore. There are also two touch sensitive slider bars, I have them customized to zoom in, and undo history. Both are very useful. This baby caps out the industy at 1024 sensitivity, 60 degrees of tilt, and a margin of error of .01 mm.

It's costly, but you know, Christmas IS coming up soon…

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Vixus at 7:08AM, Nov. 10, 2006
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On eBay you can grab a Graphire for around £20 and an Intuos for £70. A5.
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