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    tablet question

    Hi...I am new to the forum...just purchased artrage..and like it a lot
    I am purchasing a new tablet..I have a Graphire 4x5
    I have gone through the forum looking at the topics about tablets, and appreciate the input
    I am going with intuos for the pressure...but what is the difference between
    drawing on a 4x5 pad as compared to a 6x8 pad.
    I am just a hobby artist and I draw mainly cartoons.
    any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thks

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    Hi Quickdraw,

    Speaking as another hobbyist, I would say that the only real difference is the amount of space it takes up on the desk. In real drawing I tend to keep my hand in one place and move the paper about to suit it.
    You can do that with ArtRage.

    Intuos 3 gives you the advantage of tilt detection, which can alter some of the tools. People who use pencil a lot have said that it is a useful feature.
    Luck is infatuated with the efficient.

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    I agree

    My intuos 3 was just under $200.00 bucks and it was the best money I ever spent. People on my crew try cheaper pens that need batteries and they are always giving them headaches.
    Eddie

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    People on my crew try cheaper pens that need batteries and they are always giving them headaches.
    hence the avatar ?

    I used a cheaper one("trust") before my Wacom intuos3, and was very happy with it . It didn't need any batteries, but my very first one did (wacom pen partner)
    Just when you said "tomorrow I'll buy me some spare batteries" the devils ran out of power.... :evil: Of course shops closed for the weekend..
    Just say: "Rage It", because we already know it's art.

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    Hi and welcome

    The difference in tablet size determines what the 'Pen Movement to Pixels Drawn' ratio is.

    E.g. with an unzoomed picture on a screen with a resolution of 800x600:-

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    800x600 - 5x4
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    width:-
    800/5 = 160 pixels per inch pen is moved

    height:-
    600/4 = 150 pixels per inch pen is moved

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    800x600 - 8x6
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    width:-
    800/8 = 100 pixels per inch pen is moved

    height:-
    600/6 = 100 pixels per inch pen is moved

    This 'pixels per inch' ratio above is affected by level of zoom (pixels of the image, not the screen). If you draw a line across the tablet and then zoom in to 200%, draw a line across the tablet again and then zoom out to 100%, you'll see that the second line is half the size of the first.

    In the 200% example, as above, using a screen of 800 width, the width ratio would be 50 pixels (image pixels remember :wink: ) per inch. That proves that any tablet size can have the same ratio as another size by zooming in or out.

    I hope this dont confuse

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    Larger tablets can be harder to work on. I went through a phase where I wanted a big tablet and found that the smaller ones worked out better. You spend so much time zoomed in on your image that a big tablet isn't necessary.

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    pad size

    Thanks for the input...everyone.I think I will go with the 4x5. Sweeny mini...are you saying that with a larger tablet, you can be more precise...but with the zoom feature, you can compensate ?

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    Re: pad size

    Quote Originally Posted by quickdraw
    Thanks for the input...everyone.I think I will go with the 4x5. Sweeny mini...are you saying that with a larger tablet, you can be more precise...but with the zoom feature, you can compensate ?
    Yep thats it
    The only downside to zooming in, is you may need to pan more.

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    Hi Quickdraw,
    I didn't know what size I wanted either, so I purchased the Intuous 3 6x8 and The intuous 3 4x5. I also thought I wanted the bigger one until I tried them both. I ended up keeping the 4x5. I liked it because it was less arm movement, took up less space. I am by far no artist, I just like to play around in PSP X, Adobe Elemtents 4 and now ArtRage 2. I feel it is the perfect size for me. No regrets returning the 6X8. I absolutely love the tablet and the size I purchased. It does not feel to small at all. It also came with Adobe Element 4. and Corel Paint Essential 3. Enjoy, they are alot of fun!
    Jancy

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    I had painter essentials 2 with my tablet, (same as yours) and painter essentials2 is only worth uninstalling.
    If you want a painter like program go for the free artweaver. I only use artweaver and artrage,for painting purposes.
    Just say: "Rage It", because we already know it's art.

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