Which Wacom Cintiq should I buy considering I am learning adobe flash and 3d max, autodesk maya, and mudbox should I buy Wacom Cintiq 12 wx will it be helpfull or should I buy Wacom Cintiq 15x which is better.I like Cintiq 12 wx but people on this site have been complaining about it like lag of the cursor or other things.I wanna buy a cintiq what should I do can anybody help me with their suggestion.
I Have the 12WX, running it on a 2.5 Dual core Intel w 2gigDDR.
I've found a lot of the "problems" with Cintiq use is contributed to the setup of the software you are using.
I currently run these applications with a Cintiq:
Project Dogwaffle 4 pro
Carrara 7 Pro
Painter 4 Essentials
Anime Studio Pro 5.6
Corel Draw X3
Manga Studio 3 EX
I've also tried Painter X.
I have found the brush re-draw stepping may contibute to lag, but this also occurs on regular pen/tablets, the Cintiq allows the user to make longer more accurate complete strokes than a pen tablet, thus more information is being created during each stroke.
This occurs heavily in Painter X and Painter Essentials. So tune down the brush re-draw stepping and brush size, and you get less lag.
Dogwaffle, I use mostly for animation effects, so I don't really paint with it.
Zbrush works excellent with a Cintiq.
Manga Studio and Anime Studio and Corel Draw are exceptional with a Cintiq, no lag (mostly vector drawing use with these) Manga Studio the exception for Vector (tho it can create vector) I've used as a replacement to may Paper-stack. Very fast, no lag, can export to other apps, no more scanning.
Hexagon and Carrara is a little twitchy when painting textures, touching an edge will send the 3D view flying, you do not get that with Zbrush.
I get very little jitter on the edges of my Cintiq screen, nothing I'm concerned with. If you can, DO buy a larger Cintiq.
For me, my 12WX is fine, it has increased my productivity by 400-500%
Also you may need time to learn your pressure sensitivity, I've spend a lot of time drawing lines with each going thin-to-thick-to-thin, its not exactly like a pen/pencil so you have to learn your pen pressure up against the screen.
Each software program reacts differently, so you will end up preferring to use certain software for inking and using others for painting.
Spending time developing skill with a Cintiq is part of the process that many will forget/ignore and dive in, creating results that are not satisfactory. Keep this in mind!!! You need to develop technique and understanding with the Pen's reaction to the surface.
You learn certain things with software, like example: In inking I turn off opacity pressure options, and only use angle/size. Turn it back on for dodge/burn painting...
But seriously, drawing directly onto the screen is absolutely the way to go, I finish my story-boarding, sketching and completed concepts in record times. I see videos of people using the old pen-tablet and its painful to watch the little short strokes and the constant re-drawing and pre-stroking...
PC Tablets btw, ok, but what if you want to upgrade your system? Eventually a PC/Laptop will fail or fall behind in technology, your Cintiq can migrate along with your new computers.