Pressure Sensitive Tablets

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Coldkill3, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. Coldkill3 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys, Im getting more and more into photoshop and I am beginning to get quite annoyed with the difficulty in using a mouse to select fine strands of hair and such. Ive heard that there are some sort of tablets which you hook up to a computer and can use as if writing on paper in order to paint on photoshop. Anyone have any reccomendations, or any ideas as to how much they cost. Feel free to educate me please and thank you =).
     
  2. Shannighan macrumors 6502a

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  3. Coldkill3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oh thnx, any guide as to how much to spend etc? I'm very new to this, will the basic model suit my needs or should I invest in more expensive ones?
     
  4. Shannighan macrumors 6502a

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    it really depends on your own personal needs, drawing skills, and monitor size

    if you have really good drawing (hand) skills then you will want an Intros3 instead of a graphire4, also if you have a large/ widescreen monitor you might want to go with a 6x11 or 9x12 instead of a 4x5

    intros costs more, the 9x12 is i believe about $450, not sure
    you can get discount ones with acidemic discounts from edu stores like academicsuperstore.com. though i think they give you stuff for free instead of a lower price.
     
  5. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    As to how much to spend? Depends upon how large of a tablet you go and just what model you buy as the Intuos line is more expensive but well worth it imho. Your tablet will equal your needs depending upon what you are doing in PS or if you also plan to incorporate other programs later on. If you will be using your tablet for painting or more so for other things than photos then the Intuos models may benefit you in the long run. If you have a chance go to a local Apple Store or another store that has some Wacoms on display and see what you like as in the feel of the pen and so on.
    I bought my Wacom Intuos3 from some edu site and it included PSE3 and Painter Essentials 3 but it was still around $400. Not sure what software comes with them anymore since I'm not looking for one. Just make sure whatever you get you buy extra nibs (the plastic like tips) because they will wear out over time.
     
  6. likeavaliant macrumors regular

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    wacom bamboo
    works great, kind of small.
    bought one to learn on and get used to... never know if i'll really need it in the future. perfect for the nonprofessional.
    100 bucks
     
  7. Chappers macrumors 68020

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    Do the drivers for these work with Leopard (10.5.3)

    Thanks
     
  8. MotleyPete macrumors regular

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    Get a small inexpensive tablet to start, they are surprisingly useful. You can do a lot with them and you'll get a good deal of milage out of it.

    After a while you can always upgrade to a larger one.
     
  9. rweakins macrumors 6502

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    i just recently got a wacom intuos graphire 4 and I LOVE IT! it so convenient and compact. it's a 4 x 5. you have to get used to it at first. my suggestion is if you are semi serious is to skip the wacom bamboo because it doesn't compute the angle of pressure from the pen. the drivers do work for 10.5.3, i downloaded them from the wacom website. and lastly don't go to big to start a smaller inexpensive one is perfect and very efficient.
     
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