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  • Wacom workflow guide?!

    I have just received my Wacom Intuos3 A5 in the mail! Just starting to familiarize with it's capabilities and how it really works! But I have found out one thing, the mosue that comes with it it's not good! It's a bit choppy when moving it slow and to use it with pen tool or any small details isn't giving me any luck!

    So are you guy sworking with only the Wacom pen to do everything? Or do you have a mouse on the side to use with other stuff?

    The board itself is just heaven! Buy one today! just don't pay the gas bill, phone bill or whatever! It's worth it to sit without a phone for a month...

    Are you guys working with the pen pressure when dodging or burning? I find it more easy to just work without pen pressure atm ...


    Have a nice weekend!


    gerry

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    the mouse does suck big time...i had a job interview and they made me take a test using that crappy mouse, needless to say that threw me off completely and i didn't do as good as i could have...on my old computer i would use the pen for everything with the exception on making clipping paths...you should get used to working with pen pressure as that is the main advantage of not using a mouse...

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    • #3
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      i only use a mouse when i'm working in illustartor doing complex mechanicals and die-cuts...but other than that it's useless to me.

      i personally like to adjust the opacity setting rather than use pen pressure.

      when cloning i always use 100% opacity, but i'll let the pressure adjust the brush size, especially when working on hair.

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        PIXEL: Thanks for replying, the mouse does suck! Why did they make you use the mouse on the test? talent hasn anything to do with that sucky mouse! It's like driving a car with a sucky steering wheel! if your a good driver you will suck as much as the steering! How much is your % opcaity do you set your pen too when using d/b?

        KR: I have noticed when using pen pressure on cloning I get uneven results and is it healthy to press hard all the time to get 100% pressure on the cloning?


        Cheers, guys!


        gerry

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        • #5
          Re: Wacom workflow guide?!

          they give everyone the test and they thought i was going to use the tablet as people have requested it in the past, needless to say i didn't get the job....i would always use 100% pressure when cloning, i would only vary the pressure when masking or airbrushing...

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          • #6
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            yeah i find it easier to work with the pen pressure off too, i'm sure as i get more and more used to it and better at photoshop i will begin to use it, also i use the pen for EVERYTHING on my comp, i don't even own a mouse anymore.

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            • #7
              Re: Wacom workflow guide?!

              PIX: So you don't use Pen Pressure when cloning? Is there any command u can use to make pen pressure go on and off? If not it's a good suggestion for the next Photoshop

              gerry

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                DJ: do you use you pen for everyday work? and all other things as well?

                The thing I'm struggling with the most is to change my habits from my mouse! When using a mousepad you lift the mouse up and move it backwards to get it move other places if you understand me? The pen doesn't do that! So ithat tickled my brain a bit for the first 2hours...

                gerry

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                • #9
                  Re: Wacom workflow guide?!

                  Try setting the mouse to the pen mode, so that it is mapped to screen locations like the pen is. It might work better for you.

                  Also, you can set pressure sensitivity on and off for the pen directly in photoshop. Its in the brush presets. Look for the Control drop down box in any of the check boxes that are enabled. (for example in the shape dynamics check box settings.)

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by Dave.Cox View Post
                    Also, you can set pressure sensitivity on and off for the pen directly in photoshop. Its in the brush presets. Look for the Control drop down box in any of the check boxes that are enabled. (for example in the shape dynamics check box settings.)
                    That I know, but there should be keyboard shortcut, like ctrl + p + n or something....

                    gerry

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                      Re: Wacom workflow guide?!

                      yeah i use it for everything, internet, msn, browsing photos...etc, it does take a few days to get used to it but i wouldn't go back to using a mouse now as this feels natural to me, it did feel very weird though when i first got it, i have the same one as you do too (the A5 one)

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                      • #12
                        Re: Wacom workflow guide?!

                        djslyda: I don't think I'm going to give up the mouse, but never say never it depends on how much I get used to my intuos!

                        Gerry

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                        • #13
                          Re: Wacom workflow guide?!

                          I'm using my pen and tablet to surf the web right now It will feel odd for a few weeks, then a few months later the mouse will feel so heavy and awkward! I rarely use my mouse. You can hit F-5 to open up the brush dialog to toggle it...but no direct shorcut that I know of.

                          They also make a dvd on using the tablet, might be worthwhile
                          http://photoshopcafe.com/video/products/CS3_Wacom.htm

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                          • #14
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                            ADAM: thanks for replying, man! F5!! *Saving data*

                            I love my Laser mouse! I have glued a cloth underneath so I can us it on my wacom! It's made of very soft cotton! No scratches, so! And I'm not restricted to the A5 area to use the mouse and the mouse I own from before is a very nice and stable one!


                            gerry

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                            • #15
                              Re: Wacom workflow guide?!

                              I also use my new Wacom Bamboo to do most things. A small revolution to use the pen with all the vast possibilities with the Photoshop Brush parameters. So many nice things.

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