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Postby andicatz » Wed Nov 12, 2003 12:29 pm

Dear All,
Which is the best graphics tablet for use with Photoshop. £100 pound limt price! Have seen some cheap ones by Nisis G5 and G6. Like the look of Wacom graphic 3 Classic. What works best.
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Postby HaraldHeim » Wed Nov 12, 2003 1:21 pm

I have used several cheap graphic tablets before I bougth my first Wacom. I regret that I didn't buy a Wacom earlier. The other tablets only meant problems and less usage comfort.

I'm currently using a Wacom Volito tablet which only costs half as much as the Graphire. Although the Graphire is surely better if you plan to paint with the tablet, the Volito is nice a replacement for a mouse.

After you learned how to use a graphic tablets you won't want to use a mouse anymore. Graphic tablets let you position the cursor much faster and more precise than any mouse.

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Postby Ronald Clercx » Mon Dec 01, 2003 12:30 am


I struggled also with this question, and had the opportunity to put my hands on different tablets before using a Wacom (of which I thought first that it's the name you pay for).

I'm now happily using a Wacom Intuos but probably the Graphire series are also up to the job. Beware however not to take your tablet to small, don't go lesser than A5 because A6 is really not comfortable even for simple jobs. If you don't have the money it's better to save a while than buying an other brand, because the latter really integrates well in PS, certainly when you use the filters they give with the Intuos and probably also the Graphire.

I know it's expensive, but you will not regret it.


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Postby emerald_angel_1975 » Thu Jan 01, 2004 6:07 pm

I also tried several different cheapy tablets before getting my Wacom. Most of my friends use the Wacom Graphire which seems to be great for them. I was able to get a great deal on the Wacom Intuos 9x12 AND the 4x5 tablets so I got them both (as a package deal on ebay). I LOVE my Wacom and will never own another brand. I have had them for 5 years and use the 4x5 99% of the time.

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Postby pspguy » Sun Jan 04, 2004 1:02 pm

I use my 9x12 Intuos2 for Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Painter, and a number of other graphics programs. After a year and a half of use, I don't know how I ever managed without it in the past! My favorite program to use it with is Alias SketchBook Pro. Just awesome! The response and sensitivity is so great, and I love to sketch. I haven't used other tablets so I can't comment on which is best. The 9x12 I purchased was suggested on the Wacom site after answering questions about the use I planned, and my system, and I can honestly say I haven't been disappointed for a moment over the choice I made. For me it would have been a bargain at twice the price!

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Graphics Tablets

Postby switcher » Fri Jan 23, 2004 7:03 pm

I have a venerable old Wacom ArtPad II that I have used on a daily basis since I bought it about six or seven years ago. It's still going strong, and there is no way I would go back to a mouse!

I bought a cheaper pad a few months ago to use on a different system. The thinking was that, although it was a lot cheaper than the Wacom components, maybe technology had caught up over the years and even the cheapies might be o.k. Big mistake! It's back in it's box collecting dust.

The pen felt cheap 'n nasty and the thing was awkward to use. Nowhere near as accurate as the old Wacom.

One thing about the size of the pad. To some extent this will depend upon exactly what you want to do with it, but remember that the pad effectively clones the screen. This means that if you want to move the pointer to the top left of the screen, the pen must be moved to the top left of the pad. Sounds obvious, but if you get a giant pad, your arm will have to move a long way to cover it all. Mine is the small, approx 4.5 * 5 inches. I can cover the whole area from wrist movements without having to lift my elbow off the desk. If you are using the thing all day long this will be appreciated.

Using it with Paint Shop Pro, Dreamweaver, Fireworks as well as general word processing etc. I have had no problems and I am pleased that I bought the smaller pad. It is more than accurate enough. :D


Postby quiet » Sun Feb 22, 2004 7:39 pm

How many of you Wacom fans also use (metacreation/corel) Painter? :)

or CreatureHouse Expression 3?

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