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KahlanAmnell
05-13-2005, 10:26 PM
In relevance with tr@cer's thread, i would like to present this manual for all to read on graphic tablets.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v450/izabelka101/pbt.jpg
I'll be going over the wacom tablets due to their massive popularity and effectiveness amongst graphics artists.

Some general information.
Credits to: http://www.wacom.com

What is Wacom?

Wacom Technology is the world's leading pen tablet manufacturer and is best known for its Penabled brand of patented cordless and battery-free pen technology. Wacom pen tablets are now owned by millions of photographers, designers, artists, and other computer users worldwide.

Why buy a Wacom tablet?

Control, Comfort, Productivity

"Natural Control for Creativity without Boundaries"

Wacom tablets use pressure sensitivity, which allow you to dynamically control things like brush size, opacity, and more by changing how hard you press the pen tip to the tablet surface.

With a pressure-sensitive tool, such as Photoshop's Rubber Stamp or History brush or any Painter brush, you get unparalleled control. Press hard, and you get a more opaque clone, a fatter paintbrush, a darker stroke. Press lighter, and you have a transparent clone, a thin brush, a gentle stroke of color. It's intuitive, because it's how tools work in the real world. An Intuos tablet can even sense the tilt of your pen

"Ergonomics for Work Comfort"

Ergonomic design is the joining of science and art, and Wacom's tablets are the result of years of studying how people use tablets. Everything from the elegant shape and feel of the pen, with its tapered waist and finger flare, to the exact texture of the drawing surface, is designed to minimize strain and maximize comfort.

With many Wacom tablets you also have a choice of tools. The pen for absolute positioning and pressure-sensitive control; the mouse for a familiar navigation approach and static accuracy. Both incorporate Wacom's patented cordless and battery-free technology for maximum comfort and convenience.

Innovation & Speed for Work Productivity

If you spend any time at all creating and working with images on a computer, a pen tablet will make you faster. You can go from light to dark, thin to thick, or opaque to transparent in one pressure-sensitive stroke. The pen's absolute positioning is also faster than a mouse, allowing you to access every area of your screen without detours.

What are Wacom Intuos3 tablets?

Intuos3 gives you the power to quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork by turning on the full power of Adobe® Photoshop®, Corel® Painter™, and over 100 other leading software applications. Intuos3 tablets now put ExpressKeys™ and Touch Strips right at your fingertips for convenient keyboard shortcuts, scrolling, zooming, brush size control, and more.

Wacom's Penabled™ technology gives you the natural feel and superior performance of Wacom's patented cordless and battery-free tablet technology.

You'll find that using an Intuos pen, mouse, and tablet gives you more control, comfort, and productivity. Alternating between the comfortable Grip Pen and the ergonomic five-button Intuos3 mouse reduces repetitive motion. It's an easy and natural way to work.

What are Graphire tablets?

Graphire3 gives you the control you need to quickly and easily edit your digital photos. It works great with any software your mouse does and runs on both PCs and Macs. Draw, paint, create artwork for CDs/DVDs, sign your name, and annotate documents in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft PowerPoint.

Tablet Differences:

Tablet Differences Chart (http://www.wacom.com/productinfo/differences.cfm)

So now that we know what 2 of the most popular Wacom tablets have to offer, lets take a look into what type of tablet is right for you!

The Tablet Wizard (http://www.wacom.com/tabletwizard/index.cfm)


Pricing & Cheapest Offers

Wacom.com Prices:

Intuos3 Tablets:

4x5 - $219.95
6x8 - $329.95
9x12 - $449.95

Graphire Tablets:

4x5 - $99.95
6x8 - $199.95

Some Cheap Offers:

Academic Intuos3 9x12 USB Tablet w/Pen & Mouse & Software - $375.35
link (http://www.provantage.com/buy-7wacm16u-academic-intuos3-9x12-usb-tablet-w-pen-mouse-software-wacom-ptz930ac-shopping.htm)

Wacom PLATNINUM INTUOS2 6X8USB Tablet w/Grip Pen 2D Mouse - $249.95
link (http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=850078/mode=googlecp/)

Ebay Intuos3 tablets:
link (http://search.ebay.com/intuos3_W0QQfromZR40QQsojsZ1)

Ebay Graphire3 Tablets:
link (http://search.ebay.com/graphire3_W0QQsofocusZbsQQsbrftogZ1QQfromZR10QQcatrefZC6QQsojsZ1QQsacategoryZ-1Q26catrefQ3DC6QQsotrtypeZ1QQsotrvalueZ1QQsosortpropertyZ1Q26sosortorderQ3D1QQcoactionZcompareQQcopagenumZ1QQcoentrypageZsearch)

Wacom Intuos3 9x12 tablet with USB connector (PTZ-930) - $389.00
link (http://www.shopharmony.com/product.asp?i=WACPTZ930)

Wacom Tablet Collections
link (http://www.jr.com/JRSectionView.process?InSearch=t&N=0&Ntt=wacom&Ntk=All_Record_Search&lastSearch=&search.x=0&search.y=0&search=GO)

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What do I prefer?

1st choice: 6x8 Intuos3
2nd choice: 9x12 Intuos3

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Wacom Brushes 2:

For those who have purchased a Wacom Tablet and didn't recieve the Wacom Brushes which come in your Software Bundle Disc you can download them here:

http://www.temple-graphics.com/Wacom Brushes 2.abr


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The Innovative Wacom Cintiq
http://www.wacom.com/lcdtablets/images/Cintiq_144x144.gif

Note: These are very expensive. ($1000+)

OK, so first off -

What on earth is a Cintiq?

A Wacom Cintiq is a combination of a LCD monitor with a tablet. What this means is you can draw directly on the screen.

http://www.wacom.com/pressinfo/images/story18.jpg

Cintiq implements unique LCD technologies to achieve a natural paper-like experience. The surface has two coatings, one to diminish glare and another to provide a texture simulating the feel of paper. These surfaces are also hardened to provide durability and longevity. The LCD itself has been structured to eliminate any screen distortion when the pen tip is pressed against the surface. The result is an incredibly natural and intuitive experience.

Read Gray Holland of Alchemy Labs story about using a Cintiq: Link (http://www.wacom.com/pressinfo/stories.cfm?id=18)
PDF Version (http://www.wacom.com/pressinfo/pdfs/Wacom_Cintiq_3003.pdf)



There are currently two Cintiqs available. The 18SX and the 15SX. The main differences between the two is their variance in size, resolution, active area. response time, and rotation.

Cintiq 15SX

Screen Size: 15"
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 (XGA)
Active Area: 12.0" x 9.0"
Response Time: 45 ms
Pressure Levels: 512
Rotation: NA
Incline: 15º-72º



Display Specifications:
LCD Screen Size: 15 inch 18.1 inch
LCD Active Area: 11.9" x 8.9" 14.1" x 11.3"
Max LCD Resolution: 1024 x 768 (XGA) 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
Color Depth: 16,777,216 (24 bit) 16,777,216 (24 bit)
Contrast Ratio: 200:1 300:1
Brightness (cd/m2): 270 210
Viewing Angle (L/R) (U/D): 80/80, 80/80 80/80, 80/80
Analog Video Connector: HD-15pin Male(VGA) HD-15pin Male (VGA)
Digital Video Connector: DVI-D Male DVI-I Male & DVI-D Male



Pen Input Specifications:
Pen & Eraser Pressure: 512 levels 512 levels
Programmable Pen Switches: Eraser and 2 side switches Eraser and 2 side switches
Coord. Accuracy Center: ± 0.02" ± 0.02"
Tablet Reading Height: 0.2" 0.2"
Report Rate: 185 point/sec 205 point/sec
Battery Free: Yes Yes
USB Serial Connector: USB Plug A USB Plug A
RS-232 Serial Connector: DB-9pin Female DB-9pin Female



Mechanical Specifications:
Tablet Dimensions (LxHxD): 16.0"x13.4"x2.1" 18.4"x16.0"x2.8"
Weight (Excluding Stand): 8.51 lbs. 17.0 lbs.
Incline Adjustment: 15° to 72° 13° to 70°
Display Rotation: None ± 180°
Stand Attachment: VESA 75mm VESA 100mm with 70mm aperture
Cabling: 3 detachable 1 attached integral
Cable Length: 2 meters 2 meters
Operating Temperature: 5° to 35°C 5° to 35°C
Operating Humidity: 20% to 80% RH 20% to 80% RH
Mechanical Drawings (.pdf) 15X with stand (http://www.wacom.com/lcdtablets/withstand.pdf) 18SX Front (http://www.wacom.com/lcdtablets/18sxfront.pdf)
15X without stand (http://www.wacom.com/lcdtablets/nostand.pdf) 18SX Back (http://www.wacom.com/lcdtablets/18sxback.pdf)
18SX with stand (http://www.wacom.com/lcdtablets/18sxwithstand.pdf)



Power Specifications:
Power Supply Input: AC 100-240V 50-60Hz AC 100-240V 50-60Hz
Power Supply Output: DC18V DC18V
Max Power Consumption: 45W 54W


System Requirements:
PC: PC running Windows 98, 2000, NT, Millennium or XP; available serial port or USB port, DVI or VGA graphics connector and CD-ROM drive.

Mac: iMac or PowerMac with Mac OS OS 9 or OS X v.10.1.5 & higher; available USB port, DVI or VGA graphics connector and CD-ROM drive.

SGI: Additional purchase of Wacom Unix Kit ($149), IRIX 6.5, available serial port, DVI or VGA graphics connector, CD-ROM drive.

Sun: Additional purchase of Wacom Unix Kit ($149), Solaris 2.6 or higher, available serial port, DVI or VGA graphics connector , CD-ROM drive.




Cintiq 18SX

Screen Size: 18.1"
Screen Resolution: 1280x1024 (SXGA)
Active Area: 14.1" x 11.3"
Response Time: 27 ms
Pressure Levels: 512
Rotation: ±180º
Incline: 13º-70º


Display Specifications:
LCD Screen Size: 15 inch 18.1 inch
LCD Active Area: 11.9" x 8.9" 14.1" x 11.3"
Max LCD Resolution: 1024 x 768 (XGA) 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
Color Depth: 16,777,216 (24 bit) 16,777,216 (24 bit)
Contrast Ratio: 200:1 300:1
Brightness (cd/m2): 270 210
Viewing Angle (L/R) (U/D): 80/80, 80/80 80/80, 80/80
Analog Video Connector: HD-15pin Male(VGA) HD-15pin Male (VGA)
Digital Video Connector: DVI-D Male DVI-I Male & DVI-D Male



Pen Input Specifications:
Pen & Eraser Pressure: 512 levels 512 levels
Programmable Pen Switches: Eraser and 2 side switches Eraser and 2 side switches
Coord. Accuracy Center: ± 0.02" ± 0.02"
Tablet Reading Height: 0.2" 0.2"
Report Rate: 185 point/sec 205 point/sec
Battery Free: Yes Yes
USB Serial Connector: USB Plug A USB Plug A
RS-232 Serial Connector: DB-9pin Female DB-9pin Female



Mechanical Specifications:
Tablet Dimensions (LxHxD): 16.0"x13.4"x2.1" 18.4"x16.0"x2.8"
Weight (Excluding Stand): 8.51 lbs. 17.0 lbs.
Incline Adjustment: 15° to 72° 13° to 70°
Display Rotation: None ± 180°
Stand Attachment: VESA 75mm VESA 100mm with 70mm aperture
Cabling: 3 detachable 1 attached integral
Cable Length: 2 meters 2 meters
Operating Temperature: 5° to 35°C 5° to 35°C
Operating Humidity: 20% to 80% RH 20% to 80% RH
Mechanical Drawings (.pdf): 15X with stand (http://www.wacom.com/lcdtablets/withstand.pdf) 18SX Front (http://www.wacom.com/lcdtablets/18sxfront.pdf)
15X without stand (http://www.wacom.com/lcdtablets/nostand.pdf) 18SX Back (http://www.wacom.com/lcdtablets/18sxback.pdf)
18SX with stand (http://www.wacom.com/lcdtablets/18sxwithstand.pdf)



Power Specifications:
Power Supply Input: AC 100-240V 50-60Hz AC 100-240V 50-60Hz
Power Supply Output: DC18V DC18V
Max Power Consumption: 45W 54W


System Requirements:

PC: PC running Windows 98, 2000, NT, Millennium or XP; available serial port or USB port, DVI or VGA graphics connector and CD-ROM drive.

Mac: iMac or PowerMac with Mac OS OS 9 or OS X v.10.1.5 & higher; available USB port, DVI or VGA graphics connector and CD-ROM drive.

SGI: Additional purchase of Wacom Unix Kit ($149), IRIX 6.5, available serial port, DVI or VGA graphics connector, CD-ROM drive.

Sun: Additional purchase of Wacom Unix Kit ($149), Solaris 2.6 or higher, available serial port, DVI or VGA graphics connector , CD-ROM drive.



Personal Opinion

If you are a very serious/professional digital artist and over 1000$ fits in your budget then a Cintiq is for you.


The Dreaded Pricing

www.wacom.com (http://www.wacom.com) prices:
Cintiq 15SX: $1499
Cintiq 18SX: $2499


Will post more Cintiq offers very soon.

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*I'll post any other good offers I come across, if you have anymore post them here as well.




~Credit for this manual goes to Paul, retired staff of Temple Graphics.

TraceR
05-13-2005, 10:58 PM
Wow, nice one man! This should be made a sticky. Thanks for taking the time to make this. There is some very useful information here. 5 stars from me. :thumbsup:

Here is my thread (http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=236628) if you guys are interested by the way.

Thanks,

TraceR

prasadposam
07-08-2005, 04:57 PM
5 stars from me too !!

can i ask u a simple question which is tough for me??
is there a necessity of higher graphic resource for a pc to run a graphic tablet??
i mean does it need a decent ram or processor or graphic card blah balh blah

no one else to ask around me ...
pleae help

lokki
07-12-2005, 05:31 AM
since a graphics tablet is just a HID (human interface device), it only requires driver software, which is typically fairly low. Generally, Wacoms will work without any other software just as a pointing device, but you give up most of the functionality like pressure and tilt.

the application software is pretty light, so shouldn't be any real hit on your resources. I've run tablets on dog-slow machines with nothing perceptible at all.

jbw
08-19-2005, 08:50 AM
5 stars from me too !!

can i ask u a simple question which is tough for me??
is there a necessity of higher graphic resource for a pc to run a graphic tablet??
i mean does it need a decent ram or processor or graphic card blah balh blah

no one else to ask around me ...
pleae help

As a standard pointing device it requires no more resources than a mouse (as Lokki already stated). But if your drawing with it in Photoshop or Painter then both the brush you use and the size of your canvas can have an impact on how responsive the pen and tablet are.
I can see a noticable lag in Photoshop 7 when I draw with a dual brush on a large canvas size (3000x2000) on my work machine (3 yrs old), yet on my home machine (4 months old) with the same canvas and brush there is no lag?

Hope this helps,
jbw

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