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14th of April 2009 (Tue), 17:14
I have seen some fantastic shots and post processing in the glamor/nude section. I have tried to pp some of my shots with limited success. I am wondering how all of you do your pp. Do you use a mouse or a Wacom tablet and pen. If you use a mouse what type do you use, normal mouse or a track ball.
14th of April 2009 (Tue), 19:32
I use a Wacom Tablet and pen, not one of the expensive ones either its model number is CTE640 but just being able to use a pen makes a HUGE difference IMO.
I'd love to be able to afford one of the better ones though :)
15th of April 2009 (Wed), 08:28
thanks for the reply. i have been looking at the wacom for a while and think now that i will get one. a mouse just doesnt cut it :D
16th of April 2009 (Thu), 18:42
the new wacom tablets are priced nicely and pretty good pieces.
I use LR2 which doesn't have all the same necessaties for a tablet like photoshop does so I'm just using a Logitech MX518 optical mouse. which I find is to be extremely accurate, even more so then laser mice are.
17th of April 2009 (Fri), 15:53
I use Wacom Intuos3 tablet all the time. I just can't imagine going back to using mouse again. Sometimes after I exit Photoshop I find myself still using it in menus. It improved my workflow dramaticaly.
I use mouse only for Liquify tool for precise single clicks.
20th of April 2009 (Mon), 03:34
Wacom Intuos4 (I think) tablet. Improved my workflow dramatically.
20th of April 2009 (Mon), 14:05
I use a mouse.
20th of April 2009 (Mon), 19:17
It's not the mouse or tablet that's going to improve your PP, it's your knowledge and experience with Photoshop that will help you. I've seen work by some really experienced pros and all they used was a mouse.
It would be interesting to see a poll on the G&N forums about mouse over tablet.
23rd of April 2009 (Thu), 12:48
I completely agree with that. Tablet doesn't magically make you a great PP artist. It doesn't show you new tricks or techniques. It does however improve your workflow significantly.
For example if you want to soften edges by eraser, it is quite difficult to achieve that natural look without changing size and opacity and hardness and flow of the eraser all the time. With the pen's pressure sensitivity feature all that is pretty much gone. You set some "medium" settings in the beginning and then fine tune on-fly with adjusting the pressure.
Also, when correcting skin imperfections, you don't need to adjust the spotsize for each dot. With pen, if the pimple is small, the lightest of touches removes it. With same settings, you can remove much bigger pimple just by pressing the pen harder.
While mouse and keyboard are forcing your arms and hands into quite unnatural positions, pen has a bit more comfortable feel to it. When drawing, I often take the tablet off the desk and use it in my lap (while pulling my knees in). Can't imagine doing that with mouse.
Don't get me wrong - I loved using various types of mouses and trackballs during last 15 years. I never start using the pen before I run my Adobe programs, but I often keep using it long after I shut those programs down.
28th of April 2009 (Tue), 13:02
Its nothing to do with a tablet.
I have a WACOM tablet and prefer my mouse. I do use a very HIGH DPI mouse and pretty expensive mouse pad but I generally prefer using that. The tablet is good for certain things but in terms of skin smoothing and retouching I prefer doing the mouse.
I recently got into retouching and trying to do it properly, its deffinetely a long learning curve and you get it by practising.
If you plan to do alot of skin retouching I would just say one thing: DONT do any form of blurring or such to get skin smooth. I literally sit at 200-300% of the image in photoshop and work using D&B method.
4th of May 2009 (Mon), 10:29
I recently started using the Wacom Bamboo and while I love it, all it did was reduce the amount of time it takes to PP. It does nothing to improve my skills.
If you want to improve your PP skills don't look for tools, look for tutorials/learning sites/classes, etc. That and practice is how I improved my skills.
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