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Old 11-08-2010, 04:13 PM
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Re: can you retouch with a mouse?

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Can someone be a good retoucher without any drawing skills whatsoever?
Depends on what you call good.

Everything is possible. I know it's going to be harder but to say someone CAN'T it's a bit much
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:39 AM
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Re: can you retouch with a mouse?

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Can pro quality photo re-touching be done with a mouse ....?
[Short Answer] Yes.

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... do you need to be able to draw proficiently ...?
[Short Answer] No.

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- Beware of short answers. It's never that clear cut an issue.

- A mouse is better suited to "static" interfaces, a tablet for "dynamic" interfaces, it's just a question of using the right tool at the right time.

- If you want to set up a spreadsheet you would best use a mouse, if you want to simulate sweeeping oil-paint brushstrokes you would best use a tablet . Retouching is neither one or the other.

- To me the greatest difference between a mouse and a tablet is something that has not yet been mentioned. If you want to use the keyboard, with two hands, you just leave the mouse where it is, with a tablet you have to store the pen - it's a tiresome split second difference.

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I find often I will open photoshop and be half way through an image, I look down and im still using the mouse!
Oh good! It's not just me then.

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Old 11-09-2010, 10:41 AM
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Re: can you retouch with a mouse?

I'm physically challenged and am unable to hold or use a pen. I do just fine with a mouse. If I can do it, why can't someone with no physical limitations do it?
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:54 PM
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Re: can you retouch with a mouse?

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- To me the greatest difference between a mouse and a tablet is something that has not yet been mentioned. If you want to use the keyboard, with two hands, you just leave the mouse where it is, with a tablet you have to store the pen - it's a tiresome split second difference.

You are hindered by your typing alacrity. Us two finger typists can keep the pen in our hands. Two finger typists rule!
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:42 PM
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You are hindered by your typing alacrity. Us two finger typists can keep the pen in our hands. Two finger typists rule!
Haha, I find myself typing with the pen still in my hand too!
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:12 PM
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Haha, I find myself typing with the pen still in my hand too!
Yed, yop're quitw rifht! It'd eady to tyoe witj thw pem im the hanb.

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Old 11-09-2010, 07:15 PM
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... alacrity...
Had to look it up.
Learned a new word today!

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Old 11-09-2010, 09:32 PM
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Re: can you retouch with a mouse?

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Had to look it up.
Learned a new word today!


Typed it with a pen in my hand too, so there!
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:49 PM
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Re: can you retouch with a mouse?

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I'm physically challenged and am unable to hold or use a pen. I do just fine with a mouse. If I can do it, why can't someone with no physical limitations do it?
That's cool ChasP, congratulations. Keep up the good work.
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:42 AM
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Re: can you retouch with a mouse?

Interesting to hear the responses. I couldn't retouch without my tablet now (Well, I could, but I'd rather not!). I used a really old Wacom sapphire for a bit and never thought I would get used to them, but it wasn't exactly the best introduction to tablets. So I tried an Intuos3 which was streaks ahead, and eventually bought myself an Intuos4. Now Every time I click into Photoshop I instinctively reach for the pen (made easier by the nice little stand they supply you with!).

If you just do casual retouching from time to time, the Bamboo series are really good. But if you spend long periods in Photoshop and frequently (IE, for work), I really couldn't recommend the Intuos4 range enough. The whole product oozes quality, and just feels really nice to use for long periods of time (The difference in pens for example, between the Bamboo and Intuos4 is night and day - and having the buttons on the tablet is great). If you retouch with methods like D&B, they really are a life saver, if for nothing more than not having to hear a click from the mouse every split second.

For the seemingly steep initial outlay, it's definitely made my time in Photoshop less of a chore. I have a medium assigned to my 24" main monitor and the tablet:screen ratio is perfect IMO.
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