Do I need a pen and tablet?

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Paula Sims, Jul 25, 2003.

  1. Paula Sims

    Paula Sims Guest

    I have scanned several thousand photos in and am now going to use
    Photoshop to touch them up. How helpful would a pen and a tablet be or
    should I just stick to my mouse? If I should go with the pen and tablet,
    which one?

    Thanks for your help
    Paula Sims, Jul 25, 2003
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  2. I find the mouse I have is better than the the tablet on my old computer.
    Coupled with keyboard short cuts the mouse should be good enough
    Gregory W. Blank, Jul 25, 2003
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    Personally I only use my tablet for art work, not for day to day
    retouching. As it is pressure sensitive it can be brilliant for
    manipulating images by hand, but if you're the kind of person who likes
    to do things by button presses I wouldn't bother.
    If you DO decide to buy one and are not going to use it for serious
    artwork then why bother with Wacom when there are cheaper tablets which
    would suffice.
    I have a Nisis, it was cheap, it does the job I want and the mouse which
    came with it was crap, which I understand is the usual case with these

    So, to recap, buy a tablet if you want to work on pictures by hand,
    otherwise stick with yer mouse :O)
    Paul Heslop, Jul 25, 2003
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    borge Guest

    If you really want to know, try to sign your signature with a mouse,
    It is like using the heel of a muddy boot compared to that of the pen
    on a Wacom - however you have to learn and not give up too soon.

    For your information, my stats are:
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    borge, Jul 25, 2003
  5. Thats an opinion & you should state it as such,....the Pro Lab I deal
    with and worked for never use any thing but the computer mouse
    They; I should add do hundreds of scans a week, for simple
    spotting the mouse is perfectly fine and alot less expensive
    its also works well for more in depth retouching.
    Gregory W. Blank, Jul 26, 2003
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    JPS Guest

    In message <>,
    That must be a recent thing. Last I checked, wireless mice could only
    report 50 locations per second; not enough to make me feel connected to
    the computer. I run my PS/2 corded optical at 200 reports per second.
    JPS, Jul 26, 2003
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    Pat Chaney Guest

    Having used a Wacom Graphire for a number of years now I find it
    unbelievable that anyone who has used both could find a mouse any more than
    barely adequate in comparison for image editing.

    I found the benefit of the pen and tablet to far exceed the price.

    Pat Chaney, Jul 26, 2003
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    Tom Elliott Guest

    BTW, can a pen and a tablet be used (or connected to the computer) at
    I have an old 4x5 wacom with a cordless pen.
    I love it.
    I can have it working with the normal mouse.
    I am right handed
    Tom Elliott, Jul 27, 2003
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    pjp Guest

    I've had up to 4 "mice" connected at once on this system.

    1 : (PS2) Logitech 3 button plus scroll wheel
    2 : (USB) Kensington trackball, 5 buttons and scroll wheel
    3 : (USB) Wacom "Graphire" tablet (approx. 6x8") (or whatever it's called)
    4 : (Serial Port) Summagraphics large digitizing tablet (approx. 14x14")
    with 4 button puck (or pen, have both)

    Never had any problems during normal use but some additional comments seem
    appropriate ...

    Summagraphics was just too large for a desktop plus there seemed to be a
    "lag" with detecting button presses.

    The Kensington was a pile of junk

    Wife loves the Wacom (arthritis in wrist so mouse is a problem over extended
    period). She uses it mainly for Autocad stuff

    I do NOT use the tablet, I've tried to like it but I can't find a convenient
    way to hold pen and use the "side" buttons.

    I'm also sure anyone trying to use the tablet in any 1st person shooter type
    of game etc. wouldn't stand a chance against someone with a mouse :)

    P.S. The "mouse" that came with the Wacom sits on a shelve unused. It only
    works on the tablet's surface and although no moving parts is nice, the
    mouse itself feels and acts "cheap".
    pjp, Jul 27, 2003
  10. Hopefully, however, the person will find the tablet more useful than
    most of the output Gucci was famed for. ;-)

    Arthur Entlich, Jul 27, 2003
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    Abrasha Guest

    I also have a small 4 x 5" Graphire Wacom tablet, which I got for photo editing
    convenience. I also never use it. I found it extremely clumsy to use. I am
    much faster and more precise with a mouse.
    That's about the only thing I did with the tablet that has proved to be useful.
    I did have to do the signature over and over again though until I had one that
    I could (can) use. I am about to buy a scanner now, and one of the first things
    I will most likely do, is redo that signature.

    Abrasha, Jul 28, 2003
  12. Paula Sims

    Abrasha Guest

    One of the things I hated with my Wacom Graphire, was that the cordless mouse
    works only when used ON the tablet. And you cannot just use the pen and then
    switch quickly to the mouse. You have to switch the settings in the software
    utility first from "pen mode" to "mouse mode".

    BTW, the pen is a great deal better if you do a lot of drawing, which is very
    difficult for me with a mouse.

    Abrasha, Jul 28, 2003
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    JunkMonkey Guest

    I admit the Wacom mouse is awful, but I have never had any problem switching
    from the mouse to the pen. I wonder if this is an OS or set-up issue. I
    work with WIN ME and use the default Wacom settings.
    JunkMonkey, Jul 28, 2003
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