Wacom PTH451 on 27" imac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by vmflapem, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. vmflapem macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2013
    I am planning on buying a Wacom Intuos Pro Graphic Tablet & Pen (small) to use on my 27" imac. I'm not a professional artist and I'm only thinking of using it for casual drawing and annotating stuff on documents (no photoshops, no picture editing).

    Would this Wacom tablet be too small for the screen size of my imac? The dimension of the active drawing area is 6.2 x 3.9 in
  2. jigzaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    It really depends on your preference. I just bought my first Wacom last week and I got the Small. I'm using it for video editing on Avid as a mouse replacement, which is certainly different from drawing so keep that in mind. At work, I have 3 24-25 inch monitors. I find working on that to be just fine, though it does require a bit of a steady hand. At home I've been working on an older iMac (27 inches) and I find the size of the Wacom to be pretty much perfect. I never wanted to be reaching around on my desk just to go from one side of the screen to another, so I like the small. The tablet itself also takes up quite a bit of desk space as it is, so I definitely wouldn't want to go bigger for my purposes.

    That said, if you're drawing in fine detail you may want to go bigger so that your movements are more precise. As a fallback, they do have a Precision mode that zeroes in on a portion of the screen for much finer detailing, if needed. And of course, you can always map the whole "active area" to any portion of the screen you want whenever you need to.

    Hope that helps. Your best bet would be to get your hands on a friend's tablet and try it out. It is an expensive tool so you want the right size for you. I got mine at Best Buy, which has a 15-day return policy, just in case I decided I wanted a different size but as it turns out I'm happy with it.
  3. i3s3d01 macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2016
    I've been using Wacom tablets and Cintiq displays for around 10 years now. Since you're asking I'm going to answer: yes - the small would be way too small for that screen size. I'd get at least their medium size really no question.

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