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Posted 12/16/14 , edited 12/16/14
I am curious about your thoughts on the Cintiq.

Would you buy it? Is it worth it? For what would you use it on? Why or why not?
Which one would you go with, the Companion or Hybrid?
If you are using it, how convenient is it for what you do?
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Posted 12/16/14 , edited 12/16/14
The artist in me wants it for the ability to directly draw onto the screen just as I would paper with the accuracy that can only come from a brand like Wacom... the tech geek in me says I need more power out of it for that price.

Either way I think I would still save up and go for the companion and use it at a remote access device for non-art purposes. I think I would go for the cheaper 256GB version and install windows 10 via USB.
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Posted 12/16/14
It's certainly nice, but way too pricey for the amateurish shit I produce. Even the tablet I use strikes me as a bit overkill. Though hey, if you're into professional work it doesn't seem like a bad choice.
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Posted 12/16/14
I have a 13" cheapest smallest one I think and it is definitely large enough, I would have to say it is worth every penny personally. Here is from my experience

Pros:
Downloadable grids and templates help to reiterate fundamentals.
Working with colors is exponentially easier and I feel even more fun due to the wide variation you can get so easily.
Cleaner work is always a bonus and you will definitely have cleaner work with a tablet.
I wouldn't say it saves money but if you're like me spending your paycheck buying baskets of 6$ markers, their refills, new pens, more paper etc. It isn't that much of difference overall when you drop 1000$ to replace those. not that I have... :,(

Cons:
Screen can get fairly messy and I have heard people say (hasn't happened to me) it can overheat fairly easy.
It's less portable than I would have liked and requires a computer with an HD port though most have them these days anyway.
I have a heart attack anytime any thing goes near it and dread it ever breaking.
1000$ bucks is a lot of money....
Calibrating color with your computer can be difficult sometimes.
I often feel like the image just isn't as sharp as hand drawn either.

Overall I would buy it when you have reached a level where you are confident with your skills on pen and paper. It's a supplementary tool, used in conjunction it can create some amazing work.
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Posted 11/13/15 , edited 11/13/15
I feel the same way with my wacom, my younger sister just got into art school.
I wanted to get her one this X'mas but its just soooo pricy.
I just purchased the D13 graphic tablet from Artisul, its on pre-sale right now with a free stand.
http://artisul.com/us/artisul_d13/
Haven't received it yet, but saw some youtube videos of it, Seems very good, specially since its priced at an affordable price.
Im going to give this New Graphic Tablet a try, its on pre-sale right now with a free stand.
Got to say the wacom stand is pretty shitty.
Posted 11/13/15
It's best to have one if you are a professional. Else they are scary expensive.

I have an older Intuos 3 tablet and enjoy messing with it in Painter or Krita.
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Posted 11/13/15
Part of me thinks they lost their monopoly on the pen-to-screen market when tablets were introduced, but then again, I have no idea how Krita or Photoshop would actually run on a tablet. I've heard Photoshop can run well on the new Surface Pros, but ehhh.

If I had disposable income (and if I'd actually use it more than a few times a month), I'd love to have a Cintiq. The industrial designers at my place of work are always producing drawings on them, and occasionally I start drooling when I see their computers through the open office windows.

To think that I went through art school with a Bamboo tablet. They're good and it still works, but technology has advanced so much in 7-8 years.
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Posted 11/13/15
I have a Intuos pro small, I like it. You get better pixel realistate with the more expensive models. But other then that there's not much, if you want to get one then begin on a cheaper version and move yourself up the chain if you think it's a nessesery investment
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Posted 11/13/15 , edited 11/13/15

hnrbledischarge wrote:

Part of me thinks they lost their monopoly on the pen-to-screen market when tablets were introduced, but then again, I have no idea how Krita or Photoshop would actually run on a tablet. I've heard Photoshop can run well on the new Surface Pros, but ehhh.

If I had disposable income (and if I'd actually use it more than a few times a month), I'd love to have a Cintiq. The industrial designers at my place of work are always producing drawings on them, and occasionally I start drooling when I see their computers through the open office windows.

To think that I went through art school with a Bamboo tablet. They're good and it still works, but technology has advanced so much in 7-8 years.


Android tablets and iPad can run Photoshop, but a gimped down version with almost no features. It's basiclly just like Instagram but with the Photoshop name. However the Surface can run Photoshop, however the problem with the Surface is that the pen only have 890 pressure points where as Wacom tablets usually have at least 2000 pressure points. In addition to this a Surface doesn't feel like something you'd draw on or edit on since it's a glass screen that really feels weird to draw on... And to tip it off, you can't rest your arm on the surface. However Wacom allows you to both rest your hand on the tablet
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Posted 11/13/15
Unfortunately, I can't really afford one. Being a student and hobby artist, my Bamboo has served me just fine. The better features of the Cintiq are quite appealing though. :/
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