I'm based in the UK & considering getting a basic graphics tablet to help with my image editing (photoshop elements 11 & Lightroom 5). Has anyone got any pointers of what I should be looking for? Its going to be a real minimal budget so is buying second hand an idea or will that be problematic?
Wacom seem to do loads and have different versions each year - are there any major differences in 1st,2nd,3rd generation? I am soo confused!
Any help really would be appreciated and I hope I put this in the right section!
I have an old Wacom tablet. It won't work with Windows 8-64 as they don't update their drivers for some of the older tablets for use with the newer OS systems. Might be it was an old 32 bit and now 64 bit? You need to watch which one you buy and see if they show drivers for your current/intended OS.
Nice way to sell newer hardware, but others do much the same with scanners, printers, etc. Old scanner I had came back to life with Vuescan x64, but Visioneer would not supply a newer driver for it to run with Windows 7 or 8 and told me to "Buy a new model."
I have the wacom bamboo create. I like the larger size of the create, but many find the caputre is enough. You can pick up a refurb and they are fine. I used to sell wacom tablets years ago and the refurbs were great, they usually don't have software (corel painter etc). If you have tiny hands the pen might be too wide for you.
If you must have Wacom and go refurb check their site first for drivers- I have an ancient graphire and can still get drivers, I don't think age is a factor. I use a crappy medion tablet for digital painting and it works "good enough" for me, but some people want more fanciness
The small tablets are nice, but bigger is definitely better.
There's some good points. Firstly I am running Windows8 64 do sounds like that could be an issue. I would say my hands are more on the large size, so that shouldn't be an issue. How do I find which ones are win 8 compatible I looked on the wacom site but couldn't see anything!
I don't plan to do much drawing with the tablet but my eldest son might. Is multi touch a useful feature? I've seen videos of people squeezing their fingers to reduce image size on screen and things but I don't know if you can do that on the basic ones!
Finally it doesn't have to be Wacom so if there are any other brands feel free to mention them!
I've got no experience with it so it's more of a suggestion than a recomendation.
But if it helps, for what I use my Wacom for (general photoshop and retouching) I've never really bothered with using the touch. It works fine but I prefer to use my keyboard for things like adjusting image magnification.
I 'downgraded' from an Intuos to a Bamboo Pen and Touch, in fairness the touch part of it is pretty redundant, but the tablet itself is just the ticket. One thing to consider is the level of touch sensitivity, Bamboo has 512 levels, whilst more 'advanced' models have upwards of 1024 levels of sensitivity. I don't feel like I'm being short-changed, so in truth it matters little to me.
I also use This tool to adjust the parameters of the sensitivity and it seems to work a treat and save my wrist a bit of RSI
By the way here is previous version below, the bamboo and it has 1024 pen sensitivities @ £42.90 on Amazon.uk. Same as the newer one. The newer one just seems like a styling update, slightly smaller but about the same active area, maybe a couple of mm extra. I have the bamboo pen and touch one, never use the touch functions though.
direct from Wacom. I had concerns over the previous ones, their drivers and compatibility with Windows 8 x64 and Wacom have confirmed this will work. I think the price is quite reasonable for the benefits. A lot of people I spoke to dont use the touch feature so it seemed a bit pointless spending the extra. #veryexcited
Quick update, it arrived today. Great service from Wacom, delivered by UPS so I was able to track it all the way from Dusseldorf! First impressions are very, very good - but its going to take some practice. Best investment I've made for a while