Layers & Graphic Tablets

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by ReD, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Decided that I must investigate layers - never really got my head around them before which is surprising considering I used to use a ton of tracing paper in the past before computers
    Using Corel Painter 2 Essentials to start off with & had a quick play today - not too bad & has potential once I understand cloning, brushes & the like

    then decided I need more control for line drawing so loaded up my Old Wacom Intuous 3 Tablet (which I have never really used) only to find this doesn't work on Windows 7

    Loaded it into the XP side of my Computer & it works OK - so it now means I need to transport images across if I want to play with this on image editing using the tablet & pen

    Ho Hum

    Any advice on Intuous 3 drivers for Windows 7 ?

    Any advice on alternative cheap Graphics Tablets ? I Don't need anything too fancy
  2. mattia

    mattia Regular

    Dec 20, 2013
    Huion makes a variety of very affordable, surprisingly capable and good quality tablets.
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    i have no input tp help you out. Only that I think with your processing styles and art skills, I really look forward to what you will be able to achieve when you meld them both.
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  4. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Mattia Huion are remarkable value Thanks
    A fraction of the price of this old intuos 3 for what appears to be better & larger area (as well as up to date)

    I've also had some success in new driver installation - but i read reports it plays up after shut down so I'll see later on

    Luke - way over the top but thanks - efforts so far are discouraging - need more time on Corel for it to click.
  5. ricks

    ricks Veteran

    Nov 23, 2010
    I use an Intuos 2 tablet with Windows7. Just go to the Wacom site and enter your tablet in legacy drivers and download the latest and I think you will be ok.
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  6. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Yeah Thanks Rick did this last night version 6.12-5

    Now I need to get used to it again
  7. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    One thing that I learned early is that the larger tablets, when they are mapped so that the upper left corner matches the upper left corner of the screen and likewise with the lower right require a lot of desk space and a lot of arm movement. For example, reaching up to the File menu requires a real reach versus a flick of the wrist and a small slide with a mouse.

    With that in mind, I favor the smaller tablets that are mapped more like a mouse; if you reach the edge and need to move farther, just lift the stylus and reposition on the tablet. Just like a mouse.

    I've got a small Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch with a 3.5" x 5" active zone. It's one of their cheapest units. Like the name suggests, I can use it with a stylus or just my finger like a laptop touch pad. I've been using it instead of a mouse for close to ten years now. Very handy. If I need more precision in Photoshop of Lightroom, I simply zoom in. For masking and stuff, it's way more natural feeling and controllable than a mouse. Probably not as precise as a larger, more expensive tablet, but it gets the job done for me.
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  8. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Yes John absolutely right - even with the Intuous 3 with 4x5 screen the movement is large - but the pen reaction of the Huion appears more responsive in the video I saw - perhaps it was more the program used rather than the pen

    Now that my Intuous is working (even if on XP) I have no need to buy larger or another tablet