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    Question about the Wacom tablets

    Alright, I've seen a few topics on this subject in other places, but I couldn't find anything close enough to what I'm wondering. So anyways, I'm wondering... You know how the Wacom tablets come with some bundled software? (Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter Essentials, etc) Well, what I'd like to know is: is it possible to use JUST these bundled programs to do digital art from scratch? From their descriptions, they sound to me like they're just used for editing existing pieces/touchups, that type of thing.

    If anybody could help me out, that would be great. Thanks.


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    I can tell you that painter essentials is uselessness redefined. My limited experience with photoshop elements suggests a similar niche.

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    Haha. Well then... I suppose I'll have to spend the $600 on Photoshop CS 2?

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    No, you can borrow it from your best friend. Arrrggg matey.

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    Photoshop Elements is alright actually, it's missing a fair bit (masks, CMYK print stuff etc), but it's still got paint tools, layers and tablet support so I would say it's useable for digital painting.

    Haven't seen Painter Classic though.

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    If all else fails, you can always grab yourself GIMP.
    But apparently like PS Elements, it misses out on the print stuff.

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    Alright, thanks guys. I guess I'll end up going with the graphire + Painter bundle for like, $300.

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    Hey man, I got the same thing. Bought my graphire of a friend and I don't EVER use the software that came with it. It's best to invest in the programs (cough, cough) or a friend who has it .

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    Major Wacom confusion >__>

    Alright, would you guys mind helping me out here? This makes no sense to me whatsoever. I'm trying to buy the Wacom Graphire4 6x8 tablet, and Painter IX.5.

    Now... on their site, there is a deal for the 4x5 Graphire, but that's too small. So I looked at individual pricing on Painter and the 6x8 Wacom tablet and I was like... whoa. What's going on?

    Because for Painter IX.5, in American dollars, it's $200. Then I see a link that says Canadian Pricing, so I go and click it. Well wouldn't you know it. Apparently it's $70 more, when really, it should only be about $220. What's with the extra $40???

    Anyways... The bundle is probably cheaper... but why such the huge difference in prices between American and Canadian dollars? There really isn't a huge difference anymore.

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    The difference in price is that the 6x8 is a different line of tablets, probably the intuos- I don't think they make the graphire in anything but 4x5... it's really not a professional tablet, more for people on a budget and hobbyists. I've had one for a couple years and it's not half as nice as the intuos models.

    edit- ok i'm out of the loop, they do make the bigger graphires now...
    Last edited by cotron; May 26th, 2006 at 04:53 AM.

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    Also remember there are some usefull alternatives like ArtRage, OC, etc. But yeah Photoshop is pretty essential. Gimp can be a workable substitute... until you get used to PS that is. I think most people use Photoshop even if Painter is their primary tool?
    [Always remember that if a topic seems uninteresting, then it's just because you are picturing a solution that lacks vigor.] - William b. Hand

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