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    wacom pad placement

    I recently got a intuos3 9x12 with the intention of doing digital painting, but I am having trouble deciding how to place the intuos3.

    Do most people use their wacoms flat beside their keyboard or do you hold them on your lap at an angle like you would a drawing pad. Neither seems to feel very comfortable compared to how I use to draw, or paint for that matter. So I was just curious how others used theirs.

    sorry for the newbie question.

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    I place mine in front of my keyboard (which is in front of my main monitor). However, it's an Intuos4 M (meaning an active area size of about 9x5.5 inches) which is in my opinion the largest one which makes this arrangement practical. With a larger tablet I would probably put the keyboard aside and still use the tablet on my desk, directly in front of my display, as if it was a sheet of paper to draw on.

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    ^ from my experience, same arrangement works for L (a4) size tablets as well.
    there's another option, keeping your tablet to the right (for right-handed users) or to the left of the keyboard, which also is supposed to reduce elbow strain if you experience it
    but it wasn't really comfortable for me;
    also newer users will have less coordination issues if tablet is placed directly in front of the screen.

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    Daarken had posted some suggestions about an ergonomic workplace which includes the tablet.

    http://enliighten.com/blog/category/rsi-2/

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    Thanks for the replies, they helped a lot. I was using the tablet in front of me but having it off to the right seems better.

    Now I just have to get use to this different way of drawing, hopefully that happens sooner rather than later.

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