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Retoucher
Ash PhotoArt
Posts: 39
Jaorā, Madhya Pradesh, India


Hi,
I'm now buying Intous 5 Pen Tablet. I just want to know from my fellow retouchers/digital artists/photographers what the size matters for you....

what size you have (1) Small 6"x4" (2) Medium 8"x6" (3) Large 12"8" ... what is the difference you feel in that models while you work in photoshop / Corel Painter / 3D application ?

Currently I've 8"x6" i-ball pen tablet for my retouching.
I hope I will get good direction from here.


Ashish
Nov 23 12 10:57 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
AKMac
Posts: 318
London, England, United Kingdom


The consensus tends to be to stay fairly small for retouching. I don't know what sizes Intuos5 comes in, but the Intuos4 9"X6" (approx 23cmx15cm) is perfect for me.
Some people who do expressive artwork prefer the larger tablets which give them more elbow room for gestural mark-making, but for retouching, a larger tablet can require a lot of unnecessary and tiring arm movement. A smaller tablet takes up less space on your tabletop too.
Nov 24 12 03:42 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Peano
Posts: 4,106
Lynchburg, Virginia, US


Be wary of advice about tablet size.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/sho … ost6710046
Nov 24 12 06:32 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
AKMac
Posts: 318
London, England, United Kingdom


Peano, why do you use a large tablet mapped down to a smaller size?
Nov 24 12 09:17 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Peano
Posts: 4,106
Lynchburg, Virginia, US


AKMac wrote:
Peano, why do you use a large tablet mapped down to a smaller size?

It isn't a large tablet. It's the smallest one I could buy at the time (4 x 5 in.), which I then mapped down to an even smaller size. My preference is purely subjective. That's why I was cautioning the OP about taking people's advice about the "right" size or a "good" size. What's right or good is whatever works for you.

Nov 24 12 10:50 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
AKMac
Posts: 318
London, England, United Kingdom


Six square inches! That IS small. Mind you, I could see a big market for mini-tablets if touchscreen technology hadn't changed all that.
I think the main problem for a new user is the Catch22 of not being able try before buying, and so some sort of guidance is looked for. I agree that it's an individual thing, but I still get the impression that the majority of retouchers are happier with smaller tablets. Apart from which, for a first-time buyer its a safer bet financially to go smaller first if you're not sure.
Nov 24 12 01:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Digital Artist
Platinum Dust
Posts: 95
San Francisco, California, US


I have a medium Intuos and find it the perfect size for me. I also draw digitally though, which usually requires a larger working area than retouching. It ultimately boils down to what range of motion you're used to. I know some artists who like to use long, sweeping strokes and find even the large size to be too small; others tend to draw with their fingers and wrists and are more comfortable on a small tablet. Pay attention to your movements with your current tablet to see how much space you're comfortable with. Also remember that large tablets have huge footprints and get very unwieldy. I don't use other tablet sizes but from what I've seen from fellow artists the size doesn't make much difference in the actual use of Photoshop, Painter, etc.
Nov 24 12 10:32 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Ash PhotoArt
Posts: 39
Jaorā, Madhya Pradesh, India


Thanks AKMac , Peano amd Platinum Dust.
I've 8"x6" i-ball tablet, as for my exprience I get bothered with my wrist moving for work in large area...
in the real life with my Pencil in drawing book I don't make long stroke to draw the line... I make shot stroke each time. I think as per your opinions I would select Small 6"x4" intuous5 pen and touch tablet with wireless connectivity.....

Platinum I would like to ask you a question... you are an digital artist... do you see any usage for Wacom Art Pen / Wacom Airsbrush in your work ? please guide me...

Thank you all and waiting again for your inputs about Art pen and Airbush from wacom.
Nov 25 12 02:31 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Red Sky Photography
Posts: 3,274
Germantown, Maryland, US


I'm just a photographer who does most of my own retouching. I used to have a Wacom 12 X 12 and recently upgraded to the large Intuos.

I generally work at 400 to 500 %, so the area I'm working on is still relatively small and requires not much in the way of movement of my arm. I'm often zooming in and out, so it's pretty easy to move from one end of the image to the other.

I use the tablet sitting on my lap and am happy with this arrangement.
Nov 25 12 06:48 am  Link  Quote 
Digital Artist
Platinum Dust
Posts: 95
San Francisco, California, US


Hard to say how helpful the art pen and airbrush will be. It really depends from person to person so the only way to tell if it's worth it for you is to try it, but the majority of people I know just use the regular stylus. Photoshop is powerful enough to simulate a lot of effects fairly decently.
Nov 25 12 12:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Good Egg Productions
Posts: 15,237
Orlando, Florida, US


For retouching, the size is less important than the buttons available to speed your work flow.  As long as you've got 4 programmable buttons, you should be fine though.

I use the medium and have grown quite accustomed to the size, but I could do what I do just as easily and quickly with a small.

Now... IF you're going to be doing a lot of painting or full image mask drawing, a larger work surface may be important to you.  But for retouching, size really doesn't matter.

If you're planning on using the tablet as your main input device for your whole computer, size might be a factor for accuracy, but I choose to use a mouse for about half of my other computer stuff.
Nov 25 12 12:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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