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Why I gave up on using Wacom tablets

Discussion in 'Extending Lightroom' started by HawaiianEye, Mar 20, 2017 at 7:50 AM.

  1. HawaiianEye

    HawaiianEye New Member

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    1st off, I have used a high end, precision mouse for many years.
    Yet, the use of a tablet by many pro photoshop and other computer media producers, made me want to learn to use one also.
    I started with a Pen and Touch small model.
    There was no way I could emulate the ease of using the wheel on a mouse to immediately resize the adjustment brush and feather feature on the fly, while alternating between normal, and the erase key (alt). Neither could I emulate the mouse wheel to move the adjustment sliders incrementally. So, I figured the Intuos Pro model would fulfill this because it had more programmable buttons and the beguiling radial selector, which held great promise. So, after purchasing and using the Pro model for every purpose a mouse would be used for a few weeks, I still couldn't find a way to easily replace the simplicity of the mouse wheel.
    For: 1.) Simply clicking on an adjustment slider, then using the mouse wheel to adjust back and forth to the desired degree.
    2.) Resizing on the fly, the erase and feather/ feature when "painting" and shaping an adjustment area.
    In overlay mode. In gradient brush erase overlay mode etc.
    3.Resizing on the fly clone and heal brush.
    All these king of actions would take at least 2 hands to produce using the Intuos Pro.
    A hand on the pen, and one on the tablet, to resize. If erasing is involved, A hand on the pen, one finger to resize, and a finger on ALT or assigned alt key on tablet.
    If the rocker switch on the pen were a wheel, that would help, but it's not exact, or steady precise!
    Also the mouse is steady and when still, is a semi stable platform to adjust the wheel with no need to hold absolutely still.
    I understand you need to get rid of your mouse, in order to finally prefer the tablet, which I was willing to do. I also totally understand how a tablet and a mouse are different in their coverage of the screen area.
    I even reassigned the screen size to a smaller piece of tablet real estate. And got used to it.
    But the day came, when I honestly realized for me, these tablets are not using the programing designed specifically for a mouse wheel, that's already integral to Lightroom.
     
  2. davidedric

    davidedric Active Member

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    I simply use both: mouse in left hand, pen in right.

    Dave
     
  3. HawaiianEye

    HawaiianEye New Member

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    Wow! Ambidextrous!
     
  4. Gnits

    Gnits Active Member

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    I replaced a Wacom with a Gaming mouse with programmable buttons.

    I want to be able to keep one hand on the mouse (right) and left hand free for keyboard shortcuts. I avoid shortcuts which require 2 hands.

    I locked my mouse into a drawer for 3 months to give the Wacom every chance. I also got fed up with Wacom driver issues on Windows.
     

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