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#1 Sdspa

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 04:00 PM

I am about to start to really learn photoshop.  Is a Wacom tablet worth it and if so which one, Wacom photo?  Wacom Pro?



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Posted 06 December 2015 - 06:33 PM

Welcome to the forum.

 

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 06:48 PM

It depends.

Are you good with your hands ?
Any "drawing" skills with a pencil ?
Some benefit from working with the help of a tablet ( nobody works exclusively with a tablet, its use is complimentary, could perform most of the tasks with it, but you still use the keyboard & mouse for plenty of stuff ) some don't.

First learn the basics and some advanced stuff, see how you handle these, if you don't give up halfway there, and then see if a tablet will be of any use for you ( some give up and stay with the very basics of photoshop ).



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#4 Sdspa

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 07:24 PM

Not great with my hands or drawing skills.  So your recommendations is learn photoshop and then consider a tablet.  Makes sense but they looked cool.



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 01:53 AM

Oh, they are cool... One of the designers at work uses a tablet and the three illustrators all use Cintiqs (the tablet-screen hybrid thingies). They're really cool, but I've been using Photoshop for... 15 years or so now and I've never really found a benefit to having a tablet. Though, I can't draw my way out of a paper bag.

 

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I should also note that the only time I ever do wish I had a tablet, and was good with it, is when I'm doing highly precise illustration work, something I'm not good at anyway. I can see how a tablet would help quite a bit for that but for photo processing I think it's whatever works best for you. I've never wished I had a tablet for that.



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 04:12 AM

Hello Sdspa.

 

I do a lot of my PS and LR work on a laptop just using the touchpad.

 

I've been considering a touch screen monitor.

Have a look on Amazon at the Ugee 21 inch job.

Cheaper than a Wacom and quite good.

 

 

 

having said that, a good mouse is a lot cheapes .



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 04:37 PM

Pro-tip: Skip the mice with loads of crazy buttons and buy a gaming mouse. They are designed to have zero acceleration and can be fine-tuned to your preference. My favorite feature? Dedicated button for switching DPI. I have one sensitivity setting that is my "normal" mouse speed, and then I have a secondary setting that has the mouse move at about half-speed which is fantastic for detail work.

 

Highly recommend SteelSeries's Rival line as a really solid mouse. Though anything by them or Razer is a good place to go for a really solid mouse.

 

I avoid buying mice based on the number of buttons because the simple fact is I already have a free hand that's not using a mouse and keyboard macros will always be way more powerful than having 4 more buttons.



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Posted 08 December 2015 - 06:59 AM

All I can say is for REALLY finicky complex masking? Wacom saves a buttload of time. I find I enjoy postwork because I was a 2d/3d artist first and have been using a tablet for about 15 years.
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Posted 14 December 2015 - 10:53 AM

get Wacom photo
wacom pro is not worth the money for photo editing - pro models are designed for pencil artits not photo editing



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Posted 14 December 2015 - 02:32 PM

A Cintiq is on my wish list.

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 10:12 PM

A Cintiq is on my wish list.

 

Three of my coworkers have these. They are amazing.



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Posted 14 December 2015 - 10:15 PM

Ohhh yeahhh.




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