When people see me working, they invariably ask if I like my Wacom Graphics Tablet. The answer is HECK, YES! I absolutely love my tablet.
I’ve been using Intuos tablets since 2004. So, you can imagine the smile on my face when Wacom contacted us recently and invited us to join them in creating content for their Insivity.com website. They sent each of us a shiny, new Intuos5 – which is doing it’s job very nicely right now.
My Wacom tablet and stylus give me incredible control in Photoshop. I can make fine adjustments with great precision. Have you ever tried to draw a complicated selection with the mouse? Even making a smooth circle is difficult with such a clunky tool. With the stylus, I can draw that selection… and just about anything else… with ease.
The Wacom tablet is pressure sensitive. So I can change the weight or the brush size just by changing the pressure on my tablet. It works the way you’d use a pencil or a paint brush, so it’s intuitive and easy to get used to. I can get incredibly smooth lines, and perfect accuracy.
Learning to use a tablet isn’t as difficult as you think. You’ll need to learn how to click and drag, left and right click, and select… but that’s all pretty straightforward once you know how to do it. Getting used to it can be a little awkward – but in a day or two, you’ll find yourself wondering why you didn’t switch to a tablet sooner. There are tons of tutorials available online too – on the Wacom site, on Insivity.com, and on YouTube.
I guess the thing to understand is that you can do anything with a stylus that you could do with a mouse – and SO much more.
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