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    Considering Wacom Tablet for retouching

    It was such a long time ago when I owned a Wacom with ADB interface. I'm considering getting one for use on both Windows and Mac OS. Which one should I be looking at and what size?

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    Re: Considering Wacom Tablet for retouching

    Things are certainly more convenient in Wacom World now that they connect via USB and you can use the same tablet on either platform.

    The model you get doesn't make much difference; they all have the same basic functionality for retouching.

    This is one case where size does matter, though, so I'd say get the biggest one you can conveniently afford. I use a 12x12 at work and a 9x6 at home, and I'm noticeably more productive on the 12x12 -- able to spend more time retouching and less time moving the screen area around. (Retouching is one of those activities in which I find I do better if I can get "in the zone" and stay in it.)

    The ideal, IMO, is to have a tablet with a physical size similar to your monitor's work area, so your hand movements map more naturally to what your eye sees the cursor doing. I guess the ultimate along those lines would be the tablets they make with an LCD monitor built into them, but those are mind-bendingly expensive...

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    Re: Considering Wacom Tablet for retouching

    Thank you. I'll go and check out the sizes in a store.

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    Re: Considering Wacom Tablet for retouching

    May not be what you're asking about however I went from a way older Wacom tablet to a Cintiq 12W over a year ago and use it quite often for serious detailed work.

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    Re: Considering Wacom Tablet for retouching

    Thanks Don

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    Re: Considering Wacom Tablet for retouching

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Creek View Post
    May not be what you're asking about however I went from a way older Wacom tablet to a Cintiq 12W over a year ago and use it quite often for serious detailed work.

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    Re: Considering Wacom Tablet for retouching

    And one from the the other side...

    I've had an Intuous connected to my MacPro since day one, and have used it maybe twice. But at least it looks impressive sitting there on the editing desk
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    Re: Considering Wacom Tablet for retouching

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    And one from the the other side...

    I've had an Intuous connected to my MacPro since day one, and have used it maybe twice. But at least it looks impressive sitting there on the editing desk
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    Re: Considering Wacom Tablet for retouching

    FWIW,

    I use the 6x8 CTE-630 tablet and I find it invaluable for making precise paths with the pen tool and for "painting" dodge and burns.

    I would use a larger one if I had a larger desktop but I'm comfy with the one I own. I'm on my second pen - I broke the first one somehow.

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