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Do you use a Wacom Tablet?

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Old 10-10-2005, 02:22 PM
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I have a Wacom and an el'cheapo Aiptek model. I recommend the Wacom.
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Old 10-10-2005, 04:59 PM
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I use a wacom for everything. I don't even have a mouse attached to the computer anymore.
I can't even imagine retouching with a mouse now.

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Old 10-12-2005, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Racc Iria
I'm using the Wacom Cintiq 21UX. That's the one where the monitor is built into the surface of the tablet so that you use the pen right on screen.

I will never to back to using just a mouse.
After seeing this topic and post though... rethinking my Christmas list
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Old 10-12-2005, 02:09 PM
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Working with the mouse is like drawing with a bar of soap. The tablet and pen makes it far easier and quicker for me.
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Old 10-14-2005, 10:44 AM
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Wacom of course

it gives a far more natural 'feel' especially when brushing.
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Old 10-14-2005, 06:53 PM
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I think I MUST get one

yes it sounds as though it would be a good investment. Would you say it speeds up your retouching work. I mainly work on skin.

(must add to xmas list!)
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Old 10-14-2005, 07:31 PM
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Absolutely the best investment I ever made...!
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Old 10-15-2005, 01:53 AM
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As almost everyone else has already said, I wouldn't go back to using a mouse for retouch work.

The pen gives much more natural control when attending to fine detailed.

Still use my mouse for general browsing (horses for courses), but don't use it at all when working on images.

Like other's here, I'd love Racc Iria's set up, but when you look at the cost of it, it may cool your enthusiasm. But if I remember right from an earlier post, he had it provided by his employer and didn't have to buy it himself (lucky man).
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Old 10-15-2005, 08:31 AM
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Tablet V Mouse

After reading through threads like this one, and articles in "trade" (and not-so-trade) publications, I purchased a Wacom tablet (not sure what model).

Shellby - I gotta tell ya - it was probably the worst piece of hardware I ever had the displeasure of trying to get my head around...

It was an absolute nightmare to set up; the written instructions were practically non-existant, the help files read like they were written for a Wacom R&D specialist by a Wacom power-user, the configuration software was utterly horrific and the whole experience was excrutiatingly frustrating. The tablet has been languishing in the back of a rarely opened cupboard ever since.

Don't get me wong; I'm an experienced computer user and I don't shy away from opening up my PC and performing fairly advanced surgery, or delving into the depths of the OS and tweaking and tuning as I see fit. But the whole tablet thing basically pi**ed me off big-time, despite the fact that I laboured on-and-off for almost two weeks trying to get the thing to behave how I wanted it to.

Also (and this is equally relevant) I have ALWAYS used a mouse. All my techniques and working practices are based around (and have basically been formulated and developed around) the mouse. Suddenly having to make the leap (and for me it is a leap) from a mouse to a pen was almost as frustrating as the crappy tablet itself.

I know that I'm probably going to upset a lot of hardcore tablet fans - and that's not my intention. I'm just relating my own (fairly unique - I'm sure) experience. I guess if you're prepared to "unlearn" everything that makes you feel comfortable using a mouse, and "re-learn" everything you do but with a new (and very different) tool, then go right ahead and buy a tablet.

Personally, I do everything at "pixel" level, and strictly by the numbers (literally), so facilities like "pressure sensitivity" and "natural feeling brushstrokes" are not only pretty useless to me, but would most likely irritate me and get in the way of how I work.

Of course, the flipside of this coin is that I'm a reactionary old git who's too set in his ways to change / learn something new / move with the times. Maybe I just need a highly experienced tablet user to actually "show" me what I'm missing (if anything). I think that's probably the only thing that might persuade me to try again (and I'd have to be pretty blown away before I'd consider it!).


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Old 10-15-2005, 12:13 PM
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...and judging from your stunning portfolio (website) your mouse is serving you well

I see that you are also based in the UK.
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