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"Clara L. Richardson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 24 May 2005 12:37:39 -0500
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>Hi All-
>I am trying to make a decision on purchasing a Wacom tablet for detailed
>work in Illustrator CS and perhaps FreeHand. I'm leaning towards the Intuos
>3, but I am wondering: is it really all that much better than the Graphire?
>Anyone have experience with both?
>Also, I'm not sure what size to get, as I haven't done much digital work,
>and have never used anything but the mouse. Should I assume that if I'm
>comfortable working in a 6x8" sketchbook, that I will be comfortable with
>the corresponding Wacom tablet, or are there more considerations than that?
>Any and all comments are appreciated.

Hi Rachel -

It really is different than a sketchbook because you are enlarging
and reducing the working area with the zoom constantly -- at least I

I have been happy with the 6 x 8 on a pretty big single screen and
the 4 x 5 on my laptop screen. So, Jeremy's point about matching it
to screen size makes sense.

We had a 12 x 12 once and I hated it because I couldn't reach over it
to the keyboard -- which you'll need for the keyboard shortcuts. They
will save you time and wear and tear on your hands after you learn
your way around.