I have Photoshop CS5 and Nikon capture NX2. I am beginning to wondering if a graphics tablet would be useful. I would like to understand what functions they serve with PS and CNX2. Could some of you share your thoughts and experiences with these devices. I should also say I have Topaz Adjust 5, Denoise 5 and Simplify 4. I am interested in your opinions. Thanks, John
#1. "RE: Tell me about graphic tablets for PP" In response to Reply # 0
Just to be certain we're talking about the same thing, I believe you're asking about something like an Wacom Intuos, rather than something like an Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy. Both have at least some claim to the title "graphics tablet."
I have an Intuos, the medium-sized version, and I find it to be a useful luxury. I use it exclusively for advanced post processing, specifically when I'm doing operations such as the adjustment brush in Lightroom, mask selection (particularly when using Topaz ReMask), and painting operations in Photoshop. In these cases, it's very helpful. The pen device is more natural than mice or trackpads for this type of thing, especially when doing a lot of it. On the other hand, I do occasionally do my post processing on a different system, and while I miss it, I definitely am not stopped. I know some folks use them as their full-time pointing device (for example completely replacing a mouse) but I definitely do not find mine to be as good or as natural as either a mouse or trackpad for general UI work. As an example, my main image processing system is equipped with both a mouse and a trackpad, and I use them both in favor of the tablet - except in the situations as noted above.
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#2. "RE: Tell me about graphic tablets for PP" In response to Reply # 0
I bought an Intuos 3 when it was bundled with LR3. (I already had LR3 but I sold the bundled copy.) The intuos didn't turn out to be quite as useful as I hoped. There are a couple of reasons for that.First, since a tablet is an absolute pointing device (pen coordinates are mapped to screen coordinates, and you cannot reposition the cursor by lifting the pen and landing it on a different location), the user cannot maintain their hand in the position which is ergonomically optimal. Instead the drawing/masking operations must be done in a position dictated by image content. For long operations on the right side of thescreen/tablet, it gets tiriring on the right hand. Second, I've learned more and more "smart" masking techniques (eg creation of masks by layer and/or channel manipulations,which is why there is less and less need for mask operations requiring precise placement of the pointing device. Third, the pen is much smaller than a mouse and I must squeeze my hand much tighter, which gives me cramps after 5 or 10 minutes.
Having said that, there's one very valuable feature of a good tablet that cannot be duplicated with other pointing devices that I know of. That is the ability to control brush width or flow (selectable in brush options in PS) with the pen pressure. So, if I need to select or mask a vey complex area, such as a sky behind a tree, then the tablet is really the best tool for it.
#3. "RE: Tell me about graphic tablets for PP" In response to Reply # 2
Thanks Brian and Antero, My curiosity was raised by the bundle of the inturos 3 and silver fx at Adorama. I think I may pass on this for now. You have answered my question, useful but not revolutionary. Appreciate it. John
#4. "RE: Tell me about graphic tablets for PP" In response to Reply # 0
I'll jump in with my opinion. If any of my photo equipment, and I count my Intuos 4 medium tablet as photo equipment, were lost or stolen I would replace the tablet first behind camera and basic lenses. Light years ahead of using a mouse to make selections, brush work, etc.
Tom From Beautiful Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia