Re: [nbos] wacom tablets?
Tue Oct 13th, 2009
On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 08:23:17AM -0700, Richard 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.

I ended up grabbing a 4x6 Intuos4 yesterday, and it feels about the
right size. It is in fact effectively smaller yet because it's set to
map to the entire desktop. With a dual-monitor setup, this means that
most of my action happens in the left half of the tablet workarea.

> 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.

I think I'd scan and redraw, to be honest.

> 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.

I need to do that anyway; world-level maps, even on my screen, make for
small shapes that need to be manipulated.

> 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. :)

I'm quite a ways from needing that. The Intuos was $300, that's enough
for me right now.

Keith Davies "Do you know what is in beer? The strength to bear the things you can't change, and wisdom to ignore them and fsck off for another beer." -- Owen, discussing work
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