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p.1 #1 · Good tablet for LR and PS


I'm looking for a good tablet system that is mac compatible and will interface well with LR and PS5.

Wireless would be good I think. There are so many choices....even by Waacom alone.

I will be using it to retouch photos. No drawing or anything like that.

Thanks

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Apr 29, 2013 at 08:47 PM
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p.1 #2 · Good tablet for LR and PS


I use Intuos 5 and like it..


Apr 30, 2013 at 08:17 PM
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p.1 #3 · Good tablet for LR and PS


There is a large price difference between the Intuos and Bamboo. What are the practical differences in terms of photo retouching? I will never use the thing to draw.

Thanks!

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Apr 30, 2013 at 08:56 PM
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p.1 #4 · Good tablet for LR and PS


I use the cheapest Bamboo since I don't draw, and feel very happy with its size and weight. For what I do in retouching, it's more than enough. The only beef is a clear plastic cover has to be placed over it; otherwise, you have to keep buying those expensive nibs.


May 01, 2013 at 03:17 PM
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p.1 #5 · Good tablet for LR and PS


The main difference between the Intuos and Bamboo has to do with the interactive buttons and dial that comes with the higher priced models. That alone make it worth the price differential in my opinion - it definitely speeds your workflow when you don't have to bounce between the tablet and keypad.

The one variable that doesn't seem to make much difference in my book has been tablet size. In fact, the larger the tablet, the more landscape you have to cover with your stylus. Ugh~

I have an Intuos 4, Medium size and that's plenty big for me. Honestly, I don't have a clue what people do with the large ones.



May 01, 2013 at 04:53 PM
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p.1 #6 · Good tablet for LR and PS


I think the Intuos has higher resolution and also pen tilt. How much those matter in *real* world, I can't say. I have an Intuos4 small.


May 02, 2013 at 10:31 AM
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p.1 #7 · Good tablet for LR and PS


dlabrecque wrote:
Honestly, I don't have a clue what people do with the large ones.


digital artists normally need to use larger surface for elbow/shoulder movements when they draw/paint. For image retouching, larger size is not a bless unless you specify a much smaller surface area by remapping. I use the cheapest Bamboo, and even with that small size, I needed to remap it down to only 1/4 of its entire area for my retouching preference.



May 02, 2013 at 04:53 PM
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p.1 #8 · Good tablet for LR and PS


+1 and it's a pain to try to have a keyboard & big tablet and whatever else all in easy ergonomic reach. I will often put the small tab. on my lap. Try that w/ a med or large


May 03, 2013 at 10:57 AM
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p.1 #9 · Good tablet for LR and PS


I tried the cheaper Bamboo yesterday - one of my students draws with one - it wasn't very intuitive to use, but I'm sure I could get used to it. The frustrating thing was having to go back and forth to the keyboard to select brush size, etc. Do the more expensive ones make it possible to do those key commands on the pad? Also, I'm curious as to what remapping to 1/4 the size accomplishes when using LR or PS to retouch. Mshi - could you elaborate on that please?

Thanks to all.

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p.1 #10 · Good tablet for LR and PS


blutch wrote:
The frustrating thing was having to go back and forth to the keyboard to select brush size, etc. Do the more expensive ones make it possible to do those key commands on the pad? Also, I'm curious as to what remapping to 1/4 the size accomplishes when using LR or PS to retouch. Mshi - could you elaborate on that please?

Thanks to all.

B


No, you don't have to go back to keyboard to choose different brush size. You can program those two buttons on the pen for brush size, for example, the lower one for smaller size by mapping it to [ key, and the upper one to bigger size to ] key. I prefer smaller work area for faster workflow. It's a person thing. You can do so with the included Wacom software called Bamboo Preferences on Windows since I don't use any Apple products and have no idea what is the equivalent on Apple.







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May 03, 2013 at 05:37 PM
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p.1 #11 · Good tablet for LR and PS


Cool.. thanks. what about things like enlarging the photo, moving from one type of brush to another? Can you program the buttons on the tablet itself?

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May 03, 2013 at 05:41 PM
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p.1 #12 · Good tablet for LR and PS


blutch wrote:
Cool.. thanks. what about things like enlarging the photo, moving from one type of brush to another? Can you program the buttons on the tablet itself?

B


using keyboard short cuts are much faster than pressing buttons on higher end wacoms.


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May 03, 2013 at 05:43 PM
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p.1 #13 · Good tablet for LR and PS


Thank you for being so helpful! I appreciate people in this forum so much.

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May 03, 2013 at 05:45 PM
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p.1 #14 · Good tablet for LR and PS


you might want to locate an on-screen 'virtual' keyboard for whatever operating system you have (Mac has one built-in; dunno about Windoze)


May 03, 2013 at 06:09 PM
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p.1 #15 · Good tablet for LR and PS


blutch wrote:
Thank you for being so helpful! I appreciate people in this forum so much.

B


Forgot to mention there is another way to change brush size/hardness on the fly if you use CS5 and later. That's to use the same Bamboo Preferences to program one of the buttons as Mouse Right Click. Now when you are in Brush tool, while pressing/holding down both ALT key on the keyboard and the right mouse clip button on the pen, you can swipe the pen up/down for hardness, left/right for size. By default, the brush tip size preview window will come up to show you precisely the deal in red. If you don't like the color, you can change it to whatever you fancy under Brush Preview under Cursors in Preferences. One last thing, "Very Round Brush hardness based on HUD vertical movement" must be checked under General in Preferences.



May 04, 2013 at 03:34 AM
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p.1 #16 · Good tablet for LR and PS


good idea, heads-up that depending on operating system and OpenGL implementation, that may not work correctly (known bug in CS5 and/or OS X (version?))


May 04, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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p.1 #17 · Good tablet for LR and PS


I have a medium Wacom Intuos5 with the wireless option running under 10.8.3. In general I like it and find the more I use it the more valuable it becomes. I do have two problems: (1) periodically the key and ring stop responding to input and (2) I've never been able to get the touch gestures to work. Wacom's support isn't exactly stunning so I'm still working on why this happens.

The gesture thing is no problem but having the tablet unresponsive is a pain as I have to turn it off and on (and occasionally exit LR or PS) to restore functionality. Still, it has become an invaluable tool.

The Intuous line is a good middle point between the limited value of the bamboos and the very spendy Cintiqs. Only real issue is shuffling keyboard and tablet around, but use a virtual keyboard helps.

Robert



May 06, 2013 at 05:21 PM
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p.1 #18 · Good tablet for LR and PS


I recently bought a factory-refurbished small Intuos4, which is essentially the same as the Intuos5 minus touch capabilities. Looked brand new to me and only cost $120 shipped.

If you're just doing photo retouching the small size is all you need IMO. For drawing etc. go for the larger sizes.



May 07, 2013 at 11:16 PM





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