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Offline Kavik

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Wacom Tablet
« on: Mon, 07 December 2020, 10:51:45 »
I've been mildly interested in getting one of these for a year or two, but there are so many different products of vastly different prices that I have no idea what to look for in one.

My use case would be sketching and drawing comics.

Does anyone here use one or have a recommendation? What features are important?
Maybe they're waiting for gasmasks and latex to get sexy again.

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 07 December 2020, 12:02:34 »
Saw a blurb the other day about new model Huion kamvas w/ their upgraded PW517 pen, sumtin sumtin.

IMHO, these off-brands have reached parity with wacom.

You're gonna need a colorimeter to get Top-Colors though. Photoshop is one of the FEW applications which works Super-Gud' with color profiles.

Tp4 recommends i1 studio colorimeter , it's budget friendly, and works on all display technologies.

I believe huion's displays are pfs phosphor panels, so they're wide gamut, not as wide as adobe panels, but p3 wide probably. It'd be good to have a colorimeter to keep things neat.

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 07 December 2020, 12:24:40 »
Oooooo.. they sell this 22 inch one with Quantum Dot.  Get that one.

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 07 December 2020, 13:35:29 »
I have been looking into getting a tablet as well, that 22" option is one of my dream toys to have for editing my photos and ink based works.  Also would like to start my inks in digital rather than transfer/scan etc.  I know it would open up alot more possibilities for my Illustrator work flow as well for when I work w/ fonts or want to create/mod a font to my client's needs - also the IT company I'm with has started getting me to do more graphic based work once they realized I could work w/in Corel and Adobe's suites (not letting them know I can work in AutoDesk yet - also working on learning Blender as well). 

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 07 December 2020, 13:47:27 »
I have been looking into getting a tablet as well, that 22" option is one of my dream toys to have for editing my photos and ink based works.  Also would like to start my inks in digital rather than transfer/scan etc.  I know it would open up alot more possibilities for my Illustrator work flow as well for when I work w/ fonts or want to create/mod a font to my client's needs - also the IT company I'm with has started getting me to do more graphic based work once they realized I could work w/in Corel and Adobe's suites (not letting them know I can work in AutoDesk yet - also working on learning Blender as well). 


why dream toy, make wurk buy one, they're only $500 , wurkplace wouldn't hesitate.

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 07 December 2020, 16:33:22 »
TP4's mention of the screen and color is another factor to consider. Some have screens for drawing directly on the tablet and others have a black surface, and the drawn image appears on the computer screen. I don't think the latter would be super hard to get used to as long as there isn't any latency.

Maybe I just need to seek out some videos to get some background. Looking at the website is just confusing me more.
Maybe they're waiting for gasmasks and latex to get sexy again.

The world has become a weird place.

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 07 December 2020, 17:51:23 »
TP4's mention of the screen and color is another factor to consider. Some have screens for drawing directly on the tablet and others have a black surface, and the drawn image appears on the computer screen. I don't think the latter would be super hard to get used to as long as there isn't any latency.

Maybe I just need to seek out some videos to get some background. Looking at the website is just confusing me more.

On screen is obviously better, the huion 22 plus,  uses laminated glass w/ antiglare etching now on that quantum panel, it's fantastic.

The budget 13inch ones, they use a plastic coat, but it's still laminated, so there's virtually no visual detach/ parallax error.

Still the glass is much better for durability.

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 08 December 2020, 12:57:39 »
I have been looking into getting a tablet as well, that 22" option is one of my dream toys to have for editing my photos and ink based works.  Also would like to start my inks in digital rather than transfer/scan etc.  I know it would open up alot more possibilities for my Illustrator work flow as well for when I work w/ fonts or want to create/mod a font to my client's needs - also the IT company I'm with has started getting me to do more graphic based work once they realized I could work w/in Corel and Adobe's suites (not letting them know I can work in AutoDesk yet - also working on learning Blender as well). 


why dream toy, make wurk buy one, they're only $500 , wurkplace wouldn't hesitate.

  In my case the workplace that would use it would be out of my own pocket - the IT company wouldn't even want to mess with it unless I could show a use for it other than the handful of times I've restructured a client's image/logo for us to print or laser etch.

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 08 December 2020, 15:33:28 »
I have been looking into getting a tablet as well, that 22" option is one of my dream toys to have for editing my photos and ink based works.  Also would like to start my inks in digital rather than transfer/scan etc.  I know it would open up alot more possibilities for my Illustrator work flow as well for when I work w/ fonts or want to create/mod a font to my client's needs - also the IT company I'm with has started getting me to do more graphic based work once they realized I could work w/in Corel and Adobe's suites (not letting them know I can work in AutoDesk yet - also working on learning Blender as well). 


why dream toy, make wurk buy one, they're only $500 , wurkplace wouldn't hesitate.

  In my case the workplace that would use it would be out of my own pocket - the IT company wouldn't even want to mess with it unless I could show a use for it other than the handful of times I've restructured a client's image/logo for us to print or laser etch.

Doesn't that already count then ? surely the billable hour greatly exceeds $500, it's a tool ur not taking it home to play vidya on it, lolol

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 18 December 2020, 11:39:40 »
Was long term user for using on photoshop - basically the exclusive pointing device at my previous job.

IMO you don't really need to get the ones with monitor unless you're hardcore about drawing with actual pen while looking at it (and love how your pen blocking your view), especially you're paying with your own money, in fact I used those huge ones and hated them.



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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 18 December 2020, 20:39:28 »
I've used both on screen and touchpad style, on screen is faaaaar better, however cost is an issue, but there's a handy trick to get them a lot cheaper.

Find a used laptop with a Wacom screen, you can often get these for a couple hundred bucks and are only a couple years old. Still plenty powerful to run Windows plus Photoshop, and don't be scared to go clear back to Intel 2nd gen Lenovo tablets, these are cheap and can handle 16gigs of ram and because they aren't U-series cpus they perform like a 4th or 5th gen U-series and you can upgrade them to something quite powerful. Beware some of the newer stuff because often these had limited ram upgradability.

Just be sure it's an actual Wacom screen, and not just a touch screen, some companies switched back and forth. Even if it's got more pressure sensitivity the glass can be quite far from the pixel causing accuracy issues if you aren't looking at it just right. Also, while older Wacoms had less sensitivity, even pros have a hard time telling the difference.
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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 18 December 2020, 21:28:21 »
It depends on the workflow.  Tablet screens are better because they're designed for drawing work, they have color management options, and the stylus is now on a laminated screen so there's almost no parallax error.

old wacoms had alot of problems, i wouldn't go that route with these screens at $200 starting.

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 16 January 2021, 17:05:55 »
I had some Amazon rewards points, so I got the Wacom Intuos S (no screen) to see if this is something I'm even interested in. So far I've only used it with the free trial of Clip Studio Paint Pro. It's basically a big laptop touchpad with a big stylus, obviously with a few extra features.

I think I'll have some fun with it, but I'll definitely have to put in some practice to make anything worth looking at. I haven't done much regular sketching in a long time, so my overall skill is already low at the moment. My only real gripe with it is that there's a very small bit of lag between pen movement and on-screen cursor movement, but it is noticeable.
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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 14:35:05 »
Ok ok ok maybe you have had enough recommendations etc to answer the questions since you posted way back in December. But if you havenít pulled the trigger on getting one yet Iíd ask you to consider this: get and iPad Pro. I have been a cintiq user for about 20 years making illustrations and comics, and I do love the cintiq. But since I bought a iPad I have just been blown away by how useful a product it has been. And with the program Procreate it can do pretty much everything photoshop can do. Also a lot of comic artists swear by clip studio pro which is also on iPad! The Apple Pencil works perfect and also the portability and the speed of iPads nowadays.
Anyone looking for a graphics interface tablet situation, I always now have to say to consider iPads even if youíre not an Apple user. (Which I am not)

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #14 on: Thu, 13 May 2021, 15:06:25 »
Ok ok ok maybe you have had enough recommendations etc to answer the questions since you posted way back in December. But if you havenít pulled the trigger on getting one yet Iíd ask you to consider this: get and iPad Pro. I have been a cintiq user for about 20 years making illustrations and comics, and I do love the cintiq. But since I bought a iPad I have just been blown away by how useful a product it has been. And with the program Procreate it can do pretty much everything photoshop can do. Also a lot of comic artists swear by clip studio pro which is also on iPad! The Apple Pencil works perfect and also the portability and the speed of iPads nowadays.
Anyone looking for a graphics interface tablet situation, I always now have to say to consider iPads even if youíre not an Apple user. (Which I am not)

Hey, thanks for the recommendation. I had actually wondered if a regular tablet would be a better choice, and the lastest iPad is comparable in price to nicer Wacoms. I ended up getting the most basic Wacom (Intuos S) as a stop gap. I have only used it a few times, and I've found it difficult to draw anything free form; tracing pictures is not too bad though. The main thing I don't like about it is that I have to sit up straight at my computer and make sure everything is perfectly lined up and I have to disable any secondary or tertiary monitor. It would be nice to be able to sit down on the couch or go outside and draw as I would with a regular sketch pad.
« Last Edit: Sat, 15 May 2021, 13:47:28 by Kavik »
Maybe they're waiting for gasmasks and latex to get sexy again.

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 13 May 2021, 22:53:02 »
Hey, thanks for the recommendation. I had actually wondered if a regular tablet would be a better choice, and the lastest iPad comparable in price to nicer Wacoms. I ended up getting the most basic Wacom (Intuos S) as a stop gap. I have only used it a few times, and I've found it difficult to draw anything free form; tracing pictures is not too bad though. The main thing I don't like about it is that I have to sit up straight at my computer and make sure everything is perfectly lined up and I have to disable any secondary or tertiary monitor. It would be nice to be able to sit down on the couch or go outside and draw as I would with a regular sketch pad.
Regular tablet would be a better choice imo, Ipad pros are absolutely amazing, I usually use a wacom for basic tasks like writing on presentations. In regards to the monitor issues, I disable the tablet from going into other monitors in the software which makes it useable.

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 26 May 2021, 23:38:47 »
Oh I think a new generation of Ipad pros just got announced with the M1 chip so they've kinda got way more power then you might ever need. Ack... sorry to sound like a Apple advertisement. But I really find them pretty great.

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Re: Wacom Tablet
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 27 May 2021, 00:05:37 »
Oh I think a new generation of Ipad pros just got announced with the M1 chip so they've kinda got way more power then you might ever need. Ack... sorry to sound like a Apple advertisement. But I really find them pretty great.
Ipad is just too lit