I have been a fan of Wacom products for years, using two 21″ Cyntiqs at home and an Intuos 5 on the road. The combination makes life so much easier and faster when it comes to processing images. Well Wacom just announced the new 27QHD Cyntiq and Companion 2. I haven’t had a chance to use either one yet, but I have been reading about them. If you’re looking into ways to increase the speed of your workflow then you might want to check them out.
For some time now I have been working with the Intuos Professional Pro Pen and Touch Tablet and I really do enjoy it. At home it’s dual Cyntiqs in my office but on the road it’s the tablet. They’re flat, light and far more comfortable when you have thousands of images to get through. Well for any of you that haven’t noticed it yet, if you have the touch feature enabled and are using the pen tool, the tablet actually senses both your hand and the pen and whatever you are working on gets all jittery. If you’re like me and see that and start to get all upset and concerned, just remember that very top most button, if default settings are in place, turns the touch feature off. Problem solved.
Today is the day the Expo floor opens and I cannot be more excited! One of the best parts of Photoshop World is going around to all the different vendors that you know and love, trying out new products and getting all that great knowledge straight from the guys in charge right to you. When I’m not in a classroom learning from one of the instructors I’m usually down there on the Expo floor, one place in particular. The Wacom Booth. I have known a lot of these guys for years and they are just the best. I love the tablets and the Cintiqs they just can’t be beat. Heck I’m using one right now. All of my images are finished these days on one or the other because i frankly can’t stand a mouse anymore. If you go by the booth and play with one of the examples they have set up you might find you won’t like a mouse anymore too.
This image seems to be the standard i use more and more often to show how much work into a photo. With all my Aviation work there is a a lot of finishing required. Usually it goes by in a few minutes, well this is one that took a lot longer. You can’t tell anymore but there was four other planes in this picture when i started and a number of photographers. With the help of my Intuos 4, which was the latest one out at the time this is an older image, the finite detail that had to be removed went away smooth as silk. I tried a similar image a while later with a mouse and it didn’t work nearly as smooth. Just amazing the difference you feel.
Now i have had a chance to play with the Intuos 5 and the 24″HD Cintiq they just rocked! The adjustable settings on the side make life much quicker and more organized especially for those that like to adjust everything possible to fit there style. The display on the new Cintiqs are almost too pretty to even touch. Looks aren’t everything. Besides being gorgeous they are by far the fastest way to process images that i have found. Now i might be a little biased about this but my eyes actually feel more comfortable looking at a Cintiq than a traditional monitor including my notebook screen. In this business eyes are everything so doing anything to keep them healthier is a good thing.
Any of you reading this and are here at Photoshop World it is definitely worth your while to go and check out these great tools at the Wacom Booth. For those of you that aren’t as comfortable with changing those setting the best way to learn is either to go to the booth while you are here or go the Wacom Blog. Best place to learn from the guys that make them. Also you can check out the PhotoshopCafe DVD Wacom Edition chalk full of useful tips to get the most out of any Wacom product. I have to warn you it is for CS5 so hopefully they will get a CS6 going at some point.
One of my earlier Christmas presents as i like to think of it, was this new case for my tablet. This is the Intuos Medium Sized soft case. If your like me and want to protect your equipment then this is something that might interest you. It’s a very light nylon case made to hold the tablet, cords and pen. It even has pockets inside. Having a case for the tablet makes it easy to pack, doesn’t take up much space and most importantly keeps everything together. It’s another one of those items to make life just a little bit nicer.
O boy a new toy in the house and it isn’t even Christmas yet! Although it is starting to feel that way. I just got the Wacom Intuos 4 Medium Tablet which rocks compared to my Intuos 3 Tablet. When i was at Bozeman a couple weeks ago, Joe Sliger of Wacom saw my Intuos 3, he said with a stunned look and pointed finger, “what is that!?” “No, No, Bad.” Didn’t bother me it was a simple tablet for the road. He let me play with a Intuos 4 for the week and boy do i like it! I didn’t have nearly enough time to play with it then, so Joe and Wacom were generous enough to provide me with one. I thank you all for doing that.
These things are so cool. They are great for travel, moving around the house, and storage. They rock when traveling because they are light, flat, and fast. They make processing images so much faster than using a mouse, especially with sensitive areas. For instance, working with static airplanes early in the morning and there is a pesky fence or hanger in the background cutting right through the wing and the only way to deal with it is with content aware, that’s when the precision of the pen is awesome. It just doesn’t come out as clean with a mouse.
There is so much more to explore with this device and i can’t wait to start! I know I’ll be visiting the Wacom site for more help from their videos trying to make the tablet as customized to my needs as i can make it. A great project for these snowy winter days! Definitely more to come, thanks again guys!!
Images of tablets provided by Wacom site