View Full Version : Wacom Tablet

07-14-2012, 10:08 PM
Hi, I know several of you have talked about the Wacom tablet and using it with Designer. And I see that one forum member had a problem. But if you do have the Wacom, does it make tracing an image any easier? Using the software any easier? I'm just on the fence about buying one. I don't have enough info to make an informed decision and would appreciate any input. Thank you.

07-14-2012, 10:41 PM
I have used a little in designer and it worked fine. For zbrush or sculpting in 3d I could NOT live without. I have pattern editor but don't use ( like zbrush way more), but if I did, I would assume it would be the same. my advice get it....will take a min to get use to but it's awsome

07-14-2012, 11:26 PM
I use the VT muse- it does all the stuff the wacom does but is cheaper-- I've used the wacom and both feel about the same as far as sturdiness/etc.

At any rate, it is here

per camelcamelcamel, it is at the peak of it's historic price right now, you may want to keep an eye on it for a lower price if you go this route

I can't imagine designing without it-- it really makes both tracing, drawing, and repairing models much easier. I use it in the pattern editor a lot.

07-15-2012, 04:43 PM
Well, after seeing your wonderful projects, Lawrence and seeing your wonderful tutorials in Moi, John (which I can't seem to master although I'm really working at it), I will take it on excellent authority that this might be a good idea. I'm going to go for it. Thank you for the links, Lawrence. Leave it to me to decide to buy just when the price goes up.

07-18-2012, 12:13 AM
It will take a min to get used to..after that its like have a pen to draw on the computer with...let us know how you make out

07-18-2012, 12:51 AM
These all sound great! Please tell us how you like it.

07-18-2012, 09:06 AM
Something to consider when purchasing a tablet is the size. The way a tablet works is the area of the tablet ends up corresponding to your monitor. So, you place the pen on a certain point on the tablet and it's always going to correspond to the same point of the screen. Different from how a mouse works which is why it's so much more accurate to the types of editing you may find yourself doing. It does take some getting used to but I find myself not using a mouse at all anymore and almost solely using the Wacom tablet.

The reason you want to watch the size you get is the larger the tablet you can afford, the more pinpoint accuracy you will get due to the 1 to 1 relation of Tablet to Screen. Another thing to consider is that if you run dual monitors you'll find that the way the tablet works changes. I switched to a dual monitor setup after getting my tablet ( Wacom Bamboo ) and now the tablet is effectively cut in half in the way it responds to the dual display. The left half will work with monitor A and the right half will work with monitor B. So, if you are already or intend to use a dual monitor set up try to spring for a larger tablet if possible.

Sorry if I don't describe this stuff with the technical ease that others do but I think you can get the idea. If not, I made a simple graphic of my particular setup and how it works with my tablet.