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07-26-2008, 08:58 PM
Hi All---I would so appreciate input on graphic tablets. Are they worth the investment? Has anyone bought one and then not used it for some reason?
I usually work with my laptop on the couch, bed...anywhere besides a desk. Would it even be appropriate for me?
Thanks so much for all your help and input.
07-27-2008, 12:55 AM
Are they worth it? Yes.
I use mine all the time ... but I do tend to work at a desk 100% of time, though I do have a laptop! But, to do any brush work (erase, select, draw, etc) it is simply amazing how much better you are with a tablet.
One word of caution, it takes practice, so if you get one, use it. And use it only until it becomes second nature. I had mine for 6 months, but never got the hand of it until someone said use only it for your mouse. I did and never regretted buying it after that!
07-27-2008, 08:26 PM
Thanks so much for your help. I really appreciate your input and advice.
Any other experiences from others or do most here not use a tablet?
07-27-2008, 08:39 PM
I want one!!! :D
I borrowed a friends once and at first I found it a bit tricky but it doesnt take long to get the hang of it. I would think it was worth it. :)
07-28-2008, 03:34 PM
Thanks, Eileen, for sharing yoiur experience with me.
07-28-2008, 05:51 PM
It probably depends on what you do. If you end up doing a lot of extracting work or work with brushes and/or add painterly effects to your things then it is worth it I think. To be honest I use it for my design work but hardly ever use it when I'm just scrapping a layout. (FYI....I have an older Wacom)
07-28-2008, 06:11 PM
Debb, does have a point! If you are 'just a scrapper' and don't do any special effects, then no, a tablet isn't really needed. I don't do a lot of design work myself, but I am so used to having the tablet, that I find it easier to do everything now.
07-28-2008, 10:36 PM
Thanks Debb and ScrapMel. I don't do a lot of designing but do end up doing a lot of extractions (to make up for the fact that I too often don't notice what's in the background when I take a picture!).
08-01-2008, 02:20 AM
I have a tablet that I love. It is definitely worth it. I use a laptop 90% of the time, and if I'm on the couch, I put the tablet on the arm of the couch. I don't tend to use it if I'm carrying my laptop around (obviously), but it does make scrapping much easier than using the touchpad!
Mel's comments were right on - use the tablet exclusively as a mouse until you get used to it, or you'll never get used to it.
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