Wacom tablets

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  1. jumpman17
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    Okay, are Wacom tablets worth the money?

    My dad thinks he can find a 9x12 wacom tablet on ebay for around $350. He offered to pay $250 of it if I paid the other $100.

    And can you even find them for that cheap on ebay?
     
  2. moribund112

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    I just got one in February, I haven't had much time to play with it, but since my interest is Photoshop and making Flash cartoons, I'd say it's totally worth the money.
    I got a 6x8 Intuos3 and it can barely fit on my desk. It's really huge!
    I'm not sure how much I paid for it - perhaps around $250-300 at PC Nation.
    Ebay is also an option, not sure about warranty if it's bought used though.
    If you register your tablet with Wacom, they have a treasure chest full of awesome tutorials for getting started with Photoshop. Really a lot of fun.
     
  3. Kyoji

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    A 9X12 is HUGE. I highly doubt you'd need this much space to work on, unless you use very wide, elegant strokes when you draw. The 6x8 model is a bit better-you have to remember there is a 3" border around the actual "writing" surface. So a 6x8 is actually 9x12, and a 9x12 actually 12x15!

    Prices for Wacom tablets are usually consistently at or very near retail on Ebay. I suggest ordering a brand new one from a trusted supplier like NewEgg, whose prices for the tablet are actually 20-30 lower than the Wacom site itself.
     
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    Wacom Intuos3 9" x 12" (A4 uk) Graphics Tablet are the best for drawing designer!
     
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    It depends on what you want to do with a tablet.

    If you want to draw with Photoshop and Corel Painter, take a Graphire 4. I've a Graphire 3 and it's great !

    You don't need a huge one, A4 is okay [​IMG] .
     
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    Wacom are excellent if you want to draw or edit photos on your computer. And 9x12 is friggin' huge. Buy buy buy.

    (if you trust the seller)
     
  7. jumpman17
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    Okay, so it seems 9x12 is big. I'll want one step down then.

    I would be using it mainly for Photoshop and Freehand/Illustrator.

    I'm hoping that it will make my college assignments a little easier and more convenient then a mouse. It's not exactly easy drawing a nice curve in Photoshop with a mouse.
     
  8. Harsky

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    Offtopic but is Wacom the best or is the cheaper options on ebay also a good choice?
     
  9. Kyoji

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    Wacom is by far the best. They are expensive, but there is a reason the others are so cheap.
     
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    For people like me who can't afford Wacom? That said, it would be hard to picture drawing on a tablet while the drawing appears on the screen. I guess the next solution is getting a laptop with touchscreen control (which I have) but it's a version where there are no buttons on the pen. How would I be able to even draw with it?
     
  11. Kyoji

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    You dont have to buy an Intuos. Graphire's run about half the cost for the same writing area. They have half the features, though.
     
  12. jumpman17
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    I got mine new 9x12 for 450 canadian from my college bookstore (you'll see it in my post a pic of your room pic soon [​IMG]) anyways, go to your local colleges and look for postings around the design buildings, people usually have stuff like that for sale, I know a lot of my mates from graphic design were selling theirs for way cheaper than ebay.
     
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    :'(
  15. jumpman17
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    Wee, it's on its happy way to my anxious little fingers!
     
  16. nileyg

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    So whats different about the graphire?