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My mom said she''ll get me a tablet for my birthday! (I love my mom ) Anyway, what kind/size should I get and where can I buy one from? I have to order it online, none of the stores in my area have one.

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I personally have an old cross ipen tablet and it works great.

You probably want to get at least a 12" tablet.. do not settle for the cheap 6"x8" ones.. that''s about the size of your mousepad at home.

goto www.pricewatch.com and look under digital tablets

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Without a doubt I would go with the Wacom Intuos Tablet. It comes in 4" x 5", 6" x 8", 9" x 12", 12" x 12", and a whopping 12" x 18". It is truly a professional tablet, with precise and accurate pen tracking. Also, it is pressure sensitive, and depending on the software you are using, this can translate to different functionality. Additionally, it reads the angle of the pen relative to the tablet. Optional accessories include an airbrush and 3d mouse.

This is the tablet I have been drooling over for some time now. A bit pricey at $200 to$500, but in the end I believe it would be worth it. Unfortunately I can''t speak from experience, but my research says this is the one to get.

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CompUSA does carry Wacom tablets. Perhaps there is one near you?

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Agree on the Wacom choice.

I got the little one at CompUSA (it was all they had in stock). Good for touchups and tweaking images, but go for a larger one if you plan on hand drawing images from scratch. And if it''s someone else''s money.

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get a wacom graphite, or a wacom intuos if money isnt a problem. Also, size is not that important as far as I''m concerned, but that depend mostly on how you draw. Most art students learn do draw on very big sheet of papers and are now used to draw with their whole arm/elbow. Those people do need a large (and expensive) tablet to feel confortable.

Personnaly I am used to draw with my wrist so 4x5 or 8x6 is enough for me. Just check how big are your drawings, but don''t forget that you can zoom in and out with a tablet.

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get a wacom graphite, or a wacom intuos if money isnt a problem. Also, size is not that important as far as I''m concerned, but that depend mostly on how you draw. Most art students learn do draw on very big sheet of papers and are now used to draw with their whole arm/elbow. Those people do need a large (and expensive) tablet to feel confortable.

Personnaly I am used to draw with my wrist so 4x5 or 8x6 is enough for me. Just check how big are your drawings, but don''t forget that you can zoom in and out with a tablet. Also keep in mind that large tablets are also harder to manipulate. My small one is very handy. I have enough place for it on my desk (many people with large 12" often complain they don''t have enough deskspace to use it) or I can put it on my laps like a sketchbook.

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wacom intuos. ´nuff said
For the size, it really depends your style of drawing (your hand movements). Personally, I am a miniaturist. Gimme a stamp and I´ll have too much space left blank when I am done, so I decided to settle for an A5, and it is indeed quite big for my me.
And dont settle for just a Graphire; if it s a present, you might as well ask for the best stuff you could get

enjoy !

Sancte Isidore ora pro nobis !

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Ok, here''s what I decided to do - get a cheap tablet now, and if I really like it I will upgrade in a few years to a Wacom PL series, the ones where you draw on the lcd monitor. What I got for now is a generic 6x8". Thank''s for your opinions everyone!

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quote:
and if I really like it

No, you wont like it. You will simply never EVER be able to draw with a mouse ever again

youpla :-P

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i wouldnt go for a cheap one... the cheapest i know is the wacom graphire... its a little above $100, but its not that great, as its pretty high and has weird edges that makes resing you hand against it not so nice.... I have an intuos A6, its about twice as expensive, but it was DEFINITELY worth it... cause theres absolutely no way youre not going to like the tablet... i just hope you dont have an optical mouse, cause you might just as well throw that out . The intuos is a bit bigger (not the drawing area, but around it) so you can comfortably put your hand on it, it has a few extra menu buttons (quite helpful if youre into layers and so on a lot) and its way more sensitive than the graphire... and at$200 its not that expensive either...

and if youre one of the art-class draw-with-your-arm kind of guys, youre probably going to have to shell out a lot more than that... but if youre happy drawing from the wrist, A6 (the smallest) is a perfect size (at least for me it is).

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Weird. It''s not the hand-wrist thing for size, it''s the scale between my monitor and tablet. If I move my pen half an inch on the tablet, I feel like it should move about that distance on the screen. I''m not looking at my hand either, it''s just that my brain gets confused.

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