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Serrator
5/2/2005 11:59:49 PM


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Wacom Usage

Hey guys.

I just bought myself a Wacom tablet. I know most of you choppers use them, right??

If so, do you use it exclusively when chopping or only for certain tasks when in PS?

Having only used a mouse for many years I find it a bit touchy and awkward but I can see some benefits such as the ability to use the pressure levels (512) for brushes.

Any suggestions for an old mouse master?

Thanks.
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5/3/2005 12:43:21 AM


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On 5/2/2005 11:59:49 PM, Serrator said:

If so, do you use it exclusively when chopping or only for certain tasks when in PS?

Thanks.



I've been using a WACOM - the same one - for about 10 years and I use it for everything that I would do with a mouse. I don't bother with the pressure settings as this old model is not very pressure sensitive and I don't really do fine art, but I find it wonderful for drawing, text editing, layout, whatever. I like the lightness and easy control of the stylus - mice seem very clunky by comparison, but I've never used them enough to get used to them.
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AzureSky
Independents
5/3/2005 2:50:48 AM


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On 5/2/2005 11:59:49 PM, Serrator said:
Hey guys.

I just bought myself a Wacom tablet. I know most of you choppers use them, right??

If so, do you use it exclusively when chopping or only for certain tasks when in PS?

Having only used a mouse for many years I find it a bit touchy and awkward but I can see some benefits such as the ability to use the pressure levels (512) for brushes.

Any suggestions for an old mouse master?



I got a Wacom recently,I find it good for detailed things such as doing quick mask outlines and cutting out with the lasso tool. It does take a bit of getting used to. I am still learning the finer points. Getting the right pressure takes a bit of practice. Double clicking and scrolling isn't as easy as the mouse so far.
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macwithfries
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5/3/2005 6:34:36 AM


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Like AzureSky said, it's heaps easier to do the "finer" things with a Wacom...as you have alot more control with the pen (once you get used to it).

I only use mine for chops...am not real good at swapping tools, deleting layers etc using just the pen...it's easier for me just to grab the mouse for things that need the old "right clicky"...but can do it with the pen if I'm desperate....just haven't perfected how to do that quickly....

You'll never look back once you get the hang of it though....
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Stimpygato
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5/3/2005 1:38:29 PM


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I have a Graphire tablet, and it SUXORS!

I wanna ditch it, and step up to a decent WACOM tablet... any recommendations? I have a tight technical drawing background, and the Graphire was just not accurate or stable enough.

Best model? Intous2 or 3??? What about the PL-400 LCD Tablets?
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finnaryn
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5/3/2005 7:33:18 PM


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The Intous 3 has a slide button on the site that is really cool!. I have a plain old Intous for work and I was using it today actualy. But my job dosn't require as much graphics as I would like, so it usally sits there.


If you have the money you should get the Cintiq. I played with one when I was at a Photoshop Seminar recently and it wonderful. You draw right on the screen!
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AzureSky
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5/3/2005 9:11:34 PM


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On 5/3/2005 1:38:29 PM, Stimpygato said:
I have a Graphire tablet, and it SUXORS!

I wanna ditch it, and step up to a decent WACOM tablet... any recommendations? I have a tight technical drawing background, and the Graphire was just not accurate or stable enough.

Best model? Intous2 or 3??? What about the PL-400 LCD Tablets?




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AzureSky
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5/3/2005 9:15:52 PM


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On 5/3/2005 1:38:29 PM, Stimpygato said:
I have a Graphire tablet, and it SUXORS!

I wanna ditch it, and step up to a decent WACOM tablet... any recommendations? I have a tight technical drawing background, and the Graphire was just not accurate or stable enough.

Best model? Intous2 or 3??? What about the PL-400 LCD Tablets?



I like my volito 2, it cost approximately $50. I was shocked at the price of the Cintiq. I don't think I would like drawing directly on the screen, wouldn't it make your arm ache?
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finnaryn
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5/3/2005 9:25:46 PM


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I don't think it would make you arm hurt if you are used to a drafting table or painting on a canvus.
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Serrator
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5/4/2005 2:32:16 AM


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Thanks guys for the tips.

I adjusted the pen speed and feel...much better. Before it always felt like I was ice skating with the stylus. I now notice that I seem to have a death grip on the pen and I really feel the strain after a while. Hopefully I will relax over time with it.

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AzureSky
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5/10/2005 2:54:15 AM


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On 5/3/2005 9:25:46 PM, finnaryn said:
I don't think it would make you arm hurt if you are used to a drafting table or painting on a canvus.



Unless you have a laptop or can put your screen at an angle I would find it awkward. No use to me, I had to give up using an easel, since I broke my arm. My shoulder is frozen as a result and it is difficult to keep my arm up for any length of time.

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AzureSky
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5/10/2005 2:55:54 AM


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On 5/4/2005 2:32:16 AM, Serrator said:
Thanks guys for the tips.

I adjusted the pen speed and feel...much better. Before it always felt like I was ice skating with the stylus. I now notice that I seem to have a death grip on the pen and I really feel the strain after a while. Hopefully I will relax over time with it.



the death grip with the pen is difficult to overcome. It is because you are so used to the mouse. Gradually you will get used to it. I still use my mouse a fair bit, for large areas and quick clicking.

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finnaryn
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5/10/2005 10:07:42 AM


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On 5/10/2005 2:54:15 AM, AzureSky said:
Unless you have a laptop or can put your screen at an angle I would find it awkward.



You can adjust the angle of the screen. I don't know if you can lay it flat though. I do know that there are the Tablet PCs which work like laptops which can be set flat and use the same "write on screen" technology that the Cintiq uses.


On 5/10/2005 2:54:15 AM, AzureSky said:
My shoulder is frozen as a result and it is difficult to keep my arm up for any length of time.



I know how long term injuries go. I have a hernatied disk in my lower back that recently flared up. I don't want surgery because I think I am too young.
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AzureSky
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5/10/2005 6:57:12 PM


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I know how long term injuries go. I have a hernatied disk in my lower back that recently flared up. I don't want surgery because I think I am too young.


I don't blame you Finn, surgery can cause problems in itself. Have you tried an Osteopath? or Physiotherapist? I am thinking of booking a session with a Physiotherapist for my back, since which I injured in 1980.

It hasn't been too bad, since I got over the initial trauma, but this year I got sciatica for the first time, apparently as a result of that old injury. My shoulder is the main bug bear as it is restricting me from painting. I had to give up taking commissions after the last one.
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finnaryn
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5/13/2005 1:16:08 AM


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On 5/10/2005 6:57:12 PM, AzureSky said:

I know how long term injuries go. I have a hernatied disk in my lower back that recently flared up. I don't want surgery because I think I am too young.



I don't blame you Finn, surgery can cause problems in itself. Have you tried an Osteopath? or Physiotherapist?



So far I have been able to use pilates to heal. I should have been doing it all along since the last time I injured it, but alas I didn't.
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