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Thread: Which Pen and tablet?

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    Which Pen and tablet?

    Hi there,

    I've just bought AR3 Studio Pro. It looks a great product and I'm already having fun just finding my way around it. I'm using a mouse at the moment and would like to get a pen and tablet e.g. one of the Wacom range. I wondered what people here would suggest? I'm using AR3 for my own enjoyment, I'm not a professional user.

    Thanks
    Peter

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    Well, if it is just for fun then go for the Bamboo. A few people use them and it is quite affordable. When you want to get serious get the Intuos 4. I am real happy with mine. I just purchase AR Pro and using the Wacom is awesome with it.

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    With current support of Wacom interface features, any tablet will do. Tilt and bearing are virtually unused in ArtRage so far, so as long as your tablet is pressure-sensitive, you are fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlemock View Post
    Well, if it is just for fun then go for the Bamboo. A few people use them and it is quite affordable. When you want to get serious get the Intuos 4. I am real happy with mine. I just purchase AR Pro and using the Wacom is awesome with it.
    Thanks for the tip. The Intuos 4 looks really impressive, though more expensive than the Bambo. I would also like to use the pen and tablet with Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac so that would be a consideration. I'm thinking of getting a Medium size tablet - would that be a reasonable size to use with AR Pro?

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    Personally, I use Bamboo pen and tablet that comes along. I found really neat and fun. I would suggest to consider it too. Cost me 80
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterm View Post
    I'm thinking of getting a Medium size tablet - would that be a reasonable size to use with AR Pro?
    As long as you don't get the smallest size, you should be fine I think. It depends on your drawing style. Ask yourself: Do you feel comfortable drawing on a sheet of paper the size of the active area of a medium size tablet? Or would you constantly try to draw outside that area?

    And another point about Bamboo vs Intuos, the medium-size Bamboo is not so much cheaper than the medium-size Intuos, so if you have any indication that you are the type of person who would want "a better gadget" after a while, maybe going with the Intuos from the start is a good idea. Be sure to try one out at a store before you buy though! Tablets often don't behave in a way that people who've never used one would expect.

    (And you will still have some room for a better gadget in the Cintiq line.)

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    If you can afford it I would buy a Wacom Cintiq prices are $999 for the 12inch and $1999 for the 21inch. Its quite amazing for productivity and the workflow just seems to be easier to think about. The next choice is the Intuos 4 its as feature packed as the Cintiq without the monitor, prices range from 199 - 599 depending on the size you go for. I do not suggest a Bamboo tablet I never really liked them as far as features go.

    I can tell you from personal experience the Cintiq is the way to go if you do graphics arts all the time. If its just a hobby you do once and while I would buy the Intuos 4 Medium tablet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterm View Post
    Thanks for the tip. The Intuos 4 looks really impressive, though more expensive than the Bambo. I would also like to use the pen and tablet with Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac so that would be a consideration. I'm thinking of getting a Medium size tablet - would that be a reasonable size to use with AR Pro?
    I have the Intous4 Medium. I think it is a dream machine and worth every penny. It is the only tablet I have ever had, so I can't honestly compare it to others. But I bought it after asking a question just like yours here in the the chat forum. After a whole much of research and feedback, this is the one I settled on and have not regretted it.
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    Thanks for all the replies - very helpful and much appreciated. It's nice to find a helpful and friendly forum along with a good product.

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