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Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Robert Coe, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. Robert Coe

    Savageduck Guest

    Wacom tablets are have had a working relationship with Adobe for years.
    I currently have a Wacom Intuos 4 Med, and for graphics editing it
    makes for a much more natural user input device than a mouse. It takes
    a bit of getting used to, but once that is done many folks find using a
    mouse awkward.
    ....and touch tools for PC or Mac are quite serious productivity devices
    and are no novelty.
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    For tablets such as the iPad they have moved beyond the basic stylus
    with their "Creative Stylus". That has been matched with quite a lot of
    software making for a much better user experience than using a finger.
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    Savageduck, Jan 24, 2014
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  2. Robert Coe

    PeterN Guest

    On 1/24/2014 9:57 AM, Mayayana wrote:

    For some reason when I tried to reply to your message in Thunderbird, I
    could not get your quote. This did not ha[en with other messages from you.

    However, to reply, after making a selection, try using refine edge to
    improve the accuracy of your selection. Having said that, I mostly use
    Topaz ReMask, for selections. It find it more intuitive. YMMV
    PeterN, Jan 24, 2014
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  3. Robert Coe

    PeterN Guest

    My Windows 7 notebook has the same issue. But, on my 21" monitor I do
    not have that issue.
    The problem is that Bob's co-worker already has a windows machine.
    PeterN, Jan 24, 2014
  4. Robert Coe

    J. Clarke Guest

    For some things yes. Working with the pen on a horizontal screen is
    much like working with pen or brush and paper. Bear down harder and you
    get a darker line for example.

    Note that a Wacom pen is different from the kind that work with
    capacitive screens--it has a much smaller point and is actually quite

    Photoshop isn't the best showcase for the technology--if you have a
    Surface or anything else that uses a Wacom pen and want to play with
    something that's fun, try the trial version of Corel Painter X3.
    J. Clarke, Jan 24, 2014
  5. Robert Coe

    Sandman Guest

    Wow, never met anyone that hasn't heard of a Wacom.

    You have your original Wacom tablets:

    They are just a replacement to your mouse. You use the pen to direct the
    cursor on your screen. The pen also supports pressure levels and tilt so
    the Wacom software can tell Photoshop how hard you're pressing and in what

    Then you have the Wacom Cintiq's:

    That are the same thing as the tablets, but have a built in monitor
    connected to your computer, letting you draw directly on the screen,
    otherwise working just as the tablet.

    And now you have the Wacom Cintiq Companion:

    Which is the same as the Wacom Cintiq, but without the computer. It runs
    Windows 8 and is self-contained and battery powered, meaning you can sit in
    your living room sketching, painting and drawing directly in photoshop or
    any other application. It's really really nice.
    Sandman, Jan 24, 2014
  6. Robert Coe

    Savageduck Guest

    He typed his response below your sig delimiter.
    Savageduck, Jan 24, 2014
  7. Robert Coe

    Tony Cooper Guest

    On Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:57:10 -0500, "Mayayana"

    You've inserted a delimiter above the text in this post, and that
    deletes the text in your post. First time I've seen you do that.

    However, I copy/pasted to get your text:

    | My Wacom tablet is always at my left hand. When working in Photoshop,
    | I use it more than I use the trackball by my right hand.
    | The two composites I recently linked to here were done in Photoshop
    | using Wacom tablet/pen to create the mask that isolates the statue
    | from the background in which it was shot. Any time I want precise
    | placement of the cursor, I reach for the pen.

    I hadn't thought of that. I usually use progressive
    selection of similar, contiguous areas to separate an
    object from background. ("magic wand") I would expect
    that to be easier than a pen in most cases; like with
    your statue, where the object and background are clearly
    defined from each other in terms of color and lightness.
    But selection can be very tedious in some cases.

    I have never mastered the pen tool. It's the least-usable tool in the
    toolbox for me. The Magic Wand is not good for isolating something
    like the statue. Too much clean-up is required because the MW leaves

    I work with a Layer Mask and a brush using the Wacom tablet/pen. I
    enlarge the area and use a soft brush set to remove to closely outline
    the desired part to be kept, and then a progressively larger hard
    brush to wipe out the rest.

    I find it helpful to insert a layer below the Layer Mask layer with a
    solid fill of light yellow or some other solid color. This makes it
    very clear what is gone and what is there. That fill layer is
    discarded after the selection is made.

    When the selection is completed, I'll "merge all visible" so the fill
    is the background. Then, the Magic Wand and Inverse to capture the
    selection and move to the other image. The MW works well with the
    filled area since it's all one color.

    I also find it helpful to rotate the image as I work. I can get a
    sharper edge when I'm working in a horizontal mode, so I rotate the
    image 90° to get the sides in the horizontal position.
    Tony Cooper, Jan 24, 2014
  8. Robert Coe

    PeterN Guest

    Have you tried refine edge?


    there are tons of tutorials on the subject.
    PeterN, Jan 24, 2014
  9. Robert Coe

    Tony Cooper Guest

    This is one of those "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" things. I can
    make a selection, as I did with the statue, so fast and easy using the
    technique that I listed here that I'm not really interested in other
    ways of doing it.

    I have worked with "refine edge", but it shrinks/enlarges the entire
    selection. Usually, when using a Layer Mask and a brush, there are
    bits here and bits there that show the background that should be
    deleted. I find it better just to zoom in on those bits and go back
    with the brush.
    Tony Cooper, Jan 24, 2014
  10. Robert Coe

    PeterN Guest

    I find it easier to use ReMask. One of the good things about PS is that
    there are several ways of doing things. One of the way you and I differ,
    is that I sometimes like to play with different tools. I get bored doing
    htings the same way, (in Photoshop.)
    PeterN, Jan 24, 2014
  11. Robert Coe

    Savageduck Guest

    I am on my second Wacom tablet, an Intuos 4 Med. PS is one of the image
    editing programs it works best with, including integration with
    plug-ins such as the NIK collection. It enhances PS use by making
    things such as on the fly rotation and zooming via the tablet scroll
    wheel, and pressure sensitive input possible. Many Wacom users have
    dropped all other input devices and only use the tablet. I use mine
    mainly for PS work leaving my MS trackball Optical as my main input
    device. I haven't used a mouse for years.
    Savageduck, Jan 25, 2014
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