Friday, August 17, 2018

Huion H640P Tablet Retouching Test

I decided to try out a cheaper Chinese made graphics tablet to get better results when retouching. Some gestures are just very difficult to perform with a mouse.

The Huion H640P was less than $50 including 2 day shipping from Amazon so I decided to give it a try. I made a video giving my thoughts as I use it to perform a retouching of a photo I took at a burlesque performance.

Huion makes a bunch of different tablets of varying designs. I chose this one because it doesn't need a battery for the pen. Other Huion pen's needed to be charged. It also wasn't too big. I can't really draw well so other than retouching I'm not using this for anything. It wound up being much cheaper than a Wacom tablet and it has over 8,000 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The only major downsides I could see is that the software only let's you program one set of shortcuts for the buttons. It may not work well if you're using it for more than one program. Other tablets have software that can switch settings based on the active window. Not Huion. For me that isn't a problem since I'm only using it with one program.

Anytime else I'm using my mouse and I don't need to disconnect my mouse to use the tablet or vice versa.

It's going to take some time to adjust but I anticipate it will save me time by allowing me to draw the patterns I want right away instead of struggling and repeating with a mouse. The pressure sensitivity also allows me to adjust brush size by pressure without having to stop to adjust the brush settings.

Huion also has the H950P wich has a similar design except it's larger and the pen also has tilt sensitivity. It's bigger and more expensive than I wanted to spend but it's priced well against competitors.

The Huion tablets have a good reptutation and a lot of great reviews on Amazon which was one of the reasons I went with them. So far I'm very pleased.


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