Anyone use tablets?

Are they good for designing websites or more for photo retouching and drawing? They’ve always peaked my interest…I wish I could try before i buy.

I was looking at the Intuos4.

A friend just asked me this yesterday. :slight_smile: Wacom Intuos. There’s nothing better on the market. I use it every day for illustrations, drawings, logos, and other graphic elements.

Aren’t we talking about hardware here?

Well he said about using the hardware to design websites, and unless I’m very much mistaken, code doesn’t tend to be drawn onto the screen (time consuming) :wink:

Thanks for the responses guys.

i was just trying to see how it would be applicable in my own web design, like I said before it would be great to give it one of those 30 day trial period or your money back :slight_smile:

With my web design I’m drawing a lot of rectangles and other shapes and work with text a lot, and to be honest the only time I use the brush is either to color something small in real quick or when I do touch up photowork.

Do you guys find it a lot easier to use tools like the lasso to draw around a figure to cut them out of a background?

I probably wouldn’t use the sensitivity part much at all, but who knows, with new tools and options at my disposal maybe I’ll get into it? :slight_smile:

They are fun, and can be used in place of a mouse, but I only use mine for graphics work (like drawing lines in Illustrator etc.) I know a designer who uses the tablet instead of a mouse (partly for ergonomic reasons), but it doesn’t work for me. To use a tablet for general purposes like that, get a small one, as you will need the keyboard handy too, and a big one gets in the way. If you are doing a lot of illustrating, get a bigger one. TBH, I can’t see how a tablet would help at all for web design work, other than as an alternative to a mouse.

Am I the only one to think that graphic design software is not a good idea for designing websites (unless you’re just doing a wireframe or idea sketch)?

Tablet’s are great for accurate free-form drawing as on a pen and paper. It’s a more natural motion than a mouse. I recommend WACOM devices (I have one). :slight_smile:

I must start using mine, it’s a few years old now and is made by Trust. I’m not a keen fan on Trust products but I must say they have improved over the years since the days of sound cards. :slight_smile:

The times I’m using a mouse and thought ‘Maybe I should use my tablet’, but could not be bothered. :rolleyes:

I’ve used Wacom tablets for about 10 years now. I don’t use a mouse because I don’t need to, I use the smallest sized tablets mapped to the screen it makes for easy navigation and touch up work. Our fine motor skills are refined enough that I’ve never wanted anything bigger. It does limit the use of the tablet to wrist movements where as the larger tablets require more arm/elbow movement (which I dislike).

Pressure sensitive-wise I’ve never utilised the sensitivity in either photoshop or illustrator although I use them on a daily basis. I tend to find that my work requires consistent brush sizes.

I love the fact that I can hold the pen and switch from tablet work to typing an email and back again without having to put the pen down.

For about the same price as a decent mouse I’d pick these small tablets every time. Particularly for photoshop work or anything that requires precision or drawing curved lines.