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Wacom Tablet

Postby Garylisk » Thu Sep 27, 2007 4:57 pm

I just bought a Wacom Tablet. I am betting some people on here are experienced with them. I have some questions...

Mostly... Which mode do you prefer? Pen mode or mouse mode? I am sure they both have their purposes, but it just seems like Pen mode would be so hard to get used to... and yet, I bet once you get used to it, it is awesome.

Also, I bought the Graphire 4, which is 4x5 inches (20 sq. inches), and has 512 levels of pressure sensitivity. Do you feel that this size and level of pressure sensing is a good tablet for a beginner? I figured it was the best choice. I am an aspiring artist and designer, starting a bit late at nearly 28 years of age, but feel confident in my ability to learn.

So anyway... also any input, praise, horror stories about the Graphire 4?
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Postby JaddziaDax » Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:06 pm

i prefer mouse when I'm doing regular stuff like surfing the web and whatnot, and pen if I'm drawing something...

the pen is somewhat harder to get used to, but its not so bad, i tend to switch between the two... but I'm a newbie when it comes to this thing

i usually draw in photoshop though... O.o
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Postby Garylisk » Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:51 pm

JaddziaDax wrote:i usually draw in photoshop though... O.o


Corel Draw fo me... or MS Paint ;)
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Postby CorpseGoddess » Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:30 pm

I draw with pencil and ink IRL, so I find the pen very natural to use. I like the fact that it even has an eraser on the top. :)
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Postby JaddziaDax » Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:44 pm

the tablet has auto eraser on the end of the pen part... its pretty cool
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Postby Minion » Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:01 am

i'm rocking a graphire 3 myself, though i havn't ended up using it in awile.

the only real use i had for pen mode, was putting something i already drew under the plastic, and tracing it.
i never really felt comfortable using a tablet for vector art - only sketching and tracing in photoshop. if i had enough time i would just scan something in and properly vector it with a mouse.

it's a budget tablet, but i do like my graphire :up:
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Postby guy07 » Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:10 pm

Garylisk wrote:Corel Draw fo me... or MS Paint ;)


X2

I think i'd perfer a mouse . Sure it's a cool feature for PDAs and the like but for computers if it's not built into the actual monitor i don't see how touch interaction makes it any better then a mouse.
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Postby CorpseGoddess » Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:57 pm

There's also the fact that the pen tip is pressure sensitive, again like IRL. The harder you press down, the darker the line and vice versa.

I like that because it mimics the pencil/paper effect I'm so used to.
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Postby Willen » Sat Sep 29, 2007 8:50 am

I really miss the Sony VAIO PCV-LX900 Slimtop Pen Tablet I had with the screen integrated with the Wacom technology. Drawing was very intuitive, and erasing stuff was really neat when you flip the pen over and you see your drawings disappearing off the screen right beneath the 'eraser'. By today's standards though, that computer is pitifully slow and under-powered.
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Postby Garylisk » Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:07 pm

Willen wrote:I really miss the Sony VAIO PCV-LX900 Slimtop Pen Tablet I had with the screen integrated with the Wacom technology. Drawing was very intuitive, and erasing stuff was really neat when you flip the pen over and you see your drawings disappearing off the screen right beneath the 'eraser'. By today's standards though, that computer is pitifully slow and under-powered.


Oh yeah, man. I remember the old days with those things. My school had some Commodores with that type of light pen technology. It was awesome.
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Re: Wacom Tablet

Postby DriftRoot » Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:16 pm

Garylisk wrote:Also, I bought the Graphire 4, which is 4x5 inches (20 sq. inches), and has 512 levels of pressure sensitivity. Do you feel that this size and level of pressure sensing is a good tablet for a beginner? I figured it was the best choice. I am an aspiring artist and designer, starting a bit late at nearly 28 years of age, but feel confident in my ability to learn.


The thing with Wacom tablets, as most people know, is that it takes awhile to get used to them. I have found that larger tablets are not so good if you're only going to use the tablet for small jobs or general computing (which is what I use my 4X5 inch tablet for), but better for hardcore artistic endeavors. The bigger tablets let you draw more naturally, with bigger arm and shoulder movements.

I wouldn't bother sinking money into an big, expensive, highly sensitive tablet until you get a good feel for how to handle the smaller, more affordable ones and are convinced that a better tablet will really boost your performance.
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Postby Inkwolf » Sun Oct 07, 2007 3:40 pm

One way to help get used to using the pen is to tape a piece of apaper over the tablet. It gives you a little 'bite' like what you're used to when using a real pen or pencil.

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Postby Nessephanie » Sun Oct 07, 2007 4:00 pm

A few weeks ago, I was given a 9x12 intuos3 wacom. It's so pretty. I've never had a tablet before, and it's true that they take getting used to, but I love it so far. I haven't had much of a chance to play around, art wise, but from what I have messed around with it, I rather think I'm going to like it hehe. I do like the large space and openness the size has.

I prefer my mouse for regular computer stuff like web browsing and all that though. It's what I'm used to, and I really don't see that changing.
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