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Drawing tablets?

Smaller 4x5 tablets are usually the most preferred, and for a lot of good reasons.

Under normal circumstances, the smaller tablets will do everything the bigger boys do. Yet they demand far less desk space, less shoulder, arm, wrist & hand movements, and provide even friendlier pricing.  If you don't need tilt, or have specific tracing needs, then the Graphire is a superb tool selling at half the price of Intuos.

Price comparisons
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Wacom FAQ
Tablet Tips

Our tablet conversations are archived at Google!

In the last few years, we have Paint Shop Pro conversed to the tune of over a million posts!  That info gold mine is still available at Google.
Juicy valid questions (we're talking thousands here)
have already been answered & discussed in considerable depth.
All by a bunch of relatively competent people.
Even a few jerks, too.

After thousands of conversations on tablets
with a lot of first-hand users-
Was there any general consensus?

Yes

Wacom's
4x5 tablets
are the best ticket in town

Graphire
Differences

Intuos 4x5
Differences

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of our conversations
on PSPing with tablets

Is that price difference between the Graphire and Intuos, worth it?
Sometimes.
Not always.

While I love my Intuos, the thriftier Graphire is a really fine tablet too. Absolutely nothing to sneeze at.

Why take my word for it?
Go read for yourself.

 

Do I really honestly need a tablet, or just a better mouse?

Not everyone needs a tablet. Plenty of times a better mouse may be just the ticket. Who can possibly know what you may be needing, better than you?  All those discussions are in the archives too.  Go read.

 

Why bother searching archives, instead of just asking a question?

You can always ask. However, by searching, you have immediate access to far more answers from a MUCH larger pool of people. All, more specifically confined to what you really want/need to know. Why sift through hundreds of other subjects when you can instantly summon very specific searchable refinable lists on your subject?

Frequently, some of the best tips & most informative answers were already typed-up and thoroughly discussed, long before you ever hit town.

We tried to wait for you, but the coffee kept getting cold.

So, your late arriving question isn't likely to generate the same degree of interest, volume of responses, or depth of discussions, as the first eight hundred times it came up. Most folks have already "been there and done that" and moved onto other subjects, or simply left the building with Elvis.

The subject of graphic tablets has pretty much been discussed to death. Your query isn't likely to generate nearly as much meaty conversation, as what's already sitting in the archives.

Why settle for what one or two guys may casually say today? Go sniff around our archives. See what hundreds of us have already said about buying and driving all kinds of tablets.

By searching the archives you'll get a far more thorough and valuable scoop from everyone. Not just that one hung over dude who hasn't slept in four days, and may or may not know what he's talking about.

 

Is that price difference between the Graphire and Intuos, worth it?

Sometimes
Not always

While I love my Intuos, their thriftier Graphire is a really fine tablet, and absolutely nothing to sneeze at.

Do I really honestly need a tablet, or just a better mouse?

Not everyone needs a tablet. Plenty of times a better mouse can be just the ticket. But, who can possibly know what you may be needing, better than you?  All those discussions are in the archives too. Go read.  Figure it out for yourself.

But why take my word for it?
Go read for yourself.

Search over 2500
of our conversations
on PSPing with tablets

 Always install the Wacom software that comes along with your tablets
Install it from your CD and access the customize dialog from your Start menu.
There is a multitude of special customization features and settings available.
Just because he started working when you first plugged him in,
doesn't mean that's all there is.

Let's talk about MAPPING
huh? wha?
Mapping baby, mapping!
When you'd like a better way to control and better judge,
where you are between your tablet's surface and your screen.

Here a small portion of my tablet is mapped to service the total screen areas on two monitors. I prefer the most minimal of hand movements, and always map my own tablets to employ just the centermost portion of its workspace.

The yellow/green swatches represent the total screen real estate for a pair of 19 inch monitors. Only a small patch of the available space of my tablet is ever needed to completely service every single pixel on those dual monitors, with a total resolution of 768 x 2048.  Pretty amazing huh?

Here the entire portion of a tablet's workspace is employed, and uses a scaled graphic of Paint Shop Pro for the artist's convienance in better targeting.

We can easily create and print our own precise custom templates, and simply slide them beneath the tablet's plastic sheet overlay.

With more precise targets there's a lot less of that Paint Shop Pro "feeling around in the dark business". Which of course, we can always save for other hobbies. :)


Here is my preferred setup allowing for maximum travel across two large screens, and all from within those two colored portions (each color per screen) in a small portion of my tablet.

Hey? Isn't that too small?

Nope, it completely covers every single pixel of both those screens. Each is running at 1024 X 768 for a total working resolution of 2048 x768.

How can you paint when it's so tiny?

It's all entirely a matter of personal preference, and is actually far easier than one might imagine. It's not nearly as tiny as it seems, when we have our zoom tool. He allows us to move in just as close as we ever want or need.

 

BTW: When on the mouse,
PSP's mouse wheel zooming options are great.

Apparently I'm the odd duck out, since:

Most folks seem to frequently prefer keeping their default out of the box setup. Entire tablet is mapped to the whole screen area.

For me, this one demands too much arm and wrist traveling, thus shortening the length of time I can work nonstop.  However, it certainly does create a nifty opportunity for better targeting that mapping more definitively.

  • Screen capture your PSP workspace
  • Erase any superfluous
  • Print your rescaled version
  • Get out scissors and trim
  • Slip it under that plastic overlay
  • Tack with tape
  • Enjoy
 

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