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Old 04-21-2009, 04:41 PM
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Wacom: How long did it take you to get used to it?

I recently bought a Wacom Intuos4 and I find that so far it is quite a clumsy device to use. Of course I just got it so I haven't got the hang of it yet.

I tried to extract a model from a background earlier and it was hell getting the pen tool to be accurate with the pen. I eventually just started using the touchpad on my macbook to do it and that was much faster. Funny thing is I bought the tablet because the idea of using the touchpad seemed ludicrous at the time. lol.

How long did it take for you tablet users to get used to using the pen instead of a mouse?

Do you have any tips to help me along with learning to use it?

Thanks!
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:11 PM
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Re: Wacom: How long did it take you to get used to

I took me about two weeks.
Tip: Don't look at the tablet only the monitor.
Practice going on the Internet with the pen tool.
Now it is very easy.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:20 PM
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Re: Wacom: How long did it take you to get used to

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I took me about two weeks.
Tip: Don't look at the tablet only the monitor.
Practice going on the Internet with the pen tool.
Now it is very easy.
Hey Cupcake!

That's probably the only time that "Hey Cupcake!" doesn't just sound rude. lol

Thanks for your response.

I don't even look at the tablet while I'm using it. My eyes are fixed on the monitor. Well except to see which express key I'm pressing. I haven't gotten used to those yet. Surprisingly, the touchring on my tablet seems like second nature to me, it's quite intuitive to use.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:32 PM
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Re: Wacom: How long did it take you to get used to

It took me about a week. I did as some others have suggested and put the mouse aside and used the tablet exclusivly for everything. After a while it became second nature and I now rarely use the mouse. An unexpected benefit was a reduction in wrist problems after a long session.
If you customize some of the settings to your needs, you should be able to accomplish your tasks quite easily.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:10 PM
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Re: Wacom: How long did it take you to get used to

Yeah, like others here it took me a couple of weeks to get comfortable with it. I'm on my third pen now (the rubber collar doesn't last).

I was scanning A LOT of dusty old photos when I started using it, so cloning specks and scratches for hours on end, was a good way to learn.

I don't use my tablet for everything, still preferring to do day-to-day office work with the mouse. Best tip I've got (and this has probably happened to everyone at some time)...don't leave your pen lying on the tablet. You'll think your mouse is seriously f'd up, if you do.

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Old 04-21-2009, 08:24 PM
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Re: Wacom: How long did it take you to get used to

And do not leave the mouse on the tablet while using the pen, same effect!
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:24 PM
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Re: Wacom: How long did it take you to get used to

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Yeah, like others here it took me a couple of weeks to get comfortable with it. I'm on my third pen now (the rubber collar doesn't last).

I was scanning A LOT of dusty old photos when I started using it, so cloning specks and scratches for hours on end, was a good way to learn.

I don't use my tablet for everything, still preferring to do day-to-day office work with the mouse. Best tip I've got (and this has probably happened to everyone at some time)...don't leave your pen lying on the tablet. You'll think your mouse is seriously f'd up, if you do.

SB
Hahaha!!! I found out that it's a bad idea to leave the pen on the tablet already!
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:00 PM
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Re: Wacom: How long did it take you to get used to

My Wacom was the best investment I ever made. It took me about a week to get proficient on the Wacom, so stick with it.
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:39 PM
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Re: Wacom: How long did it take you to get used to

Like many others it took me awhile to get used to the tablet. Now I use it pretty much all of the time. One thing that I initially had trouble with was right clicking, and double clicking. It can sometimes be difficult to get the right click to respond in the correct spot. I find that I prefer to set the click and tap option. This way, you hold the button down, and then tap where you want to right click or double click. For me, this works much better.
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:59 PM
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Re: Wacom: How long did it take you to get used to

It took me a really long time because I was trying to learn everything at once. It got better when I decided to put off learning the pen tool until I got the hang of the tablet.

So my tip is learn to use the pad first (maybe use quick mask instead of the pen?) and then in about 10 days tackle it with the pen tool.
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