What tablet would you get?

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  1. crazy legs macrumors member

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    The only problem with the bamboo tablets is the limited range of pressure levels, which limits their usefulness with Photoshop/Painter/Illustrator etc. If cost really isn't the problem, then I'd be inclined to recommend one of the low-end Intuos tablets - A5 is a good size for starters.
     
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    If you're an artist, a good tablet is the best piece of hardware you'll ever add to a computer.
    I doubt that it really matters which model you choose, but if you're serious, and do a lot of drawing, do yourself a favor and get the Intuos 6x8.
     
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    I agree, the intuos 6x8 is worth it, for me the right size, not too big and all the buttons are quite useful
     
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    12" cintiq wouldn't go astray, but your money would...
     
  6. crazy legs thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks my teacher thing the bamboo fun would be fine either size for starters :)

    What you think guys?
     
  7. digitalField macrumors regular

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    What is it that you are going to be using this for? Since you mentioned a 'teacher', i am assuming you are still in school and this will be used in an academic setting of sorts. Do you see yourself working in Photoshop alot? Image editing/touch ups? Illustrator and vector based drawings? Is this just as an alternative to the mouse in an attempt to avoid carpeltunnel? Are you looking to 'Paint' and create digital works of art?

    Depending on how you answer you answer that, it will be easier to find the right tablet for you.

    Also I think the two main things that come into deciding between tablets.. and some people have already mentioned this are.. Size and Levels of Sensitivity.

    Size is pretty straight forward to understand. How this translates into 'usage' thought depends on what you are using the tablet for and how your drawing style is. An example where a larger table is nice.. woudl be if you work/draw with long broad strokes.

    Levels of sensitivity refers to the various amounts of pressure that hte table is able to sense. The Intuos series of tablets offers roughly 2x the sensitivty, but you pay roughly 2x the price for it ;)

    Me. I use an Intuos 6x11. It serves as my mouse 100% of the time. and maybe 15% of my time is spent in Photoshop and the rest is in Flash.
     
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    The Bamboo will be fine if you're just using it for fun. You can do minor photo edits, drawings, painting, etc. But the level of control is noticeably lower between the Bamboo and the Intuos or Cintiq.

    If you are serious about digital graphics, or are planning to work in that or a similar field after your schooling, I suggest you get the Intuos instead of the Bamboo. You said money isn't an issue, and practicing on a toy when you intend to eventually use a professional tool will only frustrate you, and you'll end up upgrading anyway.

    Depending on the size of your monitor, you will most likely do best with either the medium sized Bamboo, or the 6x8 or 6x11 Intuos. If you have a widescreen monitor and are serious about digital art, I recommend the 6x11 Intuos. Good luck with your decision and purchase.
     
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    thanks

    Well it will be for school. I will do painter x. photoshop, indesign, illistrater and many more I am sure.

    At home I use a 22 widescreen monitor or my 52 inch tv which is mounted to the wall above my desk. I am all into electronics. To say the least.
     
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    I am in school. I will use it for photoshop, illustrator and painter and many more even flash I want to learn.

    I plan on doing a lot of projects at home with it.

    I dont know if a huge tablet one to start out with.
     
  11. digitalField macrumors regular

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    A huge tablet is a huge investment. Since this is your first one, i would recommend starting out with one of the Bamboo Fun tablets. Cost of entry is relatively cheap [ $99 / $199 depending on the size you choose ] and it will serve as a great jumping point for tablets.

    Use it for a a month or two, then you can decide if you need greater pressure control or a bigger drawing area. You may find that for what your doing you really need/want a 12x12 but you may find out that a 6x8 is just fine ;)

    M!
     
  12. InLikeALion macrumors 6502a

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    If money is no object - then get a real tool as an above poster said. If you plan on doing "many projects at home" then you will run into the Babmoo's limits. Also, with your large and widescreen monitor and tv, a small Bamboo or even the small intuos will be really restricting.

    I think (and many people would agree) that the 6x11 is the sweetspot. It matches the ratio of your canvas and is big enough for "normal" drawing strokes. I wouldn't give this advice if it was basically a bamboo or nothing, but if you have the money - don't waist it and time now only to be limited/frustrated until you spend more for a real tool.

    Just my $.02
     

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