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Carey Hess Photography
Posts: 464
San Diego, California, US


After using a mouse for retouching for the last 5 years I really am ready to move to using a tablet. I know that there is a learning curve as I had a graphite a long time ago and know the mouse lately has slowed my retouching down as I see it's limitations.

I really wanted an opinion if I should go for the large Bamboo to start or just move to the intuos 5? Is there going to be a huge difference in sensitivity? Limitations with the Bamboo? What is the trade off or advantages with either?
Feb 07 13 04:14 pm  Link  Quote 
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Peano
Posts: 4,106
Lynchburg, Virginia, US


Feb 07 13 04:28 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Sentimental-SINtimental
Posts: 1,313
Castle Rock, Washington, US


I use the Intuos4 medium after owning the original Intuos since day 1. I have also used the Bamboo... I can truly say I hated the Bamboo after using the 4. I would look for a used 4 and be happy forever.  big_smile
Feb 07 13 05:14 pm  Link  Quote 
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Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,087
New York, New York, US


I am not very experienced with tablets but I just got a Wacom Bamboo tablet and like you I used a mouse for everything. Now, I have no mouse! It is really easy to get used to and you can put it on your lap to draw or what have you. I have the CTH670, it is a new experience for me as it will be for you.  It is a large tablet but very sensitive and responsive just like a pen would be.  It has a wireless and battery option as well. For the money, I think it is a good investment for what you want to do. You probably need it more than I do, but I will not part with mine...

Todays Tablets...size matters. That link is not new information...that's the old standard...2013..not 2008..big difference.
Feb 07 13 05:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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Yahor Shumski retoucher
Posts: 97
New York, New York, US


Carey Hess Photography wrote:
After using a mouse for retouching for the last 5 years I really am ready to move to using a tablet. I know that there is a learning curve as I had a graphite a long time ago and know the mouse lately has slowed my retouching down as I see it's limitations.

I really wanted an opinion if I should go for the large Bamboo to start or just move to the intuos 5? Is there going to be a huge difference in sensitivity? Limitations with the Bamboo? What is the trade off or advantages with either?

Carey,
welcome to the Wacom world. I've been retouching with mouse for 5 years but now everything is different. I remember somebody comparing mouse retouching as editing with boxer gloves and now it's really looks like this to me.

I definitively would recommend to buy Intuos because much more pressure levels means another league. Overall control and feeling is more comfort and solid. You even don't need big size tablet (bigger means more $$$ as well). I use smallest S version with 21'' Nec display and don't see reason do use bigger one (I can bring tablet anywhere I travel).

If you still not sure if tablet is worth to try, maybe second hand Intuous is the option. Older versions are as trustworthy as the recent one.

Feb 07 13 05:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,087
New York, New York, US


Before I forget. I have lots of old drawings on paper. I can take an 8 by 10 inch drawing, lay it on my tablet and copy it. How cool is that?.....Just saying, why limit yourself to a small one when a wacom is only 200 bucks?....
Feb 07 13 05:39 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Peano
Posts: 4,106
Lynchburg, Virginia, US


Marin Photography wrote:
That link is not new information...that's the old standard...

Regarding tablet size, there is no standard. That is the point. You might as well argue for a "standard" shoe size.

EDIT: To illustrate how very subjective the "best" tablet size is ... everything here is to scale.

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/2613/tabletsize4.jpg

Feb 07 13 05:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Ismael Barrera
Posts: 106
Salem, Oregon, US


Sentimental-SINtimental wrote:
I use the Intuos4 medium after owning the original Intuos since day 1. I have also used the Bamboo... I can truly say I hated the Bamboo after using the 4. I would look for a used 4 and be happy forever.  big_smile

Second that. I read reviews on bamboo before getting the Intuos4. Bamboo was NOT recommended as far reviews.  My intuos4 has been great. And I don't even use all the functions.

Feb 07 13 09:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Good Egg Productions
Posts: 14,699
Orlando, Florida, US


Regarding size... I have a 4medium and I couldn't imagine using anything bigger.  It's already a full arm movement from one corner of the work area to the other.

Considering that zoom is ridiculously fast, I can make my immediate work area absolutely pixel level in zero time and why would you need something bigger?

I suppose it's personal preference, but this is one area where I'd say bigger is NOT better.

However, having all the programmable buttons and the control wheel on the 4 is quite useful and something I'd absolutely miss going to a bamboo.
Feb 07 13 09:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Artist/Painter
JJMiller
Posts: 376
Buffalo, New York, US


My 2 cents: if you are just experimenting get a cheap-o tablet, I at first bought a little graphire years ago (for a G3 Mac, so yes years ago), and it is nice, but last time I was at Aldi they had a bigger Medion tablet which I snagged and still use, mostly for digital painting (and some gaming). to me the nicest addition to a tablet is a numpad for your non-pen hand that you can map important commands to, if your software allows it anyway...

Also, regarding active areas- one main benefit of a tablet is that it can hold off RSI, the more arm movement the better. I'd say if you have the cash to just go with the biggest cintiq you can afford ;P
Feb 09 13 12:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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