Wacom Tablet: Is it worth it?

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  • Matthew Russell
    Matthew Russell
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    on: August 27, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    As a hobbyist photographer, I am try to think through the purchase of a tablet and pen for post-production work. I am just beginning to be frustrated by the limitations of the mouse, but always question any purchase of gear for my hobby. It is not that I can not afford a few hundred bucks for a tablet but I never want to be trapped by gear. I would appreciate feedback from users of graphics tablets like the Wacom Intuos or bamboo. Thanks.

    Kevin Raber
    Kevin Raber
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    Re: Wacom Tablet: Is it worth it?
    Reply #1 on: August 27, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I feel pretty strongly that tablets are a good investment.  there is another thread on the forum here about tablets.  I have a 22 inch tablet and a 13 inch taet.  one is at the gallery the other in my office.  AFor the longest time I was frustrated by the tablet and just kind of let it lie.  Then one day I committed myself to learn it and the feel of it.  It was the best investment time-wise I could make.  While I may do a lot of editing with the mouse as far as sliders and such, the tablet is my goto place when doing layer masks and burning and dodging etc..   I kind of have found a nice balance now and it works well.  IMO it is worth the investment.

    Below is my home set up.  You can see how I have everything positioned.

    Kevin Raber
    CEO & Publisher of PhotoPXL.com and Rockhopperworkshops.com

    Mike Nelson Pedde
    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Re: Wacom Tablet: Is it worth it?
    Reply #2 on: August 27, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    I’m left-handed, but I started using a mouse right-handed back in the mid-80s (there were no left-handed mice back then). My (comparatively) new Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 has a 4K touch screen with (optional extra) dedicated stylus and it’s a 2-in-1 so I can flip the screen over and use it in tablet mode. I realize that’s not what you were asking about, but I love having the stylus. For one thing, I can use the stylus with my left hand and my mouse with the right. For me, using the mouse feels like moving a brick for delicate masking, etc. The stylus (with Capture One, for example) is pressure sensitive, which isn’t something you can do with a mouse.

    If you can spring for a Wacom Intuos I’d definitely recommend it.

    Mike.

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    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Mike Nelson Pedde
    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Re: Wacom Tablet: Is it worth it?
    Reply #3 on: September 3, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Matthew: This might be of use to you:

    https://fstoppers.com/capture-one/how-set-your-wacom-tablet-capture-one-and-why-you-should-367830

    Wacom Tablet in Capture One

    Mike.

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    Mike Nelson Pedde
    Victoria, BC
    https://www.wolfnowl.com/

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