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For the past year or so now I've been tossing around the idea of getting a Cintiq. I'm a hardcore fan of traditional pencil and paper, but am tempted to get this to speed up certain processes, comic work, and commissioned art. If any of you use a cintiq (which I know there must be tons of you) let me know what you think. I'm lookin at the Cintiq 22hd, how does it transition from traditional drawing, or compare to a Wacom Bamboo (which I use now for my photoshop work)?
Any help you good folks can throw my way would be super awesome!!
Cheers,
Brett
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ascendingskulls's avatar
ascendingskulls|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had a cintiq and "downgraded" to an intuos.

Benefits of intuos: drawing not blocked by my own hand, sits comfortably on my lap or desk while I look comfortably ahead at my nice big monitor. Also a fraction of the cost.

Benefits of cintiq: You can sell it.
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Lou331's avatar
I love it for all my photo restoration work, and when I am working on Sign Designs 
I have the Cintiq 21UX I've had this baby since 2007 and never had any trouble with her, also
have the Intuos 3 graphics 13 tablet that I take with me when I'm in the field with my laptop.
all in all as Tony says theirrrrrrrr Gearttttttttttt.
Lou
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Ultra-Sempai's avatar
It's an awesome investment ^^

BTW.. [link]
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horror1o1's avatar
i've been wanting one for a while. let me know how it works for ya
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Hapuniva's avatar
Working on screen is f"*&in' sweet, I have a buddy who owns one and I use it when I can, but if you remember the first time you used a tablet you'll remember how awkward it felt. I got the same feeling when I first used the 21. Just a matter of getting use to the hand eye coordination again.
Takes me back to the days of using a lightbox.
The only gripe I have is the working position. You sort of haunch over it like an old drawing board which gets a little taxing on the back. I have not used the 24HD but I can see the advantage of the counter balanced stand.
If you can afford it... get it. and don't forget how cool its going to make you look when you work!
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amoxus's avatar
I suggest you go to a proper store that has demos for all the different products. You will probably notice right away certain things that are great as well as annoying when you compare them.
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KevinHarden's avatar
KevinHarden|Professional Artist
well worth the investment. will cut your coloring time in half. it is a tax write off as well. very short amount of time to get used to it, and once you do, you will wonder how you ever got anything done with a Bamboo........
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JasonTormos| Digital Artist
I have a Cintiq 12WX & I love it but of course they are super expensive so here is an alternative if your cash strapped,I may get one at some point..good luck!

[link]

With A Review

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VonEyEzine's avatar
VonEyEzine|Hobbyist Digital Artist
a little late to be throwing down 2 grand for tech thats finally out there in tablet form for less than 1/4 the price! I find the samsung galaxy note 10 inch tablet to be almost it. I mean lets face it, Cintique is a glorified monitor with tablet function. they had this stuff on laptops in early 2000s but they marketed them to the business faction for power point presentations. It had limited resources to use in what was then considered a heavy program like photoshop to run on a laptop. With horrible memory and no processing speed it was pointless. They could've done a better version just wasn't cost effective.

Now with tablets becoming to norm. It would be jumping the gun to do a Cintique. I ve tried one before and the wiggliness off drawing on a slippery screen is a issue and pixels and pencil point arnt the same even though calibration is good. Only advantage is being able to run desktop applications as opposed the gimpy version of photoshop "tablet edition" that comes preloaded on samsung note 10.1. You Can toatally see that adobe is being conservative as to what they release as a 10 dollar app on android, but Ill tell you IT WORKS! Spen is wacom intuitive to some extent with pressure sensitivity and fine point flair.

hope this was helpfull
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Core-Point's avatar
I thought it was helpful.
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VonEyEzine|Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool... that was kindaofa wild tanget, its just that I spend alot of time pondering these options, as I even had the HP touchscreen laptop and it was good but had no pressure sensibilities, well anyway it died to.
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Core-Point's avatar
It looks like that device that you mention.. the Yiynova is actually pretty good. After reading a lot of reviews.. I think I'll try to pick one up. Piss on Wacom if they don't want to compete.
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DrSizzle|Professional Traditional Artist
I have (at work) the HD24 and it's pretty awesome. It costs 3k :/ I would never spend that type of money at home. But for home, I'm waiting on this Windows Surface Pro Windows 8 thing. Let's you run regular Apps like photoshop, illustrator, Cinema4D etc. BUt has the Wacom pressure sensitive stylus, touch screen, HD Display port for an external screen, keyboard and mouse function and more and for $899 I'm portable.
The Cintiq is so heavy and obnoxiously big, there is no more desk space with all my other crap. And it's just a display with tablet features for triple the cost.
So I'd go with a Surface "Pro" when it comes out in 9 days. :) So excited!
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Cribs's avatar
Cribs|Professional Digital Artist
Cintiq. All the way, no question about it - at least for me.

Takes about a week or so to get used to it, but I found after the small adjustment hump, I just couldn't go back. It's a bit more 'slippery' than traditional drawing, and I do miss the tooth of the paper against a pencil, but the versatility and speed more than make up for it. If you're on a bamboo now, you'll be much better off with the extra levels of pressure sensitivity that the cintiq offers...

Go for it.
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jkf724's avatar
I've done numerous projects with traditional media and the Wacom Intous. I upgraded to the Cintiq 22hd and its absolutely the best of both worlds. There is an adjustment period going from analog to digital but it is much shorter with the Cintiq.
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kskillz's avatar
kskillz|Professional General Artist
I want one bad but, my issue is $$$. It cost so much and when i got my Bamboo tablet i barely used it because i couldn't get use to looking at the screen while drawing. And thats something that i would worry about, spending all that money and not being able to really work with it! Even though i know its a totally different tool!
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str4yk1tt3n's avatar
Have a Cintiq at work and a tablet laptop for personal use. I kind of love them. It takes a little time to get used to the different feel of it, but once you do...heck, it's just another tool. I love both Cintiq and tablet PC. I don't know what to say really, other than...they work as advertised?
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BaderBadruddin|Professional Filmographer
I bought a cintiq back in 2007, the 21 UX. Its still going strong, and didnt feel I needed to upgrade or get it fixed ever. theyre very robust and last long if you treat them well so the price is definately worth it in the long run.
it took me a while to transition but its definately way better than a normal tablet (ie all those desk ones as opposed to the screen drawing ones).

I would say go for it, and you will wonder how you worked without one before
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skankerzero's avatar
skankerzero|Professional Digital Artist
if you're scared of the price and don't want to risk not liking it, try the cheaper alternative.

Yiynova msp19u

Some info here.
[link]
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joshuaotero|Professional Digital Artist
Funny enough, I'm saving up for one myself.I tried the 22HD at SIGGRAPH which felt nice at the booth. I mostly work digital for deadline reasons but from what I hear from a few of my friends whom own a Cintiq tells me it helps with the following:
A: Takes care of the Wacom/Screen detachment issue in which your cursor draws but you don't actually feel like it's you drawing. (I have a Wacom Intuos 3)
B: It gives more accuracy to you digital pieces. From some I hear there is a slight lag on the cursor, but the depends on how many active programs you have and how fast your computer is.
I hope this helps.
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vidgamer123's avatar
I really enjoy my Cintiq 12WX, but the calibration becomes spotty around the edges of the screen. I would say save up for the 24 incher, as it has way more points of calibration on it.
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vakhtang's avatar
vakhtang|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your drawings are still great so I think it wouldn't matter :)
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DrewGreen's avatar
Honestly, I LOVE my Cintiq, it cut my work time in half. It is absolutely the coolest, most useful creative purchase I have ever made and it was worth every penny. Totally recommend it!
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mudimba's avatar
I recently got the 22hd (used to use an intuos). Now I am kicking myself that I didn't get one a long time ago. I'm also a big fan of traditional media, but sometimes you want to use a lot of color and you don't want to have to clean up a big mess afterwards.
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