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    Wacom....now!

    Being relatively new to the world of digital painting, I am currently tablet-less. I've gathered, through lurking in several forums like this one, that Wacom is the way to go. I've done some research on them and like what I see. Here's the question(s)....

    First, how big do I REALLY need? Aside from the idea that "bigger is better," I'm under no misconception that I'm some sort of professional...because, well, I'm not. However, I would like to eventually achieve that title, so I figure I need a tablet....the old mouse just isn't giving me what I want. Is a 9x12 really necessary for a beginner? Would a 6x8 be okay? I must admit that I'm leaning towards the 9x12.

    Secondly, where should I buy it? Wacom sells the 9x12's direct for $469. But, Newegg.com sells them for $399. Should I go for cheaper, or should I go for manufacturer direct? Or is there anywhere else you would recommend (don't say "eBay" because, despite all of the good that has come from it, I don't particularly trust individuals who don't have business licenses).

    Thanks for the help.
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    6x8 is ok I used those at school and they arn't bad. But I have a 9x12 I bought online for $405 ( cant remeber where though). It has a more natural feel to it because the scale is not reduced. But either way you'll have to get used to it. So go with the best you can afford. If you can do the 9x12 then I would say do the 9x12. But if it'll cause you to eat air sandwiches for the next year or so....


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    am gonna get me a 9X12, if i had the money i'ed get a cintiq
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    Scaling was exactly what I was worried about. Having a 19" monitor and using a 6x8 didn't really make sense to me. I've decided to get the 9x12 after asking around quite a bit. Newegg.com has it for $399. I think I might go with that. Thanks for the help
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    i've recently got mine and i think you should stick to the 9x12" cos i've got 12x12" and it is HUGE!!! talk about lean on it and break it! hahahaha
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    I just got a tablet. General concensus when i asked about wa sthat the A5 size (5 by 6 i think) was plenty big enough for most stuff. The thing is a lot bigger than i was expecting, but the working area is fine. I definately couldnt have handled the next one up on my desk.

    But then, those with more experience might say its too small.

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    Hi folks,

    Plenty of experienced, and professional, Painter artists use the 6 x 8 inch Intuos 2 tablet and say there's plenty of room to work.

    I bought the 9 x 12 Intuos 2 and within a day found it impossible to use as it took up so much room on my desk and I had to reach too far to use my keyboard. I returned it and brought home the 6 x 8 Intuos 2 (for considerably less money) and have been happy with it.

    Sacrificing efficiency and comfort just to have an unnecessarily large tablet hardly makes sense.. and again.. it costs more!

    I suppose for people with plenty of money, plenty of desktop space, and another level (pullout keyboard holder) for their keyboard, it might make sense to buy a 9 x 12 inch tablet. Lots of us don't fall into that category, though.

    A 6 x 8 tablet is fine, as long as you have pressure sensitivity and the Intuos 2 has 1024 levels.. and higher resolution than the Graphire (which someone had to tell me!).
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    i wish i could return mine but i got mine from my bro in HK!!!
    complete shame that it doesn't work on Painter 7 on MacX plus very difficult to use the tablet tho it always peeves me off when you tilt your pen and the sensor jumps over somewhere else!!!
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    Shall we put it to a vote then?

    So what really is the best size? Are there any other professionals out there that would like to comment and say one way or the other..dont worry about price....just what are your functional reasons for using either size....cheers
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    I have had a 12x12, a 8x6 and recently the 4x6

    Believe it or not, I have been the happiest with the smallest size because I didn't like having to move my hand with large gestures in order to draw. With the large size I always ended up formatting the drawing area on the tablet.

    If you get the 4x5, you probably will not feel as though you are really missing anything.

    For me, the small tablet works because it just takes up less room. If I were going to get another, I would probably get the same size...

    The 8x6 isn't a bad size either...it allows you to create a smaller drawing area but if you need to trace something that is larger, you can expand that area.

    The 12x12 ratio, I believe, is too large.
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    Thanks Junky...but what do you mean you had to format the drawing area on the 12x12 tablet?
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    You can draw out an area on a larger sized tablet so that the drawing area then falls within that area. So, instead of a 12x12 tablet you then could have a drawing area that is maybe 4x5. The rest of the space falling outside of that area would be disabled until you switch back to full drawing area.

    If you have ever used a 12 " tablet, you soon realize that to move the mouse from the lower right hand corner of the screen to the upper left, (usually needed to make a menu selection) you have to physically move your hand and pen that distance. With a mouse, you just shuffle the mouse in place a few times till you get the cursor from point A to B.

    Personally, this exagerated movement always bothered me...with a small area defined, you don't have to move your pen as far to make menu selections.

    Hope that helps.
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    Thanks mate, I'll take it into consideration. The idea of exagerated hand movements to get basic file opening done with a tablet etc, would annoy me....
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