What is a good drawing tablet for a beginner?
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Posted 5/26/14 , edited 5/26/14
https://www.jbhifionline.com.au/computers-laptops/computer-accessories/wacom-intuos-pen-touch-tablet-medium/691274


is that one any good? I don't know since I'm a beginner not just to tablets but to drawing where can I learn to be an animator online and what is a good tablet for a beginner but also good for someone who is good in case I do become good thanks sorry I'm a such a noob!
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https://www.jbhifionline.com.au/computers-laptops/computer-accessories/wacom-intuos-pen-touch-tablet-medium/691274


is that one any good? I don't know since I'm a beginner not just to tablets but to drawing where can I learn to be an animator online and what is a good tablet for a beginner but also good for someone who is good in case I do become good thanks sorry I'm a such a noob!


Everyone starts somewhere!

I'm not much of an artist, but I know several from my old jobs. Wacom is definitely the brand they go with, they're known for good quality. The pressure sensitivity is something to look for - the higher that number, the more you can do as you get better with drawing. The size is something to watch for as well, but if you want something that you can try out first to see if you want to invest more, you might consider one of Wacom's Bamboo Splash tablets instead - like this one. It's about 1/4 the size, but also 1/4 the price.

Wacom's Intuos line like you linked to is basically the top end of what they offer for the Bamboo series, so there's also several options in between the Splash and the Intuos that you might consider.

Hope that helps some!
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I highly recommend Wacom tablets as well. I have the Wacom Intuos PTH-650, which was, at the time, the medium sized tablet in the Intuos line (I say 'at the time' because mine is over a year old now, and I'm not quite up to speed on their recent offerings). It has good pressure sensitivity, is easy to set up and use, comes with replacement pen nibs, and works well with various graphics programs (including Corel Painter, which is what I use). All I can say is that it's miles ahead of drawing with a mouse.

By the by, if you happen to have an iPad, you might want to check out Wacom's iPad stylus as well as the tablet.
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I would also recommend the Wacom tablets. If you're starting out, it depends on how serious you think you'll be about this. If you aren't sure, I'd recommend getting one of the Bamboo ones because they're much cheaper and still pretty reliable. It's what I bought my younger brother to try out to see if he'd enjoy digital art or not. I've never used a bamboo though so I cannot vouch for it much, but seeing as it is still Wacom it can't be that bad. I personally use a Wacom tablet (although probably older by now) and has worked quite well for me :)

I'd recommend checking out options on Amazon though. They are reliable and their prices are generally the lowest from what I've seen so far. I mean, look at this. This is the same one you linked but it's much cheaper! Then again I don't know where you live either so there's that.. lol.

http://www.amazon.com/Wacom-Intuos-Medium-Tablet-CTH680/dp/B00EN27UC2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401120735&sr=8-1&keywords=Wacom+Intuos+Pen+%26+Touch+Tablet+Medium
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I did quite a bit of research on this. There are definitely cheaper graphics tablets than Wacom, but it's largely a monopoly because nobody's beaten the tech for the price yet. It's a lot like the grip Photoshop has on the industry and why they still shamelessly charge 5-700 dollars instead of coming up with different packages. The major considerations for a tablet are pressure sensitivity, active area, whether or not the pen is battery-free, if the unit itself is wireless, the resolution, and the tilt. Wacoms also usually come with extra features like touch which will make navigation easier.

It's also a major factor if you intend to actually be drawing or just touching up photos/pictures. If it was just the latter you could get away with a minimal size tablet, but since you want to be an animator you'll need at least a medium size one.

By the way, if you want to cheat and check out the tech before buying, go to your nearest cellphone store and try out a Galaxy Note II or III. Pull out the stylus, open the art app and dink around with it. Their stylus tech was also made by Wacom with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, so it's a good benchmark to figure out whether or not you're even going to LIKE digital art. Though, I guess if you're set on animation, you don't have much of a choice.
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Woah, woah, WOAH! Don't buy that tablet from that site! You can save a lot more buying it off Amazon. Wacom makes great tablets, but a lot of them are really overpriced (as others have said, Wacom holds a monopoly in the business). I've owned the small version of that tablet, the CTH480S2 http://www.amazon.com/Wacom-Intuos-Touch-Small-Tablet/dp/B00EN27U9U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401304477&sr=8-1&keywords=wacom+intuos. It is a decent tablet, but the touch feature isn't that great and the papery texture of the tablet's surface (although nice) puts more wear on the pen's nib.


I recommend Huion tablets. They're much cheaper and just as good. I currently use the Huion H610 Pro http://www.amazon.com/Huion-H610-Graphics-Drawing-Tablet/dp/B00GIGGS6A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401304811&sr=8-1&keywords=huion and am happy with it more than the Wacom tablet I had (which I gave away to my younger cousin). It is about $69.99 on Amazon. As a beginner, I recommend the Huion H610 Pro tablet, as it is way cheaper, but just as great. Look up its reviews on Youtube if you're interested.



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Posted 5/28/14
Yeah. I use a Wacom Intuos. Very good beginner thing. At worst - you'll be able to play OSU as it was intended to be played =))).
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Been thinking about the move to a tablet too. Ran across this, looks interesting.

http://www.wacom.com/en/us/creative/intuos-manga

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Absolutely adore my Intuos, bought the manga version as above for the free software, but have since moved on to other stuff..

I used to have an old bamboo (before they became touch pads) but the intuos is much more comfortable imo


Just be aware that the intuos is the drawing tablet, whilst bamboo is now more of a touchpad/mouse replacement. Also, the small size is probably better to start with, depends what sized screen you intend to use... on a small (laptop size) screen the larger movements you have to make with the medium tablet feel clunky and wrong (to me anyway) where the smaller tablet feels better...

anyway, here's the link to where I got mine, and I think a review I posted is there too...
http://www.ebuyer.com/544850-intuos-manga-en-de-nl-cth-480m-n
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Yeah, Wacom is probably the best to start with in my opinion, I started with a Wacom Bamboo, not too large, not too many buttons.
But the best thing I liked from the Bamboo, is that it was, for me, the best thing to start with and learn the way to draw on a tablet.
Since it does not have that many buttons, but it does have the main funcionality, I would recommend the Bamboo.

I for myself am using a Cintiq right now, i wanted the feel as if I really was drawing on a virtual paper :D
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I use a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. It has a Wacom tablet built into the screen.
I'm not good at drawing, but here are my first few attempts to color line-art scans. (One Piece scans) (Using the Paint Shop app)
I wish I could draw, so I could make my own pictures and color them...




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Um...I used to own a Genius pen tablet F610 ; u ;
That may be a good starting tablet when you're really short on cash.
I thought it was the best tablet ever until I switched to Wacom Bamboo Fun.
Wacom is definitely different. The pen is lighter (Genius' pen has batteries so it's heavier) like holding a pencil, I feel like I'm drawing with a pencil and paper. I draw way faster than with my Genius. If you want to go pro, Wacom Bamboo is a good start. o w o
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That tablet that you shared is a good one; it's the one I have. It's the only one I've ever owned, but being an amateur myself, it is easily usable. Just don't be stupid like me & leave it on your floor...it'll most likely get stepped on.
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