I was thinking about taking the plunge from mouse to tablet would this be a good place to start? It looks like it even comes with some software bonuses to like Nik Color Effex pro 3. Has anyone has experience with the Bamboo? Do you like it?
I have both wacom and bamboo. Both work great, but the wacom surface is like new after many years of use and the bamboo is scored and scratched after about 3 yrs of use. Both used for photography. Of course you could replace the bamboo several times for the cost of the wacom.
Good move, I have been using my tablet for a few years now. One thing though, you will be tempted to grab the mouse at every turn! Disconnect it and store it away to force yourself to get adjusted to the tablet.
My birthday is this month, too, and that is one of the things I am shopping for. Any comments from Wacom Intuos users as to whether the money difference in it and the Bamboo is worth it? Also on the Bamboo, the one Lara is getting I think (at least from the link) is the smaller one. There is another one with a working area of around 8.5 x 5.3 or something like that. How much difference does the size in the two Bamboos make? Thanks!
Happy Birthday Carolyn -- re larger or smaller tablets -- the price point of the Bamboo Lara's ordered was also very appealing to several artists I intro'd the tablet to in a digital course I was teaching.
I have the Bamboo, & the larger Intuos -- there are few maneuvers I can't replicate using my smaller tablet.
A forum search of 'wacom' -- will bring up many posts about large/small tablets. Cool thing about the Bamboo is that it's extremely portable -- great with a laptop.
Lara -- really looking forward to you getting your tablet :)
I have both the Wacom Intuos Wireless tablet for mobile use, and the huge Wacom Cintiq 24 inch HD monitor tablet, stationary at my workstation computer. The big 24HD Cintiq weighs about 25 kg and costed around E2500 with extra tools, pens, etcetera (see this link if you like: http://www.wacom.com/en/creative/products/pen-displays/cintiq/cintiq-24hd). Both are wonderful tablets / machines. I many times already like them better then even using my various mice (or trackballs and touchpads, I am a kind of hardware fanatic).
I am sure that if you do a lot of creative work on your computer, you will start to love these tablets quickly.
If you work dual or tripple screen you just have to tell these tablets how you want them to relate to which (part) of your screens and you are ready to go!
Carmen, I also have a few really deep scratches on the surface of the wireless Intuos Tables, from some rough handling by security scanning personal at airports. But later I found that it had no impact at all on the performance of the tablet, even if I am drawing llines straight through these scratches. So I am really impressed and satisfied by the quality of the Wacom tablets.
Best investment you will make as an artist... workflow will be much better than using a mouse.... Only thing buy the correct size.... Most people like the medium sized tablets because of portability and enough surface size for natural pen motion.... The 1024 lpi is enough... Workflow efficiency will definitely increase with any tablet...
Sebastiaan -- no technical difficulty with scratches -- nice not to run into any indentations on the surface. As a traditional painter I'd liken the sensation of running into a deep scratch like painting on over a bit of a stem or such on the canvas surface. Fine for my impasto work -- I'd just barrel on through.
For fine surfaces -- I make sure nothing's in the way ;)
This is in reference to my suggestions/9:22 post for repairing surface scratches if they occur
You will not be sorry you ordered one, Lara. Once you've experienced the freedom of movement the pen affords, you'll wish you had done it sooner. Using the mouse for fine work is like dancing with boulders attached to your feet. I've had mine for years. When I bought it, it was aptly named "Bamboo Fun".
My husband got me the Wacom Bamboo Create for my birthday today! We had price shopped and found most places had it for $199, but Amazon had it for $153. Went to the local Best Buy here in Tampa and they had it in stock at $199. Showed them Amazon's price and they matched it. Couldn't find a new one any lower online, so think we made a great deal. Have been so busy today haven't even had a chance to set it up, but can't wait!
@ Carolyn congrats on your new birthday toy/tool :) I checked my tracking from B & H and mine should be here I'm guessing tomorrow since it's only a state away. I got the small one and it was around $83.20 did you get the bigger version?
Happy birthday Lara.
I bought one for my birthday a couple of years ago and its quite good. There is a learning curve to it though so make sure you persist with it and you will do great.
Oh and don't pay the full price in a shop. Go online and research a cheaper model then take the details into a shop and they will almost always come down to that cheaper price.
Have a great day.
Thanks, Lara. Yes, it has a 8.5 x 5.4 active area. I tend to write, draw and do everything big, so I was afraid the smaller one would be too hard for me to get used to. My only concern with the tablet is the learning curve. I'm going to have to make myself stick with it. It is exciting, though, and I can't wait to start playing with it. Looking forward to seeing your comments/works when you get yours, too!
Taking to the tablet & stylus is a cinch if you worry about it as much as you did starting to use a mouse -- as in 'not' ;)
There were some 'stumble' moments with that contraption too, to be sure. Just remember what it was like to be a young one eager to get going -- and you're there :)
Key note -- don't try to track your hand motion on the pad by looking at it too often-- keep your eyes on the screen, just like you do with your mouse-- it becomes 'natural' quickly. Also -- very little pressure is required pressing on the tablet surface.
Thanks for the tip Carmen :) I learned to type without looking at my fingers too so I'm thinking it shouldn't be that bad to learn. I work on a laptop too so the little one should work fine for me too. @ Carolyn looking forward to seeing your work too. What you've done with a just a mouse is already amazing!
It finally arrived! So far I love it. I still need to figure out how to set the buttons and things so I can do things like zooming in and out in PSE. I made it through the tutorials and was able to play with a photo for a while though and I can see already how much more control I have with the pen vs. the mouse for using the eraser tool. Do any of you wacom experts have tips for setting up my buttons to match up with PS Elements? I stayed up til 1:00am last night and then finally had to put the en down Lol!