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Old 12-20-2006, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After touching up tons of pictures for Christmas, I realized that I am about 3 pictures away from Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. I bought a Wacom Graphire tablet to use that instead of a mouse......

So how the heck do you use this thing? Is there anywhere that you can find a video or advice as to how to set it up? I understand that once you use one, you love it.

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I just played with mine. The key is to associate the pressure of the pen with the tool you're using. For a paint brush, I associate pressure with opacity. You could also associate it with size, or hue, or any number of things. Without knowing your editing routine, it's hard to give you specific suggestions. But try correlating pressure to opacity first. That works well for the paint brush, eraser, and clone/stamp tool...at least for me.
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use the Intuos2, and at first I thought that it would replace my mouse completely, but I was wrong. I now find that there are some things that I just can't do with the mouse (or at least very easily), but it is very easy to do with the graphic pad. But I've also found that there are things that the mouse just does better and more naturally than the pen and graphic pad. So I've ended up using both, but am very happy with the strengths of each.

And like BGPhoto mentioned, it is very nice to associate the pressure with opacity for a lot of things. But one of the things that I use the variable pen width for is in touching up eye lashes, and sometimes on adding detail to hair. In these cases it is nice to vary the pen width with the amount of pressure you are applying.
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If you bought your tablet new and registered it, you can go to the Wacom website and get tutorials. They have sent me two different DVDs after sending emails and asking if I wanted them. Of course I said yes, they were free. The DVDs were helpful. If you got a set up disk with the tablet, it should walk you through setting preferences.
I have two computers and tablets on both. I only use the mouse when on the net. Rick from Arkansas
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Old 12-21-2006, 01:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I bought a Wacom Graphire tablet to use instead of a mouse...
So how the heck do you use this thing?
You might want to try this training DVD, published by PhotoShopCafe.com
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