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08/14/2006 10:34:39 AM · #1
How many of you use the digitalizing tables instead of the mouse to do the editing in Photoshop?

I do everything with the mouse but I've been told that with the table is much more easy.

I've only found two brands: the Viacom (very expensive) and Trust. Do you know more? Is the Viacom worth the extra buck? And about the table size, is A& too small?

Thanks in advance for the help.
08/14/2006 10:58:04 AM · #2
I use both :)
I use the tablet when doing stuff like dodge and burn, so I can get subtle differences in how hard I press and stuff like that, but I use the mouse still for doing really precice selecting because I'm still not 100% accurate with the tablet when I need exactness.
08/14/2006 11:01:10 AM · #3
I use a tablet and love it. Actually I use a combination of both. What I like most is if I have a large brush and push just a little then it is very small so I have more control. My wife (jaded_youth) doesn't use it as much and kicks my butt so it doesn't mean higher score:)

We have the 100 dollar one from wacom.
08/14/2006 11:32:29 AM · #4
I have an $80 Wacom. It is much better than the mouse for almost all aspects....burning, dodging, cloning, saturation of small parts.

I do still use the mouse many times for "selecting", cropping, canvas alterations etc...

...but for most of the editing the pad is much better.

Originally posted by Nuno:

How many of you use the digitalizing tables instead of the mouse to do the editing in Photoshop?

I do everything with the mouse but I've been told that with the table is much more easy.

I've only found two brands: the Viacom (very expensive) and Trust. Do you know more? Is the Viacom worth the extra buck? And about the table size, is A& too small?

Thanks in advance for the help.
08/14/2006 11:43:49 AM · #5
Wacom Intuous Series
08/14/2006 12:01:40 PM · #6
I've got the 4x6 Wacom tablet and I can't say enough good things about it! It took a couple of days to get used to, but now I use it almost exclusively when I'm doing editing. After a little bit, you'll be pulling down menus, selecting with fine detail, and I will agree that it's fabulous for dodging and burning! The greatest benefit to me is that it saves me quite a bit of wrist pain.
08/14/2006 12:08:57 PM · #7
Originally posted by doctornick:

Wacom Intuous Series

What he said, but mine is a Graphos ($50). And I still use the mouse to zoom and scroll.
08/14/2006 03:46:46 PM · #8
The Trust is almoust half the money. One thing that it seems is that the viacom brings a lot of programs. So if I'm using it for PS I don't need the extra programs. Why should I pay more? Or the quality is also better?

08/14/2006 03:52:19 PM · #9
Originally posted by Nuno:

...is that the viacom brings a lot of programs.

VIACOM is a media conglomerate; do you mean WACOM?
08/14/2006 04:01:35 PM · #10
Yes, wacom. I was thinking in one thing and typing the other.

08/14/2006 04:10:13 PM · #11
Ah! Ok, that ends my confusion.

Wacom is the leader in the industry. There are several threads here that discus the Wacom tablets and how people swear by them.

Forum Search reveals:
Wacom - Anybody use this?
On Sale Now - Wacom Graphire3, 4x5" Tablet

Cindi suckered convinced a bunch of us to get one in that last thread. She refuses to tell us how big her commision check was.
08/14/2006 04:34:40 PM · #12
wacom intuous here :)

and would never go back.
08/14/2006 04:41:18 PM · #13
I have the Wacom Graphire3 and I love it. I do a lot of digital drawing and once you get use to the disconnected feeling between pad and screen it's really easy and fun to use.
08/14/2006 05:23:10 PM · #14
Does your image so up on the tablet or do you have to look at the screen because on a lot of product photos i've seen it looks like the pic shows up on the tablet

thanks

Message edited by author 2006-08-14 17:24:21.
08/14/2006 05:25:24 PM · #15
like on this sample pic
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08/14/2006 05:34:41 PM · #16
I have a Wacom graphire and it has changed the way I work pictures completely.
08/14/2006 05:40:22 PM · #17
Originally posted by CHIEFVOLS:

Does your image so up on the tablet or do you have to look at the screen because on a lot of product photos i've seen it looks like the pic shows up on the tablet

Not unless it's a tablet PC.

What you are seeing is a photograph that is being traced into an editing program. I've never done this myself. For photography it's not that useful. For Line Art it's very common.
08/14/2006 05:55:03 PM · #18
What's a mouse?

Three years or so ago I switched to a Wacom tablet after showing signs of carpel tunnel syndrome and never looked back. I use the tablet for everything and it evens feels uncomfortable now to type withou a pen between my fingers.


08/14/2006 06:48:09 PM · #19
I also use a Wacom tablet. It's fantastic, especially because of the pressure capabilities.

-Hideo
08/15/2006 04:16:05 PM · #20
Wacom is the way to go.. i know alot of ppl who bought a trust tablet only to have it break on them a few months down the line (these were artsists who paint using the computer) and wish they'd not tried to save a few $ and bought a Wacom in the first place..

size of tablet is upto the user if you use ur wrist to draw with then an A6/5 tablet is best suited to your needs if you however use your whole arm /from the elbow to draw then you'll be looking at A5-A3 sizes

i use my wrist to draw with so have an A6 tablet
08/15/2006 04:18:50 PM · #21
I've used the Intuos series for years, and use theIntuos3 9x12 now. Couldn't do the same work with the mouse, in my opinion.
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