Graphics tablet choice

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  1. Akh-Horus

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    I've seen a lot of discussion about using a graphics tablet for photoshop editing. One of the main reasons for looking is due to the stress on your wrist and hand whilst editing, I get a bit of trouble with my hand accordingly.

    From the people who use them - is it worthwhile getting a graphics tablet for photo touchup? If so, which one for a beginner, Wacom seem to be the best but there are well regarded brands which are cheaper such as Huion.

    Thoughts/recommendations/feedback?

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    I can't say much in comparison to a Wacom but I just got myself a Huion H640P for $70.

    I am the worst drawer in my family, and have no artistic skills but I got it to learn and have some fun and my god it is such good fun and works really well.

    I was expecting it to be something like using like those old touch screen phones where you had to press so hard with no input followed... boy was I wrong.

    It takes a little getting used to actually using it and to use a stylus whilst looking up at your screen - it's definitely no mice. But it took me all of an hour to get used to its sensitivity and being able to control it.

    Go cheap, go the Huion. Learn it - if it doesn't suit then you can sell it. I feel like Wacom is just overpriced because once upon a time it was really just them in this market, now there are competitors like Huion and XP-Pen that Wacom should either revise their prices accordingly or risk losing customer base because of the chinese branded ones.

    Again, I don't have any experiences with different brands and models, and I've literally just started to teach myself to draw shapes. But I can definitely say I'm having lots of fun, learning lots, and have gotten used to using and controlling it very very quickly.
     
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    Many thanks for that. And I agree, the Huion appears to be good value, unless a good Wacom jumps out at a very good price.

    Anyone using a tablet with touching up photos?
     
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    These are the things I have had experience with.

    Wacom Cintiq 24HD v1
    Wacom Cintiq 13HD v1
    Wacom Intuos 4
    PenArtist 16

    First the Wacom stuff is hands down the best, everything said about them is true. So far with my pen artist I have driver issues constantly, extra functionality is low and the pen is only passable quality. The display and pen separation is also very large. However it only cost me like $500. I can use it but it has caused me many a headache.

    My 2cents.

    Unless you are doing proper digital art a Cintiq/pen display is not necessary and maybe even an inconvenience. They take up a sizeable portion of the desk and you have to move your mouse and keyboard to use it, making it difficult to multi task across monitors.

    A intuos, aka a graphics tablet is great for grabbing quickly. I used one at work for a long time and found it great. The hand/eye separation is only really an issue if you are doing digital art/drawing. Any other workflow it's totally fine and alot better than a mouse.

    As for what brands? honestly, I have heard good things about Huion, but Wacom is still the bench mark. I bet it would be really easy to pick up a used Intuos tablet for cheap. And I'd recommend doing that over buying an alternative brand.
     
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    Many thanks. Was thinking Huion but have heard the surface of the Wacom is better
     
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    Wacom is always going to be better in just about every way. Alternatives are catching up, but I would say that if you are a working professional then just pay the premium and get the Wacom.
     
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    Which model? There seems to be a large variety, as I said this is for photo touch ups, I can't draw to save myself.
     
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    +1 for Huion - but if you can afford it, go the Wacom. The Huions are on the up and up - but the Wacom is still the king in this field. I have loved using my Huion graphics tablet, to the point where i think it may be on its last legs. (absolute ton of use case here - digital drawing and art stuff and i have had it for years)

    I think it depends what interface you want - with that said, the graphics monitor is a direct interface to the image - less practice is needed to do this effectively. The cost of even the 13" Wacom Cintiq is exceptionally high for the real estate you end up - whereas you can get much larger graphics monitors - for equivalent price or cheaper from Huion and others. YMMV though.

    The Wacom premium is somewhat justified by the feel of the glass/surface, quality of the pen, drawing pressure and integration of software to the hardware - though my Huion was very easy to setup, felt pretty solid for the cost of investment and rarely if ever experienced any issues.

    As a hobbyist i stuck with Huion option and to be honest would buy a Huion next time too(but this time a graphics monitor, not drawing tablet).
     
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    With the lack of skill and low level use I am thinking of, that would be over kill . But fun lol.
     

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