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First Tablet Suggestions?

Jun 14, 2014, 16:53
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First Tablet Suggestions?
So hi everyone, I'm rather active with gimp, have been for about 5 years now... Anyways, I finally decided to put away some money to save up for a tablet.

I need a tablet that will work well to make things like these (all links my own work from deviantart.com)

Photomanipulation 1
Photomanipulation 2
Drawing 1
Drawing 2

I've used a mouse to do all of the above, but when it comes to hair and drawing images digitally, a mouse gets in the way.

Can anyone suggest anything? I was thinking the Wacom Bamboo Medium but I'm not sure. Also, I really can't afford to spend over $250.


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Jun 14, 2014, 17:11
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RE: First Tablet Suggestions?
Welcome ArtsyArtist.

My advice would be to Google around for tablet issues with Gimp.
Some brands seem to have more problems than others.

It is likely to be dependent on which OS you use. Or which Gimp version you use.

If you seek opinions, people will rarely admit they have wasted their money on their model, or can only relay their experience which may not be applicable to you based on my previous statements.

Searching this forum alone, you will find many issues reported and I am sure you have asked the same question of your fellow artist on DeviantArt.
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Jun 14, 2014, 17:14
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RE: First Tablet Suggestions?
(Jun 14, 2014 17:11)fluffybunny2 Wrote:  It is likely to be dependent on which OS you use. Or which Gimp version you use.

If you seek opinions, people will rarely admit they have wasted their money on their model, or can only relay their experience which may not be applicable to you based on my previous statements.)


I use the newest gimp (2.8.6) and windows 8. And that's what I was hoping for, personal opinions Smile
I have googled and Wacom seems the most functional.
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Jun 14, 2014, 17:14
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RE: First Tablet Suggestions?
I bought a Wacom Bamboo Pen a year or so ago, I think it cost about £40. It's very basic, just a pen and tablet, but I find it invaluable for layer mask work.

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Jun 14, 2014, 17:20
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RE: First Tablet Suggestions?
(Jun 14, 2014 17:14)ArtsyArtist Wrote:  
(Jun 14, 2014 17:11)fluffybunny2 Wrote:  It is likely to be dependent on which OS you use. Or which Gimp version you use.

If you seek opinions, people will rarely admit they have wasted their money on their model, or can only relay their experience which may not be applicable to you based on my previous statements.)


I use the newest gimp (2.8.6) and windows 8. And that's what I was hoping for, personal opinions Smile
I have googled and Wacom seems the most functional.
The newest Gimp is 2.8.10 Wink
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Jun 14, 2014, 17:25
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RE: First Tablet Suggestions?
I have a €90 Wacom Bamboo, and I'm very happy with it.

The important thing is position accuracy. You can find cheap tablets but they won't be accurate. If you have an accurate tablet, it can be small. My Bamboo has 6x4" drawing area. As a consequence it's easy to carry... A small table also reduce the amplitude of the wrist moves, to it is less tiring. The second most important criterion is pressure accuracy/sensitivity. The Bamboo have 256 levels, which is a minimum. The Intuos have 512 levels but are more expensive. The other good thing about Wacoms is that the stylus is "passive". No wire, no battery... Speaking of wires, a USB wired connection is OK. You will find wireless tablets, or, for the Wacom, a wireless adapter, but it is much less useful than with a mouse, and you will have to manage batteries.

Extra frills and buttons are mostly useless. My Wacom has a reversible stylus, so you can associate one tool to each end. But one end has no pressure sensitivity...

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Jun 19, 2014, 17:00
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RE: First Tablet Suggestions?
I also have a wacom bamboo pen and agree with Ofnuts abt the drawing area. The first tablet I got I thought i should get the biggest I could afford - big mistake - you have to move your hand about far too much- a concise area is much better. So small size is better.
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Jun 19, 2014, 17:53 (This post was last modified: Jun 19, 2014 17:54 by iForStyle007.)
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RE: First Tablet Suggestions?
See if you can test out the drawing tablet in store (a plugged in model)
Wacom's earlier models usually play well with Gimp.

like fb said, make sure your using the latest Gimp to test how it works with it (2.8.10)
Also search up on possible compatibility problems with Gimp before you buy the drawing tablet you want with the features you want. If it will work with Paint or PS, there's a good chance it will work *mostly* on Gimp.

Last, maybe go the cheapest route first(to test). If you can find the mouse pad/stylus-no battery wacom combo, that one is nice (if it works with win8 that is...)

For more bells & whistles, I've used Aiptek, the stylus does need batteries, but you can get one[the tablet-mouse-stylus-combo] for around 100 dollars & the accuracy is above par IMO Smile (the last one I used was a 12000U, it has a nice drawing area length: 12x9

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