Worth Upgrading to an Intuos?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by KeithPratt, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    I've had a Graphire for a while now and whilst it's an improvement over drawing with a mouse I can't help but feel there could be better. Would an Intuos feel smoother and more tactile? A bit of extra canvas would be desirable too, but I don't think I'd need (or perhaps even like) anything bigger than a medium/A5 wide.

    So with what little you know of me, do you think I'd be delighted or disappointed by an upgrade to an Intuos?
  2. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005

    Ok but really. May I ask what you do with your Intuos? The reason I ask is I do some airbrushing and the extra levels are great. Photos, I would say a graphire would work fine. The extra canvas area of the Intuos and now the ones that come in widescreen are very nice. I admit I miss my old 9x12 as I sold it and bought v2 at 6x8 due to space limitations in the past. The dislike I have about the design today is the large area that is outside the working area.

    Anyway, knowing what you do would be best.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    I do a little graphic design (t-shirts mostly; nothing too technical or important) and a little Photoshop. But I'm also thinking of having a go at using it for video software.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Gerald Chipeur

    Jul 28, 2009

    Hey there,

    I'm not really sure what people use as an alternative to Photoshop/Illustrator besides Xara or GIMP for design. I have always stuck with the Adobe software and just recently invested in a full portable set up including a Macbook 13' Unibody and the small Intous4.

    I absolutely love the Intous4 for everything and I'm not even 100% used to all the functions. Personally I think the Intuos are a great investment for any designer, but I'm sure it's subjective depending on what exactly it is you do.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2009
    I just upgraded to a small Intuos4 myself from a Graphire 3. I really can't tell any significant differences between them, honestly. Though I'm still getting used to it as it is a little different. The surface is more like drawing on paper.

    I'm not sure if a new tablet can necessarily 'make' you better at what your using. Sure it can help though. Maybe you'll see a bigger difference than I do. I mean, I do see a difference but it's not like 'holy /crap/ this is amazing.' It was more of an 'Ooo. This is kinda...odd.' But then again I've been using my graphire for 6 years now, so I have to adjust and maybe once I get over the newness I'll realize all the awesome potential it has.

    I have a friend that does stuff like this on a Bamboo. She also had an Intuos3 at one point and said she didn't see a huge jump in difference P:

    But hey, who knows? Maybe you'll love it and see a huge improvement.
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    That's something I was hoping to hear. I find my hand rubs on the plastic-y surface of the Graphire.

    I've decided I'm going to get the medium Intuos. I think the extra surface area is enough to justify it.

    Thanks all for your help.

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