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tab62

« on: April 08, 2012, 22:52 »
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Hey MS Folks,

How many of you use a Graphic Pen/Pad instead of a mouse? I've been told that a graphic Pen, especially when using the pen tool in CS, is much better a tool than the old fashion mouse. Thus wanted to see what you folks are using.

Thanks.

Tom


« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2012, 00:44 »
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I use the Wacom tablet and stylus for everything. It isn't everyone's choice, but after about a decade of using one I can't imagine going back to a mouse. I think for mask making, painting as well as work with the pen tool in illustrator or Photoshop, the pen works so much more like a pen or brush in the real world.

rubyroo

« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2012, 01:10 »
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For me a digi-pen and tablet is a must!  I find a mouse far too clunky for detailed, fine work.

« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2012, 01:46 »
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I use a mouse with both left and right hands and the pen for hand drawing with my right.
   

ShadySue

« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2012, 08:35 »
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What's a mouse?  :P

LSD72

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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2012, 08:44 »
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ShadySue

« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2012, 08:52 »
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 ;D

« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2012, 09:02 »
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I use a wacom and pen, especially when working in PS. So much more control than a mouse.

« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2012, 11:16 »
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This is much more versatile than a tablet and its perfect for photo retouching. I also have a wacom tablet too, use it rarely and mostly for drawings.

tab62

« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2012, 11:53 »
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Thank you folks just order my wacom and pen...


Tom

« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2012, 20:54 »
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I've used a mouse for ages and bought a tablet to test it. It was like my fingers were on ice wearing roller skates. I took it back and am therefore a life long mouser.

keep your receipt. ;)

ox

velocicarpo

« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2012, 21:19 »
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Once I tried to use a Wacom but failed to get used to it....so I`m on a Mouse ;-) However, it fascinates me that there are only People who are LOVING their Tablets and on the other hand the People who cannot get along with them at all...

tab62

« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2012, 22:02 »
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I am ready to toss the graphic pad out of my window! I was told to put my mouse away for one full week to give the graphic pad & pen a real fair chance...

« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2012, 23:58 »
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I am ready to toss the graphic pad out of my window! I was told to put my mouse away for one full week to give the graphic pad & pen a real fair chance...

I think the real test for me was when I started a freelance project with my tablet. I quickly realized what I'd produced with it was garbage, then plugged in my mouse and finished the project. I think the lesson learned was that if you already have a good workflow with one tool, it's hard to replace it with another.

ShadySue

« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2012, 01:55 »
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I am ready to toss the graphic pad out of my window! I was told to put my mouse away for one full week to give the graphic pad & pen a real fair chance...

You ordered it on the 9th and it's only just the 12th and you're going to toss it?! It took me just over a week before I loved mine, and I don't even know where my mice are (from the photo above, I realise it's what I get in my live trap from time to time and take up to the park, or further ...) I'm only doing photos, not illos, BTW.

tab62

« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2012, 09:28 »
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Yeah, my new tool came in real fast. I did an isolated object last night on white- I did okay thus will stay with the graphic pen. I put my mouse way to force myself to learn and give the new toy a fair try...

Thanks.


Tom

« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2012, 10:27 »
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I am ready to toss the graphic pad out of my window! I was told to put my mouse away for one full week to give the graphic pad & pen a real fair chance...

Don't give up so quickly. You have to keep using it and get used to it. It took me about 2 weeks, mostly because I was resisting too. It was so different than the mouse, I kept wanting to leave the new and go back to the familiar. But persistence paid off, and if you use any kind of brushes in Photoshop, it adds 2-3 times more functionality to the brush than a mouse.


Microbius

« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2012, 10:40 »
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Definitely there is an adjustment period with a tablet, I think it took me a couple of weeks too, when you get used to it it is much better than a mouse in my opinion.

rubyroo

« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2012, 10:42 »
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I didn't realise others stopped using their mouse altogether.  I've been using a graphic pen/tablet now many years for both drawing and for post-production work, but I still use my mouse for general menu-clicking etc.  For me the pen is my creative device only.

I guess I like the ol' 'clunky' for clunky work, and the pen for very fine, concentrated work.  Just mentioning that in case anyone who is new to the pen finds this a better solution for them too.

lisafx

« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2012, 12:44 »
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I've used a mouse for ages and bought a tablet to test it. It was like my fingers were on ice wearing roller skates. I took it back and am therefore a life long mouser.

keep your receipt. ;)

ox

Yep.  Me too.  I could not get the hang of the tablet.  Finally said "why am I putting myself through this?" and happily went back to the mouse. 

If I hadn't gotten so used to the mouse over the years, I might have had an easier time with the tablet. 

WarrenPrice

« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2012, 13:03 »
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I've used a laptop for ages, drawing or creating with my finger.  Do you think that would make adapting to a stylus/pen any easier?

ShadySue

« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2012, 14:30 »
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I've used a laptop for ages, drawing or creating with my finger.  Do you think that would make adapting to a stylus/pen any easier?
Couldn't possibly say - I really hate that wee trackpad thing and have only used very basic touchscreens. IMO, anything would be better than a touchpad.

« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2012, 14:38 »
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I didn't realise others stopped using their mouse altogether.  I've been using a graphic pen/tablet now many years for both drawing and for post-production work, but I still use my mouse for general menu-clicking etc.  For me the pen is my creative device only.

I guess I like the ol' 'clunky' for clunky work, and the pen for very fine, concentrated work.  Just mentioning that in case anyone who is new to the pen finds this a better solution for them too.

Same here. If I'm just doing general stuff, I use the mouse. Once I go into PS, it's the tablet.


 

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