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Top 3 Tips When Choosing a Wacom Graphics Tablet

Wacom Cintiq 24HDThere are three important things to consider before buying a Wacom tablet.

  • Use/needs – This is the first thing you should figure out before browsing for a graphics tablet. If you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles, you might be overwhelmed or believe that you need them once you start looking.
  • Features – Once you know exactly why and how you will use your Wacom tablet, you will know which features you need.
  • Size – This is important. You should consider the dimensions of the entire Wacom tablet as well as the active drawing area. It’s great to have more active area space (I believe the bigger the better) but having owned several in the past, what I’ve learned is that it also comes down to your desk working area and sometimes having something too big may not be practical.
I’ve learned that knowing exactly what you need from a graphics tablet is the key to choosing the best one for you. Maybe write out a list of how you would use the tablet regularly and then read my full graphics tablet reviews for more details about each tablet. You can also click on the menu at the top of this page to be taken directly to the Wacom tablet you want to read more about.

Wacom Cintiq 24HD Tablet Demonstrations

Since we all can’t or don’t need to buy the top of the line Cintiq 24HD by Wacom, the next best thing is to play with one at a store. If that’s still not possible, then I recommend watching some demonstrations!

This demo and review is a little over 9 minutes, but is very helpful. He demos the stylus as well as the scroll wheel and buttons. Skip to 7:50 for his opinions of the cons. Cintiq 24HD Review and Demo.

This video shows the Cintiq 24hd in action! I’m not a fan of the music, but I liked watching his progress. Drawing on the Cintiq 24HD.

Not the best video, but gives you a good idea of the size of the 24HD. Quick review and demonstration of the Wacom Cintiq 24HD.


Wacom Intuos With Meet the Masters DVD Bundle

For those living in Europe, you are fortunate because Wacom is including Meet the Masters on DVD with an Intuos4 purchase (excluding the XL). This DVD provides great tutorials from internationally known designers

The DVD includes:

  • Digital drawing and painting in Photoshop – Learn to create an entire illustration from scratch, from setting up a workspace to sketching, drawing and colouring techniques.
  • Photo Illustration – Follow digital artist Uli Staiger as he uses Photoshop to create a breath taking composition. Through the process, learn about everything from 3D tools and blend modes to masking and layer adjustments.
  • Drawing in Illustrator – Find out about the different brushes in Illustrator that create a wide variety of effects in images.
  • Painter crash course – Explore Corel Painter’s artist’s tools and use them to create a piece of artwork from start to finish.

There is picture-in-picture video of the teachers using the Intuos4 pen tablet. There is also a mode called watch & work that displays the tutorial in a small window on screen allowing you to practice along with the video.

If you are only interested in the DVDs, they can be purchased separately or together on the Wacom estore.

I’m a bit jealous that we don’t get this same deal in the U.S. I have no idea why they don’t make it available here, but it’s a very good deal for anyone in Europe who is interested in buying an Intuos4 right now.

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