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Graphic Tablet Poll

View Poll Results: What size graphic tablet do you use?
4x5 123 33.24%
6x8 104 28.11%
9x12 51 13.78%
no tablet...use a mouse 80 21.62%
other 12 3.24%
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Old 06-13-2002, 01:20 PM
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Wacom Intuos 12x18. It's BIG, but perfect match for a 21" screen.
Built myself a custom monitor stand so I can slide it under my display when I don't need it and save valuable square feet of desk space
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Old 06-13-2002, 02:25 PM
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Sounds like a dream setup.
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Old 06-14-2002, 03:15 AM
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Thanks!

Took me a while to get it all together (long hours, no holidays) but it's worth it
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Old 06-14-2002, 08:15 AM
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You said that 12x18 is a perfect match for a 21 inch screen. How's that?
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Old 06-14-2002, 08:52 AM
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Ok DJ, let me try to explain my view on this..

Some people prefer to work on a 1:1 scale, meaning every milimeter you draw on the tablet also gives you one milmeter of stroke on the screen.
This way you never have to adjust your drawing. If your tablet is for example half the size of the display, then each inch becomes 2 inch on the screen, making it more difficult to achieve very precise effects and smooth strokes. Especially for ppl who rely a lot on their 'classic' drawing skills (like me), this is the best (most natural) way.

The diagonal of my display is 21". The diagonal of my artpad workspace is also almost 21" (give or take a few tenths). So this is the closest match to my screen.
So when I llok at my screen and see I want to draw a line of, say, 2 inch, then without having to think about when to stop, I can just draw the line the way I would do when working on paper.
With a smaller tablet I'd have to start the line and pay attention to when to stop it because i'd have to 'draw' a shorter line than Iwould see appear on the screen.
For many ppl this really is no issue at all, and they work perfectly well with any tablet size. It's just a personal feel.

I even go so far as to actually have a piece of paper on my tablet and use thw Wacom Ink-pen to have the 'real' drawing feeling. The friction of the paper and the feel of the fineliner pen-point gives me the most control and most natural 'feel' when drawing.

The 9x12 would be the best (closest) match for 17" screen.

...hope that makes any sense to you?
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Old 06-14-2002, 09:14 AM
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I think you explained it very well. I'm looking at my 21 in monitor and thinking that's one huge tablet to deal with. But I know what you mean about some prefering to work on a 1:1 ratio. I guess I never had it that way so I got used to it this way.
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Old 08-05-2002, 04:48 PM
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I just got my new wacom 5x8 Intuos 2. I was able to get a good deal, I saved almost $200 for a torn box. When I saw the deal on the distributors web site I couldn't resist and justifyed it by calling it my birthday present to myself. Now all I have to do is learn how to use it.
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Old 08-05-2002, 04:51 PM
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Finally ordered my Intuos2 6x8, but had to send it back as it was damaged. I should get a replacement tomorrow, and then I can start playing!
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Old 08-05-2002, 05:24 PM
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Sanda,
Lucky find!!! It won't take you long to be using that thing like an old pro.

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Bummer. Sanda finds a good tablet in a broken box and you get a good box with a broken tablet. Boy, some days it just don't pay to get out of bed. I can definately sympathize with you though. But cheer up it will be here soon and you will be up and playing with that new toy.
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Old 08-05-2002, 05:27 PM
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I've been watching the distributors web site for months because I knew they sold "seconds" at good prices. I was lucky enough to be the first to see the tablet and quick enough to ring and order it. Must have been my day.

T sorry to hear you got a dud but I'm sure you'll get your replacement soon. We'll have to compare notes on learning how to use them.
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