Re: [nbos] wacom tablets?
Doug Jessee
Tue Oct 13th, 2009
I would love to get the small Cintiq, but not in the budget for the
foreseeable future.
-Doug Jessee


On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 11:23 AM, Richard <rkurbis-at-shaw.ca> wrote:

> The best way to gauge a tablet is put your hand over the surface with the
> pen, and see how much movement your hand creates when going over the
> surface.
> You can also draw out the different size area-rectangles on paper and
> pre-test how your pen and hand reach.
> Your comfort will be your best choice, in my opinion, the less wrist
> movement, the better.
> My 4x6 Graphire pad was an excellent fit for me, and I have good sized
> hands. I also used a larger pad a little later at a companies shop (that did
> trophy engraving) and discovered the real-estate problem and realized bigger
> was not actually better.
>
> Some info for those finding the right tablet:
> Some think that "tracing" on your pad (thus getting a bigger tablet),
> putting a sheet of paper on the tablet and tracing, is their plan... but
> truthfully tracing never really works except to rough-in the design.
> If you end up doing photo retouching or artwork like that, you will always
> end up zooming in with the application and working on details, even on a big
> tablet.
> If you are getting into professional work, a Cintiq is currently your best
> choice as it has higher pressure levels than a Tablet-PC, but in a Cintiq's
> case, bigger is not so bad, as you are working directly on the surface of an
> LCD. but the larger Cintiq's are almost $2500 with taxes and shipping
> (smaller is about $1200). Expensive, but your workflow is much faster (no
> retracing/refining on paper, no scanning and resizing, no recalibrating the
> brain/hand/eye) but no hard-copy physical materials and no wasted paper.
> Cuts down on a lot of cost in the long run. :)
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: <keith.davies-at-kjdavies.org>
> To: <nyrath-at-projectrho.com>; <nbossoftware-at-nbos.com>
> Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 9:49 AM
> Subject: Re: [nbos] wacom tablets?
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> On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 07:07:56AM -0400, Nyrath the nearly wise wrote:
>>
>>> Richard wrote:
>>> >A small Intuos I would recommend. Contrary to belief, bigger is
>>> >not better. Bigger means more wrist movement and more work for
>>> >your hand to do. Zoom is your friend for intricate detail.
>>>
>>> Agreed. At my day job, the art department all use
>>> 6 x 8 Intuos pads. They say that larger pads suffer
>>> from the drawbacks that Richard mentioned.
>>>
>>
>> So, is 6x8 too big? The one I was thinking about getting isn't any
>> bigger than that (I don't have the exact dimensions handy, it might
>> actually be 7" rather than 10").
>>
>> I see some that have a work surface a little (but not much) bigger than
>> the touchpad on my netbook; those seem too small to really gain much
>> from.
>>
>>
>> Keith
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