I want to overclock my speed of work on such programs as Photoshop and Z-brush and in connection with this, buy yourself a tablet for artistic purposes. I would like to know which is better - I heard about the tablets from Wacom as one of the best in my business - but among them there are many different models, which is better in the ratio of price, quality I do not know. I ask you to help those who have already worked with such peripherals, what size is better for work, whether it affects compatibility when working with an existing monitor, what pitfalls are in working with such devices, etc. I want to finally decide and buy. The budget for which I count is 150-175 USD. I'm counting on an A4 tablet, but I do not know if Wacom has such, because for example on Wacom.ru under my price category, not one A4 tablet did not fit. And on some other sites like Digimarket.ru also looked, but there was the same story. Although I do not know, maybe not there looking. If suddenly on Wacom now I will not pull, it would be desirable to learn or find out - whether there are alternative variants? Maybe there are still some good companies that can have a good A4 tablet for a given amount. Of course, the requirements are simple, so that the pen is not on batteries and without wires, so that the resolution of the tablet allows to work with a resolution of 3000 x 2250, you can and slightly less. Although with regard to resolving power, a separate question - what size is it determined by the tablets? I remember such a parameter as "Resolution (per point): 5,080 lpi" - it's like Dpi, only measured in lines? Even so, it's not entirely clear how many lines per inch are required - 5,080 or 5?
A graphics tablet is a direct drawing device on a computer. Literally this is a special pen and a sensitive surface, which you need to drive, as it is done in the usual drawing with a pencil on paper, to get the drawing right on the computer, bypassing scanners, cameras and other graphic input devices 🙂Without a tablet, you can not do with digital painting, illustrating, 3d sculpting (ZBrush). It will also be useful just for any work with 2D graphics, including drawing in CAD. In addition to irreplaceable technology as such, using a tablet instead of a computer mouse for any kind of drawing, which in any case reduces to monotonous movements with a hand, prevents the development of various "computer diseases".In general, the tablet works globally, like a mouse, and not just in Photoshop, for example. But immediately I want to note that you can not replace the mouse with a tablet. The fact is that the tablet has absolute positioning, and the mouse is relative. This means that if we bring the pen to the top left edge of the tablet, the cursor will instantly move to the same place on the screen. With the mouse it is different: it moves the cursor always from the initial position, wherever the mouse is located, in the center of the rug, on the edge of the table or on the knees. Because of this, the tablet is extremely inconvenient to work with text, files, web sites and other familiar things.In addition, the tablet is a minor manipulator, not a replacement for the mouse. It can not work properly without drivers. Unfortunately, even the installed driver does not guarantee a trouble-free operation in a given application, because It may simply not be compatible with such an input device, or requires special tuning. This applies to all tablets. The most popular and most expensive Wacom tablets have a minimum of such problems, but still, sometimes, in order to make the tablet sensitive to pressing in the same Photoshop, you have to swear for a long time😁With this, perhaps, you need to start a choice. Wacom graphics tablets have some hiccups when they first connect and (sometimes) when changing software. Genius tablets have terrible problems with each connection, and the problems are different on different computers, and the speed of response leaves much to be desired, it is verified personally. As for other brands, we did not meet with them. Yes, and the domestic buyer, in principle, it will be difficult to meet on sale any Hitachi or iBall. Therefore uniquely Wacom.Having chosen Wacom, many parameters, such as pen weight, small resolution and insufficient sensitivity, become unimportant. In the simplest of modern tablets wack all this is already at a level that, as they say, enough to head off. So you can just ignore it. By modern I mean the old Intuos3 and the new Bamboo with Intuos4.In fact, only the size and sensitivity to the tilt of the pen remains. The sensitivity to the tilt of the pen adds the effect of unfolding brush tufts in digital drawing. This effect is very formal and practical use of this sensitivity is few.The only important variable in the tablet is its size. If you are not an artist whose workplace will consist solely of a tablet, then the worst size is the largest. It is not the most relaxing exercise to drive a hand over a large area, but a huge and not easy device that will fit far from every table is actually a burden. A tablet with a working area of A4 is the maximum size that I can advise, and it is large enough as an object on the table. On the other hand, a small tablet, this is also a problem. After all, the working surface of the tablet is a reflection of the screen. The smaller the tablet, the more it will be necessary to bring the picture closer to draw something adequate. On a small tablet you can do everything the same as on a larger one, only it will be given by greater efforts, it will be necessary to get used to constant zooming. The optimal size is, as I said A4, and half the size - A5.It is desirable that the proportions of the working area of the tablet coincide with the proportions of the screen. But, if it is not, then in the driver you can configure how to act in this case. If the tablet is wider, you can trim its working area, and you can disproportionately stretch it. In the latter case, the circle drawn on the tablet will be an "egg" on the screen. You can unconsciously adjust to this, if you are not afraid to unlearning to keep the exact proportions when drawing with a pencil on paper😁There are some other features, like buttons and touch-scrolling around the working area of the tablet. There is no need for them. I would like to - you can pay attention to this when choosing.Going back to your specific questions, and which still have the sense to answer, then there is no alternative to Wacom. If you really need a tablet, then a copy of the money on Intuos3 A4 / A5 or Intuos 4 L / M. These are professional tablets of sufficient size with comfortable surfaces And sensitivity to the angle of the pen (as a bonus :🙂. And if you really want a tablet, then buy Bamboo, it's small, it does not have rims on which you can support the brush while using the lower and right edges of the sensitive surface and in it, but it will perform its direct function no worse than the intuition.
This splint is a visual story about the advantages and disadvantages of using the tablet for 3ds Max (C4D), in which everyone will be able to decide whether he is interested in such an option. Treat set out in the video tutorial as an impartial review of the tablet as a manipulator for 3d.
Definitely advise the tablet whole 3d-Schnick, because of fuss by reassigning keys, wiping holes in its surface, due to the same part of the load on the right hand, the unsuitability in the simulation, the unsuitability of combination with a multi-monitor system , we will not, and even vice versa tablet - it is rather an exception to that approach is not for everyone. Especially unreasonably oppose it 3d navigator .
Yet, this video has unquestionable value for anyone wondering about the fact whether it is possible to use the tablet for 3ds Max, and just for all those who never used it themselves. You will be able to soberly assess how the tablet from the "first person" and learn many subtleties in its setting.
Vitali, thanks for the work done for the 3d-community!
Hello!Honestly, I have a couple of changeable feathers, but I still use the old ones. It has already worn off to one side, like a chalk for an old school board, but it does not bother me at all:Nevertheless, if you figured out how to change it there and there are some features that you need to know about not to break the pen when replacing the pen in it, then share it. I've never tried changing my pen😁As for your previous question about the sensitivity of the tablet to your fingers, then this is not what you do not need, I would say harmfully. Moreover, I recommend that you do not touch the tablet surface with your bare hand.Now you take the pen in your hand and lead it over the tablet. Immediately you will feel, how the hand will stick the bottom part and two fingers to it:This greatly complicates the work. It's just physically harder to drive with a brush on the tablet, which makes the "softness" of driving with the pen drop and the hand just gets tired. From this adherence, you become more clumsy and clumsy in pirouettes with a pen.It is to reduce friction, there are special anti-friction gloves. There are a lot of industrial designs, but when I bought a tablet, they either did not sell anywhere I could get the right samples or they cost about $ 100 or more with delivery, being essentially just a piece of cloth.Without thinking for a long time, I looked at the industrial model, took it myself and made such an anti-friction glove for a tablet from an ordinary construction glove, cutting off several fingers and sewing a cut:The difference in work became tangible instantly. It became easy to drive a hand on the tablet, now I was able to do very small strokes, as well as display long smooth lines, without a hitching on sticking the hand to the tablet:By the way, my chosen glove of thick fabric, which, in addition to reducing friction, also absorbs fat and sweat from the hand, while wiping it from the tablet itself. The main thing is sometimes to wash it😁Speaking about the acquisition of such a glove, today, I would not do it myself. I would just buy an industrial design, for example, Wacom Tablet Anti-Friction Glove, the benefit of now and online stores is full, and payment tools, and international mail is arranged with a bang. And the price is more than affordable. But to try the difference "with" and "without", you can also use this kind of work glove sold in any building supermarket😉
Hello!I want to share a small "tablet" experience, I'm sure it will be of much help.For a long time I used a huge A4 wide tablet. Working with him looked like this. The tablet lay aside. When his turn came, the keyboard was left aside, the mouse moved away, and instead of them lay a huge monster. When the work with the monster stopped, he was put back in his "den", and the mouse and keyboard returned to their previous places. Such manipulations made not only inconvenient simultaneous use of the mouse and keyboard with the tablet, but I was trivial tired of these shifts. In this connection, I decided to purchase a new tablet Wacom Intuos Pro S, it is much smaller than the same company and the same class as the "monster". All the "games" with shifting stopped themselves on the same day and apparently for good. A small tablet just fit in front of my keyboard, and the need to move it disappeared. Here's how it looks in practice:
The keyboard I always had on this level (I'm sitting with my belly in the butt to the table while the elbow is not dangling, but on the table), so there were no changes except the appearance of the "support" for the wrists during typing.Now the main thing about the performance of the tablet itself is smaller in comparison with the larger one. Without going into subjective details, it became easier to work, because to position the cursor on the periphery of the screen you need to do less broad gestures. For many gestures, the need to move the hand has practically disappeared, it became possible to perform them simply with your fingers. Also, apparently, because of more modern electronics, the concept of "responsiveness" is completely gone. The cursor on the screen just repeats the manipulations on the surface of the tablet and that's it. All the concerns about the resolution of the shallow surface were also not confirmed. I do not know the technical characteristics, but in practice both in Photoshop and ZBrush everything works wonderfully, moreover, the new tablet is more sensitive to subjective impression, allows you to do smoother strokes (perhaps also because of new electronics). His permission is more than enough for drawing and retouching in a 2d editor and stuff.The last thing I would like to say is the protective film on the working surface of the tablet. As I said earlier, if you are not a super active illustrator, then the needs in the film, in general, no. But in the new experience, I still followed the example of gus_ann and decided to get one. I found no film for the Wacom tablet anywhere, at least locally in my city, and since I could not get to work before the sticker, I did not want the tablet to stay idle, I just went to a regular mobile phone store and bought the biggest film there for Tablets (not graphic, but those on Andoid :🙂 which I found. Already in the place he cut out a piece of the necessary dimensions with scissors and pasted it onto his new tablet. Toch works, the pen works, glides well. No problem, except that I bought a glossy film, and it did not fit into the style of the matte surface of the tablet this time, just as more significantly, it began to reflect the monitor screen and shine in the face, these are the two. In connection with what I otplelev her and in the same store bought the same, only matte. I stuck it and everything fell into place. Among other things, the slightly rough surface of the matte film, more like a paper, which is also a plus. Will feather from this feather, until I know, but for this case complete with a tablet there are 10 interchangeable feathers so I will replace if neededTotal:If you are not a professional artist who is used to drawing his hands in pencil on a large sheet of paper, then buying a large tablet does not make sense. Without thinking, take the smallest of the professional series.Also, if you want to paste a protective film on a graphic tablet, then do not search for "Vakomovskaya", glue any suitable matte film for glass screens of conventional tablets😉
Gus_ann, hello!As for the small keyboard without Numpad, I have been using it for many years. Definitely right after the transition from full-size, inconvenience will be, especially when you need to calculate something on the calculator😁 But first, very quickly you will get used to it and you will not look for numbers on the right, you will use those that are above, and secondly, if necessary You can buy a separate nump and put it aside, and when you need to deliver and use. Although in principle, the problem is just in this case is not in width, but in depth, that is, rather, it is not necessarily a non-homeless, namely a borderless keyboard. Unmounted and Borderless so in general it is😁Now about the nasty and annoying keyboard that will come out on the left-to-right of the screen. If we are about the same thing, here it is:
I did not memorize, for sure, at what times it climbs in regular situations, but the abnormal situation with the old tablet was and was that it had key functions. Simply they themselves were pressed and on one of them the Input Panel function was assigned, which caused this annoying keyboard. In this connection, if you really get out this panel spontaneously, then look not assigned to it on one of the keys. If so, assign a more innocuous function instead, for example Shift. This software or hardwar problem I have not figured out. Just bought a new tablet and the problem disappeared by itself. By the way, I do not use the keys and on the new, only the ring-ring (the zoom or the size of the brush I change)However, this keyboard is annoying and in normal situations, Windows "clever" and calls it all the time when it sees that the pen is being used. I defeated this with my first tablet, just went to the "Pen and Touch" settings in Control Panel and turned it off. Still I was very much annoyed by "gestures" with a pen, especially when you make a long press, and around the cursor appears a filling ring of blue color and, as it were, visually signifies gesture. This muck I turned off in the same place. Where exactly now I will not say, but everything in the control panel, just pay attention to the fact that "Pen and Touch" is exactly the functionality of Windows itself for working with the pen, do not confuse it with the settings of "Wacom Tablet Properties".As for the film, I have no idea correctly that I pasted it or in vain, beyond any doubt, it changed the surface structure of the tablet and the tactile sensations on the film are very different from those conceived by the developers (in the tablet advertising the surface is served as an imitation sheet of paper). So already having her definitely I can not advise. He began to use the tablet more actively, especially in the light of the study of ZBrush. But anyway, it's more at the level of "paranoia" that a brand new tablet gets dirty and nothing more😁Concerning S and M, here I purposefully took S, and I expected an even smaller tablet, with the size of the working surface, which, as it turned out, was inscribed in a larger surface and indicated by four luminous corners. Nevertheless, the device is even smaller in size than the S model would be quite appropriate. And before that I did not even have M a L, you can imagine that monster. Even to hide it in a "recumbent place" was a whole affair.
Hello Anton! "Lying down" for a tablet is a problem in itself. It should be wide enough, high enough to get it without problems and most importantly, nothing can be put on top of the tablet. Tk first, it is inconvenient to use when something is piled on top of it and the second, as it were, is not supposed to be put on it. And I myself think that on the tablet in any case, nothing should not lie. And it is right. So it turns out that one tablet occupies a shelf, where 10 volumes of Pushkin could fit😁And yes, - I was unpleasantly surprised when it turned out that the specified size of the tablet is the active size of the drawing field. Plus there is still an inactive size of the drawing field, plus boarders and buttons ..... I then counted on the active field and thought it was completely the tablet itself. And there another 30% should be added to the size .....For advice with the keyboard, thanks. I will try. And 100% for me this Windo is clever. The husband put 10 yesterday. Maybe he will grow wiser? We will see. In any case, I never climbed in the tablet settings, apparently the time has come. Thank you!