Well Doug, I won't comment on the painting but after you get use to the tablet, you will love it. Most of the Topaz stuff really doesn't need a tablet but if you want to do photo retouching or hand painting, it will make a world of difference. I've been using a Wacom tablet for ten years (maybe longer). There are a lot of videos on photo retouching. You might check out https://phlearn.com if you want to do more.