Who uses a wacom or bamboo tablet for editing or Smudges?

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I have been considering buying  tablet and was just wondering how many that was doing editing was using eithrer one?

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While browsing my local Goodwill store a couple of years ago, I stumbled upon an older (circa 2002) Wacom Graphire2, which I picked up to $3 - yupp - three bucks ! All the equipment was included, including manual and pen, and it worked, so I quickly got it to see if I would be able to learn how to use it, and would it be a benefit to me.

So, a few months later, I found an Intuos3 on Craigslist, including the pen, for $40 and upgraded.

I think for my usage (moderate) a new Wacom would be overkill for the price, but if you can find an older one, give it a try. There is a learning curve, but I don't use it for all my functions as some do. The pen, BTW, for the Intuos3 are on eBay for $80, so the forty dollar set was a good buy for me.

Good Luck, and give it a try.

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I use a Wacom Intuos.  It took a little getting used to after only using a mouse for so long before but it was well worth it.

There are still things I use the mouse for, but for some thins, like making selections, masking, dodging and burning and anything you do with a brush, the accuracy and control offered by the pen and pressure sensitivity can't be beat.

The Bamboo tablets are very capable and reasonably priced.  If you want to go higher-end, you can likely find a good deal on a used tablet on Amazon or one of these photography forums, or a refurbished one from Wacom.

Size does matter too.  The Bamboo is a very comfortable size to work with.  Many people like the small or Medium sized Intuos, the large seeming to be more specialized and used by graphic artists and people doing digital painting, drawing and artwork.

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BoosAngel wrote:

I have been considering buying tablet and was just wondering how many that was doing editing was using eithrer one?

Angie

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I using wacom for years for editing and design.

You won't go back.

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I never warmed up to tablets.  I found using them was tiring as I needed to hold the stylus 'just so' and I was unable to completely prevent the stylus from drifting close enough to the pad surface to create 'unuthorized' marks and ticks on the image.

I know many people love them.  My advice though would be to buy something used that is very cheap and make sure you want one before you spend big bucks on the latest and greatest Intuos.

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Hate to say it but I bought 3 of these....keep two as spares...

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/tevion-graphics-tablet-as-new-fully-boxed-rarely-used/1021565728

They are as cheap as they come (I bought new for about £25 including mouse!!!!)

Also, I love the tablet but never used a quality one such as wacom......

It is very large as well....250 x 320mm usable area!!!

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BoosAngel wrote:

I have been considering buying tablet and was just wondering how many that was doing editing was using eithrer one?

Angie

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Not too long ago I bought a Wacom Intuos 4 small.  I save a good amount of money not buying the Intuos 5, I really didn't need any of the extra features and many people are doing amazing work with even older versions so the 4 is fine.

It took a while to get used to but there is no going back for any kind of retouching and I do prefer the small.  Not only that but I only map a small portion of the tablet as well to cover my entire monitor.  If you're not a graphic artist you really want to keep the hand movements to a minimum and not be forced to move your entire arm for a brush stroke..should be like drawing with a pencil on a small notepad.

I also recommend one of the covers for the surface on Ebay.  It will save you from wearing out your pen-tips and make the actual movements a bit smoother.  There are small Intuos 4s out there for just over $100; the 5 is about twice as much from what I've seen.

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If you do get one, try to use it exclusevly for about a week. I think you will start to wonder how you ever got along without one.

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Quite some time ago I purchased the Wacom Graphire4.  Doesn't have all the bells and whistles as higher priced models but it works beautifully.  It makes a big difference when you have been using a mouse, you will  love using one...........Ralph

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I picked up a Wacom Bamboo Capture a few weeks back for $49 through Woot. It's great. I use an Intuos 4 at work and aside from the size (I have the medium Intuos) the Capture does everything I need. The pen feels a bit cheaper but I haven't noticed any difference in the actual usage of either the pen or the tablet itself. I apparently never use the tilt function of my Intuos pen because I don't notice the Bamboo pen missing that feature. So consider this smaller, cheaper tablet as highly recommended for Lightroom, Photoshop, etc.

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I borrowed one from a friend.  It was hard for me to get used to because my hand wasn't as steady as I would have liked it to be.  I agree there is a learning curve.

Because of the above I didn't buy one.  But I like the idea of getting a bamboo table either used or refurbished.  It would get some use.

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I am about to go nuts trying to pick a tablet.....ughh...so many to choose from!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Medion-MD-41217-Tablet-New-/380655995976?pt=US_Graphics_Tablets_Boards_Pens&hash=item58a0dd8c48

I have also been considering the bamboo create.
http://www.amazon.com/Wacom-Bamboo-Create-Tablet-CTH670/dp/B005HGBF9W/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1370975556&sr=8-6&keywords=wacom+5

or

http://www.amazon.com/Adesso-Widescreen-Media-Graphics-CyberTablet/dp/B00120TTCC/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1370984799&sr=8-6&keywords=aiptek+tablet

I would love any suggestions that any of you may have on a tablet for me. I do want a fair size area to work on but I just cannot spend hundreds on a top end model. I have spent most of the day on amazon and ebay looking for a tablet today.

Thank you all for your your replies.

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http://www.aiptekshop.com/us/p_aiptek_product.aspx?i=203990

I read a few good reviews on this tablet.

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Silverfox63 wrote:

If you do get one, try to use it exclusevly for about a week. I think you will start to wonder how you ever got along without one.

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I agree.  You need to just dive in an struggle through it for about a week then it will start to feel natural and be one of the best tools.

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BoosAngel wrote:

I am about to go nuts trying to pick a tablet.....ughh...so many to choose from!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Medion-MD-41217-Tablet-New-/380655995976?pt=US_Graphics_Tablets_Boards_Pens&hash=item58a0dd8c48

I have also been considering the bamboo create.
http://www.amazon.com/Wacom-Bamboo-Create-Tablet-CTH670/dp/B005HGBF9W/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1370975556&sr=8-6&keywords=wacom+5

or

http://www.amazon.com/Adesso-Widescreen-Media-Graphics-CyberTablet/dp/B00120TTCC/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1370984799&sr=8-6&keywords=aiptek+tablet

I would love any suggestions that any of you may have on a tablet for me. I do want a fair size area to work on but I just cannot spend hundreds on a top end model. I have spent most of the day on amazon and ebay looking for a tablet today.

Thank you all for your your replies.

Angie

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There are a couple of things people should realize:

quality and ergonomics.

Wacom is known for it's quality and ergonomics. This means the tablets are very durable, although an intuos 2 died on me i purchased another one and is still running for years now. The other one is ergonomics in that the pen of the wacom does NOT need a battery. The medion one probably uses a battery wich makes the pen quite heavy.

I have used those other tablets and wacoms and i prefer wacom any day of the week.

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In reply to Toermalijn, Jun 12, 2013

I was going to get the tablet like Rays, I was informed it would not work on windows 7

I have considered so many that do sooo much but in the end I am leaning toward the bamboo create.

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