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Old 12-20-2011, 01:22 PM
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Looking for affordable tablet for retouching?

What affordable tablet for retouching could you recommend me? I have no experience with tablets, so I really dont know anything about them.
This tablet is well priced... will it be ok for retouching:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Tablet.html
5.8 x 3.6" Active Area. Is this size ok for retouching in Photoshop?

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Old 12-20-2011, 04:43 PM
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Re: Looking for affordable tablet for retouching?

Hi santoro: It works, that's the least expensive Bamboo tablet, and the one I use... Certain tablet doesn't make any one a good retoucher, a tablet only makes your life easier... The way i see it is: buy the most comfortable tablet you can afford, if that's the one you can afford, go for it... A piece of advice: If you get it, use it only for retouching, and try to use it with soft strokes, that way you save nibs... You can use your mouse for everything else.. Hope this helps !
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:47 PM
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Re: Looking for affordable tablet for retouching?

I know that tablet doesn't make any one a good retoucher. The problem is I never used tablet, so I really cant tell what is the most comfortable one. Should I buy this cheapest and smallest one or should I wait, save more money and buy a bigger size?
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:54 PM
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Re: Looking for affordable tablet for retouching?

Again, if you can wait and buy a most comfortable one that's good... Many retouchers buy more expensive tablets because of comfortability... If you'd like to check my gallery go here: All those works are done with the cheap Bamboo tablet... http://boneappetit.deviantart.com/gallery/
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:48 AM
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Re: Looking for affordable tablet for retouching?

Bamboo = good for learning. If you find you need something more, you should go straight for one of the big ones. The most common one among professional retouchers, pro level photo labs, ad agencies, etc, would be an intuos large. I don't think the medium is worth it. I'd suggest you go for basically the bamboo or go straight to the intuos large skipping the medium. You can find a used intuos3 large for under $100, but they're no longer a popular format as displays are all basically wide screen formats now (1900x1200 24" displays as opposed to 1600x1200 21" displays, roughly the same height but wider).

If the feel is wonky, try force proportions.

Edit: I'm saying if the bamboo feels unacceptable, nothing below the "large" is likely to be satisfying long term. If it does feel good, then just stick with the bamboo. $70 now, sell for maybe $30-40 later if you decide you need something bigger, but imo the medium is a waste of money.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:45 AM
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Re: Looking for affordable tablet for retouching?

kav prefers the larger size, but that's just his preference. I use a Bamboo Fun, smallest size, and find it just right, sizewise. It works fine for me driving a 24" monitor. My daughter has a large Intuos 4, but has only a very small area mapped to her monitor. She finds the large size unwieldy. Bottom line is, start small and grow. kav has good advice there. If you don't like the Bamboo, go straight to large.
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:23 PM
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Re: Looking for affordable tablet for retouching?

I would also recommend starting with the Bamboo. It is a great introduction to using a tablet to see if you like working with a tablet. Some people do, some don't.
The large Intuos4 takes up a lot of desk space which is a problem for me.
Regards, Tom B.
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Old 12-24-2011, 02:26 PM
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Re: Looking for affordable tablet for retouching?

@ kav I used the medium size for years. I think it's the perfect size. With a bit of use, I think you can get used to any size.
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:24 PM
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Re: Looking for affordable tablet for retouching?

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@ kav I used the medium size for years. I think it's the perfect size. With a bit of use, I think you can get used to any size.
I've used pretty much every size. I thought going with the medium was a mistake once I got the large. I owned a small one when I was in college. I didn't actually say starting out with a bamboo was a bad idea. I mentioned that they're popular enough that if you don't like the size you can sell it pretty easily to switch up .
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:50 PM
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Re: Looking for affordable tablet for retouching?

Okay - gotcha. When you go back to a smaller one, can you get used to it? Just wondering. For me, after a couple of hours with a new size, I feel comfortable with it (surprisingly)
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