Editing tablets are an essential tool that will transform the way you edit images. Whether you’ve been on the fence or are completely new to tablets, here are the ones you should be considering.
Why Should I Use An Editing Tablet?
What’s it like to edit with a photo editing tablet you ask? Well imagine painting with a paintbrush versus a brick. That’s what it feels like when you make the switch from your everyday mouse, to an editing tablet. It’s whole new and magical world that you’ll be upset nobody told you about sooner. Well now I’m telling you!
An editing tablet is essentially a giant track pad that you control with a stylus. It takes the movements and pressure you place on the pad and correlates it into cursor movements and brush strokes on your computer screen. It offers the ability to be a lot more delicate and extremely precise with any adjustment you add to your images.
Now, lets mull over what tablets might be right for you and how much you can expect to pay for these magical little tablets.
Types Of Editing Tablets:
If you search for editing tablets, you will be bombarded with an overwhelming amount of options. Different colours, different prices, different sizes, some with screens, some with buttons, oh my god I can’t handle all these options. Keep in mind, some tablets are drawing specific, some are gaming specific and some are photo editing specific. If you decide to stray from my suggestions on this one, be aware.
The biggest differences between tablets, at first glance, are the prices. You’ll find two tablets that look nearly exactly the same, but one costs about $200 more. “What in the f*ck?” you ask yourself.
The old saying, “you get what you pay for”, rings absolutely true with editing tablets. Whether it be the functionality, pressure sensitivity, or compatibility with varying computer platforms, there is always a reason for the price gap.
The one brand of tablet that I fully believe should be your only consideration for photo editing specific tablets, is Wacom. Wacom creates an impressive array of diverse tablets that is hard to compare to. If you want to see a full line up of their tablets, click here.
The Best Tablets For Photo Editing:
Now I could list off 5 – 10 tablets, all that would work for photo editing purposes. However, I’m not here to waste your time so I’m keeping this straight to the point, with the only 2 tablets you should be considering, for photo editing.
WACOM INTUOS PHOTO TABLET: A Great Tablet, For Half The Price.
- 2048 Pen Pressure Points
- 2540 LPI(Lines Per Inch) Resolution
- USB Connection Only
- Comes in Small or Medium sizes
- Compatible on Mac and PC
- 4 Application Specific Expresskeys
- Multi-touch: YES
- Photo Pack: Software downloads, services and Online Training
The Wacom Intuos Photo Tablet is a fantastic option for those wanting a fully capable tablet for photo editing at half the cost. The Wacom Intuos Photo tablet comes in two separate sizes: Small(6.0 x 3.7 IN active area) and the Medium(8.5 x 5.3 IN active area). It boasts an impressive 2048 pen pressure points complete with a resolution of 2540 LPI. Out of the box this tablet comes with a Intuos Pen, USB cable(wireless connectivity sold separately), Installation code and instructions, and an installation CD… if anyone uses those anymore. Lastly this tablet comes complete with online training guides to begin learning how to set up and edit your images with a tablet!
WACOM INTUOS PRO TABLET: The All-Around Pro Level Tablet
- 8192 Pen Pressure Points; 2048 Pen Pressure Points on small version
- 5080 LPI(Lines Per Inch) Resolution
- Bluetooth Connection; USB connection also available
- Comes in Small, Medium, and Large
- Compatible on Mac and PC
- 8 customizable Expresskeys; 6 customizable Expresskeys on small version
- Multi-Touch: Yes
- Radial menus & customizable touch ring
- Pro Pen 2 included
- +/- 60 degrees tilt recognition
- Download instructions and online training classes included
The Wacom Intuos Pro tablet is an absolute beast of a tablet. Although a bit more pricey, there are almost no limits as to what this tablet can do. The Wacom Intuos Pro tablet is a professional level tablet unparalleled in its performance and creative capabilities. This tablet comes in 3 sizes: small(6.2 x 3.9 IN active area), medium(8.7 x 5.8 IN active area), and large(12.1 x 8.4 IN active area). It’s complete with the Pro Pen 2 that has exceptional sensitivity and tilt control with no lag, compared to older pens. This pen also comes with an eraser, which is pretty darn awesome I must say. The tablet itself, has 8 customizable Expresskeys (6 on small version) with radial menus, customizable touch ring, multi-touch to easily navigate your work, heads up display, 5080 LPI resolution, 8192 pen pressure points on both the tip and eraser, +/- 60 degrees tilt recognition, with completely wireless connectivity!
Buying a tablet can be an extremely tricky decision. Do I need those extra features? Do I need all those extra keys? Do I really care about one pen or the other? Personally, I use the Wacom Intuos Pro tablet as the extra customizable Expresskeys and tilt sensitivity make my day to day a whole lot easier. For the extra bit of cash, I get a ton of extra features that really improve my workflow. If you’re less about faster workflows and just about precision control, the Wacom Intuos Photo Tablet will definitely do the trick for you.
Whatever tablet you decide to buy, I would love to hear your experiences switching from editing with a mouse to a tablet. Let me know in the comments below!
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