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Jul 09, 2013 16:17 |  #1

Do any of you use a bamboo tablet with Photoshop or Lightroom? If so, which one, and do you find it better/faster or for what reason do you use it. I'm thinking about getting one but am undecided, your input will be appreciated.


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Jul 09, 2013 16:41 |  #2

I considered getting one, but to be honest, it's too much of a hassle to have to get used to a new device that would virtually do all your post processing. I have an iPad with a stylus and use that to handwrite any watermarks, signatures for photo watermarking, etc. The app I use allows you to save photos drawn as PNG and I just email them to myself. To me, thats the only purpose of having a stylus/pad for photoshop.

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Jul 09, 2013 19:21 |  #3

I use a WACOM 4x6. It's old but it does what I need. I haven't looked into the Bamboo line but I don't see how using a tablet & stylus translates into "virtually do all your post processing". The stylus comes in incredibly handy when cloning or selecting or shading or brushing... . For those times when all I need to do is tweak a slider a little, I don't often grab the stylus but if I have more than that, I almost always do. Pretty sure that once you try it, you'll be the same.


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Jul 09, 2013 20:04 |  #4

I've never used one but i've been tempted to get an Intuos Medium as I've been getting more into the postprocessing / digital imaging side of things much more recently.

For basic Lightroom work with minimal use of adjustment brushes I wouldn't bother.


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Jul 09, 2013 20:49 as a reply to  @ DonUnder's post |  #5

Thanks for the input so far. I was hoping more people used on so I could really get the feel of what it would be like.


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Jul 09, 2013 21:15 |  #6

I've had multiple tablets over the years, starting with the original Intuos line.

I currently have a bamboo tablet and use it pretty regularly in LR and Photoshop. It does take a while to get used to using a tablet as an input device. The one to one mapping of tablet to screen can throw you, especially if you get one of the larger tablets.




  
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Jul 10, 2013 04:08 |  #7

I held off getting one for a while, but now that I have it, I love it. Much better control than the mouse for small details and masking. I use a Bamboo pen & touch medium.


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Jul 10, 2013 06:11 |  #8

you can ask all the opinions you want, and read everything on the subject, but untill you use one you will never know. do not use mine much, but when you need to do some corrective work, selection, etc. it is amazing once you get used to it. Bamboo fun is my tablet.


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Jul 10, 2013 06:39 |  #9

To be honest, I was hesitant about buying one as well and when i did.....I hate going back to a mouse when i dont have it with me. Its all on prefference and how much you edit on it. You get used to it pretty quickly.


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Jul 10, 2013 08:51 |  #10

ralff wrote in post #16107196 (external link)
you can ask all the opinions you want, and read everything on the subject, but untill you use one you will never know. do not use mine much, but when you need to do some corrective work, selection, etc. it is amazing once you get used to it. Bamboo fun is my tablet.

I think you are right on this, I'm going to buy one today and give it a try. I know there will be a learning curve, but I can get through that.

Thanks to everyone who gave me their input it was all appreciated.


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Jul 11, 2013 12:51 |  #11

took a week to get used to it but i use it always for LR and PS.,


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Jul 11, 2013 13:19 |  #12

Another vote for "I was skeptical but now I love it."

I have an older Bamboo - maybe the original one. No buttons on the tablet, one rocker button on the stylus.


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Jul 11, 2013 13:54 |  #13

I have an ancient graphire 3 that I still use. Likely will update at some point, but am very tempted to just save up for one of their displays. Possibly a dangerous item to get into as you will simply want the bigger, better, more expensive options.

I am starting to see a trend with this hobby...


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Jul 11, 2013 18:53 |  #14

I use a bamboo fun for a lot of editing - brushing on masks etc - can do things in a subtle way that is impossible with a mouse. Not only the accuracy, but also the pressure sensitivity. A mouse is either on or off - even a basic tablet has 1024 pressure levels I think.

I use a mouse at the same time though, for clicking menu items etc. Only use the tablet for brushing.

For what I do it's absolutely essential.

It only cost about £50. Don't bother getting the "pen and touch" - the touch feature is just a giant trackpad, useless for me. Save some money and just go for the "pen".


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Jul 30, 2013 16:09 |  #15

There are four Bamboo tablets ranging from $69 to $199. Are the cheaper Splash, Capture and Connect OK or do you need to go for the Create


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