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« on: March 23, 2011, 11:19:16 AM »
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Pen Tablet - Do you use it for photo editing in Lightroom, Photoshop, etc...? Did it improve your post processing work flow?
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2011, 12:32:06 PM »
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Yes, and yes. I use it primarily for photoshop, haven't found it that useful for Lightroom.

Takes a little while to get used to, but is very much worth it. I find it most useful for things like cloning/spotting/healing brush, doing masks/knockouts/selections, and for having much finer control for localized editing of photos such as using adjustment layers then using the brush tool on the mask to "paint in" the edits that I want.
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2011, 01:17:33 PM »
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For years I didn't - I had an old Wacom that gathered dust. Then last year I worked the Focus on Imaging show for Adobe and forced myself to use the loaned Intuos 4, mainly to see if I'd changed my views. I ended up buying one, and now use it routinely with LR's local adjustment tool and spotting tool, and with PS for painting on masks - again local adjustment work. But not for much else. So at this year's show 3 of us were discussing tablets - one person hates them, another loves them, and I've wobbled. In other words, you certainly do not need one, and you can only try and see if it suits you.

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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2011, 01:56:00 PM »
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Thanks a lot!
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2011, 02:02:41 PM »
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Do you have a specific brand you recommend?
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2011, 05:31:53 PM »
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Wacom.

I've used the Intuos3 and Intuos4, both were good. I think the Intuos3 was under $100 used.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2011, 03:50:03 AM »
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I have the Bamboo and used it for years and couldn't do without it. The Bamboo is pretty basic but good. Last year I thought about upgrading but discovered there isn't much difference between it and the Intuous. The main difference is the pen tip pressure which - imo - isn't really useful. Therefore the Bamboo would be all you need?
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2011, 06:20:10 AM »
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I use it primarily for photoshop, haven't found it that useful for Lightroom.
Ditto ; I got a cheap Wacom (Volito) and found it very useful in PS to paint on masks, pressure sensitivity is a must in this case.
In LR I actually don't use it, I feel that the retouch pen interface does well enough with a mouse.

But that may be the kind of question you have to answer yourself ; I encountered people (well, PS users) doing all their computing with the tablet and not wanting to use a mouse anymore.
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2011, 06:33:18 AM »
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I have a wireless wacom and everytime I use it for editing / de-dusting scanned 6x9cm negatives I'm happy I have it. Especially the pressure sensitive control of the brush size helps a lot.
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2011, 07:06:19 AM »
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I use a Wacom Intuos 3. When I first started using it a couple of years ago, I personalized the buttons, but after a computer upgrade, I did not upload the software for it and it works just fine as a tablet without personalized buttons.  I find it to be a time saver (and a wrist soother as well) when I work on retouching in CS5. Since I have been using it in my workflow for a couple of years, I do not want to go without it. I will definitely invest in a wireless model when this one needs to be retired.
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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2011, 09:00:14 AM »
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I've been using a Wacom since they came out with tablets. I haven't touched a mouse, unless that was the only option, in 12 years. Took me 4 days to master it.
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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2011, 09:08:31 AM »
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+1 on the tablet.  I use mine (Wacom Intuos 3 6x8) in both LR & PS.  Similar to Anthony initially took me a few days to get comfortable with it, now once I start a session with the pen I frequently don't go back to the mouse even after I finish editing.
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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2011, 01:27:33 PM »
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I have a Bamboo at home and a large Intuous 3 at work. I wouldn't want to do any photo editing without a tablet.

The Bamboo drives me slightly nuts, though, as I find the pen tip wobbles slightly, making fine movements very difficult. If I know I will be doing a lot of retouching at home, I carry the large Intuos 3 home from the studio.

The Large size makes a difference, too, as the I-3 has a large area to rest my hand and wrist at the same level as the tablet surface. The Bamboo does not have this.
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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2011, 12:30:43 AM »
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I don't have one but I've considered getting one a number of times as I'm left handed but I mouse with my right hand (have for too long to change now).  I have enough dexterity/control in my right hand for mousing action, but I'm definitely more adept with my left and some of the fine work in LR would probably benefit from my use of a tablet.

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« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2011, 02:14:14 AM »
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I don't have one but I've considered getting one a number of times as I'm left handed but I mouse with my right hand (have for too long to change now).  I have enough dexterity/control in my right hand for mousing action, but I'm definitely more adept with my left and some of the fine work in LR would probably benefit from my use of a tablet.

Mike.

I'm left handed too and use an Intuous 4 small in that hand and a mouse in my right. It works very well for fine work and I wouldn't want to be without it. I've used a Wacom for about 8 years and I never think about it, the pen just finds it's way into my hand!
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« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2011, 05:31:03 AM »
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I like to use a small Intuos 4 for retouching work - pen tool, brushes for masking etc , but I don't think it could ever replace a mouse for me.

I've got to say ; the Intuos is a very sexy looking piece of kit.

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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2011, 08:11:42 AM »
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Wacom Intuous - any of them.... Superb. Use them for everything as a total mouse replacement, other than the odd game.
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« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2011, 11:45:08 AM »
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I bought an Intuos and ended up selling it. No advantage over a mouse for me. If your work involves pressure-sensitive tools it might be a different story.
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« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2011, 04:22:22 PM »
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wacom intuos for years.  wouldn't be without it.
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« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2011, 07:57:00 AM »
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I bought an Intuos and ended up selling it. No advantage over a mouse for me. If your work involves pressure-sensitive tools it might be a different story.

I agree, tried very hard to like one, actually hated it.  Took it back for a refund. 
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