What do you use to edit your pictures? I don’t mean Photoshop or Gimp, Lightroom or Aperture. I mean what instrument do you use to physically input to your computer? If you answered mouse, or (ahh) trackpad, you’re not getting the best that you can possibly get out of your photos. One of the Photoshop guys (it was either Matt, Scott, or R.C.) said recently that using a mouse to edit an image is like using a single sized paint brush to paint an entire house. Yes, you can get the job done, but not with the precision, quality, or speed that you could with a roller, and a fine brush. The same holds true with tablets for photo editing. The Wacom Intuos Tablet has 2048 levels of pressure. This means that you can use paint brushes, erasers, and all of the other pressure sensitive tools in Photoshop to a level that you couldn’t do with a mouse or otherwise. So what do I use? I use the Wacom Intuos 4 Small.
I use the Wacom Intuos small for two reasons. First, it fits in my laptop bag and goes everywhere my laptop goes. Second, I prefer the cheaper price of the smaller tablet. My buddy Terry did a review of the Wacom Medium tablet here. Everything in his review of the medium applies to the Intuos 4 small except for the LEDs next to the buttons. The Small doesn’t have them. I agree completely with Terry’s review of the tablet. Wacom builds great quality products. I started with the Wacom Bamboo tablet. The Bamboo is Wacom’s consumer line of tablets, and while still a good product, it pales in comparison to the Intuos 4. With Six customizable express keys, a touch ring with 4 customizable functions the Intuos 4 is sure to speed up your workflow 2 fold. Besides Photoshop CS5, the Wacom Tablet is my most important editing tool.
You can but the Intuos 4 Small Here for $199
You can buy the intuos 4 Medium from Here for $309