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Old Mar 12, 2008, 03:25 PM   #1
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I've dabbled with the idea of getting a graphics tablet for a while, on and off.

I use a Mac Pro with a 30" ACD. I find myself doing quite a lot of illustrating and drawing in PS and Illustrator in my work. I'm wondering about getting a Wacom Bamboo?

What sizes would work well with my screen? Can anyone recommend a particular model of wacom/bamboo for this setup?

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Old Mar 12, 2008, 04:23 PM   #2
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I've dabbled with the idea of getting a graphics tablet for a while, on and off.

I use a Mac Pro with a 30" ACD. I find myself doing quite a lot of illustrating and drawing in PS and Illustrator in my work. I'm wondering about getting a Wacom Bamboo?

What sizes would work well with my screen? Can anyone recommend a particular model of wacom/bamboo for this setup?

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Having owned an A6 and A4 Tablet I would say bigger is better when it comes to using a tablet for any illustration or design.

I currently use an A4 intuos3 Wacom and its probably a little on the large side for my purposes (Mainly 2D (CS3 Suite) with a little 3D). If you can afford to, I would advise you to buy a Wide A5 Intuos3 (16:10). Having used one at my previous job working on a 20" ACD, it was fantastic to use. Perfect for widescreen monitors.

Although you can tweak the settings to fit if you went for a non-widescreen tablet.

Best of luck!
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I've dabbled with the idea of getting a graphics tablet for a while, on and off.

I use a Mac Pro with a 30" ACD. I find myself doing quite a lot of illustrating and drawing in PS and Illustrator in my work.
I would go wide as stated but also make sure you take about 1/2 hr. to setup the tablet to your screen so that your arm isn't overworking with the tablet. I had to do this with my 9x12 Wacom and my 20" iMac because I was going all over making my jesters and it felt odd at first. Once it was setup better (I actually had taken the time to do it) I have been way more comfortable drawing than before.
30" and a tablet just like in drawing class only it's digital, bring on the hologram models And enjoy your choice, you'll love it once you use it for a few days in a row.
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Old Mar 12, 2008, 07:08 PM   #4
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The Bigger the better If you can get the Intuos3 12x19 that would be excellent.
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Old Mar 12, 2008, 07:25 PM   #5
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I recntly bought an A6 Wacom Bamboo to try out and get the feel of and I love it. Mainly been used for rendering scanned in artwork. The size is a little tricky to get the hang of at first as you do get disoriantated at times but once in the flow it works well.
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Old Mar 13, 2008, 04:06 AM   #6
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Ty for the replies

Well I've found these on Amazon, the former being easier to afford than the latter ()*…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wacom-Bamboo...5398808&sr=8-2

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wacom-Intuos...398808&sr=8-12

Glad to hear tablets are fine when used with larger screens (without having to fork out for giant-tablets)

*Ponders over these two* I'm open to suggestions
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I think most people would be fine with a Bamboo unless your doing really accurate work it won't really make too much of a difference.
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Old Mar 13, 2008, 08:36 AM   #8
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IMHO. But I think the extra pressure levels plus all the function keys make the intuous better than the bamboo. I prefer medium sized tablets so I don't have to make huge gestures to get around the screen- I've been using a 6x11" intuous.

You've got a 30acd... What's a few extra bucks?
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 06:31 AM   #9
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Has anyone tried both?

I'm torn …*Intuos does have more features to its name, but I wouldn't like to think I'd be paying an extra £200 or so for things I won't necessarily use…

The Bamboo seems to offer an A6 wide, and Intuos an A5 wide…
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Has anyone tried both?

I'm torn …*Intuos does have more features to its name, but I wouldn't like to think I'd be paying an extra £200 or so for things I won't necessarily use…

The Bamboo seems to offer an A6 wide, and Intuos an A5 wide…
Get a Bamboo. Since after a while you'll only want to use a tablet, if you see it's not enough, you'll be able to buy an Intuos and assign the Bamboo to some other computer of yours. Plus, it's good to have a smaller tablet to take with you.

For $89 (or whatever it costs) it's one of the best investments you'll ever make.
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 08:55 AM   #11
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I Haven't used a Bamboo, but I did originally start with a small inexpensive Graphire2. The Graphire was awesome. I was amazed how much I could do with such a small tablet (the active area was about a the size of a postcard).

I naturally upgraded to an A4 sized intuous 3 after a few years, because I wanted the extra room and capabilities, and you may do too, but for your first tablet I cannot see how you can go wrong with one of the small inexpensive ones.
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 02:13 PM   #12
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I think I'll grab a Bamboo, then

Many thanks for all the input! If there's any experiences that differ from 'woohoo this rocks' then I'll be sure to stick them in here in the future

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